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Ameresco, USAF Ink $143Mn Energy Conserv. Contract (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2018-10-03
Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has secured a 22-year, $143 million contract to support energy conservation efforts within Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Civil Engineer Center said Friday the contract covers the installation of 20 MW of renewable energy systems within JBSA's fence line and modernization of energy security through microgrid control technologies. The company will also modernize heating, ventilation, air conditioning energy management control systems and additional HVAC thermal energy storage, among other things, at 900 buildings across the military installation.

The work is expected to reduce energy consumption in JBSA facilities by 24 pct. (Source: Ameresco, GovCon Wire, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Conservation,  Renewable Energy,  


SimpliPhi Debuts Scalable Energy Storage Unit (New Prod & Tech)
SimpliPhi Power
Date: 2018-10-03
Ojai, California-headquartered SimpliPhi Power is introducing a dynamic and scalable PHI High Voltage energy storage solution for commercial and industrial applications. The product offers the ability to tailor voltage, capacity and power output for project-specific performance and supports greater control and reliability without toxic coolants or thermal monitoring to achieve peak shaving, load shifting, emergency back-up and demand response functions.

PHI High Voltage stacks feature modular battery building blocks that can be sized and scaled and installed without heavy equipment, instead of the one-size-fits-all, large, cumbersome battery banks common in other C&I offerings. (Source: SimpliPhi Power, PR, Solar Builder, Oct., 2018) Contact: SimpliPhi Power, Catherine Von Burg, CEO, (805) 640-6700, www.Simpliphipower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SimpliPhi,  Energy Storage ,  


The Crown Estate HQ Europe's First WELL Platinum Bldg. (Int'l)
International WELL Building Institute
Date: 2018-10-03
In London, The Crown Estate reports its head office at St James's Market has been awarded WELL Certification at the Platinum Level from the International WELL Building Institute. WELL is the global building standard designed to enhance people’s health and wellness through the built environment. There are only 11 platinum projects in the world, across the US, Australia and China. There are currently 5 WELL Certified projects in the UK, 3 of which are gold and 1 is silver.

The Crown Estate earned the distinction based on seven categories of building performance: air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind. The Crown Estate is also aiming for WELL Certification for a further two buildings in central London, at the Marq on Jermyn St and 1 Heddon St.

The Crown Estate is a collection of lands and holdings in the United Kingdom belonging to the British monarch as a corporation sole, making it the "Sovereign's public estate", which is neither government property nor part of the monarch's private estate.

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. IWBI delivers the cutting-edge WELL Building Standard, the first to be focused exclusively on the ways that buildings, and everything in them, can improve occupant comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, health and wellness. (Source: The Crown Estate, PR, PlaceTech, Oct., 2018) Contact: International WELL Building Institute, 646.883.5001, 646.607.1058, info@wellcertified.com, www.wellcertified.com; The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News International WELL Building Institute,  


NASA Foresees Clobal Climate Cooling Trend (Ind. Report)
NASA Langley Research Center
Date: 2018-10-03
NASA is reporting that the sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age and and the Earth's atmosphere is responding in kind.

According to Martin Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center, "We see a cooling trend. High above Earth's surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record's Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry or SABER instrument, which is onboard NASA's Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) satellite. SABER monitors infrared radiation from carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), two substances that play a vital role in the energy output of our thermosphere, the very top level of our atmosphere.

During Solar Maximum the Thermosphere Climate Index (TCI) number is very high. At times of Solar Minimum, as now, TCI is low. "SABER is currently measuring 33 billion Watts of infrared power -- ten times smaller than we see during more active phases of the solar cycle," Mlynczak notes.

The new NASA findings are in line with studies released by UC-San Diego and Northumbria University in Great Britain last year, both of which predict a Grand Solar Minimum in coming decades due to low sunspot activity. (Source: NASA, New American, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: NASA HQ, (202) 358-0001, Langley Research Center, Martin Mlynczak, marty@rigel.larc.nasa.gov, www.airbornescience.nasa.gov, www.nasa.gov/langley

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  NASA Langley Research Center,  Climate Change,  


DOE Announces $30Mn for Carbon Capture Tech. R&D (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2018-10-03
In the nation's capital, te U.S. DOE is announcing up to $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D under the second closing of the Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement.

Selected projects will support the development of solvent, sorbent, and membrane technologies to address scientific challenges and knowledge gaps associated with reducing the cost of carbon capture, supporting DOE's goal to develop technologies that can significantly reduce the cost of CO2 capture from coal fired power plants.

Specifically, projects must address one area of interest, Development of Novel Transformational Materials and Processes. Projects will seek to fill research gaps in either membrane transport properties or process designs. Research in transport properties should lead to new membrane materials with improved performance, while development of new process designs should reduce pressure drop and energy consumption.

Successful applicant projects will join 11 other projects previously chosen by FE to receive approximately $28.9 million during the first closing of this FOA in Fiscal Year 2018. The funded projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: US DOE, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: US DOE, Carbon Capture Program under the Office of Fossil Energy, www.netl.doe.gov/research/coal/carbon-capture; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Carbon Capture,  


Notable Quote Duly Noted
Christiana Figueres
Date: 2018-10-03
"The influence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts us all. When that incredible force is primed to catalyze exponential shifts in GHG emissions reductions all sectors of the economy, we can be stubbornly optimistic about delivering a livable planet to our children within the timeframe we have left to do so." -- Christiana Figueres, Sept., 2018

Christiana Figueres Olsen is a Costa Rican diplomat with 35 years of experience in high level national and international policy and multilateral negotiations. She was appointed Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in July 2010, six months after the failed COP15 in Copenhagen, according to Wikipedia. Contact: Christiana Figueres, http://christianafigueres.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Christiana Figueres,  GHG Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Kent Renewable Energy Notes Woody Biomass Plant Opening (Int'l)
Kent Renewable Energy,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2018-10-03
As previously reported, Kent Renewable Energy Ltd. is reporting the opening and startup of its 27-MW woody biomass-fired CHP plant in Sandwich, UK.

Kent Renewable Energy is majority owned by Denmark's Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and developed by Estover Energy Ltd. Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S will operate and maintain the facility which generates sufficient power for the equivalent of 50,000 homes. (Source: Kent Renewable Energy, BBI, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Kent Renewable Energy, +44 0 7495 678718, info@kentrenewableltd.com, www.kentrenewableltd.com; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151, cip@cip.dk, www.cipartners.dk Estover Energy Ltd., +44 20 7042 9470, www.estover.co.uk/sandwich-chp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Kent Renewable Energy,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


EDP Renewables Opens Romanian Wind Energy Storage Facility (Int'l)
EDP Renewables
Date: 2018-10-03
Madrid-headquartered renewables specialist EDP Renewables (EDPR) is reporting the opening of a pioneering battery-based wind energy storage facility at the 2012 vintage, 26-MW Cobadin Wind Farm in Romania. The facility is the first energy storage undertaking in Romania, according to the company's website.

EDP Renewables, the world's fourth-largest wind energy producer, is presently active in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK, and the US. In 2017, the company generated 27.6 TWh through facilities with a combined installed capacity of 11 GW in 11 countries. (Source: EDP Renewables, Balkan Green Energy News, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: EDP Renewables, www.edpr.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  


Ill. Panther Creek Wind Farm Anticipate Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
Illinois Winds LLC
Date: 2018-10-03
Shanbbona, Illinois-based FPL Energy Illinois Winds LLC reports it plans to soon break ground on the 25-turbine, $50 million Panther Creek Wind Farm just west of the city of Pittsfield. Whem fully operational in 2020, the farm will generate sufficient electric power for 18,000 area homes. The company is negotiating with Springfield-based Prairie Power on an interconnection agreement

Illinois presently has 2,632 operational wind turbines at 49 wind farms, which provided 6.2 pct of all in-state electricity production. Illinois' Renewable Portfolio Standard requires that utilities and retail electric suppliers generate 25 pct of their electricity sales from renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass energy by 2025. (Source: Illinois Winds, Journal Courier, Oct., 2018) Contact: Illinois Winds, Bill Damon, VP, 815-824-2182

More Low-Carbon Energy News Illinois Winds ,  Wind ,  


CARB Fine-Tunes California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-10-03
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board reports it has approved several amendments to the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, including one that sets a new carbon intensity target for fuel sold within the state. The changes include the creation of additional incentives for zero-emissions vehicles and establish protocol for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

The Golden State's LCFS currently requires a 10 pct reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020. The amendments will require a 20 pct reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.

According to CARB, the amendments align with the Golden State's overall target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030, and will incentivize the development of additional zero emission vehicle infrastructure and the sale of electric and hydrogen vehicles. (Source: CARB, Ethanol Producer, Oct., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Low Carbon Fuel,  


Notable Quotes Duly Noted
Vehicle Emissions
Date: 2018-10-03
"The amazing thing they're (the Trump administration) saying is human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society. And then they're saying they're not going to do anything about it." -- Michael MacCracken

MacCracken was commenting on the Trump administration's freezing Obama era federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks manufactured after 2020. MacCraken served as a senior scientist at the US Global Change Research Program between 1993 and 2002. (Source: NY Post, 1 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  GHGs.CO2,  


Inslee Opposes Proposed Clean Power Plan Roll-Bach (Ind. Report)
Gov. Jay Inslee
Date: 2018-10-03
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (DEM) testified last week in Chicago against the Trump Administration's plan to roll back the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

The broadly supported Clean Power Plan is a cost-effective and flexible approach to reduce power plant emissions and would have helped reduce carbon pollution by approximately 350 million tonnes (M) by 2030.

According to the EPA, the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy Rule  is 90 to 97 pct weaker than Obama's Clean Power Plan and will do little to curb emissions -- less than the closing of a single large coal power plant -- by 2030. (Source: Washington State Governor Jay Inslee Website, Access Washington, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gov. Jay Inslee,  Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


ICM Acquires Abengoa Bioenergy's Idle Kansas Biofuel Plant (M&A)
Abengoa Bioenergy, ICM
Date: 2018-10-03
Colwich, Kansas based agricultural and renewable energy technology firm ICM reports it is acquiring the bankrupt Abengoa Bioenergy's Colwich corn ethanol facility for $3.1 million. The plant has been idle since late 2017.

The facility processes up to 240,000 tpy of corn to produce roughly 25 million gpy of bioethanol and 70,000 tpy of DGS which is used for livestock feed. (Source: ICM, WMW, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: ICM, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa Bioenergy,  Landfill Gas,  ICM,  


BASF Invests in Waste Gas-to-Ethanol Firm LanzaTech (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech,BASF
Date: 2018-10-03
German chemicals juggernaut BASF reports it has invested an undisclosed sum in Chicago, Illinois headquartered LanzaTech, a biotech company using special microbes to recycle waste gas streams.

LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology recycles residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. By re-using waste streams instead of incinerating them, industrial companies are said to be able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

BASF Venture Capital GmbH was founded in 2001 with the aim of generating new growth potential for BASF by investing in new companies and funds. (Source: BASF, WMW, 1 Oct., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  BASF,  Ethanol,  


BDI-BioEnergy Completes Restructuring (Int'l Report)
BDI-BioEnergy
Date: 2018-10-03
Raaba-Grambach, Austria-based privately-held biodiesel technology pioneer BDI-BioEnergy International is reporting the completion of an "organizational restructuring" to better equip the company to "react more quickly to market changes."

A BDI Holding GmbH daughter company, BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH, core technologies include multifeedstock biodiesel technology, biomass-to-liquid technology (BioCrack), and greentech process solutions, such as phosphorous recycling from sewage sludge combustion ashes. (Source: BDI Bioenergy, Biodiesel Mag., 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: BDI Holding GmbH, Helmut Goessler, CEO, +43 316 400 9100, www.bdi-bioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BDI-BioEnergy,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


PSE&G Promoting NJ Clean Energy, Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
PSE&G
Date: 2018-10-03
Further to our June 4th coverage, Newark-based Public Service Electric and Gas Co (PSE&G) reports it has submitted a proposal for a Clean Energy Future (CEF) program with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. If approved and implemented, the program is expected to save customers $7.4 billion in energy costs and cut carbon emissions by 36 million tonnes.

The CEF includes a plan to implement an advanced technology platform, called the "energy cloud" which would modernize the way the utility serves its customers. When fully implemented, the energy cloud is expected to save customers another $1.7 billion over 20 years.

The proposal is intended to help New Jersey meet its energy storage goals set forth in the state's clean energy legislation requiring utilities to cut customers' annual electric and gas consumption by 2 pct and 0.75 pct respectively.

To that end, the CEF program would invest in clean energy and advanced technology that would advance the state as a national leader in energy efficiency and jump-start other clean energy priorities.

The $2.8 billion energy efficiency plan includes $2.5 billion of investment and $283 million in other program costs. The program will allow customers to: use upfront rebates and other financial incentives to purchase more efficient appliances, smart thermostats and other equipment; get free and affordable energy audits, reports and system design advice; get free and low-cost energy efficiency kits, tools and installations; and seed funding for new energy-saving techniques. (Source: PSE&G, Smart Cities World News, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, Michael Voltz, Energy Efficiency Dir., (6310 844-3819, michael.voltz@pseg.com, www.pseg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PSE&G,  Clean Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Saudis Scuttle Massive SoftBank Supported Solar Project (Int'l Report)
SoftBank
Date: 2018-10-01
Following up on our March 30th coverage, it is being widely reported by the WSJ and others that Saudi Arabia has scuttled a $200 billion plan with Toky-headquartered SoftBank Group Corp to construct the world's largest solar-power-generation project in favour of a long term, less focused renewable energy strategy.

As previously reported, the original $200 billion project was intended to have a 200 gigawatts (GW) capacity by 2030. (Source: WSJ, Reuters, 30 Sept., 2018) Contact: SoftBank Group, www.softbank.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SoftBank,  


Johnson Controls, Con Edison Enter Energy Storage JV (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls,Consolidated Edison Solutions
Date: 2018-10-01
Johnson Controls International plc will provide the intellectual property and be a minority owner in a new energy storage JV with Consolidated Edison Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of New York-based Con Edison Cleaner Energy Businesses Inc., the companies have announced.

Con Edison Solutions will be the majority owner and operating partner of the joint venture as the exclusive provider of battery storage systems to customers of Johnson Controls. The battery storage systems JCI has developed learn the operating characteristics of a building's electrical system and optimizes them for the end customer's maximum economic benefit.

Johnson Controls' energy storage group employees will become part of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses. Other terms of the agreement have not been released. (Source: Johnson Controls, Con Edison, Milwaukee Biz Times, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses , Mark Noyes, President and CEO, www.conedsolutions.com; Johnson Controls, www.johnsoncontrols.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Consolidated Edison Solutions,  Energy STorage,  


Sunflare Touts New Thin-Film Solar Shingles (New Prod & Tech)
Sunflare Solar
Date: 2018-10-01
La Verne, California-based Sunflare Solar is touting its patent-pending, lightweight thin-film CIGs solar shingles for both flat TPO-covered roofs and for pitched metal roofs, including carports. Within 18 months, a residential version will be available, once UL certification is complete. All three shingle versions are based on a four-cell, 180 watt design.

The Solarflare shingle looks like an ordinary asphalt shingle and weighs 0.6 pounds to accommodate fast and easy installation. "We tested a 40 kW roof install and found that the roof was loaded in just 20 minutes," the company claims. The commercial shingles can be fixed to the substrate with double-sided tape or adhesive, and if the metal roof has grooves, those can be used as a default raceway for wire management. There is no roof penetration on the TPO roof, since hold-down hooks can be attached with adhesive where necessary.

The company also manufactures roughly standard-sized solar panels with a 6 cell by 10 cell configuration, which sell for about 70 cents per watt.

General advantages the Sunflare cells have over crystalline silicon cells is that the thin-film cells are 75 pct lighter and 95 pct thinner. Flexibility is imparted by a 0.127 mm stainless steel backbone in the Sunflare panels. (Source: SunFlare Solar, PR, Sept., 2018) Contact: Sunflare Solar, www.sunflaresolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Sunflare Solar,  


National Grid R.I. RfP Seeks 400-MW Renewables (Ind. Report)
National Grid
Date: 2018-10-01
Rhode Island's largest electric distribution company, National Grid, reports it has issued an RfP seeking proposals to contract up to 400 MW of renewable power and renewable energy certificates (RECs).

According to a notice last week by law firm Pierce Atwood, the Request for Proposals (RfP) is for renewable energy facilities with capacities of between 20 MW and 200 MW. The contracted period will be 10-15 years.

The competitive round is limited to "newly developed renewable energy resources" such as solar, wind, small hydro, eligible biomass, fuel cells, and waste-to-energy projects.

Each eligible candidate has to take part with at least one bid of 20 MW-200 MW and may also submit one or several alternative offers with capacities of between 200 MW and 400 MW. While projects do not have to be located within the state, they must "provide substantial direct economic benefits to Rhode Island, such as job creation or property tax revenues.

National Grid expects to conditionally select bidders for negotiation on May 2, 2019 and submit contracts to the state PUC by August 30, 2019. (Source: National Grid, Renewables, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com/RI-Business

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  National Grid,  


Dow 30 Companies Report CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-10-01
The newly released Sustainability Reporting Performance report, which ranks Dow 30 companies on their sustainable business practices, finds that despite a lack of mandatory reporting regulations on climate risk, 100 pct of companies publicly report carbon emissions in response to shareholders demands to see climate risk assessed as part of company governance. The research also finds a high level of adherence to reporting frameworks using the Global Reporting Initiative which offers a comprehensive yet concise way to communicate sustainability commitments to shareholders and potential investors.

Energy is a key theme in the research with 97 pct of Dow 30 companies already implementing energy efficiency technologies and 87 pct using renewable energy, whether it is purchased from verified sources or generated on-site. Moreover, 13 pct of DOW 30 organizations are actively divesting from fossil fuels and a further 47 pct of DOW 30 companies have adopted green finance policies or consider sustainability in their investment decisions.

EcoAct also scored companies in three other international indices -- the FTSE 100 (London,) CAC40 (Paris), and IBEX 35 (Madrid). EcoAct's annual research report aims to acknowledge and highlight those businesses that are taking real action towards meeting ambitious sustainability plans and environmental targets, while sharing best practice when it comes to managing the risks and maximizing the opportunities of climate change.

Down load the UN Sustainable Development Goals Report HERE

Details on The Sustainability Reporting Performance of the DOW 30 HERE. (Source: UN, DOW, Yahoo, 30 Sept., 2018) Contact: EcoAct, www.eco-act.com

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


India's Solar Industry Funded to Tackle Climate Change (Int'l)
European Investment Bank, International Solar Alliance
Date: 2018-10-01
In a boost to India's solar industry, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced it will bridge the urban financing gap with Global Urbis, launch the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and expand solar energy through the International Solar Alliance.

Global Urbis is a ground-breaking partnership to enhance climate action in cities around the world. The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund finances climate adaptation and land restoration measures through projects that will benefit some of the most vulnerable communities.

The EIB is partnering with the ISA to support the expansion of solar energy in India and other regions where solar power is one of the most abundant renewable energy sources but where technologies, funding and expertise are often lacking.

The ISA aims to raise $1 trillion by 2030 from public and private investors to invest in such solar projects. In 2017, the EIB provided €1.05 billion of new financing for solar energy projects around the world, and is currently finalizing a new €200 million credit line for renewable energy projects across India. Over the last five years, the EU Bank provided more than €21 billion for renewable energy investment worldwide, including €2.5 billion in photovoltaic and concentrated solar power projects.

The South Africa-based URBIS initiative comprises a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources; a quest to engender cities with greater social-ecological resilience in the context of global environmental change. The initiative aligns with broader international efforts to implement the ecosystem approach and build inclusive green urban economies. (Source: EIB, TECH2, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org; International Solar Alliance, www.intsolaralliance.org; Global Urbis, +27 21 202 0383, +27 21 202 0388, urbis@iclei.org, http://urbis.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  International Solar Alliance,  Solar,  Climate Change,  


DoI Announces Methane Leak Regulations Rollback (Reg & Leg)
U.S. Department of the Interior
Date: 2018-10-01
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) has announced its decision to ease Obama-era , 2016, regulations on methane leaks which the Trump administration describes as "burdensome on the private sector” restrictions on oil and gas industry."

Un the Waste Prevention Rule, oil and gas producing companies were required to inspect their wells twice yearly and repair reported leaks within 30 days. The rollback of the regulation means companies are no longer obliged to check their wells and equipment more often than annually and have 60 days instead of 30 to complete repairs.

Though not as long-lived as CO2, methane prevents as much as 80 pct more heat from escaping in the first 20 years of its release. Methane leaks are the largest drawback of the otherwise environmentally friendly switch from coal to natural gas as a source of energy. Natural gas releases half as much carbon dioxide when burnt.

The rationale behind Trump's rollback on methane leaks restrictions was largely economic. It is estimated that drillers would save $734 million to $1 billion over the next 10 years. (Source: IR Insider, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: US DOI, www.doi.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Department of the Interior,  Methane,  


EnerNOC Now EnelX (Ind. Report)
EnerNOC,EnelX
Date: 2018-10-01
In the Bay State, Boston-based EnelX, the Enel Group's advanced energy services division, is reporting its US subsidiary EnerNOC, Inc., has been rebranded to Enel X and integrated into Enel's advanced energy solutions in North America. Under one brand, the company will offer expertise and an expanded suite of energy services including energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and energy advisory services.

Enel X in North America partners with companies to provide integrated, sustainable energy solutions to optimize and monetize their energy use. (Source: EnelX, 1 Oct., 2018)Contact: EnerNOC, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900, www.enernoc.com: EnelX www.enelx.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerNOC,  Energy Efficiency,  EnelX,  


NantEnergy Touts Zinc-Air Battery for Grid Storage (Ind. Report)
NantEnergy
Date: 2018-10-01
Scottsdale, Arizona-based NantEnergy is touting its zinc-air battery which compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries, offer lower cost and longer duration and require no cooling system. The company says its batteries are already at the $100 per kWh level but that the price is expected to drop lower as more batteries are manufactured and deployed.

The zinc-air battery is simplicity itself: plastic components including the casing, a circuit board, and zinc oxide. In the charging phase, electricity converts zinc oxide into zinc and oxygen. In the discharge phase, the cell oxidizes the zinc with air. The basic battery is little bigger than a briefcase.

The company says it plans to expand into electric vehicle batteries batteries, grid storage and eventually residential battery storage. (Source: Nant Energy, NYT, CleanTechnica, 28 Sept, 2018) Contact: Nant Energy, 480-966-0242, nantenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Ziz-Air Battery,  Battery,  


Capstone Turbine Scores 5 Mexican Energy Efficiency CHP/CCHP Project Orders (Ind. Report)
Capstone Turbine
Date: 2018-10-01
Van Nuys, California-based microturbine specialist Capstone Turbine is reporting receipt of orders for three C1000 Signature Series and two C30 microturbines for CHP/CCHP projects for multiple industrial facilities in Mexico. DTC Ecoenergia, Capstone's Mexican distributor, secured all five projects.

Mexico's goal is to make clean energy 38.2 pct of its total power generation by 2031 from the current 20 pct, according to the Capstone release. (Source: Capstone Turbine Corp., PR Contact: Capstone Turbine, Jim Crouse, VP Marketing, 818-407-3628, ir@capstoneturbine.com, www.capstoneturbine.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine,  Energy Efficiency,  


IEA Predicts 200 GW of European Offshore Wind by 2040 (Int'l)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2018-10-01
Speaking at the Global Wind Summit on Tuesday, International Energy Agency (IEA) Exec. Dir. Fatih Birol predicted that wind energy would play "a critical role" in the world's energy mix over the coming decades. In Europe, offshore wind presently accounts for almost 5 pct of electricity generation and could generate as much as 1,100 TWh by 2040, Birol predicted.

According to Birol's prediction, not only will wind account for over 30 pct of Europe's electricity generation -- more than any other energy source -- Europe's offshore wind capacity is on track to reach nearly 200 GW by 2040, and could in fact go much higher.

The global offshore wind energy industry currently boasts approximately 20 GW worth of capacity installed primarily in European waters -- while the onshore wind industry boasts over 500 GW. (Source: IEA, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Director, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Fatih Birol ,  


Palm Oil Producing Countries Comment on Biofuels, Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries
Date: 2018-10-01
Meeting last week in Jakarta, The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) , issued the following policy developments in the EU on biofuel:
  • Under the proposed Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), the Commission of the European Union is mandated to establish criteria to help distinguish between high and low risk Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) across the vegetable oil sector in general used for biofuels;

  • There are several EU models for ILUC that have been proposed none of which, nor could provide definitive evidence that would allow for a clear distinction between high and low risk ILUC. Nevertheless, the Commission is mandated to establish criteria by February 2019 to allow for such a distinction to be made;

  • The ILUC concept is of US and EU origin, but it is not a globally accepted approach or standard for assessing the impact of ILUC on climate change. It helps underpins EU policy, but it is not an international norm upon which palm oil producing countries could or should build their environmental policies;

  • CPOPC draws attention to the fact that there is over 1.7 billion hectares of land devoted to the production of crops globally, of which only 4 pct is devoted to biofuel. In our view, the very marginal use of land for biofuel calls in to question the very basis premises of indirect land use change resulting from the cultivation of vegetable oils for biofuel;

  • While CPOPC considers that the scientific community of palm oil producing countries should engage with the Commission, the Governments in the developing world should be fearful of being drawn in to acknowledging, accepting or offering legitimacy to the ILUC scheme within the RED II;

  • Palm oil producing countries should also be mindful in the weeks ahead of the objectiveness of the criteria being established and whether they are being applied impartially across all vegetable oils. In this respect, there is concern that palm oil will be targeted as several EU models are associated with the conversion of forests and peat lands with ILUC;

  • CPOPC is of the view that the use of ILC to target palm oil would represent a basic violation of the non-discriminatory principles upon which the WTO multilateral system is based; and that any related EU regulation or decision would likely constitute a Technical Barrier to Trade;

  • CPOPC does not necessarily subscribe to this concern, but we believe that criteria established by the EU should also address carbon retention in lands that have been converted from forests and peat in Europe; as well as to take account of the relative productivity of vegetable oils and the importance that this plays in protecting the global land bank;

  • There are wider concerns that have been expressed by palm oil producing countries that criteria should also take into-account the historical impact of mass deforestation in Europe;

  • CPOPC supports the UN global agreement to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (SDGs);

  • CPOPC considers that the SDGs does not mean a trade off between social and economic progress and the environment, but rather the need to balance out these aims and CPOPC and other Palm Oil Producing countries are willing and open to engage with trading partners and stakeholders on how to achieve the SDGs in the vegetable oil sector;

  • In contrast to the direction of EU RED II, CPOPC believes that the promotion of first generation biofuel is an essential element for achieving the SDGs in palm oil producing countries. The use of vegetable oils in biofuel is essential to combating climate change and it is also important for all Governments in Palm Oil Producing Countries to reassure and give certainty to our industries that biofuel investment will not be undermined as is the case in the European Union. (Source: CPOPC, Neutral English, 1 Oct, 2018) Contact: CPOPC, Mahendra Siregar, Executive Director, +62 21 391 5160, +62 21 391 3961, secretariat@cpopc.org, www.cpopc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries,  


  • Equis Bioenergy Advancing 50 MW Japanese Biomass Project (Int'l)
    Equis Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Singapore-headquartered biomass project specialist Equis Bioenergy reports it has issued a Notice to Proceed on its 50 MW woody biomass-wood pellet fired biomass power plant in Toyama , approximately 250 km north-west of Tokyo, Japan.

    Toyo Engineering will undertake the construction work under a full turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract. Construction is expected to get underway in Q2 2019, and the Project is scheduled to come online in Q3 2021.

    The power plant, which will incorporate an Andritz boiler and a Siemens turbine and generator, will sell power to the Hokuriku Electric Power Company under Japan's renewable energy Feed-In-Tariff regime. The plant is expected to generate sufficient power approximately 75,000 households. (Source: Equis Bioenergy, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Equis Bioenergy, www.equisbioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equis ,  Wood Pellet,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


    Climeworks Opens Italian Carbon Capture Plant (Int'l Report)
    Climeworks
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Zurich-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist Climeworks AG is reporting the opening of its third carbon dioxide capture plant in Troia, Italy. The plant will capture 150 metric tpy of CO2 which will be converted to methane and used as "green gas" transportation fuel.

    The plant, which is largely funded by an research grant, is part of the Store & Go Project testing a group of technologies called "power to gas" that can help store energy produced from renewable sources.

    With Climeworks technology, the cost to capture one metric ton of carbon dioxide is between $600 and $800, but it should come down as the startup installs more of these units, according to Climeworks. (Source: Climeworks, Quarts, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Store & Go Project, Dr. Frank Graf DVGW Research Centre, Engler-Bunte-Institute of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Gas Technology, +49 721 608 41221, graf@dvgw-ebi.de, www.storeandgo.info/about-the-project; Climeworks AG, Jan Wurzbacher and Christoph Gebald, co-founder and co-CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climeworks,  CCU,  Carbon Capture ,  


    Albioma Completes Martinique Bagasse/Biomass Plant Tests (Int'l.)
    Albioma
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Independent french overseas renewable energy -- biomass and PV -- specialist Albioma reports completion of pre-startup testing and EDF validation of its &euro:210 million, 40 MW biomass power plant in Martinique.

    When fully operational, the plant will supply electricity for the island's electricity grid. The plant will burn bagasse, a fibrous residue of sugar cane, and other locally sourced plant biomass and wood residues from sustainably managed forests.

    Albioma, which is established in Overseas France, Mauritius and Brazil, has worked for 20 years with the sugar industry to produce renewable energy from sugarcane bagasse. (Source: Albioma, PR, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Albioma, Charlotte Neuvy, +33 (0) 47 76 67 00, www.albioma.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Albioma,  Biogasse,  Biomass,  Sugarcane,  Bagasse,  


    Clayton Homes, ecobee Partner on Smart Thermostats (Ind. Report)
    ecobee,Clayton Home Builders
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Maryville, Tenn.-based Berkshire Hathaway-owned pre-fabricated home builder Clayton Home Building Group is reporting an exclusive partnership with ecobee, the company behind the world's first wi-fi smart thermostat.

    Effective immediately, all Clayton Built® homes ordered nationwide will be equipped with ENERGY STAR® certified ecobee3 lite smart thermostats. The ecobee4 will also be available as an upgrade in select Clayton Built® homes across the U.S.

    ecobee's smarter algorithms and advanced sensing technology empower homeowners to live comfortably and save money on their energy bills. ecobee has estimated that, to date, it has helped homeowners save enough energy to take the City of Miami off the grid for a year.** (Source: Clayton Home Building Group Contact: Clayton Home Building Group, Keith Holdbrooks, Pres., www.claytonhomes.com; ecobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, Kristen Johnson, Kristenj@ecobee.com, www.ecobee.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ecobee,  Smart Thermostat,  Energy Efficient,  


    First Indian Compressed Biogas Plant Startup Expected (Int'l)
    Petroleum Ministry India
    Date: 2018-10-01
    In New Delhi, the Indian Petroleum Ministry reports it is expecting the nation's nation's first compressed bio-gas (CBG) plant to become operational within the current quarter of the fiscal year. The Ministry aims to see CBG replace LNG (liquefied natural gas) for use in households, as well as in transportation.

    The plan calls for the roll out of 5,000 CBG plants across India in a phased manner, with 250 plants by the year 2020, 1,000 plants by 2022 and 5,000 plants by 2025. These plants are expected to produce 15 million tpy of CBG , which is about 40 pct of the current CNG consumption of 44 million tonnes.

    A Petroleum Ministry working group on biofuels, set up under the National Policy on Biofuels 2018, is in the process of finalizing a pan-India marketing and pricing model for compressed bio-gas. Under the working group's smodel, entrepreneurs would be able to separately market the other by-products from these plants, including bio-manure, carbon-dioxide, etc. (Source: Petroleum Ministry India, IANS, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Petroleum Ministry India, www.petroleum.nic.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Compressed Biogas,  Methane,  


    Fewer Biofuels, More Green Space May Benefit Environment, Study Finds (Ind. Report)
    University of Michigan
    Date: 2018-10-01
    According to a study from University of Michigan (UM) Energy Institute professor John DeCicco, growing and harvesting bioenergy crops -- corn for ethanol, trees to fuel power plants, and others -- is a poor use of land, which is a precious resource in the fight against climate change.

    The assumption that bioenergy simply recycles carbon is a major accounting error, DeCicco and William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Milbrook, New York-based Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, held. The core of the assumption is the idea that producing a biofuel and then burning it for energy moves a given amount of carbon from the biosphere to the atmosphere, and back again in an unending and stable cycle. That's in contrast to the current one-way flow of fossil-fuel carbon from the Earth to the atmosphere.

    According to DeCicco, for bioenergy to be actually carbon neutral, harvesting the biomass to produce it would have to greatly speed up the net flow of carbon from the atmosphere back into vegetation. Otherwise, decades can pass before the "carbon debt" of excess CO2 in the air is repaid by future plant growth. "All currently commercial forms of bioenergy require land and risk carbon debts that last decades into the future. Given the urgency of the climate problem, it is puzzling why some parties find these excess near-term CO2 emissions acceptable," the researchers noted.

    In his 2016 study, DeCicco found that just 37 pct, rather than 100 pct, of the CO2 released from burning biofuels was balanced out by increased carbon uptake in crops over the first eight years of the U.S. biofuel mandate.

    To reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere requires avoiding deforestation and reforesting harvested areas, up to one-third of current carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels could be sequestered in the biosphere," the researchers wrote. "Terrestrial carbon management can keep carbon out of the atmosphere for many decades."

    The new opinion was published in the latest edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: Univ. of Michigan, Rahunuma Daily, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan Energy Institute, Prof John DeCicco, (734) 764-6757, DeCicco@umich.edu, www.umich.edu; Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, (845) 677-5343, www.caryinstitute.org

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


    Tidal Turbine Specialist Generates Private Investment (Int'l)
    Scotrenewables
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Orkney Islands-based floating tidal turbine developer Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd reports it has secured a multi-million pound investment from the McGrath family and Matthias Haag -- the former CEO of the company behind the 600-MW Gemini offshore wind park. Scotrenewables also received support from the Scottish government's Energy Investment Fund.

    Scotrenewables is preparing for a 2019 construct and installation of its SR2-2000 tidal power turbine. (Source: Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd., Renewables, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd., office@scotrenewables.com Telephone: 01856 851641 www.scotrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy,  


    Eolus Vind Secures $119Mn Credit Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    Eolus Vind
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Renewables Now is reporting Hasselholm, Sweden-headquartered wind projects developer Eolus Vind AB has secured a 4-year, €101 million ($119 million) credit agreement with Swedbank. The funds will be used for expansion and to support new and ongoing projects and liquidity for daily operations.

    According to the company, it has installed over 540 units of the roughly 3,400 wind turbines currently operating in Sweden, and operates over 400 MW on behalf of customers. (Source: Eolus Vind Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02, www.eolusvind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus Vind,  Wind,  


    D.C. Considers 100 pct Renewable Energy Commitment (Ind. Report)
    ThinkProgress. D.C.
    Date: 2018-09-28
    According to ThinkProgress. D.C., the city and district of Washington, D.C. on Moday announced it will consider climate legislation aimed at increasing its clean energy goals by as much as 50 pct, making its standards among the strongest in the country.

    The proposed "Clean Energy D.C." Act would require D.C. to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable sources by 2032; increase fees for oil and gas; set new building energy efficiency standards, and authorize programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: ThinkProgress. D.C., Pacific Standard, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Clean Energy DC, http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0904; ThinkProgress. D.C., https://thinkprogress.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    CarbonCure Announces Major Strategic Investment (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Halifax, Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies Inc. is reporting the closure of a major investment led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, one of the world’s most sought-after clean technology investment partners.

    The Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund was created to accelerate the world's transition to clean energy, and is backed by Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla, Sir Richard Branson, Jeff Bazos, Michael Bloomberg and other business leaders.

    The round includes the GreenSoil Building Innovation Fund and a follow-on investment by the Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Venture Fund of BDC Venture Capital. Investors from prior rounds include: Pangaea Ventures, 350 Capital, Innovacorp, Brightpath Capital Partners, Neo Ventures, the Shaw Group, Power Generations, and Carmanah Management.

    According to CarbonCure CEO Rob Nixon, CarbonCure "made it simple and profitable for the construction industry to build resilient structures with lower CO2 emissions. Every tonne of CO2 utilized in concrete production with the CarbonCure Technology results in a multiplier effect that saves an additional 28 tonnes of CO2 and over $3,100 in production efficiencies. This strategic investment allows CarbonCure to scale our impact by expanding into international markets and commercializing new value-added solutions for the concrete industry that further improve its sustainability and production efficiencies."

    With its expanded portfolio of technologies and entry into international markets, CarbonCure has the potential to reduce up to 700 megatonnes of embodied carbon emissions each year. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Greensoil Building Innovation Fund, www.greensoil-investments.com; Breakthrough Energy Ventures, www.b-t.energy/ventures; CarbonCure, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  


    Ontario Premier Ford Criticized for Scrapping of Cap-and-Trade (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Ontario
    Date: 2018-09-28
    At Queens Park, the Province of Ontario's environmental watchdog Dianne Saxe is criticizing the freshman conservative government of Premier Doug Ford for dismantling the province's cap-and-trade system without putting in an effective climate change program to replace it. Conservative Premier Doug Ford made cancelling cap-and-trade a key aspect of his campaign.

    According to the environmental commissioner, the government's decision could reverse the province's decade of progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Windsor Star, The Canadian Press, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe, (416) 325-3377, commissioner@eco.on.ca, https://eco.on.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  Doug Ford,  


    Bioenergy: Opportunities and Challenges of Harnessing Waste to Reduce GHGs (Conferences and Events)
    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
    Date: 2018-09-28
    On October 11 in Vancouver, BC, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions will host Bioenergy: Opportunities and Challenges of Harnessing Waste to Reduce GHGs -- a sustainable pathway toward a low-carbon future in BC and beyond?

    A panel of experts will discuss how municipalities, agri-industries and other sectors can utilize organic, commercial, agricultural and forest waste to produce clean and sustainable energy. What is the magnitude of CO2 emissions reduction that can be achieved by using waste for energy? What are the innovative technologies in BC and beyond that may reduce the cost of bioenergy? How big a role does bioenergy play in British Columbia's future energy demand? and other issues and questions will be addressed.

    Bioenergy: Opportunities and Challenges of Harnessing Waste to Reduce GHGs event details page HERE. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, PR 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, 250-853-3595 Fax: 250-853-3597 pics@uvic.ca, https://pics.uvic.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,  


    EIB Launches Global Climate City Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Global Climate City Challenge
    Date: 2018-09-28
    The European Investment BanK (EIB) is reporting the launch of the Global Climate City Challenge, a new pilot initiative to address technical preparation and financing for cities across the world to strengthen investment in green projects and programs essential to improving regional resilience to climate change.

    The aim of the Global Climate City Challenge is to strengthen urban climate action projects in regions most likely to be affected by a changing climate, and those that are not necessarily able to fund the necessary resilience themselves, such as those throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Projects will be bolstered using best-practice and technical assistance intended to offset the risks and impact of climate change, enhance the impact of these projects, and improve the financial sustainability of first-time projects. The City Challenge will look to transform financing for low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure by mobilizing significant levels of private investment, as well as increasing support from public resources.

    The City Challenge will also benefit from the involvement of FELICITY, a technical assistance program for low-carbon infrastructure projects in cities which is jointly led with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), and which the German Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU) expects to expand in the near-future.

    The Global Climate City Challenge will look to support climate action projects in six cities in the coming weeks under an initial pilot program which will include efforts to enhance the bankability of projects as well as increasing financing support, sharing experience of smart-city technology, and innovative urban financing. (Source: EIB, Sept., 2018) Contact: Global Climate City Challenge, GlobalClimateCityChallenge@eib.org, www.eib.org/en/projects/sectors/urban-development/city-call-for-proposal/index.htm


    MHI Vestas Launches 10MW Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
    MHI Vestas
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Offshore wind turbine giant MHI Vestas reports it has launched the first commercially-available 10 MW offshore wind turbine. The V164-10.0 MW turbine features a rotor diameter of 164 meters and turbine blades 80 meters in length with a swept area larger than the London Eye, and the height from base to tip of approximately 187 meters. (Source: MHI Vestas, Sept., 2018) Contact: MHI Vestas, MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan, www.mhivestasoffshore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    Versalis Snares Mossi Ghisolfi Bio Companies (Int'l, M&A)
    Versalis SpA,Mossi Ghisolfi
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In Italy, Milan-headquartered Versalis SpA, the chemicals arm of Eni, reports it is acquiring Tortona-headquartered Mossi Ghisolfi Group's "green" businesses. Financial details of have not been disclosed, but the deal is expected to close within weeks.

    The acquisition includes Biochemtex, Beta Renewables, Italian Bio Products (Ipb) and and Ipb energia. The deal covers assets and resources related to the development, industrialization and licensing of technologies and bio-chemical processes based on the use of renewable resources, especially biomass.

    Versalis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eni which specializes in the production of chemicals. It produces olefins, aromatics, chlorine derivatives, polyethylene, polystyrene and elastomers. (Source: Versalis SpA, European Rubber Journal, Sept 26, 2018) Contact: Versalis SpA, www.versalis.eni.com; Mossi Ghisolfi Group, www.gruppomg.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Versalis SpA,  Mossi Ghisolfi ,  


    Cal. Cap-and-Trade Funds Address Transport Emissions (Funding)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In Sacrament, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced up to $205 million in grant funding for projects designed to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and reduce air pollution caused by the movement of goods throughout the state.

    Eleven projects will receive a total of $150 million from California Climate Investments and other sources, with another $55 million to be considered by the Board at its October meeting. The grants will be matched by $210 million invested by private and public partners, bringing total investment to more than $400 million.

    The funding is intended to support cost-effective clean technologies that reduce pollution that contributes to regional air quality problems, particularly diesel particulate emissions. Funded projects are located in five air districts across the state: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, and Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

    California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment -- particularly in disadvantaged communities. (Source: CARB, PR, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: CARB, Karen Caesar Public Information Office, (916) 322-2990, (800) 242-4450, karen.caesar@arb.ca.gov, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Hecate Energy Planning Ohio Solar Power Plant (Ind. Report)
    Hecate Energy
    Date: 2018-09-28
    The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Chicago-headquartered Hecate Energy is seeking to build a 300-MW solar power plant on 2,500 acres near Mowrystown, about 90 miles southwest of the Ohio capital city of Columbus. To that end, the company plans to file an application for the plant with the Ohio Power Siting Board in October. (Source: Hecate Energy, AP, Columbus Dispatch, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: Hecate Energy LLC, Chris Bullinger, CEO, Solutions@HecateEnergy.com, www.hecateenergy.com

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    Solar Groups Move to Streamline Panel Installation Processes (Ind. Report)
    Solar Energy Industries Association,Solar Foundation
    Date: 2018-09-28
    A new initiative spearheaded by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The Solar Foundation is taking steps to streamline the permitting process and cut the costs of solar panel installation. Presently, the permitting and inspection process adds about $7,000 in direct and indirect costs -- about $1.00 per watt -- to the average residential solar energy system, according to the groups.

    The SolarAPP aims at lowering this cost through an automated, standardized installation process that would include:

  • A safety and skills training and certification program for installers;
  • An online platform, which would be provided to local governments at no cost, to register and automatically screen qualifying energy systems:
  • A list of equipment standards based on the new process;
  • The creation of system design standards;
  • A model for instantaneous permitting for home and small commercial solar and battery storage systems installed by certified installers and contractors.

    The initiative would also include establishing a program administrator to oversee and implement the new standardized process. (Source: Associations Now, Sept., 2018) Contact: SEIA, www.seia.org; Solar Foundation, www.thesolarfoundation.org; Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) initiative, www.thesolarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SolarAPP.pdf

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Energy Industries Association,  Solar Foundation,  


  • Nebraska E-30 Flex-Fuel Pilot Program Launched (Ind. Report)
    Nebraska Ethanol
    Date: 2018-09-28
    This week in Lincoln, Cornhusker State Republican Governor Pete Ricketts approved the E-30 pilot program which is intended to address the misconception that higher ethanol blends harm or damage vehicle engines.

    The program will be kicked-off in state-owned fleet vehicles and will assesses the effects of E-15 and E-30 blends on vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions control systems. The pilot program is expected to launch within the next few weeks. (Source: Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts, NTV ABC, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts, www.governor.nebraska.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blends,  E15,  E30,  Biofuel,  Flex-Fuel,  


    Oman Multiple Food-Waste Biogas Plants Planned (Int'l. Report)
    Oman Environmental Holding Services
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman reports it will establish four biogas plants to produce energy from more than half a million TPY of food and other organic waste. The project is expected to cost approximately OMR56 million ($145,644,000).

    In September, the Oman Environmental Holding Services Company S.A.O.C (Be'ah) floated a tender to conduct a feasibility study for the building of the first of the planned four biogas plants. The plants are intended to generate alternative, non-fossil fuel, forms of energy and to offset the environmental impact of processing large quantities of food and other organic wastes.

    According to Be'ah, this project would be the first of its kind in the Sultanate. The completion of the infrastructure will support the establishment of numerous other biogas plants that will generate electricity. (Source: Oman Environmental Holding Services. Times of Oman, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Oman Environmental Holding Services, +968 24 228401, www.beah.om

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  


    Alfa Laval Scores €72Mn Energy Efficiency Order (Int'l)
    Alfa Laval
    Date: 2018-09-28
    Lund, Sweden-headquartered Alfa Laval is reporting receipt of an order from a Taiwanese engineering company to supply compact heat exchangers to an unnamed petrochemical plant in the US. The order has a value of approximately 85 million Swedish krona (€72,828,000).

    The order includes Alfa Laval Compabloc heat exchangers which will be installed in an ethylene glycol plant and used for a variety of process applications, including heat recovery, cooling and heating. (Source: Alfa Laval, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 27 Sept., 2018)Contact: Alfa Laval, +46-46-36-72-31, www.alfalaval.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval,  


    PSE&G Announces $4Bn Clean Energy, Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    PSE&G
    Date: 2018-09-28
    New Jersey's largest regulated utility, PSE&G, is reporting a $4 billion plan to make the Garden State greener and advance the state's bid to become a clean energy leader. The six-year, Clean Energy Future Plan aims to reduce the state's energy consumption and carbon emissions while driving down electric power costs.

    $2.8 billion of the total $4 billion investment would be earmarked for energy efficiency programs and would underwrite rebates and incentives for energy-efficient appliances and equipment, as well as funding to adopt energy-saving techniques and "smart" electric meters. PSE&G would also offer free or low-cost consulting, tools and installations to residences, businesses and local governments. (Source: PSE&G, CNBC, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: PSE&G, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, www.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  PSE&G,  

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