The LCFS sets an average carbon content for fuels that declines annually. To stay below that standard, companies need to either change the balance of fuels they sell or buy credits to offset high-emitting fuels.
In addition to ratcheting down the compliance curve -- which currently ends in 2020 at 10 percent below a 2010 baseline -- CARB is looking at new sources of fuels to generate credits, including alternative jet fuel, and is planning to add a new methodology to encourage companies to deploy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS.)
The agency is planning to approve the amendments this fall.
(Source: California Air Resources Board, Climate Wire, Others, April 30, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board , CARB, Low-Carbon Fuel, Alternative Fuel, Biofuel, CCS, Low-Carbon Fuel,
The program will provide building energy benchmarks and help owners track changes in building energy use.
Ten city-owned buildings are enrolled in the program. (Source: City of Providance, AP, Bristol Herald, 30 April, 2018)
Contact: City of Providence, www.providenceri.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Building Energy Benshmarking,
New York is targeting an 80 pct reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, and has been considering placing a price on the emissions associated with electricity generation.
A draft of the NYISO proposal is HERE.
(Source: New York Independent Systems Operator, UtilityDive, 1 May, 2018) Contact: New York Independent Systems Operator, (518) 356-6000, www.nyiso.com
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According to the ministry, the facility is fully constructed, with preliminary production expected to begin this month. Commercial production is expected in July. The Ministry expects the project to generate an energy capacity of 800,000 bpy.
(Source: Kuwaiti Oil Ministry, Kuwait News Agency, 1 May, 2018)Contact: Kuwaiti Oil Ministry, www.moo.gov.kw
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,
The projects include the 212-MW Walnut Ridge Wind Project in Bureau and Whiteside Counties for BHE Renewables. The project includes engineering, site and road construction, foundations, interconnect stations and installation of 106 Vestas V110 turbines. Started in August 2017, the wind farm is slated for completion before the year end.
Work is also underway in Lee County at the 15-year-old Mendota Hills Wind Farm for Leeward Renewable Energy LLC. Mortenson is replacing 63 wind turbines with 29 more powerful SG 2.6-126 wind turbines. The repowering project, which will be completed in December 2018, will increase total capacity to 76 MW from roughly 50 MW.
(Source: Mortonson Construction , Daily Herald, May, 2018) Contact: Leeward Renewable LLC, Greg Wolf, CEO, (214) 515-1100, www.leewardenergy.com;
BHE Renewables, www.bherenewables.com; Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energ Group, www.mortenson.com/wind
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With this acquisition, Convergent Energy + Power is now the largest pure-play operator of energy storage in North America, according to the company release. (Source: Convergent Energy + Power, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Convergent Energy + Power,
(917) 508-0190, email@example.com, www.convergentep.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Flywheel, Energy Storage, Convergent Energy ,
Among the recipients,
EOS Eco-Energy Inc. will receive $45,000 for the Tantramar Climate Change Week, the Tantramar Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative, and to address climate-related stress workshop series.
Community Forests International has been granted $60,000 for its Climate Smart Forestry: Designing Adaptive Silviculture for the Acadian Forest project aimed at increasing carbon sequestration and adaptation to climate change.
Additionally, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) will receive $40,000 for a project called Cultivating Climate Resilience in New Brunswick..
Nature NB has been granted $30,000 to undertake activities in Port Elgin and Bathurst that will demonstrate the integration of nature-based solutions into municipal climate change adaptation planning.
(Source: NB Environmental Trust Fund, Sackville Tribune, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NB Environmental Trust Fund, http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.13136.Environmental_Trust_Fund.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change,
The program provides homeowners $1.00 per watt for residential solar panels with a cap at 10kW (AC). The program adds $0.50 per watt, to make it $1.50 when they couple solar panels with an energy storage installation. Homeowners wishing to go completely off-grid get $3.00 per watt for a solar panel plus energy storage installation.
The program provides businesses $0.75 per watt for commercial solar panel installations with a cap at 500 kW (AC). Only existing detached homes, townhouses or semi-detached homes qualify to participate in this new solar rebate program which is expected to launch this summer.
Download solar rebates program details are HERE. The program is funded through proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market. (Source: Green Ontario, (888) 728-8444, www.greenon.ca
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According to Mercedes, their energy storage batteries were "overengineered" as a vehicle battery pack and not a stationary home battery pack" and thus "proved too expensive to compete for the sedentary home energy storage role." Mercedes's proposed modular battery system offered between 2.5 kWh to 20 kWh in energy capacity priced between $,000 and as high as $13,000 after installation, compared to Tesla's 14 kWh Powerwall 2 priced at $7,500 installed.
Audi and Nissan have also announced plans to enter the residential energy storage market.(Source: Mercedes Benz, pvbuss, May, 2018) Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; Mercedes-Benz Energy, http://media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko/Foundation-of-Mercedes-Benz-Energy-Americas-LLC-Mercedes-Benz-Energy-Storages-enter-the-US.xhtml?oid=14420414
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The survey found that 75 pct of fleet respondents planning to acquire trucks in 2018 anticipate maintaining or increasing use of diesel engine powered trucks, and more fleets are planning to acquire or continue using biodiesel than any other alternative fuel option. The survey also found
that Nearly 40 pct of respondents currently operate alternative-fueled trucks in their fleets. (Source: NTEA, NAFB, May, 2018) Contact: NTEA, (800)441.6832, (248) 489-8590 Fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ntea.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Alternative Fuel,
The partners will work to meet the specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals approved by the Port of Seattle Commission in December 2017 -- a minimum of 10 pct of sustainable jet fuel to be produced locally from sustainable sources within 10 years, increasing to 50 pct by 2050.
Airlines at Sea-Tac are projected to use about 700 million gpy of jet fuel. A 10 pct reduction would eliminate the equivalent of 682,500 metric tpy of airlines greenhouse gas emissions.
(Source: Seattle Tacoma Airport, PR, May 1, 2018) Contact: Seattle Tacoma Airport, (206) 787-5388, www.portseattle.org/sea-tac
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel,
"ABFA members are concerned that Administrator Scott Pruitt is granting these exemptions in an arbitrary and capricious manner to undisclosed parties behind closed doors with no accountability for its decision-making process," Michael McAdams, the head of the trade group, said in a statement.
(Source: Advanced Biofuels Association, Reuters, May, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams, Pres., www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association, RFS, Renewable Fuel Standard, Scott Pruitt,
Redflow manufactures zinc-bromine flow batteries called ZBM2, for commercial, industrial, telecommunications and grid-scale energy storage, as well as ZCell batteries for residential applications. The company recently opened a factory in Thailand.
Redflow is now raising $7.5 million (AUS) through a placement to new investors and an additional $10.6 million (AUS) through a fully underwritten non-renounceable entitlement offer to all current shareholders.
(Source: Redflow Ltd., Renewables, April, 2018) Contact: Redflow, Simon Hackett, CEO, +61 73376 0008, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.redflow.com.au; Redflow ZCell, email@example.com, www.zcell.com
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The order is for its MAiA 4.1 system for rear side coating of PERC solar cells, which will be used at a production plant in Malaysia.
The Swiss firm also secured an order for its fully-integrated FABiA 4.1 platform from the same customer for a manufacturing facility in China.
Deliveries of the equipment are slated to begin in Q3, 2018. (Source: Meyer Burger, Renewables, Various Media, 26 APril, 2018) Contact: Meyer Burger, +41 33 221 28 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.meyerburger.com/ca/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News PERC Solar, Solar, PV,
The solicitation, which is expected to attract as much as $1.5 billion in private investment, is for up to 20 projects that will add capacity capable of producing 1.5 million MWh per year of renewable electricity. The proposals could be paired with energy storage facilities, in line with a goal for the state to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025.
New York State's first large-scale renewables solicitation chose 26 proposals totaling 1,383.09 MW and pledged to provide a $1.4 billion investment package to back the schemes. Twenty-two of the proposals are for utility-scale solar parks, with the rest being wind and hydro projects. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, April, 2018)Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo
More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo, NYSERDA, Renewables, Renewable Energy,
The new turbine extends the company's Delta4000 series has combined the rotor blade from the N131 turbine with the hub and nacelle of the N149/4.0-4.5. With a rotor diameter increased to 133 metres (436.4 ft), the N133/4.8 provides an additional yield of up to 39 pct compared to the previous N100/3300 model, also optimized for strong-wind sites, according to the company announcement.
(Source: Nordex, Renewables, April, 2018) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex, Wind Turbine, Wind,
CarbonCure's technology injects carbon dioxide (CO2) sourced from the refineries of industrial emitters into concrete, where the CO2 becomes mineralized, thereby enhancing the strength of the concrete, lowering production costs and making a meaningful contribution toward the global effort to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions.
CarbonCure is the world leader in a breakthrough market known as CO2 utilization, with nearly 100 installations of its technology across North America. The Global CO2 Initiative estimates that CO2 utilization in the concrete sector alone represents a $400 billion market opportunity.
Airgas offers concrete producers a complete value-added CO2 supply and service supported by its Gulf Coast distribution network. (Source: CarbonCUre Technol;ogies, PR, 27 April, 2018) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, email@example.com, www.carboncure.com; Airgas, www.airgas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Utilization, CarbonCure Technologies, Aigas, Concrete, Cement,
Siemens Gamesa will supply 143 of its SG 2.1-122 wind turbines to the project, and will maintain the facility for 10 years following completion which is expected in April of 2019.
Sembcorp Energy India Limited (SEIL) has 4.37 GW worth of power generation capacity across seven Indian states.
Siemens Gamesa has more than 5,000 MW worth of installed wind capacity in India,( accoding to the company. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, April, 2018) Contact: Sembcorp Energy India,
+65 6723 3113,
+65) 6822 3254,
www.sembcorp.com; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com
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The Goya project, which is backed by shareholders Mirova, General Electric, Engie, and Forestalia, which is also active in PV and biomass projects. The Goya Project is the first wind power concession in Spain to be awarded without public subsidies or incentives. (Source: EIB, Forsetralia, April, 2018) Contact: Forestralia, www.forestalia.com; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank, Wind,
More than 300 WELTEC plants are presently in operation in 25 countries on five continents with additional plants being built in Uruguay, France, Croatia and Greece. (Source: WELTECH BIOPOWER, PR, 25 April, 2018) Contact: WELTECH BIOPOWER,
+49 4441 99978-0, +49 4441 99978-8, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.weltec-biopower.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER, anaerobic digestion ,
Hexicon's platform accommodates multiple wind turbines and offers competitive advantages in wind park formations resulting in lower costs per installed MW, according to a company statement.
(Source: Hexicon AB, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Hexicon AB, www.hexicon.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hexicon AB, Offshore Wind, Floating Wind,
According to Brune Poirson, secretary of state to the French minister for ecological transition, said EU countries "must take more action and we must take it faster."
"Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, member states had agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. However, with the EU's current climate policy these goals would not be achieved," the ministers said in a joint statement.
The group added member states "are still divided on climate policy -- especially on a carbon price floor setting a higher price on carbon, which would penalize activities contributing to global warming -- an overhaul of emissions trading schemes for heavy emitters of CO2, and how to exit from the use of coal and nuclear power.
The carbon price does not send a strong enough signal, the price isn't high enough, the group statement added.
(Source: Irish Times, Various Other, 28 April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement, Climate Change, Carbon Tax,
The program, now in its fourth year, is intended to support energy efficiency, water management and to help farms prepare for droughts or severe weather resulting from climate change.
Some of the fund recipient farms will use the funding for cover crops to prevent erosion and to absorb carbon or to capture methane from manure. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, AP, Others, April, 2018) Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Gov. Andrew Cuomo,
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis said the following about this resolution: "A carbon tax is like all other 'progressive' climate policies. All ratchet up over time until their politically-disfavored victims are financially depleted and politically marginalized. In short, a carbon tax is a form of economic warfare waged by government against otherwise perfectly lawful enterprises. That is not how business is done in a free society and this resolution from Reps. Scalise and McKinley gets it exactly right."
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. CEI's mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics. CEI make the uncompromising case for economic freedom because we believe it is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish, according to the group's website. (Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute, PR, 26 April, 2018) Contact: CEI, (202) 331-1010 , email@example.com, www.cei.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Competitive Enterprise Institute, Carbon Tax,
The just released United States Algae Oil Market Report 2017 from HTF Market Reports provides a complete assessment of the market and contains future trend, current growth factors, historical data, and statistically supported and industry validated market data.
The study is segmented by products type, application/end-users and provides estimates for United States Algae Oil Forecast till 2023, as well as a forward looking perspective on the various factors driving or restraining market growth. The study also provides a 5-year market forecast and a pin point analysis of changing competition dynamics.
The research covers the current and future market size of the United States Algae Oil market and its growth rates based on 5 year history data. It also identifies industry leaders, recent developments, strategies adopted by the market leaders to ensure growth, sustainability, financial overview and recent developments. Key companies include: Cellana, Algae Floating Systems, TerraVia Holdings, Henry Lamotte OILS, Algaecytes, Goerlich Pharma, Polaris, Archer Daniels Midland Company & Renewable Algal Energy (RAE).
Request Sample of United States Algae Oil Market Report 2017 and other details HERE
(Source: HTF Market Intelligence Consulting Private Limited, April, 2018) Contact: HTF Market Intelligence, Craig Francis, PR, Marketing,
(206) 317 1218, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, www.htfmarketreport.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Oil, Biofuel,
The increasing capacity in Canada will help meet demand from both power generation and heating segments that is expected to grow from about 30 million tonnes globally as of last year to 70 million tonnes by 2025. Japan and South Korea will account for much of the increased demand, along with growth from the Netherlands, the U.K. and Denmark as the EU has set a goal of having 35 per cent of power sourced from renewables, including carbon neutral-designated biomass.
(Source: Canadian National Energy Board, Infosurhoy, Wood Pellet Association of Canada, April, 2018) Contact: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Gordon Murray, Exec. Dir., (250) 837-6125,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Wood Pellet, Woody Biomass, Carbon Emissions,
According to Bloomberg, "The US pledged to work with the rest of the world to fight climate change under the Paris Agreement, and that includes providing our fair share of the funding to help countries reach their goals.
Our foundation will uphold our promise to cover any cuts to UN climate funding by the (US) Federal government -- and the American people will uphold our end of the Paris Agreement, with or without Washington."
(Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation, UN Environment. 23 April, 2018) Contact: Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation, www.bloomberg.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg,
"We must find a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy. Because what is the meaning of our life, really, if we work and live destroying the planet, one sacrifices things for the future of our children. What is the meaning of our life if our decision, our conscious decision, is to reduce the opportunities for our children and grandchildren."
The French President also said he hoped the US would "one day re-join the landmark Paris climate agreement." -- French President Emmanuel Macron addressing a joint session of the USA Congress last week in Washington.
(Source: Various Media, UN Environment, 26 April, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Paris Climate Agreement,
IROAST researchers have developed a "catalytic combustion method" to add substances that promote or suppress chemical reactions during fuel combustion and suppresses the generation of NOx.
(Source: Journal of Catalysis, 26 Mar., Brinkwire, 29 April, 2018) Contact: IROAST, Dr. Satoshi , +81-96-342-3979,
The government will partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in an agreement worth $444 million to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and The Department of the Environment and Energy will also receive $56 million in additional funding. $100 million will be used for reef restoration science and $40 million will be spent for monitoring the health of the reef system.
In a recently published study study, researchers revealed the extent of damage caused by global warming on the reef system. Investigations showed that two successive heat waves killed nearly half of the corals in the most pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef.
(Source: Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Tech Times, 29 April, 2018) Contact: Great Barrier Reef Foundation, www.barrierreef.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
eTRACK supports energy efficiency, renewable energy, and demand-side management programs of major utilities in the US. With over 665 programs managed and over 10.5 million energy efficiency measures captured in its workflow management platform, ANB Systems Inc. has made significant contribution towards energy efficiency goals that benefit the environment, according to a company statement.
ANB Systems, Inc. is a leading software provider for the energy build and customize state-of-the-art software solutions for demand-side management operations, renewable energy, and retail energy services. ANB Systems, Inc. empower their clients to become data-savvy and realize operational efficiencies through the implementation of data-tracking and reporting systems, according to a company statement. (Source: ANB Systems Inc., 29 April, 2018) Contact: ANB Systems Inc., S. Balakrishnan, CEO,
(281) 494-0689, www.anbsystems.com
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Zen Eco Systems' two main products are Zen Thermostat that allows homes to remotely control and reduce their energy consumption, and the Zen HQ, a low-cost cloud-based platform for smaller businesses trying to manage energy-intensive assets across single and multiple sites.
Zen Eco Systems is one of 10 companies working on a demand response trail with the Australian Energy Market Operator and Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
As part of the project, Zen Ecosystems will deploy a network of connected, smart thermostats in commercial buildings and households in Victoria and South Australia. The network can then be controlled to reduce energy consumption when called upon by AEMO. (Source: Zen Ecosystems, Financial Review, 29 April, 2018) Contact: Zen Ecosystems, James McPhail, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zenecosystems.com; Clean Energy Finance, email@example.com; www.cefc.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Zen Ecosystems, Smart Thermostat, Clean Energy Finance,
The redevelopment implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The redevelopment included the repurposing of a parking deck; low-flow water fixtures, creating an open-air atrium to allow for sunlight, recycling 17 pct of building materials, diversion of 65 pct of construction waste from a landfill, and various other energy effic iency features and upgrades.
(Source: USGBC, Alabama NewsCenter , 29 April, 2018)
Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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According to the RFA, "The EPA data strongly implies that small refiner exemptions have effectively lowered the 2017 required volume of renewable fuels by 1.1 billion gallons, or six percent." (Source: US EPA, NAFB, Others, 28 April, 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association, RFA, RFS, Ethanol Blend,
Fuel ethanol exports to Brazil hit 450 million gallons in 2017 and accounted for nearly one-third of all U.S. fuel ethanol exports.
Canada remained the second-leading destination of U.S. fuel ethanol at nearly 330 million gallons in 2017, followed by China as the third-largest importer of U.S. fuel ethanol in 2016. (Source: EPA,Various Media, MAREX, 28 April, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, USDA, US Ethanol Export,
The Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program allows state agencies to treat utility savings as revenue that can be used to pay off capital improvement bonds as long as qualified energy efficiency firms, as certified by the Arkansas Energy Office in the Department of Environmental Quality, are contracted for the work.
Under the contracts for the Department of Community Correction prison at Brickeys, Entegrity will build and install a composting facility to turn food wastes food into fertilizer for prison farms, transition more than 17,000 light fixtures to high-efficiency LED lights and add approximately 2 acres of solar panels to provide reliable on-site energy to supplement purchased power.
The Correction Department predicts 20 pct reduction in baseline energy consumption and a 40 pct drop in baseline water consumption at the contracted facilities.
(Source: Entegrity Energy Partners, Arkansas Non-Profit News Network, 28 April, 2018) Contact: Entegrity Energy Partners, Rob Guthrie, Bus. Dev., (800) 700-1414, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Entegrity Energy Partners, Energy Efficiency,
EIA defines subsidies as funds that a government expends or revenue it foregoes to encourage or support certain activities. EIA's report includes direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research and development (R&D), and credit subsidies to recipients of federal loan guarantees.
Tax expenditures provided 80 percent of FY 2016 subsidies for renewables. More than half (51 percent) of the $5.6 billion in renewable tax expenditures went to biofuels which accounted for 77 pct of tax expenditures in FY 2010, but only 31 pct in FY 2013.
(Source: US EIA, Grand Island Independent, 28 April, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Incentive,
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The research team estimated the cost of new transmission lines required could be hundreds of billions of dollars, while storing electricity with the cost of today's batteries would likely cost more than a trillion dollars, although the prices of solar and other renewable energy as well as energy storage are expected to continue to fall.
The study notes that meeting 100 pct of U.S. electric power demand with solar and wind alone would be impractical as it would require the ability to store several weeks' worth of electricity. (Source: UC-Irvine, Energy & Environmental Science, Design News, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, Ken Caldeira, (650) 704-7212, email@example.com, www.carnegiescience.edu;
UC-Irvine, Assoc. Prof. Steven Davis, Professor of Earth System Science and study co-author, www.ess.uci.edu/~sjdavis/group.html
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The state budget of Ukraine is providing the Energy Efficiency Fund with $61.5 million in funding in 2018.
(Source: 112 UA, 12 April, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energfy Efficiency,
As required by state legislation, Texas utilities contract with Project Sponsors -- independent, third-party service providers, responsible for implementation of residential and commercial energy efficiency measures. Project Sponsors receive incentive payments from the Transmission & Distribution Utilities (TDUs) for the measures that result in peak demand reductions and energy savings. Project Sponsors include energy service companies, contractors, retail electric providers, national or local companies that provide energy-related products, and product retailers who provide installation services.
The programs are funded through a systems benefits charge on transmission and distribution services and are administered by the utilities. Altogether, several hundred million dollars are available for energy efficient programs in Texas.
(Source: Renewable Energy and Power, Inc., PR, Nasdaq, 11 April, 2018)
Contact: Renewable Energy and Power, Inc., (702) 685-9524, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.reappower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED light news, Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Rebate news,
Vineyard Wind will compete against proposals announced this week by Deepwater Wind and Baystate Wind, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said Wednesday. Vineyard Wind, joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, would inject 190 MW of power into Connecticut from a proposed windfarm 14 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.
All three proposals are flexible depending on the results of similar bidding processes ongoing in Massachusetts.
Environmental groups and labor leaders have backed DEEP's request for offshore wind proposals, saying the region has the workforce and logistics to play a major role in a growing market in New England.
But supporters of wind power say Connecticut is playing catch-up to Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Maryland — each seeking proposals from private developers for wind farms producing between 400 and 1,100 megawatts of power.
(Source: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, The Day, 5 April, 2018)
Contact: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind, Wind, Deepwater Wind, Baystate Wind,
The survey also found that a majority of companies overall have board oversight of climate-related issues, only 10 pct provide financial incentives for directors to manage the risks and opportunities. The largest percentage of companies offering incentives was found in Germany. Companies in the UK, France and Germany lead in giving information across three of the four areas of governance, risk management, metrics and targets stated by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. In North America, the US had the lowest proportion using and preparing to use carbon pricing, 15 and 9 pct respectively, and, at 66 pct, the lowest percentage of companies with board oversight. Canada had the lowest percentage offering the incentives, at 2 pct, and the second lowest proportion providing low-carbon products or services enabling avoided emissions, at 54 pct.
CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.
(Source: CDP, TriplePundit, 9 April, 2018)
Contact: CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, email@example.com, www.cdp.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
Green Globes is a leading sustainability rating system for commercial and multi-family buildings. Recognized for its ease of use, inherent flexibility, and customization, Green Globes can be applied to virtually every building type and use. To ensure diversity among the building types and geographic locations participating in the pilot program, GBI offered subsidized involvement for a select number of participants. Current pilot projects include: Federal government warehouse in West Virginia; K-12 school in Florida; Mixed use property in New York; Federal government office in Texas; and Multifamily residential property in Georgia . The pilot is open to all new construction and major renovation projects.
The GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building best practices. Founded in 2004, the organization is the sole provider of the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building assessment programs. (Source: Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Green Building Initiative, (503) 274-0448, info@TheGBI.org , www.TheGBI.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Initiative , Green Globe, Energy Efficiency,
The Vivergo plant is the UK's largest and Europe's second largest bioethanol producer and the country's largest single producer of DDGs animal feed.
Vivergo Fuels is a joint venture between AB Sugar and DuPont, with ANB Sugar the majority shareholder. (Source: Virgo Fuels, Various Media, 11 April, 2018)Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo, Ethanol, Bioethanol, Wheat Ethanol, DDGs,
"Production of biofuels can also be done efficiently under searing temperatures and without relying on Qatar's arable land," said SDC director and Qatar Biofuel Project manager Hareb al-Jabri. In a statement, he said the first phase of the project witnessed SDC’s research team producing biodiesel, bioethanol and bio-crude oil. These fuels should provide an additive source of energy, specifically for use by the airline industry.
According to Al-Jabri, the project adds value to the country's oil and gas sector as it aims to support the vision of Qatar Airways to use environmentally-friendly fuel in the airline industry, reducing the negative environmental effects of conventional fuel.
He added that the project will also contribute to carbon dioxide sequestration by recycling it to produce biofuels.
(Source: SDC Qatar University, Gulf Times, April, 2018)Contact: SDC Qatar University, www.qu.edu.qa
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Biocrude, SDC Qatar University,
According to an Apple statement, the company and its partners are building renewable energy projects around the world, including solar arrays and wind farms, as well as emerging technologies like biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems and energy storage technologies.
The company added it has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity.
It also has 15 more projects in construction. Once built, over 1.4 gigawatts of renewable energy generation will be spread across 11 countries. (Source: Apple, AFP, 10 April, 2018)
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MAKE predicts that the outlook in Europe will depend more and more on the success of the offshore wind energy sector, which it predicts will account for more than a quarter of new capacity added between 2018 and 2027. Specifically, offshore wind will expand to account for 50% of new capacity in Northern Europe, with the UK unsurprisingly accounting for the majority of this capacity, although Denmark will contribute in the near-term, and Sweden and Ireland will contribute in the long-term.
Offshore wind will be less important in the rest of Europe, however, contributing only 10% in Western Europe over the next ten years, with France, Germany, and the Netherlands each expected to add more than 5 GW. As for onshore, Germany and France will dominate here. In Southern Europe, a total of 40 GW of new wind capacity is expected. Spain and Turkey will together add more than 13 GW worth of wind power capacity over the next ten years, and Italy will similarly contribute thanks to its new energy plan. Markets in Eastern Europe will contribute annual additions in excess of 1 GW from 2019. China’s wind industry will take a little time to get its motor running following the National Energy Administration’s warning mechanism, but as curtailment levels drop and wind power consumption increases, annual capacity levels will begin to rise. Specifically, MAKE predicts that annual capacity additions will exceed 3 GW between 2022 and 2027. Australia will see two good years of over 1 GW each in 2018 and 2019 before a considerable drop-off due to government apathy. India, on the other hand, will see annual growth through 2022.
The forecast for wind in North America is much less impressive, however, after the US narrowly avoided “complete disaster through tax reform negotiations at the end of 2017” which resulted in modified timelines and pushing some capacity into the 2019-20 growth bubble. Annual capacity additions will drop off “considerably” post 2021, to the tune of nearly a threefold decrease in average annual capacity additions between 2022 and 2027 compared to the four years prior.
Near-term growth in Latin America is heavily reliant upon a small number of countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. Sustained long-term growth is expected with the addition of new markets from 2020.
Annual capacity additions are expected to triple in the Middle East and Africa in 2027 compared to 2018 as a result of contributions made by emerging markets. (Source: Make Consulting, CleanTechnica, Mar., 2018)
In recent years, Sodra has invested SEK 6 billion ($718 million) in its pulp mills to increase production, which has also led to higher volumes of tall oil for distillation.
Tall oil is a by-product from the pulp and paper industry and forms the basis for the production of SunPine's renewable products in which raw tall diesel (RFD) is the chief product and which ultimately becomes green diesel. (Source: Sodra, 9 April, 2018) Sodra, Christen Gronvold-Hansen, Project Director , +46 (0)70 646 33 37, www.sodra.com/en; SunPPine, www.sunpine.se/en/tecknology
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