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Honolulu Mayor Inks Climate Change Action Directive (Ind. Report)
Office of Honolulu Mayor
Date: 2018-07-18
In the Aloha State, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's office is reporting the mayor has signed the City of Honolulu's Climate Change Commission's Sea Level Rise Guidance and Climate Change Brief.

The Mayor's directive requires all city departments and agencies to take several actions, including:

  • View climate change and the need for both climate change mitigation and adaptation as an urgent matter, and take a proactive approach in both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protect and prepare the city for the physical and economic impacts of climate change;

  • Use the Sea Level Rise Guidance and Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report in their planning, programing, and capital improvement decisions to mitigate impacts to infrastructure and critical facilities subject to sea level rise, which may include elevation or relocation of infrastructure and critical facilities, the elevating of surfaces, structures, and utilities, and/or other adaptation measures;

  • Propose revisions to shoreline rules and regulations to incorporate sea level rise and conserve a natural, unarmored shoreline wherever possible; and

  • Work cooperatively to develop and implement land use policies, hazard mitigation actions, and design and construction standards that mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.

    The Commission included in its detailed Sea Level Rise Guidance that rising seas will threaten O'ahu communities and natural ecosystems in multiple ways, including: increased vulnerability to flooding; land loss and coastal erosion; saltwater intrusion into streams and coastal wetlands; and increased damage when hurricanes, tsunamis, and seasonal high waves strike. The commission further concluded that rising seas will negatively impact local communities, habitats, property, infrastructure, economies, and industry. The Commission says the city should plan for a 3-foot rise in sea levels by 20150. (Source: Office of Honolulu Mayor, khon 2, July, 2018)Contact: Office of Honolulu Mayor, (808) 768-4141, www.honolulu.gov/mayor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Trump Seeks Court Protection from 21 Kid's Climate Lawsuit (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2018-07-18
    The Associated Press is reporting the Trump administration has applied to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop a lawsuit filed by 21 young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change. The administration reportedly wants the court to block further legal proceedings until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the government's latest request to have the lawsuit dismissed. A non-jury trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29 in Eugene, Oregon. (Source: Various Media, AP, July, 2018)

    Notable Quote from The Donald -- "There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be 'climate change', it used to be 'global warming.' That wasn't working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Jan., 2018

    Editor's Note: Add news of the Trump Administration's resorting to the Supreme Court against 21 children calling for climate change action to The Donald's recent unprecedented poor and disgraceful performance in Helsinki and, as one reader noted, you have to ask yourself, "When will enough Trump be enough?"

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


    US Banned MTBE Being Exported (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-07-16
    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that in 2017, the US experted an average of 38,000 bpd of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) to primarily Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela.

    MTBE was once commonly used as a motor gasoline additive in the United States but was phased out in the late 2000s as a result of water contamination concerns. Since then, fuel ethanol has replaced MTBE as a gasoline additive. In contrast to MTBE, the use of fuel ethanol has been supported by tax subsidies such as the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and by the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates the use of biofuels in the US transportation fuel supply. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, PR, 13 July, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol,  MTBE,  


    New Rules Endanger Calif. PACE (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Ygrene Energy Fund
    Date: 2018-07-16
    In the Golden State, Sonoma County, the first county in the nation to offer property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing to encourage homeowners to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, is reportedly now in jeopardy of the program collapsing collapsing under the weight of new state regulations, according to the Ygrene Energy Fund.

    The new regulations being pushed by the state Department of Business Oversight, place overwhelming burdens on contractors, who are already licensed and regulated by the state, and PACE administrators, who are simply under contract to provide program services to local governments. The effect of the regulations, current and prospective, is to make the process of obtaining approval for financing more difficult for homeowners.

    The new regulations are reportedly being pushed by a triad of bankers, credit unions and real estate interests interested in preserving their market share and keeping new competitors, like PACE, out of the low interest rate residential energy related loan marketplace.

    While PACE administrators have supported recent legislation that delivers greater consumer protection and oversight of PACE as compared to other forms of financing, there is a calculated push by non-PACE lenders to shape legislation that denies access to PACE financing for many homeowners.

    Residential PACE programs have been approved in more than 50 California counties and has been expanded to support other public policy initiatives, including water conversation and seismic retrofits. (Source: Ygrene, July, 2018) Contact: Ygrene Energy Fund, , Rocco Fabiano, Pres., CEO, (866) 634-1358,https://ygrene.com

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


    Solargise Considers Canadian Solar Panel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Solargise Canada
    Date: 2018-07-13
    UK-based Solargise Ltd subsidiary Solargise Canada Increports it is considering a $2.3 billion (Cdn) ($1.7 billion US) investment to start production of new generation plastic-free photovoltaic (PV) panels in Quebec or Ontario. The company says $878 million in financing for the possible move is in place.

    Solargise said the selected site for the project requires access to 550 MW of power and be located close to a railway and a port and research universities. If the identified location is in Quebec, Solargise will move its research facilities from Europe to Montreal, it said.

    The UK parent company is primarily active in developing gigawatt-scale solar plants in India. (Source: Solargise Canada, Renewables Now, July, 2018) Contact: Solargise Canada, www.solargise.world/team.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solargise Canada,  Solar,  


    ABB Announces Hornsea 2 Connection Contract (Int'l Report)
    ABB,Orsted
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Further to our 31 Jan. coverage, Zurich-headquartered Swiss power and automation giant ABB reports receipt of more than $150 million (€128 million) in orders from Denmark's Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- to help integrate the Danish energy group's 1.4-GW Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm to the UK grid.

    ABB's scope on Hornsea Project Two, which is set to become the world's largest offshore wind farm, includes the engineering, supply, project management and commissioning of the digital control and protection systems for the onshore substation and the two offshore platform substations. The Hornsea Project Two power flow will be protected and controlled by the largest Static Compensation (STATCOM) system ever built in the offshore wind space and the ABB Ability MACH control, protection and monitoring system is the brain of the STATCOM, according to an ABB release. (Source: ABB, Renewables, 12 July, 2018) Contact: ABB, www.abb.com; Orsted, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  ABB,  Offshore Wind,  Hornsea,  


    €4.4Mn Funding for Irish Biomass, Bioenergy Industries (Int'l)
    Science Foundation Ireland
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Wilton Place, Ireland-headquartered Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) reports it has secured an additional €4.4 million under the Sustainable Energy and Fuel Efficiency (SEFE) SFI Spokes programme to develop the country's biomass and bioenergy industries.

    The four-year SEFE research programme leverages the scientific expertise of 10 of Ireland's top academics in bioenergy research across four universities as well as national and international companies.

    The work will address some of the drawbacks associated with Ireland's reliance on imported biofuels and intermittent renewables by improving the efficiency and reducing the carbon intensity of power generation and transport from combustion. It will also do so by boosting the supply of renewable heat, which makes up 41 pct of Ireland's energy consumption, as well as meeting sustainable waste management challenges.(Source: Science Foundation Ireland, Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Silicon Republic, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Prof Jerry D. Murphy, Dir., +353 (0) 21 486 4300, www.marei.ie; Science Foundation Ireland, + 353 (0)1 607 3200, + 353 (0 )1 607 3201, info@sfi.ie, www.sfi.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


    MidAmerican Energy Efficiency Plan Cuts Customer Fees (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy Co. reports it has filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of a five-year energy efficiency program that meets new spending caps by utilities on those programs enacted by the Iowa Legislature earlier this year.

    If approved, the Iowa Energy Efficiency Plan 2019-2023 will deliver nearly $84 million in reduced energy efficiency program fees for MidAmerican Energy's Iowa customers. Residential customers with gas and electric service would see an average savings of $81 per year, while commercial customers would average $172 in savings. The average industrial customer would save more than $12,000 annually, according to a company release.

    MidAmerican Energy's proposal includes 14 energy efficiency programs including: online home energy assessments; incentives to replace older heating and air conditioning equipment with new high-efficiency models; appliance recycling; rebates to purchase smart thermostats; and others. The existing Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs will be eliminated. (Source: MidAmerican, Business Record, 9 July, 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Fundy Tidal Energy Project Wins Community Support (Ind. Report)
    Big Moon Power
    Date: 2018-07-09
    On Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides, Halifax-headquartered Big Moon Power Canada, the company behind a new Kinetic Keel tidal power technology that's foregone the use of turbines reports it has received Scott's Bay community approval for the provincial Department of Energy's announced two "marine renewable energy" permits to begin testing a small 100-kilowatt prototype and a second to increase the system's size to a maximum of 5 megawatts.

    The company's Kinetic Keel concept harnesses energy with a two-part system comprised of a land-based shed houses a drum and high modulus rope -- a material seven times stronger than steel -- attached to an underwater keel that ebbs and flows with the tidal current. The rope loosens and contracts during high and low tides, meaning the two-way energy production is constantly producing energy without impacting the ocean environment.

    The company has a PPA in place with Nova Scotia Power, will foot the bill for the new three-phase system, meaning residents will see no change in their power costs. (Source: Bib Moon Power, Kings County Register, 5 July, 2018) Contact: Big Moon Power LLC, Jamie MacLean, www.bigmoonpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  


    St. Louis Adopts Energy Efficient Building Codes (Ind. Report)
    St. Louis
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the Show Me State, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen reports it has approved several new home energy efficiency building codes which come into force in August.

    The codes require the city to adopt a number of national and international standards for energy use and energy efficiency standards including the amount of building insulation, requirements for energy efficient windows and programmable thermostats. The new requirements will replace the 2009 International Building Codes followed by the city, but will not apply to construction already using the old codes. (Source: St. Louis Board of Aldermen, St. Louis Public Radio, 6 June, 2018) Contact: St. Louis Board of Aldermen, www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Codes,  


    Sinovel Fined for AMSC Wind Farm Technology Theft (Ind. Report)
    Sinovel
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In Madison, Wisconsin, a federal judge has fined Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group $1.5 million and placed the company on a one-year probation for its 2013 conspiracy, theft of trade secrets and wire fraud from Ayer, Massachusetts-based technology company American Superconductor (AMSC).

    The court found that Sinovel had contracted to purchase AMSC software regulating the flow of electricity from turbines to the electrical grid for more than $800 million. Sinoval wanted to use the software to retrofit existing turbines in China to comply with grid requirements and make new turbines more efficient. Sinovel stopped paying for the software in March 2011 and was discovered to have pirated unauthorized versions of the software. (Source: AMSC, Worchester Telegram, AP, 7 July, 2018) Contact: AMEC, Jason Fredette, Director of Investor & Media Relations, (508) 621-4177, jfredette@amsc.com, www.amsc.com; Sinovel Wind Group, www.sinovel.com/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Superconductor,  AMSC,  Sinovel ,  Wind,  Renewable Energy Software,  


    UBC Researchers Touting Biogenic Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech)
    UBC
    Date: 2018-07-09
    Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) are reporting the development of a bacteria-powered -- biogenic -- solar cell that worked equally well in dim and bright sun light. The researchers generated a current density of 0.686 milliamps per sq cm, compared to 0.362 achieved by others in this field.

    Previous efforts to create biogenic solar cells have focused on extracting the natural dye that bacteria use for photosynthesis, which is a costly and complex process that involves toxic solvents. UBC researchers left the dye in the bacteria, coated the bacteria with a mineral that could act as a semiconductor and applied the mixture to a glass surface. They genetically engineered E. coli to produce large amounts of lycopene, a dye effective at harvesting light for energy conversion, according to UBC. (Source: UBC, Renewables, July, 2018) Contact: UBC, , Prof. Vikramaditya Yadav, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, (604) 822-323, 8vikramaditya.yadav@ubc.ca, www.chbe.ubc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Middle Eastern Gulf States Commit to Climate Charter (Int'l Report)
    Climate Charter, Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In the Middle East, four Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, are among the six major oil-producing countries to sign a climate charter designed to promote green investment and drive low-carbon economic growth.

    The sovereign wealth funds of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Norway and New Zealand, which together are valued at $3 trillion or more, have established a joint framework designed to encourage companies they invest in to address climate challenges and incorporate environmental policies into their future business plans while creating new investment opportunities and helping finance the shift toward clean energy sources. The development builds on discussions during a climate summit in Paris last year, when world leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised to channel more resources toward tackling climate change.

    Regional funds have been boosting their investments in the renewables sector as solar projects, in particular, gather pace across the Middle East, according to the Arab News. (Source: Arab News, Various Media, Zawya, July, 2018)

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


    Pruitt's Resignation Letter Revealed (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EPA,Scott Pruitt
    Date: 2018-07-09
    "Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration.

    " Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.

    That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.

    "My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.

    Your Faithful Friend, Scott Pruitt" (Source: Various Media, 6 July, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scott Pruitt,  EPA,  


    Indian Transport Minister Bets on Alt. Fuels (Int'l Report)
    Alternative Fuels
    Date: 2018-07-09
    In Mumbai, India's Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development, the Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari is touting ethanol, methanol, bio-compressed natural gas, dimethyl ether and electricity as alternatives to crude oil, 70 pct of which has to be imported.

    "At present, ethanol is received from sugar mills and we mix 5 pct of it to petrol. This mix can be raised up to 22 pct but we do not produce ethanol in large quantity. Currently, we get about 4 pct ethanol after crushing one tonne of sugarcane," Gadkari said in an interview with PTI. Gadkari also noted that the government allows the use of B-heavy molasses for ethanol production and is promoting ethanol production from cotton straws, rice, bagasse, bamboo and municipal waste.

    The minister's second choice for an alternative fuel is methanol, which can be obtained from coal. "We have coal fields and we can produce methanol in abundance. We can sell it at Rs 22 per litre. In China, methanol sells at Rs 13 per litre," he said. "While producing methanol, DME (dimethyl ether) gas is also obtained and this can be mixed with LPG and used as a cooking fuel. In the US, 20 pct DME is mixed with LPG. You have a methanol economy in China and Israel. Why not in India?", the minister added. (Source: PTI, News18, 8 July, 2018) Contact: Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari , https://www.facebook.com/nitingadkary/

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel DME,  


    ADL Pegs Battery Market at $90Bn by 2025 (Ind. Report)
    Arthur D. Little
    Date: 2018-07-05
    London-based accountancy and consulting firm Arthur D. Little's (ADL) just released Future of Batteries: Winner takes all? study notes the battery energy storage sector has seen existing and new players invest more than $13.7 billion over the last two years. The study predicts future trends that will meet growing demands in the electric vehicle (EV), renewable power solutions and consumer electronics sectors.

    The report predicts the battery market will become a $90 billion-plus sector by 2025, and that new innovations, such as solid-state electrolyte lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, will replace existing battery technologies over the long-term.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: Arthur D. Little, PR, July, 2018) Contact: Arthur D. Little, www.adl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Arthur D. Little,  


    Spark Power Jumps on Bullfrog Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp, Buufrog Power
    Date: 2018-07-05
    Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp. (CGAC), a special purpose acquisition corporation, reports Toronto-based independent electrical power services and solutions company Spark Power Corp has acquired Toronto-headquartered green energy provider Bullfrog Power. Spark Power, its subsidiaries, and Bullfrog will continue to operate under their respective brand names and Bullfrog's management team.

    Bullfrog has put more than three million MWh of green electricity on the grid, injected more than six million GJ of green natural gas on the pipeline and put more than 700,000 litres of green fuel onto the Canadian fuel system. Bullfrog has also supported 140 or more community-based green energy projects Canada wide and has displaced more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the environment.

    Spark Power serves more than 4,500 industrial, commercial, institutional, renewable and agricultural customers, as well as utility markets including municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals across North America. (Source: Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp, PR, CNW, 4 July, 2018) Contact: Spark Power, Andrew Clark, co-CEO, www.sparkpower.ca; Bullfrog Power, Ron Seftel, CEO, Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239, jon.mckay@bullfrogpower.com; www.bullfrogpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog Power,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  


    WEC Takes Stake in Bishop Hill III Wind Energy Centre (M&A)
    WEC Energy Group,WPPI
    Date: 2018-07-03
    Milwaukee-headquartered utility holding company WEC Energy Group reports it will acquire an 80 pct stake in the Bishop Hill III Wind Energy Center in Henry County, Illinois, for $148 million. The transaction is subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval.

    The Bishop Hill project, which was developed by Invenergy, incorporates 53 General Electric turbines totaling 132MW capacity and has a 22-year, 100 pct power purchase agreement in place with not-for-profit WPPI Energy.

    WPPI Energy provides electric power to 51 member utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. (Source: WEC,, PowerTech, 2 July, 2018) WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-2345,www.wecenergygroup.com; WPPI Energy, Pat Connors, Snr, VP Power Supply, (608) 834-4500, www.wppienergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Wind,  WPPI,  


    Korean Steelmakers Face Heavy CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l)
    South Korean Ministry of Environment
    Date: 2018-07-03
    In Sejong City, the Korea Times is reporting the South Korean Ministry of Environment's recent plan to revise its 2016 roadmap for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions is weighing heavily on the country's steel makers, refiners and other big energy consuming industries.

    The Ministry's revised greenhouse gas emissions roadmap promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 37 pct from its business-as-usual levels by 2030 following signing of the Paris Climate Agreement the previous year. To that end, Korea should reduce 315 million tons of emissions, while it is expected to emit 851 million tons for 2030 without any reduction efforts.

    Under the previous roadmap, industries were supposed to cut emissions by 11.7 pct compared with 2030 BAU of 481 million tons, but the revision raised their target to 20.5 pct. They will have to cut 98.6 million tons of emissions, up from the previous 56.4 million tons. (Source: South Korean Ministry of Environment, Korea Times, 2 July, 2018) Contact: South Korean Ministry of Environment, http://eng.me.go.kr/eng/web/index.do?menuId=50

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


    15 Swedish private companies account for 8 % of Sweden’s decrease in GHG emissions since 2010

    Date: 2018-07-03
    + The Haga Initiative is a network of companies with the aim of reducing carbon emissions from the business sector and highlighting the climate issue by showing that ambitious climate strategies lead to business advantages and improve profitability reports that 15 Initiative member companies have contributed with a decrease of emissions equivalent to approximately eight percent of Sweden’s total decrease between 2010 and 2017. Nine of the member companies have already reached the target of reducing emissions by 40 percent until 2020. The Haga Initiative has managed to decrease emissions while increasing profitability. . The Haga Initiative , which was initiated in 2010 by eight well known companies has been working towards the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent until 2020. At the time, the pledge was ambitious, however the pace of reductions has been much faster than anticipated and a majority of the companies have already reached the target. The Haga Initiative’s new goal sets the target at zero net emissions by 2030. Nine out of 15 companies have already reached the goal.

    The average member company in the Haga Initiative has decreased its GHG emissions by 47 percent while increasing turnover by 10.4 percent. This includes the companies’ own operations, purchased energy and business travels since each company’s base year. In total, 14 out of 15 companies have decreased their absolute emissions compared to base year. (Source: New Europe, 2 July, 2018) Nina Ekelund, executive director, the Haga initiative.


    UK Energy Ministry Offices Rated Energy Inefficient (Int'l)
    Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In London, four of the eleven offices leased by the UK government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have scored the lowest possible "G Rating" for energy efficiency, according to the BBC. The energy display ratings are used to measure the energy performance of public buildings.

    The display energy certificates show 10 Victoria Street, in Westminster, which the department leases and operates, uses twice the amount of electricity a typical office of that type. Its offices at Apex Court in Nottingham, Cheylsemore House South in Coventry, and Buckingham Palace Road in central London, also received the lowest possible G rating on their certificates. Only one building the department leases, The Observatory in Chatham, received an A rating, and the department's headquarters, at 1 Victoria Street, scored below average, with an E rating.

    According to BEIS, it has saved £104 million in the last financial year through efficiency measures. Apparently, there is still room for improvement. (Source: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BBC, June, 2018) Contact: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Department of Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Energy Eficiency ,  


    Vestas Inks 14-MW German Wind Farm Repowering Deal (Int'l Report)
    Vestas,Rakower Buergerwindpark
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Vestas Wind Systems reports it has contracted with Rakower Buergerwindpark GmbH & Co KG to repower and more than double to capacity of a community wind park in Rakow, Germany. Vests will replace four of the existing V66-1.65 MW turbines with four V117-3.45 MW machines totalling 14 MW. (Source: Vestas, Rakower Buergerwindpark, Renewables, 25 June, 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  


    Seoul, Guangzhou, NYC Top Largest Carbon Footprints List (Int'l)
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Date: 2018-06-27
    The Chinese city of Guangzhou -- fka Canton -- has the second highest carbon footprint of cities worldwide, according to a new study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. With a population of approximately 14 million, Guangzhou emits an estimated 272.0 metric tpy of carbon dioxide.

    Only Seoul, with a population of 21 million, surpasses Guangzhou with an output of 276.1 metric tpy of GHGs. New York City, with 13.6 million people, holds third place at 233.5 metric tpy.

    Of the 13,000 cities included in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology study, 100 cities were found to be responsible for 18 pct of the world's total carbon emissions.

    Download research findings, including an interactive map and data tables HERE. (Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, That's China, 26 June, 2018)Contact: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Daniel Moran, Study Lead Author, +47 73 59 50 00, www.ntnu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News limate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Active Energy Raises £1Mn for Woody Biomass CoalSwitch Commercialization (Int'l Report, Funding)
    Active Energy
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Further to our June 20 coverage, London-headquartered renewable energy firm Active Energy reports it has raised £1 million in capital by the release of 33.3 million new ordinary shares of 1p each at a price of 3p per share.

    The funds will be used to develop the company's forestry management operations and bring its coal replacement fuel CoalSwitch biomass technology to commercialization. (Source: Active Energy, Energy Voice, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  Biomass,  Biocoal,  CoalSwitch,  


    UK Leading in Global Offshore Wind Energy Race (Int'l Report)
    RenewablesUK
    Date: 2018-06-25
    According to the UK renewable energy trade group RenewableUK, the British offshore wind energy industry is expected to see its total investment between 2017 and 2021 and reach £18.9 billion, accounting for for 30 pct of the country's electric power needs.

    The UK has the largest offshore wind energy market in the world , with 35.2GW of capacity in operation, development and planning, says RenewableUK. Germany follows with 23.4GW, Taiwan is next with 8.3GW, followed by China with 7.7GW.

    The global offshore wind energy capacity, both operational and upcoming, currently stands at 104GW -- a 10 pct increase over 2017, according to RenewableUK. (Source: RenewablesUK, Compelo, June, 2018) Contact: RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300, info@renewableuk.com, www.renewableuk.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RenewableUK,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    Wisc. County Climate Action Plan Wins Support (Funding)
    Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-25
    In the Badger State, the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change is reporting receipt of $29,500 in grant funding from the Minneapolis-based Carolyn Foundation. The grant will support Dane County's efforts to model various polices, programs and projects to be included in a Dane County Climate Action Plan.

    The Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change (OECC) has convened a 37 stakeholder member Council on Climate Change to help the county develop a Climate Action Plan that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To that end, the OECC contracted with Sustainable Energy Economics, the proprietary owner of the Framework for Analysis of Climate-Energy-Technology Systems (FACETS) model. (Source: Dane County Wisc., Sun Prairie Star, 23 June, 2018)Contact: Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change, https://climatechange.countyofdane.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Electrix Wins Aussie Smart Street lighting Lighting Project (Int'l)
    VINCI Energies
    Date: 2018-06-25
    In the Land Down Under, VINCI Energies's Australian subsidiary Electrix, reports it has secured a 7-year, €37 million streetlight network management contract for the Canberra Region (population 400,000) awarded by the Australian Capital Territory Government.

    It contract includes the renovation, operation and maintenance of more than 80,000 streetlights, 50,000 of which will be replaced with LEDs to achieve a target of 47 pct energy saving. In addition, a smart monitoring system will be installed to track the streetlight network in real time.

    Under this contract, VINCI Energies will implement the CityApp application to support maintenance and operation and the BIMCity hypervisor to ensure better customer service, network reliability and safety and track performance indicators.

    This is the first contract in Australia to combine smart LED streetlight installation, smart city network implementation and overall infrastructure management. It is also the first streetlighting project to be carried out under an Energy Performance Contract. (Source: VINCI, NewsWire, 22 June, 2018) Contact: VINCI Energies, www.VINCI-Energies.com; Electrix, www.Electrix.com.au

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


    Americans for Carbon Dividends Carbon Tax Advocacy Group Launched (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tax, Exelon, First Solar, AWEA
    Date: 2018-06-22
    The newly launched bipartisan Americans for Carbon Dividends, which follows on an unsuccessful attempt last year from Republicans George Shultz and James Baker to push a price on carbon, would place a $40 per ton tax on CO2 that would increase over time. Some money would be returned to the public through a carbon dividend of approximately $2,000 per year for a family of four.

    Supporters of the policy include Exelon Corp., First Solar and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and the former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, say it's a climate policy that makes economic sense. Exelon has reportedly contributed $1 million to the initiative and AWEA is offering financial support, according to Americans for Carbon Dividends. (Source: Americans for Carbon Dividends, GTM, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Americans for Carbon Dividends , info@afcd.org, www.afcd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Exelon,  First Solar,  AWEA,  


    Ga. Schools Expect $9.4 Mn Savings with Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    ABM
    Date: 2018-06-22
    ABM Industries Inc. reports it has has initiated an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program for Georgia's Oglethorpe County Schools that is projected to save over $9.4 million in energy and operating costs over 20 years. The project is scheduled for completion in April 2019.

    Energy-efficiency enhancements will include: retrofitting lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting: upgrading all HVAC systems, including replacement of 7 roof top units, 6 split systems, 17 packaged terminal units, 3 mini split units and 71 wall-hung pump units; installation of HVAC control systems to maximize energy and operational efficiency; ventilation systems at each of the school system's buildings will be upgraded, and each building will be sealed; and water conservation systems will be installed. (Source: ABM, PR, NewsWire, 20 June, 2018) Contact: ABM, ABM's Energy Performance Contracting Program , (212) 297-9721, www.abm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Active Energy Refocuses on CoalSwitch (Int'l Report)
    Active Energy Group
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Further to our March 14, 2018 coverage, following a year of restructuring UK-headquartered Active Energy Group PLC reports it has exited the low margin, high-risk Ukrainian wood fibre operations and will focus on its coal replacement biomass fuel, CoalSwitch, and its engineered soils derivative, PeatSwitch targeted for the US, Canadian and European market.

    Inline with to restructuring and corporate strategy, CEO Richard Spinks will step down and focus his efforts on the development of CoalSwitch business opportunities in Poland and the forestry management activities in North America. (Source: Active Energy Group PLC, Proactive Investors, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy Group,  CoalSwitch,  


    Cannabis Weeded Out of Efficiency Maine Grant Funding (Funding)
    Efficiency Maine
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In the Pine Tree State, Efficiency Maine reports it is excluding the new but fast growing cannabis industry from its energy efficiencg grants program on the grounds that it is "too risky." The agency's logic is based on the fact that although the cannabis business is state licensed, it operates outside of federal law and could be forced to close before it can achieve the energy savings needed to justify Efficiency Maine's investment.

    Efficiency Maine has no idea how much energy the state's cannabis industry consumes but, fter meeting with some of the state's larger commercial growers, has concluded that greening Maine's big producers would be quite expensive. Nationally, cannabis growers consumed about 1 pct of the overall electrical output in 2016, which is enough to power 1.7 million houses, according to New Frontier, a national cannabis research firm. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission wants adult-use growers there to cap electricity use at 36 watts per square foot of grow space. (Source: Efficiency Maine, Portland Herald, June, 2018)Contact: Efficiency Maine, Michael Stoddard, Exec. Dir., (866) 376-2463, www.efficiencymaine.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Maine,  


    Scholars Lauded for Sounding Climate Change Alarm (Int'l)
    Mopntreal Protocol
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In Taipei, Taiwan, the Tang Prize reports Dr. James E. Hansen, former Director of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Council of Pontifical Academy of Sciences are co-recipients of the 2018 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development for their pioneering work on climate change and its impact on the sustainability of the earth. Their works lay the scientific foundation for international actions as the Paris Climate Agreement and the new global development-Agenda 2030.

    In 1988, then Director of NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies, he famously announced in televised testimony before the US Congress that "global warming is here," as the observed temperature record exhibited an anomalous rise above the statistical noise of natural fluctuations. Dr. Hansen's testimony "was an important turning point in the history of global climate change."

    In 1975, Indian-born Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Victor C. Alderson Professor in Applied Ocean Sciences, UC San Diego, noted the significant greenhouse effects of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halocarbons, particularly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used as refridgerants and in manufacturing. This was a significant indication that showed how gases not only CO2 but such as CFCs that deplete the ozone layer could have ramifications for climate. This finding was also at the core of future negotiations for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer that followed in 1987. The Montreal Protocol benefits both the ozone layer and the climate system. Its effectiveness is much greater than the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol.

    The Tang Prize, founded in 2012 by Dr. Samuel Yin, chairman of Ruentex Group, seeks to be an inspiring force for people working in all corners of the world. (Source: Source: Tang Prize Foundation, PR, 17 June, 2018) Contact: Tang Prize Foundation, Scarlett Tu, thetangmedia@tang-prize.org, www.tang-prize.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  GHGs,  Montral Accord,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


    Study Improves Stability of Algal Biofuel Systems (R&D)
    University of Michigan
    Date: 2018-06-18
    A diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a National Science Foundation funded outdoor study by University of Michigan researchers.

    For the study, scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds in the first large-scale, controlled experiment to test the widely held idea that biodiversity can improve the performance of algal biofuel systems in the field. Overall, the researchers found that diverse mixes of algal species (polycultures) performed more key functions at higher levels than any single species -- they were better at multitasking. The researchers also found that polycultures did not produce more algal mass (biomass) than the most productive single species, or monoculture.

    "The results are key for the design of sustainable biofuel systems because they show that while a monoculture may be the optimal choice for maximizing short-term algae production, polycultures offer a more stable crop over longer periods of time," said study lead author Casey Godwin, a postdoctoral research fellow at U-M's School for Environment and Sustainability.

    Algae-derived biocrude oil is being studied as a potential renewable-energy alternative to fossil fuels. Because they grow quickly and can be converted to bio-oil, algae have the potential to generate more fuel from less surface area than crops like corn. But the technical challenges involved in growing vast amounts of these microscopic aquatic plants in large outdoor culture ponds have slowed progress toward commercial-scale cultivation.

    In the study, research team found that while monocultures tended to be good at one or two jobs at a time, polycultures performed more of the jobs at higher levels than any of the monocultures. But at the same time, polycultures produced less biomass than the best-performing monoculture.

    "Our findings suggest there is a fundamental tradeoff when growing algal biofuel. You can grow single-species crops that produce large amounts of biomass but are unstable and produce less biocrude. Or, if you are willing to give up some yield, you can use mixtures of species to produce a biofuel system that is more stable through time, more resistant to pest species, and which yields more biocrude oil," according to the researchers. The team's findings are scheduled for publication June 18 in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy. (Source: University of Michigan, Public Release, 18 June, 2018) Contact: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Casey Godwin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (734) 764-6453, seas-info@umich.edu, seas.umich.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Michigan,  Algae,  Algal Biofuel,  


    Race Bank Offshore Wind Officially Off to the Races (Int'l)
    Orsted,Race Bank
    Date: 2018-06-15
    In the UK, Danish renewable energy specialist Orsted is reporting the offical opening of the 91 turbine Race Bank offshore wind farm off the North Norfolk coast. With a capacity of 573 MW, can power more than 500,000 homes, according to Orsted.

    Orsted owns 50 pct of the Race Bank project, the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 holds 25 pct, while the Sumitomo Corporation owns 12.5 pct. Funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management hold the remaining 12.5 pct. (Source: Orsted, CNBC, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Orsted Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Race Bank,  


    ArcelorMittal Invests €150 Mn in Emissions-to-Fuel Tech. (Int'l)
    ArcelorMittal,LanzaTech
    Date: 2018-06-13
    The Belgium-based steel giant ArcelorMittal reports construction of €150 million of new equipment to transform furnace CO2 emissions into bioethanol is underway at its plant in Ghent, Belgium. This project is in collaboration with LanzaTech and is first of its type in Europe.

    LanzaTech technology uses microbes that absorb carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol which can be used as transportation fuel or in the production of plastic. The system, which produce 80 million lpy of bioethanol annually, is expected to go into production in May, 2020. (Source: ArcelorMittal, 12 June, 2018) Contact: ArcelorMittal, Paul Weigh, +32 9 347 31 11, paul.weigh@arcelormittal.com, www.arcelormittal.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  COs,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  LanzaTech,  


    China, World Green Building Councils Promoting Chinese Programs (Int'l Report)
    World Green Building Council,China Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-13
    The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reports it is partnering with China Green Building Council (China GBC) to improve and increase green building practices, cut carbon emissions and promote building sustainability in the world's largest building construction market. China is currently adding up to two billion square metres of building per year, and growing fast.

    The partnership aims to see the World GBC work with the China GBC in much the same way as it would work with an established Green Building Council. As part of the partnership, China GBC has committed to introducing a nearly net zero standard to its Three Star program, aligning with the WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero project.

    Indoor air quality is another key component of the partnership, with the China GBC keen to get involved with the Better Places for People project, which focuses on the health benefits of green buildings.

    China is projected to have the second-highest level of growth in green building activity over the next three years, behind Brazil, according to Dodge Data and Analytics. (Source: World Green Building Council, The Fifth Estate, April, 2018) Contact: China Green Building Council, chinagreenbuildings.blogspot.com; World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  


    Steel City Adopts Climate Action Plan Update (Ind. Report)
    NRDC
    Date: 2018-06-13
    In the Keystone State, Pittsburgh City Council reports it has approved Climate Action Plan 3.0 -- a holistic vision for how the city will achieve dramatic greenhouse gas reductions.

    Unlike the previous 2008 and 2012 versions, the new plan tracks progress and adds new measures to further slash emissions as needed with a new goal of cutting the city's CO2 emissions by 80 pct below 2003 levels by 2050.

    Under the new plan, the city will have divested city funds from fossil fuels and transitioned city operations to use 100 pct renewable electricity and a fully fossil fuel free fleet of vehicles, by 2030. The plan also identifies a wide range of additional strategies for buildings to achieve a mid-term goal of 50 pct energy reduction by 2030. For example, the city intends for all newly constructed buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030 by using passive house standards and to use energy usage transparency to reduce consumption among residential buildings, using energy labeling and transparency strategies. The city also plans to implement a PACE program to fund building energy efficiency retrofits, upgrades and renewables projects. (Source: City of Pittsburgh, NRDC, June, 2018)

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


    SCCS Research Confirms CO2 Storage Safety (R&D, Ind. Report)
    CCS,Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage
    Date: 2018-06-13
    In Edinburgh, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) has reported on new research indicating that captured carbon dioxide (CO2) can be safely stored for thousands of years by injecting the liquefied gas deep underground into the microscopic pore spaces of common rocks. The findings increase confidence in the widespread roll-out of engineered carbon capture and storage (CCS).

    Researchers from SCCS's partner institutes, the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, compiled a worldwide database of information from natural CO2 and methane accumulations and hydrocarbon industry experience -- including engineered gas storage, decades of borehole injection, and laboratory experiments. Computer simulations were used to combine all these factors and model storage of CO2 for 10,000 years into the future. Previous research in this area had not fully accounted for the natural trapping of CO2 in rock as microscopic bubbles, or the dissolving of CO2 into the salty water already in the rocks.

    SCCS is the largest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) research group in the UK. Founded in 2005, SCCS is a partnership of the British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde working together with universities across Scotland. SCCS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). (Source: Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, Gasworld, 12 June, 2018) Contact: University of Edinburgh, Dr. Stephanie Flude, www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/stephanie-flude(7fc05249-dbeb-4603-a5ec-ac2ca605d200).html; University of Aberdeen, Dr. Juan Alcalde, www.abdn.ac.uk/geosciences/people/profiles/juan.alcalde; Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, +44 (0)131 651 4647, info@sccs.org.uk, www.sccs.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage ,  CCS,  Carbone Storage,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Kreussler Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label (Ind Report)
    USDA Certified Biobased Product
    Date: 2018-06-13
    In the Sunshine State, Tampa-based bio-hemicals firm Kreussler Inc. reports it has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for it's SOLVONK4 product. the Biobased Product Label identifies a product's percentage of biobased content.

    Third-party verified Biobased Product Label is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, which aims to increase the development, purchase, and use of biobased products.

    According to the USDA, biobased products contributed $393 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, directly and indirectly supported 4.2 million jobs, and displaced up to 6.8 million barrels of oil. The BioPreferred Program spans a diverse range of applications including lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals, and bioplastics. More than 3,000 products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, (Source: Kesussler Inc., PR, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Kreussler Inc. Richard Fitzpatrick, VP, (603) 721-9478, richard.fitzpatrick@kreussler.com, www.kreussler.com; USDA BioPreferred® Program, Vernell Thompson, 202.720.4145, Vernell.Thompson@dm.usda.gov; visit www.kreussler.com, SOURCE Kreussler Inc. USDA Certified Biobased Product Label, www.biopreferred.gov, http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Certified Biobased Product,  Biochemical,  


    Race to Reduce to Energize Saint Paul (Ind. Report)
    Energize Saint Paul
    Date: 2018-06-13
    The ity of Saint Paul, Minnesota, is reporting the launch of it's "Race to Reduce" Energy Efficiency Challenge directed at the city’s largest buildings.

    The program aims to streamline energy operations, reduce utility costs, and slash greenhouse gas emissions. In total the city aims to enlist 100 of the city's largest commercial and multi-family buildings over the three months of the program in an effort to reduce emissions 4 pct by the end of the summer. To that end, the city will provide tip sheets, newsletters, and networking and training events to help identify concrete opportunities for efficiency upgrades, while creating a network of building managers for future collaborations . The "Race to Reduce" is part of the Energize Saint Paul Initiative, a broader city energy efficiency effort. (Source: City of St.Paul, NRDC, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Energize Saint Paul, www.stpaul.gov/departments/mayors-office/energize-saint-paul

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Reduction,  Energy Consumption,  


    LG CNS Tops in Asia Energy Storage Ranking (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2018-06-11
    In South Korea, LG CNS, an LG conglomerate information technology service unit, has been recognized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance as one of the world's top five energy storage system (ESS) providers. From 2013 to 2018, the company has won orders for a total of 95-megawatt ESS projects worldwide.

    ESS technology is used to store excess energy that can be supplied later when required. The Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy estimates the global ESS market will grow to $15 billion by 2020 and $29.2 billion by 2025. LG CNS edged out Greensmith Energy, a leading ESS player in North America, to be placed fifth. Japan's NEC was seventh and GE came in ninth. (Source: Korea Times, Bloomberg, June, 2018) Contact: LG Group, www.lgcorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  LG Group,  


    Notable Quote -- The Pope Weighs In on Climate Change, Renewables
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-11
    "(It is) Disturbing that two-and-a-half years after the (Paris) deal was struck, carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gas levels remain very high. Yet even more worrying is the continued search for new fossil fuel reserves, whereas the Paris Agreement clearly urged keeping most fossil fuels underground. "Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!

    "The effects of climate change are not evenly distributed. It is the poor who suffer most from the ravages of global warming, with increasing disruption in the agricultural sector, water insecurity, and exposure to severe weather events. Many of those who can least afford it are already being forced to leave their homes and migrate to other places that may or may not prove welcoming." -- Pope Francis speaking to ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and other energy industry leaders at the recent Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home conference.

    Editorial Note: Pope Francis is known to consider climate change one of the key themes of his papacy and has described it as "one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    India Planning National Li-Ion Battery Production (Int'l Report)
    Central Electro Chemical Research Institute
    Date: 2018-06-11
    In New Delhi, the Hindustan Times is reporting the Indian government has signed a memorandum of understanding for the transfer of technology developed by Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, in partnership with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and others for the country's first locally developed lithium-ion cells. Indian manufacturers at present rely on imports.

    CSIR-CECRI has a demo facility in Chennai that manufactures prototypes of the cells. Indigenously manufacturing the batteries will also bring down the cost. The low cost could also help replace the hazardous lead-acid batteries that are currently in use in many applications. (Source: IOndia Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, HindustanTimes, June, 2018) Contact: Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Vijayamohanan K. Pilla, Director, +91 4565 241 241, www.cecri.res.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage ,  


    Siemens Gamesa Opens Cuxhaven Nacelle Plant (Int'l Report)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is reporting the opening of its $236 million offshore nacelle production facility in Cuxhaven, Germany.

    Nacelles developed at the 5,000 square-meter site will be designated for assembly at offshore wind energy facilities. The plant is the first production facility for offshore wind turbine components in Germany. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PEI, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com

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


    World GBC Calls for Net-Zero Building Sector by 2030 (Int'l)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In London, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is reporting the launch of its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment calling on built environment sector to set ambitious targets that eliminate carbon emissions, track, verify and report on commitments to eliminate operational carbon emissions from their building stocks.

    The initiative is intended the help the building and construction industry meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The building and construction industry accounts for around one-third of global emissions and will need to play a crucial role in keeping the global temperature at sustainable levels. Energy consumption levels in the sector are set to be exacerbated in the next 35 years, with the global building stock expected to double to 415 billion square metres, according to the World GBC.

    In November 2017, the UK Government struck an agreement with the construction industry to halve emissions in the built environment over the next eight years. (Source: World Green Building Council, edie, 7 June, 2018) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Building,  Green Building,  World Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Stationary Battery Storage Market to Hit $35Bn by 2030 (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-06-08
    According to the Stationary Battery Storage Market report from Delaware-headquartered Global Market Insights, the Stationary Battery Storage Market is expected to reach $35 billion by 2030. Increasing investments toward integration of sustainable energy technologies coupled with growing deployment of enhanced storage units with high power output will foster the stationary battery storage market. Favorable regulatory framework toward the expansion of grid infrastructure will further propel the industry growth.

    Increasing R&D spending toward the development of efficient system along with improved shelf life will positively drive the stationary battery storage market. High discharge rate, reduced weight, comparative efficiency, longer life cycle, reducing cost and high voltage output and some of the key imperative parameters which will boost the product demand, the reports says.

    The report identifies notable players across stationary battery storage market as Samsung SDI, Exide Technologies, A123 systems, Johnson Controls, Durapower, Toshiba, GS Yuasa, Tesla, BYD co, Hitachi Chemical, Duracell, Hitachi Chemical, Valence Technology, Uniper, LG Chem, ACDelco, Hitachi Maxell, Panasonic and Roofer Technology.

    Download Stationary Battery Storage Market report details HERE. (Source: Global Market Insights, Inc , 7 June, 2018) Contact: Global Market Insights Inc, Arun Hegde Corporate Sales, USA, (302) 846-7766 sales@gminsights.com, www.gminsights.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stationar Battery,  Battery Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    Pennsylvania Set to Adopt C-PACE Financing (Reg & Leg)
    Pennsylvania DEP
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania DEP reports Gov. Tom Wolf (D) will sign a new, bipartisan bill under which the Keystone State will become the first Northeaster US state in six years to enable Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE).

    The legislation is aimed at helping commercial and industrial property owners finance upgrades for energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy systems.

    The voluntary program allows municipal governments to set up energy improvement districts, where private lenders can give money to commercial, industrial, or agricultural property owners for eligible improvements to buildings. The money is repaid in the form of an additional tax payment, which remains attached to the specific, upgraded building if it is sold.

    The Pennsylvania legislation does not proscribe how the C-PACE program will ultimately be administered. (Source: Pennsylvania DEP, Energy News, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Pennsylvania DEP, www.dep.pa.gov

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


    Cathay Pacific Delivering Aircraft on Jet Biofuel Blend (Ind. Report)
    Cathay Pacific,Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Hong Kong-headquartered air carrier Cathay Pacific reports it will use a 10 pct blend of alternative jet biofuel to deliver new of 20 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to Hong Kong over the next 4 years. The first A350-1000 will depart Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on 19 June. A further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018.

    In 2014, Cathay Pacific became an equity investor in US-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which focuses on turning municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel. As previously reported, Fulcrum broke ground on its first commercial-scale plant last month in Nevada. When fully operational in 202, the plant is expected to produce approximately 10 million gpy. (Source: Cathay Pacific, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Cathay Pacific, Rupert Hogg, CEO, www.cathaypacific.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cathay Pacific,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Fulcrum BioEnergy ,  


    Paris Climate Goals Reachable Without Carbon Capture Tech, IIASA Study Finds (Ind. Report)
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
    Date: 2018-06-06
    A recently released study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Nature Energy is the first to map a pathway to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels without relying on negative emissions technologies that suck carbon dioxide from the the atmosphere.

    The study found that the Paris agreement target can be reached through innovations in energy efficiency -- hanges to heating, cooling, transport, appliances and technological devices could both limit climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    "Our analysis shows how a range of new social, behavioral and technological innovations, combined with strong policy support for energy efficiency and low-carbon development can help reverse the historical trajectory of ever-rising energy demand," IIASA acting program director and lead study author Arnulf Grubler said in the press release.

    The report focused on innovations that were currently available and calculated what would happen if they were applied at scale. It found that doing so could reduce the energy required for transportation, heating and cooling and meeting the physical needs of the world's population by two to four times.

    The paper further explained that the success of its scenario relied on the willingness of populations, governments and businesses to make the changes it advocates. "The global community from world leaders and multinational corporations down to individual consumers and citizens need to act in concert to avoid dangerous climate change while improving human wellbeing. Our scenario offers a roadmap as to how this can be achieved," Grubler added.

    Markers on that roadmap included ride-sharing fleets of electric vehicles that could reduce transport energy demand by 60 percent by 2050. Increased energy standards for new buildings and renovations for old ones could reduce energy demand from heating and cooling by 75 percent by 2050. The report further found that changing individual habits on a global scale could make a huge difference. The expanded use of smartphones to do the work of what would have previously been several devices, accompanied by a shift in the younger generation from owning material goods to accessing services as needed could limit the growth in global energy demand to 15 percent by 2050. And following a healthy diet that replaced red meat calories with something else could lower agriculture energy demand and lead to increased forest cover the combined size of Bangladesh and Italy by 2050. The report concluded that reducing overall global energy demand 40 pct by 2050, combined with projected renewable energy growth, would succeed in limiting warming 1.5 degrees without the need for negative emissions. (Source: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, PR, 4 June, 2018) Contact: IIASA , Arnulf Grubler, Report Author, +43 (0) 2236 807 470, gruebler@iiasa.ac.at, www.iiasa.ac.at

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Paris Climate Agreement,  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis,  


    Envision Solar Delivers Solar Charger to Calif. Prison (Ind. Report)
    Envision Solar
    Date: 2018-06-04
    San Diego-headquartered Envision Solar International, Inc., is reporting delivery of its EV ARC™ product to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

    EV ARC products are ideally suited for prisons or secure locations because they require no onsite construction thus cutting security risks and associated costs when compared to typical grid-tied EV chargers. The California-manufactured EV ARC fits inside a parking space and generates enough clean solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day. The system includes the company's EnvisionTrak™ sun tracking system which allows for more than 25 pct more power production than a fixed array, and EV ARC™ energy storage system. (Source: Envision Solar, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Envision Solar Int'l. Inc., Desmond Wheatley, CEO, (858) 700-4583, www.envisionsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Solar,  Solar,  

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