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AEP Ohio Announces Commitment to Renewable Energy
AEP Ohio
Date: 2018-09-23
AEP Ohio has announced a commitment to eventually double wind and solar generation in Ohio. Supporters say the plan sends a signal around the country to clean energy companies. AEP Ohio’s proposal is the next step in their plan to move away from coal power. Neil Waggoner is with the Sierra Club, which agreed to support the plan in 2015. Waggoner says AEP’s project and the state’s renewable energy standards are a signal to solar and wind developers. “If we just get out of our own way we’re gonna see more commitments like what AEP is trying to do and we’re gonna see Ohio clean energy just really take off," Waggoner said. Ohio lawmakers have tried repealing the standards mandating wind and solar power. A bill to change those standards could come up again after the November election. (Source: AEP, WKSU, 22 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News AEP Ohio news,  Renewable Energy news,  


Green Plains Superior Ethanol Plant Still Operating (ind. Report)
GreenPlains
Date: 2018-09-21
Following up on out 19th Sept. coverage, Omaha-headquartered Green Plains Inc. VP Jim Stark has refuted statements made in a Reuters article published Monday regard plant closings. Stark noted the company was not closing down the 60 million gpy, 10 year old Superior, Iowa ethanol plant. Source: Green Plains, Estherville News, 20 Sept., 2018) Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains,  Ethanol,  


NAES to Operate BioMass Solution's ND Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
NAES Corporation,BioMass Solution
Date: 2018-09-21
Further to our 5th Sept. coverage, NAES Corporation reports it has been selected by Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered BioMass Solution LLC to operate and maintain its Red River Biorefinery which is presently under construction in Grand Forks, N.D. The facility is designed to produce 16.5 million gpy of fuel-grade ethanol from sugar beet tailings, potato wastes and other organic byproducts. The owner recently achieved financial close for the plant and has issued full notice to proceed with construction activities. Commercial operations are scheduled for late 2019.

NAES Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation, is an independent services company serving power generation, oil & gas, petrochemical, pulp & paper and manufacturing industries. (Source: NAES, PR, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: NAES, Dan Consie, Senior VP Power Services, Doug Cantwell, Communications, doug.cantwell@naes.com, www.naes.com; BioMass Solutions, Jacek Chmielewski, 847-208-4171, Jacek.chmielewski@biomasssolution.com, www.biomasssolution.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioMass Solution,  Ethanol,  


Yotta Solar Touting Panel Level Energy Storage (New Prod & Tech)
Yotta Solar
Date: 2018-09-21
Austin, Texas-based energy storage specialist Yotta Solar is touting its patented SolarLEAF™ solar PV plus energy storage technology.

SolarLEAF incorporates the world's first and only 100 pct passive thermal regulation system for panel-level energy storage. This passive temperature regulation enables the system to operate in extreme temperatures while protecting the battery life and without degrading performance. The plug-and-play design simplifies the integration of energy storage with solar PV and eliminates the need for heavy, difficult to install enclosures, complicated HVAC systems that require parasitic loads, and expensive fire suppression systems, according to the company.

The SolarLEAFTM system is a battery pack with integrated multi-way power flow electronics that easily attaches behind standard 60 to 96 cell solar modules either at the time of panel installation or as a retrofit. The system's modular design and panel level installation makes it simple and cost-effective to scale energy storage with solar. (Source: Yotta Solar, PR, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: Yotta Solar, www.yottasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Golden State Trumpets Climate Change Leadership (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Calif. Gov. Jerry Browm
Date: 2018-09-21
According to the Office of Gov. Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown (D), California continues to lead the world in adopting innovative policies to fight climate change.

In August, the state released its Fourth Climate Change Assessment detailing new research on the impacts of climate change and providing planning tools to support the state's response.

Previously this year, Governor Brown issued executive orders to improve the health of the state's forests and help mitigate the threat and impacts of wildfire, and get 5 million zero-emission vehicles onto California's roads by 2030. Last year, the Governor signed landmark legislation to extend and strengthen California's cap-and-trade program and create a groundbreaking program to measure and combat air pollution at the neighborhood level.

Under Governor Brown, California has established the most ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America; set the nation's toughest restrictions on destructive super pollutants; and will reduce fossil fuel consumption up to 50 pct and double the rate of energy efficiency savings in buildings by 2030. Additionally, the state has met its 2020 target four years early, reducing emissions 13 pct while growing the economy 26 pct. From 2015 to 2016 alone, emissions reductions were roughly equal to taking 2.4 million cars off the road, saving 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel.

Governor Brown has also helped establish and expand coalitions of partners across the nation and globe committed to curbing carbon pollution, including the Under2 Coalition, which includes 222 total jurisdictions on 6 continents, representing more than 1.3 billion people and $34 trillion in GDP. Members of the coalition have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 80 to 95 pct below 1990 levels or to less than 2 annual metric tons per capita by 2050.

California and 17 other states collectively representing more than 40 pct of the U.S. auto market sued the U.S. EPA earlier this year to preserve the nation's uniform vehicle emission standards that save drivers money at the pump, cut oil consumption, reduce air pollution and curb greenhouse gases. (Source: Office of California Gov. Governor Edmund G. Brown, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: California Governor Edmund G. Brown, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax, http://gov.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  Climate Change,  California Cap-and-Trade,  California Carbon Market,  


U.S. Ethanol Industry Groups Support E10 in the UK (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-09-21
On 16 Sept., the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association jointly submitted comments to the United Kingdom's Department of Transport which is considers implementing a nationwide E10 ethanol blend.

The comments highlight the benefits of ethanol for fuel and draw on the experience of the United States in implementing a similar nationwide E10 fuel blend. They also support moving directly to an E10 blended fuel, as the overwhelming majority of gasoline-powered vehicles are approved for this fuel. Doing so would offer benefits for consumers and ensure certainty for U.K. producers, the groups note.

Read the comments submitted to the UK Department of Transport HERE (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council , 19 Sept., 2018): Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; U.S. Grains Council, (202) 789-0789, www.grains.org; UK Department of Transport, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  E10,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  U.S. Grains Council,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


POET Opens Expanded Marion Ohio Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2018-09-21
In the Buckeye State, ethanol industry giant POET reports the Sept 19th opening of POET Biorefining Marion. The Marion plant's capacity was increased 80 million gpy to 150 million gpy of biofuel and 360,000 tpy of high-protein animal feed.

The Marion plant expansion came in at a reported $120 million. (Source: POET, PR, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  


PatentReal Touts Emission-Free Biomass Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
PatentReal Corp
Date: 2018-09-21
In Slovenia, PatentReal Corp is touting the launch of its new emission-free Biomass Ultima technology.

The Biomass Ultima is particularly unique as its by-product -- organic carbon -- can be easily and economically reprocessed into active carbon with both agriculture and medicinal applications.

Review Biomass Ulimta Technology retails at https://adriagreenenergy.eu. (Source: PatentReal, Digital Journal, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: PatentReal, +386 30 710 812, www.patentrealcorporation.com;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Carbon Emissions,  


Chinese Carbon Emissions Jump 3 pct in H1, 2018 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-09-21
A study from environmental group Greenpeace notes that in the first two quarters of 2018, China's carbon dioxide emissions rose 3 pct year on year, due primarily to a the country's growing demand for coal and increased steel production.

Coal demand increased by 3 pct in the first half of 2018 with renewable energy sources unable to keep up with the spiraling demand for power over the period.

As the world's major GHG producer, China has vowed to bring total emissions to a peak by "around 2030" as part of its commitments to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Some studies have suggested that China's total carbon emissions might already have peaked at a record 9.53 gigatonnes in 2013, with the economy now shifting to less-carbon-intensive high-technology sectors.

China has been trying to ease its dependence on fossil fuels, and vowed in its latest energy five-year plan to cut the share of coal in its total energy mix from 64 pct in 2015 to 58 pct by the end of the decade. The figure stood at 60.4 pct in 2017. (Source: Economic Times Shanghai, Greenpeace, Reuters, 21 Sept., 2018

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs news,  Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  China Emissions news,  


Array Technologies Touts SmarTrack Solar Optimization (Ind. Report)
Array Technologies
Date: 2018-09-21
In New Mexico, Albuquerque-based Array Technologies is reporting the launch of SmarTrack, an optimization technology that intelligently adjusts solar PV module angles in response to weather and site conditions.

The new software, in combination with DuraTrack HZ v3 solar trackers, will optimize backtracking power production on as-built project conditions to capture the maximum power yields during diffuse light conditions.

The software suite utilizes self-learning algorithms that work independently of each other to optimize the energy output of the PV system. Once an operational strategy has been learned, the tracker system orientates PV modules to the optimal angle for power output responding to specific module technology, weather and site conditions. (Source: Array Technologies, Solar Power, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Array Technologies, Ron Coria, CEO, (505) 881-7567, info@arraytechinc.com, (505) 881-7567, www.arraytechinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Tracker,  Array Technologies,  Solar,  Solar Tracker,  


Rajasthan Jatropha Biofuel Plant Planned (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Rajasthan Jatropha
Date: 2018-09-21
In India, the Biofuel Authority of Rajasthan reports it will establish a Jatropha biofuel processing plant in Rajasthan with support from Indian Railways which will purchase the plant's biofuel production. The plant will have a capacity of 8 tpd and will cost about Rs 5 crore.

The Authority notes Jatropha is well suited to a desert state like Rajasthan since it requires only poor quality soil, little water or labour. (Source: The Biofuel Authority of Rajasthan, NYOOOZ, 20 September, 2018) Contact: Biofuel Authority of Rajasthan, Surendra Singh Rathore, CEO, 0141-2224754, 0141-2220672, biofuelraj@yahoo.co.in www.biofuel.rajasthan.gov.in

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


Orsted Offloads Half of UK Hornsea 1 Offshore Wind Farm (M&A)
Orsted,Global Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2018-09-21
Danish wind power company Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- reports it will divest 50 pct of its stake in the 1,218 MW Hornsea 1 Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Yorkshire, in the UK, to New York City-based investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners for approximately £4.46 billion ($5.85 billion. The purchase price will be paid out between 2018 and 2020.

The sale follows Orsted's normal business practice to construct a project and sell a portion of the project to an investor at some point during construction or operation. Orsted will continue construction of the project under a EPC contract that includes long-term operations and maintenance services. When fully online in 2020, Hornsea I will be the world's largest offshore wind farm. (Source: Orsted, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com; Global Infrastructure Partners, www.global-infra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hornsea 1 Offshore Wind,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


Siemens Gamesa Joins Science Based Targets Initiative (Int'l)
Science Based Targets Initiative
Date: 2018-09-21
At last week's Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco, Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Games Renewable Energy announced its commitment to develop a "measurable, science-based emissions reduction target" that will be independently approved and verified by the Science Based Target Initiative.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a joint collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the We Mean Business coalition, intended to encourage and support companies to commit to making measurable reductions in their carbon emission levels at a scale that actively contributes to meeting the 2 degree C warming target set in the Paris Climate Accord. Nearly 500 companies worldwide have committed to SBTI. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, SBTI, CleanTechnica, 18 Sept., 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com; Science Based Targets initiative, info@sciencebasedtargets.org, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets Initiative,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quote Worth Noting
Climate Change
Date: 2018-09-21
"I don't believe (President) Trump represents the present but he has the power, he has the Republicans hook, line and sinker. His unabashed acolytes will follow him over the cliff. Gross ignorance is dangerous. The battle is with Trump -- that's the number one fight. But once he's out of there, dealing with climate change will still be a fight." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Contact: California Governor Edmund G. Brown, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax, http://gov.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Browm,  Trump.Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


DOE ARPA-E Announces $148Mn for Projects to Extend Grid Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
DOE ARPA-E
Date: 2018-09-21
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of 10 projects as part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS program. Program awardees will develop energy storage systems to provide reliable, affordable power to the electric grid for up to 100 hours, enhancing grid resilience and performance.

Most energy storage systems deliver power over a limited time to alleviate congestion, stabilize grid frequency and voltage, or provide intraday shifting services. DAYS projects' extended discharge times will enable a new set of applications for grid storage, including long-lasting backup power and greater integration of intermittent, renewable energy resources.

DAYS projects will explore a new design space in electricity storage, exploiting opportunities for smart tradeoffs that keep costs low in electrochemical, thermal, and mechanical systems.

DAYS project teams will work to combine the long-term power output of technologies like pumped storage hydroelectric (PSH) systems with the flexibility of battery systems that can be deployed in multiple environments. PSH power presently provides more than 95 pct of stationary electricity storage capacity on the U.S. grid , but there have been few new installations due to geographical and financial challenges. Lithium ion batteries, meanwhile, have experienced a rapid growth in deployment on the grid, but high cost limits viability in long-duration applications.

Download DAYS program details and projects HERE. (Source: DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Sept., 2018) Contact: DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), www.arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE,  ARPA-E,  Energy Storage,  


Development of the Car Fleet in EU28+2 to Achieve the Paris Agreement Target to Limit Global Warming to 1.5 C (Report Attached)
German Aerospace Centre
Date: 2018-09-21
According to a new study conducted by the German Aerospace Centre, commissioned by Greenpeace Belgium, Europe must stop selling new petrol, diesel and conventional hybrid cars by 2028 in order to stand a better chance of honouring the Paris Climate Agreement's target.

The study notes that passenger car engines as we know them need to be completely phased out from new sales before the end of the next decade. Otherwise, Europe will struggle to "meaningfully contribute" to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the most ambitious part of the Paris Agreement on climate change's well below 2 degrees Celsius overall aim.

Download the Development of the Car Fleet in EU28+2 to Achieve the Paris Agreement Target to Limit Global Warming to 1.5 C Report HERE. (Source: German Aerospace Centre, Greenpeace, Euractiv, Sept., 2018) Contact: German Aerospace Centre, www.dlr.de/dlr/en; Greenpeace, www.greenpeace.org/belgium

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


UK Developer Drops Harvest Wind Energy Plans (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Systems
Date: 2018-09-21
Hertfordshire, UK-headquartered Renewable Energy System reports it has withdrawn from the proposed 600-MW Harvest Wind Energy project in northern Indiana. The proposal called for the installation 150 to 225 wind turbines in Cass and Miami counties. Thereports The company cited changes to the project's "technical circumstances" for its withdrawal, according to the Pharos-Tribune newspaper. (Source: Renewwable Energy Systems, Indianapolis Business Journal, AP, 19 Sept., 2018)Contact: Renewwable Energy Systems, +44 (0)1923 299 200, www.res-group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems,  Wind,  


Columbia Seeks Higher Energy Efficiency Prog. Profile (Ind. Report)
Columbia Water & Light
Date: 2018-09-21
In the Show Me State, the municipal utility in Columbia, Missouri, reports its voluntary home energy rating program has evaluated the energy efficiency and potential energy savings for about 3,500 homes in recent years, despite struggling to raise home owner and real estate industry awareness of the program.

The utility developed the voluntary Columbia Efficiency Score scoring system in 2012 and is now calling for real estate agents to promote the program to home sellers and purchasers. The program is based on the US DOE Home Energy Score. The analysis provides two numbers. One reflects how a building is performing at the moment; the other estimates how it could score if an owner made all efficiency improvements likely to pay off within 10 years. (Source: Columbia Water & Light, Energy News, Sept., 2018) Contact: Columbia Water & Light, Brandon Renaud, Home Performance Mgr., (573) 874-2489, www.como.gov/utilities/water-and-light

More Low-Carbon Energy News Columbia Water & Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


EU Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme Expands (Int'l)
Ecology Building Society
Date: 2018-09-21
In the UK, the Ecology Building Society reports it has joined the European Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme (EEM).

The initiative incentivizes borrowers to improve the energy efficiency of their properties or to purchase highly energy efficient properties and thus receive favourable financial conditions linked to the mortgage. The initiative will also develop a data collection infrastructure for energy efficient mortgages.

Thirty-nine European banks are participating in the pilot scheme, which launched in June. The banks will test the final energy efficient mortgages framework in their existing product lines and processes. In addition to the mortgage lenders, 23 utilities and other supporting organizations have joined the pilot scheme.

Download EEM details HERE. (Source: Mortgage Finance Gazette, Sept, 2018) Contact: EEM, Luca Bertalot, Coordinator,, http://eemap.energyefficientmortgages.eu; Ecology Building Society UK, Paul Ellis, CEO, +44 0 1535 650 770, info@ecology co.uk, www.ecology.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Arkansas County Court OKs Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
Sebastian County Quorum Court
Date: 2018-09-21
In Arkansas, the Sebastian County Quorum Court in Fort Smith reports it has authorized completion of an energy-efficiency project and also approved an ordinance authorizing the funding of the Arkansas EPC Program for the county. The project total is an amount exceeding $5 million, and the financing plan approved by the Quorum Court as part of the ordinance is over 15 years at 2.85 pct interest. EPC is a financing mechanism used to pay for energy efficiency improvements through annual energy savings.

The county's energy efficiency improvement measures would be applied to all county buildings and include: LED lighting retrofits, building management system optimization, HVAC renovations and boiler replacements, and others. The annual energy savings are expected to reduce the county's energy and operating costs by $344,000 per year as well receipt of various utility rebates totaling approximately $160,000. (Source: Sebastian County Quorum Court, Times Record, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sebastian County Quorum Court (479) 783-6139, www.sebastiancountyar.gov/Departments/County-Judge/Quorum-Court

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Colorado Springs Utilities Ups Renewables Portfolio (Ind. Report)
Colorado Springs Utilities
Date: 2018-09-21
In the Centennial State, Colorado Springs Utilities reports it is adding 150 MW of solar power to its portfolio. With the increase, Colorado Springs Utilities will produce 21 pct of its electricity from solar power. The 150-MW project is expected to be up and running by 2024 .Specifics of the upcoming purchase have not been released.

The utilities 2016 Electric Integrated Resource Plan calls for 20 pct of its energy to be sourced from renewables at no more than a 1 pct increase to the average electric bill by 2020. To date , the board approved two solar array projects, totaling 95 megawatts, which boosted Utilities’ renewable portfolio from 9 to 15 percent at a 0.95 percent estimated impact on the average bill. (Source: Colorado Springs Utility, Gazette, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: Colorado Springs Utilities, www.csu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado Springs Utilities,  Renewable Energy,  


Greek Island Establishing Renewables, Smart Energy Community (Int'l)
EUNICELABORATORIES
Date: 2018-09-19
On the Aegean Sea, the Greek municipality of Fourni Korseon has reports the establishment of the first Energy Community on the Greek islands with an aim of becoming energy-independent with the production of renewable energy, smart energy, energy storage and management, and energy efficiency.

Participants in the new energy project will become both consumers and producers enabling them to use the energy they produce and economically benefit from it. Fourni Korseon residents and EUNICELABORATORIES a subsidiary of the Greek EUNICE ENERGY GROUP, the group that developed and operates TILOS Project, an internationally acknowledged project of autonomous and smart management from renewable sources on the island of Tilos, are participating in the Energy Community of Fourni. (Source: EUNICELABORATORIES, Greek City Times, Sept., 2018) Contact: EUNICELABORATORIES, +30 21 0324 2020, eunice-group.com/projects/eunice-laboratories; Municipality of Fourni, www.gtp.gr/FourniCity

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  


Helen Switching to Climate Neutral Renewables (Int'l Report)
City of Helsinki
Date: 2018-09-19
Finland's capitol city of Helsinki reports its fully owned energy company, Helen Ltd, a producer of district heating, power, and district cooling, is converting its largely coal and natural gas energy production processes to climate-neutral renewable energy production and thereby minimize its carbon emissions by 2035 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

In the near term, Helen will utilize biomass-based energy production. The utility will also close its largely coal-fired Hanasaari power plant and develop modifications for new plants. Longer term solutions will entail energy recycling, increased utilization of locally produced renewable energy, energy storage and other initiatives.

The City of Helsinki is aiming to source 15 pct of its power demand from rooftop solar and geothermal energy. (Source: City of Helsinki, Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Helsinki, Helen Ltd, 09 617 8080, www.helen.fi/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Helsinki ,  Helen Ltd,  Renewable Energy,  


Vivergo Closing UK Wheat-to-Bioethanol Plant (Int'l Report)
Vivergo Fuels
Date: 2018-09-19
Following on our Sept. 7 coverage, UK wheat-to-ethanol producer Vivergo Fuels is citing high wheat prices and delays implementing biofuels legislation for its planned closure of its bioethanol plant in Hull. The plant is scheduled for the end of the month.

The 420 million lpy bioethanol plant is the largest producer in the UK and second largest in Europe. It halted production late last year before resuming operations in March. The plant processes 1.1 million tpy of wheat and supplies 500,000 tpy of animal feed to 800 farms.

Vivergo Fuels was established as a JV between AB Sugar, BP and DuPont in 2007. (Source: Vivergo Fuels, The Chemical Engineer, 17 Sept., 2018))Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Enviva Holdings Confirms Sumitomo Pellet Contract (Ind. Report)
Enviva
Date: 2018-09-19
Bethesda, Maryland-based wood pellet supplier Enviva Holdings LP Enviva Holdings, LP is reporting that its its previously disclosed take-or-pay off-take contract to supply Sumitomo Corporation with 250 000 tpy of wood pellets is now firm, as all conditions precedent to the effectiveness of the contract has been satisfied.

In August, Enviva revealed that its sponsor had executed two new take-or-pay off-take contracts with Sumitomo Corporation to supply a total of 520 000 tpy to new biomass power plants in Japan. These new contracts included a firm 15-year, 270 000 tpy contract commencing in 2022 and a second 15-year, 250 000 tpy contract commencing in 2021, subject to certain conditions precedent, which Enviva expected to be met in 2018. (Source: Enviva, Bioenergy, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enviva Holdings, John Keppler, CEO, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv,  Woo Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


Washington State Carbon Fee Could Raise $1Bn by 2023 (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax,Carbon Fee
Date: 2018-09-19
In Washington State, a proposed $15 per metric ton carbon fee charged to the state's largest polluters like oil industries and other large emitters is projected to raise as much as $1 billion by 2023, if approved by the state's voters in the next general election.

Since the initiative is a fee and not a tax, all of the money raised by the fee is reequired by state law to go directly towards the issue. Of the total fees collected, 70 pct will go towards clean energy like solar, cleaner transportation and other industries and technologies. Twenty-five pct will be used for forest maintenance and cleaning pollution from the environment, and 5 pct would go to community projects. Washington would be the first state to approve a carbon fee though an election if approved. (Source: Various MediaKIMATV, 18 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change CO2,  


City of Berkeley Commits to Net-zero Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
City of Berkeley
Date: 2018-09-19
At the recent Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, the City of Berkeley (pop. 102,000) pledged its commitment to 100 pct renewable energy by 2035 and to achieving net-zero carbon emissions for all buildings by 2050. Berkeley also signed onto an initiative providing greater access to energy-efficient cars and infrastructure at a lower cost. The new commitments are part of the city's effort to set goals in line with the 2016 Paris climate agreement.

The announcement comes days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation pledging 100 percent clean energy use in California by 2045 and the University of California upgraded its Carbon Neutrality Initiative committing to 100 pct clean electricity use by 2025 and reducing energy consumption by 2 pct per year. according to the press release. (Source: City of Berkeley, PR, Daily Californian, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Berkeley, City Manager Office, (510) 981-7000, manager@cityofberkeley.info, www.cityofberkeley.info

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


United Looks to Biofuels for Emissions Reductions (Ind. Report)
United Airlines,AltAir Fuels
Date: 2018-09-19
US air carrier United Airlines reports it plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2050 and to that end will continue investing in newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft, implement operational changes to conserve fuel, and expand its use of aviation biofuels.

The airline also noted a recent Boeing 787 flight from San Francisco to Zurich using a 30/70 blend of biofuel and conventional jet fuel. The biofuel was produced from Carinata seeds by Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc and supplied by AltAir Fuels.

According to United, the airline has sourced more than 2 million gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel since 2016 and is responsible for more than 50 pct of the airline industry's commitments to biofuel. Additionally, United was the first airline to regularly use sustainable aviation biofuel and has invested over $30 million in sustainable aviation fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy. (Source: United Airlines, Environmental Leader, Sept., 2018) Contact: United Airlines, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/united-airlines; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com; AltAir Fuels , Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AltAir Fuels,  Aviation Biofuel,  Agrisoma,  


OECD says Carbon Prices Too Low to Combat Climate Change (Int'l)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Date: 2018-09-19
According to the London, UK-headquartered Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), carbon prices in major advanced economies are too low to cut greenhouse gas emissions and counter the worst effects of climate change.

The pricing gap had narrowed, from 79.5 pct in 2015, but "Carbon prices need to increase considerably more quickly than in recent years in order to ensure a cost-effective low-carbon transition," the OECD says according to Reuters coverage. (Source: OECD, Reuters, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ,  


India's SBI Touts Carbon Neutrality by 2030 Plan (Int'l. Report)
State Bank of India
Date: 2018-09-19
In Mumbai, the State Bank of India (SBI) India's largest commercial bank, is touting its plan to go carbon neutral by 2030. The bank is also promoting several other initiatives such as migrating to electric vehicles, installing solar panels on buildings and ATMs, and banning plastic in SBI office to cut down on the bank's carbon emissions.

According to a bank statement, "Within the next two years, our aim is to install solar panels on 250 of our buildings and 12,000 ATMs. We also plan on doing away with plastic within the office such as bottles, folders and cutlery in the canteen to make SBI plastic-free." The SBI group also announced the second running of the 15-city SBI Green Marathon to raise public awareness of climate change and other environmental concerns. (Source: SBI, Economic Times India, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: SBI, www.nseindia.com

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


SkyNRG Confirms Netherlands Bio-Kerosene Plant Plans (Int'l Report)
KLM,SkyNRG
Date: 2018-09-19
Aviation biofuels specialist SkyNRG is reporting plans to establish a bio-kerosene alternative fuel production facility in the Netherlands. A location for the plant has not yet been finalized but Groningen, Rotterdam and Amsterdam have reportedly been shortlisted.

Bio-kerosine is made from woody biomass, agricultural and food processing wastes. The Dutch Airline KLM currently imports bio-kerosine from Los Angeles and uses the fuel primarily on fights to the US east coast. (Source: SkyNRG, DutchNews.nl, Sept., 2018) Contact:SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

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AboitizPower Unloading 8.8 MW Aseagas Biomass Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Aboitiz Power
Date: 2018-09-19
In the Philippines, Aboitiz Power Corporation reports it is looking at two potential, unnamed purchasers for its 8.8 MW biomass power plant in Lian, Batangas under the branch of Aseasgas Corp. The company noted it is open to a joint venture or to continue running the plant. The company is hoping to close a sale before the year end.

In January, AboitizPower announced it would cease biomass power plant operations due to biomass feed stock shortages. The biomass plant was expected to power about 22,000 households while producing 33 tpd of liquid carbon dioxide for the industrial and beverage industries. (Source: Aboitiz Power, Power Philippines, 18 Sept., 2018)Contact: Aboitiz Power, https://aboitizpower.com; Aseasgas Corp., +63 2 886-2800 Loc. 12679, openaccess@aboitiz.com

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"We're Launching Our Own Damn Satellite", says Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change, Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-09-19
In his closing remarks at the recently concluded Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr.(D) announced that his state is teaming up with San Francisco-based Earth imaging company Planet Labs (Planet) to develop and eventually launch a satellite that will track climate change-causing pollutants with unprecedented precision and help the world dramatically reduce these destructive emissions.

"With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we're launching our own damn satellite. This groundbreaking initiative will help governments, businesses and landowners pinpoint -- and stop -- destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale that's never been done before," the Governor proclaimed.

Planet, which was founded by ex-NASA scientists in 2010, has in the last two years launched more than 150 Earth-imaging satellites, manufactured in San Francisco, helping customers in agriculture, government, mapping, NGOs and in other markets to make better decisions. The company's aerospace and data processing infrastructure, innovative technology and engineering and scientific expertise will be utilized to develop and operate the new satellite, with the possibility of launching additional satellites in the future as part of this initiative.

The State of California, through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is developing and refining the technology needed to make this initiative possible. Planet will manage the mission operations and collaborate with the State and others on funding this groundbreaking effort. The State and Planet will make the collected environmentally-related satellite data available to the public and will work in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and others with complementary projects. the new Climate Data Partnership will serve as a common platform for reporting climate variables and the earth's atmosphere.

Initial project funding has been provided by Dee and Richard Lawrence and OIF, as well as The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust. (Source: Office of Gov. Governor Edmund G. Brown, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Governor Edmund G. Brown, Phone: (916) 445-2841, Fax: (916) 558-3160; Plant Labs, Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer,

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Green Plains Shutters Two Iowa Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report)
Green Plains
Date: 2018-09-19
Reuters is reporting US ethanol producer Green Plains is mothballing two Iowa plants and cutting output at a Minnesota plant due to low profit margins and the Trump Administration's rapidly escalating trade war which has cut off U.S. access to Chinese ethanol markets and added to a domestic supply glut that has pushed biofuel prices near their lowest levels in over a decade.

Green Plains has idled its facility in Superior and soon will shut down the plant in Lakota, Iowa, and halved production at its plant in Fairmont, Minn., according to Reuters (Source: Green Plains, PR, Gazette, Reuters, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com

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SoCalGas Planning RNG Vehicle Fueling Stations (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2018-09-19
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it will soon begin a pilot project using renewable natural gas (RNG) for the first time at its 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations and at six fueling stations in the San Diego area.

RNG fuel is produced from the methane generated in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, food processing and dairy operations and, depending on its source, can be low-carbon or in some cases, even carbon-negative, according to SoCalGas, the largest natural gas distribution utility in the U.S. (Source: SoCalGas, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com

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Offshore Wind Shifts in the Garden State (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-09-19
In the Garden State, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has unanimously agreed to accept offshore wind project proposals for a total of 1,100 MW to be sited approximately 17 to 20 miles off the New Jersey coast.

New Jersey Legislation to develop offshore wind was passed in 2010, but the effort was stymied by then Republican Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie. The state's new Gov. Phil Murphy (D) revived the offshore wind initiative with a call for 100 pct clean energy by 2050. (Source: NJ PUB, KYW Radio, 17 Sept., 2018)Contact: NJ PUB, Joseph Fiordaliso, Pres., (609) 777-3300, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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Consumers Unveils Renewables Storage R&D Center (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy,Western Michigan University.
Date: 2018-09-19
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy is reporting the launch of the Parkview Battery Storage Research and Development project at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo

The project is part of a Consumers Energy Clean Energy Plan calling for more solar and wind electric power generation facilities that depend on batteries to store energy.

Consumer's picked WMU to unveil the battery after conducting a statewide search with Michigan State University. Consumers, MSU, and WMU engineering students will help with a year-long study to see how battery powered energy could be used around Michigan. (Source: Consumers Energy, WWMT.COM, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

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Shanghai Electric Wind Power Installs First LM Wind Blades (Int'l)
LM Wind
Date: 2018-09-19
LM Wind Power reports two sets of its wind blades have been installed on Shanghai Electric Wind Power 4.0MW-136 turbines at the first phase of the Shanghai Lingang offshore project in China.

LM Wind Power . provided onsite support and service for the installation as part of a two-year agreement to deliver the blades during 2018 and 2019. (Source: LM Wind, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com

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BU Reports ENGIE North America 15-year Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
Engie North America,Boston University
Date: 2018-09-19
Boston University reports that as part of its Climate Action Plan it will purchase 205,000 megawatt hours of wind power from Engie North America under the terms of a 15 year PPA beginning in 2020, from a South Dakota wind farm that will begin construction in the spring, 2019.

By purchasing power outside New England, BU will earn renewable energy certificates (RECs) against its own carbon emissions in Boston. BU's Climate Action Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions to zero on BU campuses and global operations by 2040. (Source: Boston University, BU Today, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Boston University, Dennis Carlberg, Sustainability Dir., www.bu.edu; ENGIE North America, Matt Riley, Senior VP U.S. Wind Development, www.engie-na.com

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Juwi to Install Australian Solar-plus-Storage System (Int'l)
Juwi AG
Date: 2018-09-19
Worrstadt, Germany-based renewable energy developer Juwi AG reports it has inked an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Australia's University of Queensland for the execution of a hybrid solar-plus-storage project at a marine research station on Heron Island, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

The high penetration solar, battery hybrid power solution consists of a 500-kW rooftop installation and a 0.6-MWh vanadium flow battery, integrated with diesel generators that use a microgrid control system. Operations are scheduled to start in mid-2019. (Source: Juwi AG, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Juwi AG, Dave Manning, Global Head of Hybrid Energy, Christian Hinsch, Communications, +49 (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, +49 (0) 172. 67 949 12, hinsch@juwi.de, www.juwi.de; Australia University of Queensland, //www.uq.edu.au

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La Crosse Launches Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (Ind. Report)
City of La Crosse
Date: 2018-09-19
In the Badger State, the city of La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat has launched the Home Energy Challenge. Under the city's initiative, the first 100 residents can qualify for as much as $4,100 to help cover the cost of energy efficiency upgrades including: new insulation, air ceilings, new HVAC systems, upgrading to LED lighting and other upgrades. The program also benefits the housing market because it gets homeowners to reinvest into their homes, according toa release. (Source: City of LaCrosse, WXOW, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of LaCrosse, Focus on Energy, Karl Hilker, Snr. Project Manager, www.cityoflacrosse.org

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Universal mCloud Delivers Business Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Universal mCloud
Date: 2018-09-19
Vancouver-based artificial intelligence and analytics specialist Universal mCloud Corp. is announcing a new report by ARC Advisory Group that highlights mCloud's AssetCare™ platform energy management solution for companies both large and small.

The report notes mCloud's spectrum integration of the cloud, IoT-connected thermostats and AI/machine learning to deliver peak energy efficiency improvements of 20 pct to small and medium size businesses that often avoid the large upfront investments required to integrate conventional energy management systems. mCloud's zero-upfront subscription model guarantees operational savings for its customers. The report also notes the use of mCloud solutions at Starbucks, Bank of America, Dairy Queen, and Michaels among others. (Source: Universal-mCloud Corp, PR, Contact: Universal mCloud, Russel McMeekin, President and CEO, (415) 635-3500, www.mCloudCorp.com; ARC Advisory Group, www.arcweb.com

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Sandwich, UK Woody Biomass Power Plant Begins Operations (Int'l.)
Kent Renewable Energy,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2018-09-19
Denmark's Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners is reporting that Kent Renewable Energy, a 27 MW wood-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant located in Sandwich, U.K., has begun commenced operations. The plant, which is fueled with locally sourced wood supplied by EuroForest, is expected to serve approximately 50,000 homes and offset approximately 100,000 tpy of carbon dioxide emissions.

Kent Renewable Energy, which is majority owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure II, with BWSC and Estover Energy holding shares, will operate under the UK Renewables Obligation Certificate regime for power and under the Renewable Heat Incentive for heat.

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners is a fund management company founded in 2012, which currently has four funds and more than €5 billion under managemewnt. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kent Renewable Energy, PR, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Kent Renewable Energy, www.kentrenewableltd.com; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151, cip@cip.dk, www.cipartners.dk

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Metrus Energy, Wells College Ink Efficiency Agreement (Ind. Report)
Metrus Energy,Wells College
Date: 2018-09-19
San Francisco-headquartered water and energy efficiency financing provider Metrus Energy is reporting an Efficiency Services Agreement (ESA) project with Wells College in Aurora, New York. Work is slated to get underway this month for completion in the second half of 2019.

The project is Metrus' first energy efficiency-as-a-service transaction with a higher education customer and will focus on creating a more comfortable living and learning environment. The energy efficiency work includes campus lighting, comfort control upgrades, building envelope, steam traps and significant new HVAC controls, all of which will result in an approximate 14 pct reduction in total electricity consumption and a 28 pct drop in fossil fuel consumption.

Previously this year, the Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recognized Wells' sustainability work with a AASHE STARS gold rating. (Source: Metrus Energy, PR, Wells College, Web, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Metrus Energy, Bob Hinkle, CEO, www.metrusenergy.com

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NY Municipalities Earn Clean Energy Designation (Ind. Report)
NY State,Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Date: 2018-09-19
In the Empire State, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced that more than 200 communities statewide have earned the Clean Energy Community designation and, as such, are eligible to seek grant funds for energy efficiency projects.

To qualify for funding, a community must complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions to earn the designation, which recognizes community leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy. Local governments holding the designation can seek up to $250,000 to finance additional clean projects, or up to $100,000 if the community has fewer than 40,000 residents.

The high-impact actions municipalities can complete include:

  • Benchmarking energy use at municipal and large privately-owned buildings;

  • Performing energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to municipal buildings;

  • Replacing street lights with energy-efficient LED lighting;

  • Streamlining local approval processes for solar projects through the adoption of the state Unified Solar Permit;

  • Undertaking a community-based Solarize campaign to reduce solar project costs through joint purchasing;

  • Providing energy code enforcement training to code officers;

  • Earning Climate Smart Communities Certification by reducing the community's impact on the environment;

  • Passing a local law to allow aggregation of residents to gain greater choice and control over energy use as a group, called Community Choice Aggregation;

  • Installing electric vehicle charging stations and using alternative fuel vehicles for municipal business; and:

  • Establishing an Energize NY Finance Program that enables long-term, affordable Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at commercial buildings and not-for-profits.

    To date, approximately 450 New York state local governments representing more than 86 pct of the state's population in 60 counties and all 10 Economic Development Council regions, have completed more than 1,250 high-impact actions. The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects. The state's clean energy goal aims to supply 50 pct of its electricity from renewable energy resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The Recorder, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: NY Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Clean Energy Community,  Energy Efficiency,  Gov. Andrew Cuomo ,  


  • Infosys Mysuru Campus Recognized for Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Infosys,USGBC
    Date: 2018-09-17
    The Indian business technology consultancy Infosys campus in Mysuru, India, reports receipt of the LEED EBOM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design–Existing Building Operation & Maintenance) Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Infosys now has 18.25 million sq ft of the highest LEED rated green buildings -- 16.9 million sq ft. are LEED Platinum rated and 1.35 million sq ft. GRIHA 5-star (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) rated buildings.

    According to the release, the Mysuru campus efficiency improvements included: large-scale retrofit projects in existing buildings, the complete re-engineering of chiller plants, air handling units, building management system retrofit, UPS retrofit, lighting retrofit, smart water meters, groundwater injection systems to reduce water consumption and harvest rainwater, a solar-powered automated green house dryer capable of treating 3.5 tpd of sewage sludge, a biogas plant to treat food waste, and a focused harnessing of renewable energy. (Source: Infosys, The Hindu, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact:Infosys, www.infosys.com: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-17
    "For the President (Trump) to stand up to the American people and say this is too much burden, we have to get out of Paris and withdraw America leadership from an issue that is life or death, is one of the single greatest acts of irresponsibility by a president of the United States anywhere at anytime.

    "We have a president who without any knowledge of the issue, without any scientific fact whatsoever, lying to the American people about a burden to the United States, which is not a burden at all because no country accepted to do anything in Paris that was not within the capacity of that country to achieve." -- Former Obama Administration Secretary of State John Kerry

    Kerry was speaking at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, where about 4,000 city, state, business, and world leaders gathered to demonstrate their will to combat climate change. The U.S. is on pace to meet two-thirds of the its carbon emissions reduction goals under the Paris agreement even without Trump, Kerry noted.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Trump.Paris Climate Agreement,  


    Voltus Scores Major DR Procurement Contract (Ind. Report)
    Voltus,Ameren Illinois
    Date: 2018-09-17
    Springfield, Illinois-based Voltus Inc., a provider of demand response to the commercial and industrial market, reports it has been selected as a winning supplier of the Illinois Power Agency's (IPA) capacity procurement for Ameren Illinois. The 653 MWs of capacity procured in this process is for planning years 2019/2020, and the award secures Voltus' position as the only demand response provider to win a contract in the IPA all-source procurement process, which began in 2007. Award Brings Voltus Portfolio Above 1,000 MWs of Demand Response Under Management.

    Voltus manages energy through simple, cost-free energy management products. The company's commercial and industrial customers generate cash by allowing us to be their energy expert while we deliver innovative demand response, energy purchasing and energy-efficiency programs to them. Utility customers experience increased customer satisfaction, lower cost to serve and increased grid reliability. (Source: Voltus. PR, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Voltus, Gregg Dixon, CEO, Jenna Masuda, Media, (619) 993-6529, jmasuda@voltus.co, www.voltus.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltus,  Ameren Illinois,  Demand Response,  


    Apple Supporting Carbon Sequestration through Mangrove Restoration (Ind. Report)
    Mangrove, Apple
    Date: 2018-09-17
    Smart Phone juggernaut Apple reports it is investing an undisclosed sum in a project in Colombia to restore mangroves and sequester as much as 17,000 metric tons (18,739 tons) of carbon dioxide in two years. That’s equal to the emissions that the fleet of vehicles updating Apple Maps will produce over the coming decade, according to the Apple release.

    Beyond cutting the amount of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, scientists show that we will also need to pull carbon dioxide from the air to avoid catastrophic climate change. There are six so-called “negative-emissions technologies” that can help us get there: afforestation and reforestation; enhanced weathering (using minerals that capture carbon dioxide); soil carbon (tweaking the crops and forests we currently grow to absorb more carbon); biochar (using a special kind charcoal as to trap carbon dioxide); BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, which requires capturing carbon dioxide produced by burning biomass like wood and then burying it underground); and DAC (direct air capture, which involves the use of machines that are essentially trees on steroids to suck carbon dioxide from the air and bury it underground).

    Among those negative-emissions technologies, mangrove restoration would be classed as reforestation. The Conservation International project would cover an area of 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) in the Sinu river delta. The NGO will use the money raised for the project to help the 12,000 people in the community who use the mangroves for food, firewood, and livelihoods. Conservation International believes the carbon offsets will provide financial security to the region and develop sustainable ways to support tourism and fisheries.

    (Source: Apple, PR, Sept., 2018)

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    Carbon Capture Machine Incorporates in Wyoming (Ind. Report)
    XPrize
    Date: 2018-09-17
    The University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, reports its Carbon Capture Machine recently filed as a Limited Liability Company in the state of Wyoming where it plans to utilize the Basin Electric Dry Fork power plant test center near Gillette to launch the company in the US.

    The test center is funded with $15 million in startup costs provided by the Wyoming State Legislature and financial contributions and partnerships from the utility and industries. Wyoming’s aim, which it achieved last year, was to build the largest carbon capture research facility in the country and foster the growth of a constrained industry that could help coal survive in a carbon sensitive world.

    The Carbon XPrize finalist Carbon Capture Machine is in the third round of the competition. Winners will be announced in spring of 2020. (Source: Carbon Capture Machine, Casper Star Tribune, 15 Sept., 2018) Contact: Carbon Capture Machine, The University of Aberdeen, www.abdn.ac.uk/ccm-carbon-Carbon xprize; Carbon Xprize, www.carbon.xprize.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xprize,  Carbon Capture Machine,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  

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