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Quebec-Based Enerkem Touts Bio-DME Production (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-09-12
Montreal-based waste-to-ethanol and chemicals producer specialist Enerkem is reporting the production of a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec.

Bio-DME offers a 20 pct higher cetane rating on average than diesel or bio-diesel fuels and, when combusted, does not produce sulfur oxide (SOx) or fine particles, and contributes to lower emissions from other harmful residual pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are mainly produced from the combustion of fossil-based fuels. (Source: Enerkem, Various Trade Media, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-DME,  Bioethanol,  Enerkem,  Waste-to-biofuel,  Bioethanol,  


Duke Issues Incentive for Hospital Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-09-12
The Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Indiana, is reporting receipt of $114,263 in energy efficiency incentives from its energy provider, Duke Energy.

The money comes as an incentive for the hospital upgrading its HVAC controls and other upgrades to improve energy efficiency. This includes the utilization of variable frequency drives that deliver only the energy needed at a given time, as opposed to some of the hospital's older units that ran full time. The upgrades represent about $110,000 in electrical savings annually. (Source: Duke Energy, GreenCastle Graphic, 10 Sept., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Putnam County Hospital, https://pchosp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Trump EPA Proposes Methane Regulations Roll Back (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2018-09-12
In what many see as Pres. Donald Trump's ongoing effort to discredit his predessor's environmental and climate change track record, the Trump EPA will reportedly relax Obama-era rules regulating methane leaks.

The Trump EPA is proposing Energy companies be afforded twice as much time to monitor and repair leakages of the harmful greenhouse gas from oil and gas wells -- a move the EPA says would make it easier for companies to comply with regulations. The Interior Department is also expected to release a rule that would end "flaring" methane at drilling sites.

The new proposal weakens a 2016 Obama administration rule requiring energy companies to conduct leak inspections on their drilling equipment as regularly as every six months. Under the proposed new regulation, companies would perform a leak inspection at least once a year on most facilities, and every two years for low-producing oil and gas wells. Under the old rule, companies would have 30 days to repair methane leaks. The proposed new rule allows 60 days for repairs.(Source: EPA, Various Media, OZY, Presidential Daily Briefing 11 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  EPA,  GHGs.Greenhouse Gas,  


Google Maps Launches Environmental Insights Explorer for Tracking Carbon Footprints (New Prod & Tech)
Google,Carbon Footprint
Date: 2018-09-12
On Monday, Google Maps reported the launch of The Environmental Insights Explorer, an online tool to help cities identify and come up with a plan to reduce emissions. The new tool enables users to access the carbon footprint of all of a city's buildings as well as the carbon print of all the car trips, bus and subway rides.

By using this new feature created by Google in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, more than 9000 cities that have initiated projects to cut emissions after signing the Paris Agreement, can benefit.

The new feature can trace a large part of a city's carbon emissions and decipher the source then calculate the size of each building and its data about emission of carbon as well as its energy consumption.

The tool can also infer traffic and modes of travel, and estimate the emissions from that transportation. (Source: Google, TNS International News, Sept., 2018) Contact: Google Environmental Insights Explorer, www.insights.sustainability.google;Global Covenant of Mayors, info@globalcovenantofmayors.org, www.globalcovenantofmayors.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Google,  Carbon Emissions,  


Cleantech Solar, Climate Fund Managers Partnering (Ind. Report)
Cleantech Solar
Date: 2018-09-12
Cleantech Solar, a pan-Asian supplier of renewable energy to corporates, is reporting receipt of a $50 million equity investment from Climate Fund Managers (CFM), the climate-dedicated investment manager and manager of the Climate Investor One facility. The investment is intended to facilitate Cleantech Solar's installed solar capacity growth in the Commercial and Industrial sector to over 450 MW with a target to generate over 600 GWh of clean electricity per annum.

Climate Fund Managers, with the support of the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, and Sanlam InfraWorks, will help Cleantech Solar access prime, long-term institutional capital for future expansion.

Singapore-based Cleantech Solar owns and operates over 120 solar power plants across India and South-East Asia, representing 200 MW of projects, with majority being in operation and remaining under construction and development.

Climate Fund Managers (CFM) is a cooperative established as a joint venture between the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, and South Africa's Sanlam InfraWorks.

Climate Investor One, which has $535 million funds under management, is mandated to finance renewable energy infrastructure projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America with a technological focus on solar, wind and run-of-river hydro. (Source: CleanTech Solar, eco Business, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Climate Fund Managers, Andrew Johnstone, CEO, www.climatefundmanagers.com; Cleantech Solar , www.cleantechsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleantech Solar,  Run of River Hydro,  ,  


CA Gov. Inks 2045 Zero-Carbon Electricity Bill SB100 (Reg & Leg)
California SB100
Date: 2018-09-12
In Sacramento, California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's office reports the governor has signed bill SB100 mandating the Golden State's zero-carbon electricity by 2045 target into law. SB100 pushes California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50 pct by 2025 and 60 pct by 2030 with a zero-carbon electricity grid in place by 2045.

At the signing, Governor Brown noted, "To get to 100 pct clean energy in a manner that ensures reliability and reduces cost, we must use a variety of strategies -- energy storage, increased efficiency and adjusting energy use to the time of day when we have most power will all help with the transition." (Source: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Various Media, Energy Storage, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gov. Jerry Brown,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  SM100,  


Eolus Acquires 500MW/250MW US Solar-Energy Storage Project (M&A)
Eolus
Date: 2018-09-12
Swedish commercial wind power developer Eolus Wind AB, through its subsidiary Eolus North America, is reporting acquisition of an unidentified western US solar-plus-storage mega-project currently in development.

The project, which "has an interconnection queue to deliver power to California," is expected to come online in 2022, when it should also begin commercial operation. (Source: Eolus, Energy Storage, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02, www.eolusvind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus,  Solar,  


IOC Announces Indian Sugar Cane Ethanol Plant Plans (Int'l Report)
Indian Oil Corporation
Date: 2018-09-12
In north-central India, the Haryana State government reports it has entered into a MoU with the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOC) to construct a 100 kilolitre per day Ethanol Plant (bio-refinery) at Bohali village, in Panipat at a cost of approximately Rs 900 crore ($163 million Cdn).

The plant will use locally sourced sugar cane straw and other feedstocks. Presently, there are 10 co-operative sugar mills and three private sugar mills in Haryana. (Source: The Statesman, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation ,  Ethanol,  India Ethanol,  


Rice Paddies GHG Emissions Higher Than Previously Accepted (Int'l)
Environmental Defence Fund
Date: 2018-09-12
According to a study from the non-profit Environmental Defence Fund (EDF), the amount of unaccounted-for nitrous oxide (N2O) global emissions from rice -- a staple food crop worldwide -- may be as high as the annual climate pollution from about 200 coal power plants and have significant impact on global warming and climate change. N2O is a long-lasting atmospheric pollutant more potent than methane or carbon dioxide CO2).

The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences noted that N2O rises when rice fields are allowed to dry before being "wetted" -- intermittent flooding -- for planting. In India alone, where the study took place across five intermittently flooded rice fields, N2O emissions "could be 30-45 times higher than reported under continuous flooding" researchers estimated. Overall, researchers calculated that N2O per hectare (2.5 acres) was three times higher than ever reported by research on intermittently flooded farms before. (Source: Environmental Defence Fund, South China Morning News, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Environmental Defence Fund, www.edf.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News N20,  Environmental Defense Fund,  GHGs,  


Moroccan NOOR III CSP Solar Project Well Underway (Int'l)
NOOR III
Date: 2018-09-10
From the Moroccan capital city of Rabat, the Chinese new agency Xinhua is reporting China's Shandong Electric Power Construction Co. is constructing the world's tallest CSP solar tower near the city of Ouarzazate. The tower is part of Morocco's Noor III Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project.

The Moroccan government is planning to have renewable energy -- primarily solar -- generate 42 pct of the North African country's energy by 2020.

Since 2015, Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China, has undertaken the construction of NOOR II and NOOR III CSP projects in Ouarzazate. The NOOR Solar Complex, a four-phase project, is the world's largest CSP station under construction. The NOOR II project has already been put into commercial operation, while the NOOR III project recently achieved its first grid connection target. Upon completion of all four phases of projects, the NOOR station will generate sufficient power for 1 million or more homes and export surplus electricity to Europe. (Source: Xinhua, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/sepcoiii-electric-power-construction-corp

More Low-Carbon Energy News NOOR Solar,  CSP Solar,  


Aussie Home Energy Storage Plant Plans Confirmed (Int'l. Report
Sonnen
Date: 2018-09-10
German energy storage giant Sonnen reports it has selected a former auto plant in Adelaide for its planned Australian home energy storage battery production facility. The plant is expected to turn out Approximately 50,000 energy storage systems over the next five years, creating about 430 manufacturing and installation jobs for South Australia. The battery production project was first announced in February 2018, when the location was still under consideration. .

The Sonnen plan follows the State Government's announcement of its $100 million Home Battery Scheme to provide 40,000 SA households with access to grants up to $6000 to pay for the installation of home battery systems. (Source: Sonnen, Brand South Australia News, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sonnen, www.sonnen-batterie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Energy Storage,  Home Energy Storage,  


Carlyle Group Acquiring 612-MW NY Wind Portfolio (M&A)
Carlyle Group,Noble Environmental Power
Date: 2018-09-10
Asset manager The Carlyle Group reports will purchase a 612-MW operating wind power generation portfolio in New York plus a dedicated operations platform in what it describes as its “maiden foray” into wind power. The purchase, which is subject to regulatory and other approvals, will be executed by its newly-established affiliate Zephyr Wind Energy, the announcement says. The vendor is Essex, Ct.-based Noble Environmental Power.

The acquisition includes three wind farms in Clinton County totalling 279 MW, two in Wyoming County with a combined capacity of 227 MW and a single 106-MW wind park in Franklin County. Together, these plants currently produce 29 pct of the Empire State's wind power. The transaction is awaiting certain regulatory approvals and is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018. Carlyle Power Partners II LP will provide equity capital for the purchase. Upon completion of the move, Carlyle Power Partners' total power generation portfolio will reach 7,000 MW net MW. (Source: Carlyle Group, PR, Renewables, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Carlyle Group, www.carlyle.com; Noble Environmental Power, (860) 581-5010, www.noblepower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Noble Environmental Power,  Wind,  


Pa. Produce Company Switches on $1.6Mn Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Namaste Solar
Date: 2018-09-10
In Ephrata, Pennsylvania, the Four Seasons Family of Companies Inc. reports it has flipped the switch on a $1.6 million rooftop solar array at its main refrigerated distribution center. The 1.3 MW installation is expected to provide approximately one-sixth of the building's total demand for electricity and reduce power consumption by over 20 pct, water use by over 30 pct and natural gas usage by more than 50 pct.

Four Seasons partnered with Boulder, Colorado-based Namaste Solar which designs, installs and maintains solar electric systems for homeowners, commercial property owners and utility-scale developers. Namaste worked with New York-based Positive Energy NY LLC, PowerStream Solar & Electric LLC in Salisbury Township and Delta Electric Services LLC in Lebanon, Pa. to install the 3,900 solar panels.

The project is expected to pay for itself in approximately five years. (Source: Four Seasons Companies,PR, Various Media, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Four Seasons Group, Nelson Longenecker , VP, 717-721-2800; Namaste Solar, 303.447.0300 www.namastesolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Namaste Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


IISER Bhopal Touts New Organic Solar Cell (New Prod & Tech)
IISER
Date: 2018-09-10
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal have developed cheaper and more flexible organic solar cells using a synthetic derivative of vitamin B12.

An organic solar cell is made up of acceptor and donor materials. The donor absorbs light from solar radiation and the harvested energy is passed to the electrodes with the help of the acceptor. The IISER researchers synthesised the donor using an artificial aromatic chemical (corrole) which has a similar structure to the corrin ring in vitamin B12. The artificially synthesised corrole (Cor-BODIPY) absorbs light much like porphyrin in natural chlorophyll. Another commercially available organic molecule was used as an acceptor, accordping to the release.

The organic cells developed by the team showed three absorption bands between 400-650 nm -- whole visible range of the solar spectrum -- with a maximum absorption at 420 nm. The ability to turn the light absorbed to electricity (power conversion efficiency) was 2.5 pct.

The researchers enhanced the performance of the solar cells by coating them with different solvents. The surface morphology was investigated after the treatment and microscopy images showed that the treatment helped improve the alignment of the Cor-BODIPY donor by forming a denser molecular packing on the active surface. This treatment more than doubled the power conversion efficiency from 2.5 pct to 6.6% pct. (Source: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, The Hindu, 8 Sept., 2018) Contact: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Dr. Ruchika Mishra, Research Associate, +91-33-6634 0012, +91-33-6451 3294, www.iiserkol.ac.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Organic Solar Cell,  Solar,  


Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants Report (Ind. Report)
IEA Bioenergy
Date: 2018-09-10
The attached International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 37 report -- Methane emissions from Biogas Plants - Methods for Measurement, Results and Effect on Greenhouse Gas Balance of Electricity Produced -- addresses methane emissions from biogas applications.

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and therefore any fugitive methane emissions from a renewable energy production system are not conducive to reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

The attached IEA Bioenergy report addresses: methods used for emission quantification; presents selected results of measurements; proposes mitigation measures; and puts methane emissions in a context of a standard greenhouse gas balance.

Download the Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants report HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org, www.ieabioenergy.com

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


Ameresco Snares Hawaii Energy Company Chelsea Group (M&A)
Amersco
Date: 2018-09-10
Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has acquired Honolulu-based Chelsea Group Limited, a building science and design engineering consulting firm, for an undisclosed price.

Ameresco provides comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe. Chelsea Group specializes in engineering services, building science and asset value. Its services include design engineering, commissioning, project management, construction management and ongoing services. Chelsea Group engineers conduct detailed building assessments to develop cost-effective infrastructure improvements. (Source: Ameresco, Metro West Daily News, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com; Chelsea Group, www.chelsea-grp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


Orsted's Walney Extension UK Offshore Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l)
Orsted
Date: 2018-09-10
In the UK, Danish energy company Orsted -- fka DONG ENERGY -- reports its 87 turbine Walney Extension offshore wind farm north of Blackpool in the Irish Sea is now online. The project, which officially went into service last Thursday, generates 659 mw of power.

Nearly half of the Walney Extension wind farm incorporates 8.25-mw MHI Vestas turbines. The rest of the installation is composed of slightly smaller 7-mw models from Siemens. The wind farm covers an area of water measuring 55.9 square miles, or 35,830 acres. (Source: Orsted, NPR, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  MHI Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  


EU Parliamentarians Back 45 pct Fleet Vehicle Emission Cuts (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2018-09-10
In Brussels, Reuters is reporting many EU parliamentarians are backing a 45 pct cut in fleet vehicles carbon dioxide by 2030 and an interim reduction goal of 20 pct by 2025.

The 28 member EU trading bloc's new rules aim to help meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. Other proposed amendments address whether renewable fuels will be allowed to count toward zero-emission targets and whether to allow industry to combine their targets for cars and vans. European automakers association ACEA has called for laxer CO2 limits, saying poor infrastructure and an underdeveloped consumer market limit their ability to sell more electric cars. (Source: Fiji Times, Reuters, Various Media, 8 Sept., 2018)

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


enVerde Planning Organic Waste- to-Syngas Demo Plant (Ind. Report)
enVerde
Date: 2018-09-10
Minneapolis-based enVerde LLC reports it is seeking funds to construct a demonstration plant using its catalytically-driven, thermochemical technology would process organic waste such as livestock manure, food manufacturing detritus, and most carbon-based materials including plastic, into synthetic fuel, oil, and char materials that can be used as energy or chemical sources.

enVerde technology reduces the energy required to transform waste materials into clean energy and chemicals and can be used to power generators, boilers, and other systems. It can also be refined into "green" versions of more traditional fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel.

With enVerde's process, waste is gasified without any combustion or incineration. The output is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen "syngas" which can be used as fuel or made into various chemicals. Compared to common methods of syngas production, enVerde's catalytic technology uses considerably less energy and requires much less capital, according to company CEO Dave Goebel, former CEO of Maryland-based New Generation Biofuels. (Source: EnVerde, Star Tribune, 8 Sept., 2018) Contact: EnVerde LLC Dave Goebel,CEO, info@enVerdeLLC.com, www.enverdellc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Syngas,  


Notable Quotes
Paris Climate Accord
Date: 2018-09-10
"The US is no longer playing the (Paris Climate Accord) game but it's still setting the rules."

"The US delegation in Bangkok was poisoning discussions aimed at creating a clear roadmap to implementing what nations agreed in the Paris deal." -- Anonymous Bangkok Meeting Climate Negotiators commenting last week on the US position which has been described as "starkly at odds with that of the developing nations, which insist that transparent and predictable finance is needed to effectively plan investment in new technologies and carbon reduction." (Source: Economic Times India, AFP, Various Media, 10 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Bangkok Climate,  


Takoma Park Considers LEDs for Cash, Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Takoma Park
Date: 2018-09-10
In Montgomery County, Maryland, the City of Takoma Park reports it is considering the installation of energy efficient LED street lights to replace all of the city's 2015 vintage high-pressure sodium and various other streetlights. The switch to LEDs is expected to deliver greater energy efficiency and an annual savings of $100,000 or more in energy costs. To that end, the Takoma utility has installed LEDs on three city streets as a test

On a larger scale, Montgomery County plans to replace 25,000 roadway lights with LEDs and anticipates saving $850,000 in energy costs a year, while the neighboring District of Columbia is presently replacing its more than 75,000 streetlights with LEDs. (Source: City of Takoma Park, Washington Post, 9 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news,  


Summit Community Power Works Launches Energy Efficiency Initiative (Ind. Report)
Summit Community Power Works
Date: 2018-09-10
In Utah, the Summit Community Power Works is reporting the launch of a new initiative challenging 200 Summit County households to reduce their overall carbon emissions by December. Utah Clean Energy absorbed Summit Community Power Works over the summer. The challenge is designed to provide Park City and Summit County residents with tools and resources to help in the community's overall goals to significantly increase their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.

The challenge is centered on a new online platform that gives participants access to about 70 different tips that will help reduce their carbon footprint-environmental impact. While the challenge is designed for homeowners, businesses will be encouraged to participate as well, Emerson said. Part of the coordination comes from the Watt Smart community plans that have been developed with Rocky Mountain Power. (Source: Summit Community Power Works, Park Record. 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Summit Community Power Works, Kevin Emerson, Energy Efficiency Program Director, CSPW Challenge, https://scpwchallenge.org

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


CARB Program Subsidizes Clean Vehicles for Low-Income Californians (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-09-10
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is reporting its new Clean Vehicle Assistance Program that provides low interest loans and grants of as much as $5,000 to help lower-income Californian get into the cleanest new and used cars on the market.

The program, which is run by the Oakland-based nonprofit Beneficial State Foundation, was launched in 2017 with a $5 million CARB grant. The program's ongoing funding is from California Climate Investments, 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 low-income and disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. To date, Beneficial State Foundation has received more than 900 applications and awarded 24 grants. (Source: California Air Resources Board, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner; Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; (916) 322-2990 Beneficial State Foundation, Kat Taylor, CEO, Jhana Valentine, (510) 463-6562, jvalentine@beneficialstate.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  California Air Resources Board,  


Hawaiian Commission Recommends Ways to Deal with Climate Change Sea Level Rise (Ind. Report)
Hawai’i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission
Date: 2018-09-10
Last week in Honolulu, the Hawaiian Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission adopted recommendations to guide the Aloha State's response to climate change impacts. The Commission's proposals include:
  • Supporting legislation for disclosure of private and public property offerings located in areas potentially exposed to rising sea levels;

  • Requesting all new development, redevelopment and modifications be directed away from beach areas;

  • Urging counties to incorporate the 3.2-foot sea level rise exposure area into their general and development plans;

  • Encouraging agencies and nongovernmental utility providers to identify and prioritize assets within exposed areas, identify adaptation measures and provide a status update to the climate commission;
  • Funding state programs to meet mitigation goals and to bring resources to help in planning and implementing measures to counter sea level rise and other climate-related impacts. (Source: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, Maui News, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, www.climateadaptation.hawaii.gov/commission

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Bangkok Climate Change Meeting Comes UP Short (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-10
    Reports from the UN's climate change conference in Bangkok, Thailand, claim the group's efforts to establish "fruitful preparations" for the December COP24 Climate Change conference in Poland, accomplished little due in part to US "obstructionism."

    The meeting was attended by representatives of most of the countries party to the Paris agreement, including the US which the Trump administration has promised is pulling out of the pact. (Source: Various Media, Sept. 9, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  COP24,  Climate Change,  


    Lithium Werks Touts Twente Airport Clean Energy R&D Campus (Int'l)
    Lithium Werks
    Date: 2018-09-10
    In the Netherlands, Energy management firm Lithium Werks reports it plans to construct a new clean energy research and development (R&D) campus at Twente Airport.

    Lithium Werks, which supplies battery cells in 50 countries, said the facility will span over 42 acres, with the first building at Technology Base scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. The East Netherlands Development Agency Oost, together with the municipality of Enschede and the province of Overijssel are supporting the project.(Source: Lithium Werks, Energy Live, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Lithium Werks, www.lithiumwerks.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium Werks,  


    Aussie PM Ditching Climate Change Target Legislation (Int'l)
    Australia Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-10
    In the Land Down Under, newly elected Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the new government will not revive plans to embed carbon emissions targets in law, as promised by his Liberal predecessor Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull was ousted in a palace coup by his more conservative colleagues over support for the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

    Morrison noted the NEG's proposal to help the government meet its Paris Agreement pledge was "dead" and his government would focus instead on lowering soaring electricity prices.

    Australia is considered one of the world's worst per capita greenhouse gas polluters, and is a heavy user of coal-fired power. Even so, Canberra indicated it would still work to reduce Australia's emissions despite a lack of legislation to enforce the Paris target.

    The ruling Liberal-National coalition as well as previous Labor governments have struggled to introduce climate policies over the past decade amid political infighting and turbulence, especially during the term of Tony Abbott who is perhaps best remembered for his colourful declaration -- "Climate change is a load of CRAP." (Source: AFP, Australian, Economic Times, 9 Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australaia,  Climate Change,  


    Hyundai, LG Indonesian Palm Biodiesel Plants Announced (Intl)
    Hyundai, LG
    Date: 2018-09-10
    In Indonesia, West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji is reporting Korean companies Hyundai and LG will construct biodiesel processing plants near Kubu Raya in the province of West Kalimantan. The pprojects are in keeping with the government’s effort to expand the domestic use of the fuel through its mandatory 20 pct blended biodiesel ( B20 ) policy. The Korean companies will use oil palm waste as a biodiesel feedstock. (Source: Jakarta Post, Various Media, 10 Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil news,  Biodiesel news,  


    S. Korea OKs Bio Heavy Oil as Power Plant Alt. Fuel (Int'l)
    South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
    Date: 2018-09-10
    In Seoul, the South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy reports South Korea will allow the use of bio heavy oil (biodiesel), an "eco-friendly" fuel made from used cooking oil as an alternative for fossil fuels at thermal power plants.

    The Ministry's ruling is based on a 2014 study to test the efficiency of recycled cooking oil for power generation. The revised law will come into force on January 1 , 2019. (Source: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy , AJU Business Daily, 10 Sept, 2018) Contact: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy , english.motie.go.kr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    Notable Quote

    Date: 2018-09-10
    "When the central problem is the damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, the cleanest and most efficient way to address it is to tax those emissions." -- Janet Yellen , Former Head of the US Federal Reserve

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax news,  


    Russian Methanol, Biomaas Pellet Fuel Projects Find Investors (Int'l)
    Marubeni,Russian Direct Investment Fund
    Date: 2018-09-10
    The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) reports it and Japan's Marubeni Corporation and the AEON Corporation have on the terms for investing in the methanol production and chemical cluster in the Russian city of Volgograd. The joint investment in the project will be over $800 million. The construction is slated to get underway early in for completion in 2022.

    The RDIF and JBICIG Partners -- a subsidiary of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)) under the Russian-Japanese Investment Fund framework -- also have agreed on a $200 million joint project for the construction of a 135,000 tpy woody biomass pellet fuel production plant in the city of Amursk in partnership with the Far Eastern RFP Group and Japanese Prospect Corporation. The project is expected to launch in 2019) (Source: Russian Direct Investment Fund, UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 10th September, 2018) Contact: Russian Direct Investment Fund, https://rdif.ru/Eng_Index; AEON Energy, +91 44 4960 7700, www.aeonenergy.biz; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AEON,  Marubeni,  Methanol,  Woody Biomass,  Pellets,  ,  


    SAVe Energy Battery Propulsion System for Ships Launched (Int'l)
    Rolls Royce Energy
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Bergen, Norway-headquartered ship electric propulsion systems specialist Rolls Royce Energy Inc. reports the introduction of its proprietary modular SAVe Energy battery propulsion and energy management system for commercial ferries and ships.

    The system incorporates Rolls Royce's modular, liquid cooled lithium-ion batteries and can be sized to the exact energy storage and propulsion needs of any ship. Combined with an LNG or diesel powered engine in a hybrid solution, the system will increase efficiency and reduce emissions and can be coupled with most types of propulsion units.

    The SAVe Energy system was partially funded by the Norwegian Research Council as part of its ENERGIX program, which supports the efficient use of energy, energy systems, and energy policy, according to the company release. (Source: Rolls Royce Energy Inc., CleanTechnica, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Rolls Royce Energy Inc., Andreas Seth, 740-393-8888 - US Office, www.rolls-royce.com/products-and-services/marine/product-finder/automation-and-control/automation-and-control/energy-management-systems.aspx#

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    DOE Announces Bioenergy Research and Development Funding (R&D)
    DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In Washington. the U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy R&D aimed at enabling cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. This work supports the DOE's goal of reducing the cost of bio-based drop-in fuels to $3/gallon by 2022 to continue to provide consumers with affordable, reliable transportation energy choices. The four funding opportunitie include:
  • BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (up to $28 million) -- 16 selectees will create highly efficient conversion processes to increase the affordability of fuels from biomass and waste feedstocks by improving catalysts and new biological systems, identifying ways to better utilize waste streams like carbon dioxide (CO2) and biosolids, and creating high-value co-products that can improve the economic viability of biofuels production.

  • Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems (up to $15 million) -- 7 selections will improve the efficiency of carbon utilization and productivity of algal systems either through improving uptake and conversion of waste CO2 emissions or through the development of new, technologies to capture CO2 directly from ambient air to enhance algal growth.

  • Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower (up to $22 million) -- 10 selections will research integrated processes for the production of biopower from biosolids and cost-competitive, renewable drop-in biofuels and bioproducts from domestic biomass feedstocks and waste resources.

  • Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (up to $15 million)-- 3 selections will conduct early-stage R&D related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food dedicated energy crops that can be used as feedstocks for the production of biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. (Source: US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, PR, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office , (702) 356-1623 – Communications Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Algal,  Drop-ion Biofuel,  


  • Delaware Passes PACE Energy Efficiency Financing Bill (Ind. Report)
    C-PACE
    Date: 2018-09-07
    The office of Delaware Gov. John Carney (Dem) is reporting the signing of legislation enabling Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing to support commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

    PACE loans are funded by private lenders and repaid through a voluntary assessment on the property's county tax bill. The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) will administer the program. More than $688 million has been invested in clean energy projects nationwide since 2009, according to PACENation, (Source: Delaware Business Teimes, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: PACENation, http://pacenation.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACENation,  Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Sonnen Touts ecoLinx Energy Mgmt, Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Sonnen
    Date: 2018-09-07
    German energy storage specialist Sonnen is touting its new all-in-one ecoLinx smart energy management system that brings together home automation, residential solar, and energy storage in an energy ecosystem that enables intelligent load controllers to effectively manage energy usage, secure smart homes against grid outages and help stabilize the existing power grid, according to the company.

    Energy automation with ecoLinx includes: smart, dynamic weather forecasting; smart, configurable backup power; and intelligent demand control and load shaping that automatically manages the use of clean, stored energy to avoid peak utility rates by integrating with smart devices within the home.

    The Sonnen all-in-one ecoLinx features a 15-year system warranty, comes standard with lithium iron phosphate batteries, and is scalable from 10kWh to 20kWh of storage capacity. (Source: Sonnen, CEPro, 4 Sept., 2018)Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP, (310) 853-2404, www.sonnen-batterie.com

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


    WPD Establishes Japanese Subsidiary (Int'l. Report)
    WPD Group
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In Germany, Bremen-based wind power developer WPD Group reports the establishment of WPD Japan Co., Ltd. in Tokyo in January 2018. The company is seeking to develop both on- and offshore wind projects in Japan. The expansion was supported by the Japan External Trade Organization.

    WPD Japan, which entered the Taiwan market in 2003 and the United States in 2007, seeks to develop both on and offshore wind projects in Japan The company presently has installed 2,180 wind turbines in 18 countries with a total installed capacity is over 4,400 MW. (Source: WDP, Japan External Trade Organization, Sept., 2018) Contact: WPD Group, 49 (421) 16866-10, www.wpd.de/en/star; Japan External Trade Organization, www.jetro.go.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WPD Group,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Florida Future Fund Proposed to Build Climate Change Resiliency (Ind. Report Attached)
    Center for American Progress
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Infrastructure and Communities for a Changing Climate, a new report from the Center for American Progress and the Pinecrest, Florida-based CLEO Institute suggests the creation of a private and public-funded "Florida Future Fund" to support infrastructure upgrades and flood protections that would make communities more resilient to climate change threats.

    The Florida Future Fund would provide low-interest or interest-free loans and loan guarantees to projects, including investments in parks, the urban tree canopy, clean energy, and smart grids. It would also support energy efficiency upgrades, expand local and regional transportation access, upgrade public transportation systems, and more. Successful implementation of such a fund in Florida could provide a blueprint to other states searching for ways to build resilience to climate change.

    Download the Florida Future Fund Report HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Center for American Progress, Tom Caiazza, (202)-481-7141, tcaiazza@americanprogress.org, www.americanprogress.org; CLEO Institute, (305) 284-0908, www.cleoinstitute.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEO Institute,  Center for American Progress,  Limate Change,  


    Goldwind Offloading Aussie Solar, Wind Project Pipeline (Int'l)
    Goldwind
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Chinese wind turbine supplier and project developer Goldwind reports it is seeking a purchaser for its wind and large-scale solar development pipeline in the Land Down Under. Goldwind's planed exit from the Australian market may be partially attributed to the government's failed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) policy which the Australian electricity marketplace without an effective policy setting beyond 2020.

    Goldwind Australia aims to sell the portfolio in full or part before the end of November, this year. (Source: Goldwind Australia, Various Media, PV Mag Australia, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Goldwind Energy, +61 (2) 9008 1715, info@goldwindaustralia.com, www.goldwindaustralia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind,  Wind,  Solar,  


    NY Commits $15Mn to Clean Energy Workforce Programs (Funding)
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the Empire State, democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's, office has announced $15 million in support of two initiatives that will promote clean energy workforce development and training programs on State University of New York (SUNY) campuses.

    Nearly $6 million was awarded to SUNY campuses to train more workers in the clean energy sector. In addition, a request for proposals (RFP) was made available to all SUNY campuses for grants totaling $9 million to provide apprenticeships, internships, and educational programs and support through industry partnerships.

    Of the awarded proposals, SUNY Canton will enhance its Solar Ready Vets program on-site at Fort Drum. Its training provides a micro-credential program in renewable energy specifically for veterans transitioning to civilian life. In another award, the SUNY Maritime Offshore Energy Center will develop a wind operations technician training program. As part of the $9 million RFP for additional grants, the SUNY system will explore opportunities for partnerships with state and local agencies, including the Department of Labor, NYSERDA, Empire State Development and Industrial Development Agencies. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Windpower , Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, www.ny.gov/agencies/office-governor; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  SUNY,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    COP24 Preparatory Climate Talks Open in Bangkok (Int'l Report)
    UNFCCC
    Date: 2018-09-07

    The UNFCCC is reporting from Bangkok that in n preparation for the upcoming COP24 climate conference meeting this December in Katowice, Poland, world governments are meeting in Bangkok to prepare guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines will make the Paris Agreement work fairly and transparently for all. The Bangkok meeting is the last opportunity before COP24 to accelerate negotiations.

    The preparation of an official negotiating text on the implementation guidelines are needed to monitor progress on climate action, including measures to deal with climate impacts and are essential for determining whether emissions are being reduced at a sufficient rate to achieve the Paris Agreement's goals and to make the agreement's institutions fully operational beyond COP24. (Source: UN Environment, 3 Sept, 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, https://unfccc.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP24,  Paris Climate Agreement,  UNFCCC,  Climate Change,  


    Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Reaches Financial Close (Int'l)
    innogy SE,MHI Vestas
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Further to our 22nd August coverage, German energy developer Innogy SE is reporting its 860 MW Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm has reached financial close. The project will incorporate 90, MHI Vestas wind turbines and will supply 100 pct of its power output to Orsted through under the terms of a 15-year PPA.

    innogy SE acquired the Triton Knoll project from its parent company, Frankfort Germany-headquartered RWE and acquired a 50 pct stake from Norwegian renewable energy company Statkraft. In August, innogy sold a 41 pct stake in the project to two Japanese electric utilities, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power. The project is expected to be commissioned in 2021.(Source: innogy SE, CleanTechnica, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122 2088, www.rwe.com; Innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777, www.innogy.com/web/cms/en/3708678/innogy-renewables-uk; MHI Vestas, +81.3.6716.3111, www.mhi.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy SE,  Triton Knoll ,  Offshore Wind,  MHI Vestas,  


    ViennaGreenCO2 Biomass Plant Pilot Underway (Int'l Report))
    Vienna University of Technology
    Date: 2018-09-07
    On the heels of successful laboratory tests by the Vienna University of Technology in cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) and Shell, commissioning of a new system for the separation of CO2 from exhaust gases has begun on the grounds of the Wien Energie Biomass Power Plant in Simmering.

    The pilot facility is designed to capture one tpd of CO2. Like other CO2 capture technologies, the Vienna project also uses nitrogen derivatives (amines) to separate the CO2 from the exhaust gases of combustion processes and thus prevent it from entering the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. However, while currently best available methods use aqueous amine solvents, in this process, the CO2 from the exhaust gas in the multistage fluidiaed bed column will firstly 'dock' onto solid amine-functionalized particles and be redissolved in a second column by heat input.

    In the previous laboratory tests, more than 90 pct of the CO2 could be separated from the exhaust gases. The researchers expect to reduce separation costs per ton of CO2 by as much as 25 pct compared to the current best available technology. (Source: Vienna University of Technology, World Fertilizer, Sept., 2018) Contact: Vienna University of Technology, Dr. Ing. Gerhard Schony, Project Coordinator, www.tuwien.ac.at

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Carbon Capture,  


    Univ. of Bayreuth Announces Bavarian Battery R&D Center (Int'l)
    University of Bayreuth
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In Germany, the University of Bayreuth reports it has established the Bavarian Centre for Battery Technology R&D center in Bavaria. The project was supported by a €25 million investment from the Bavarian Council of Ministers.

    The first construction phase will be completed by 2020, with 114 positions being created. As of 2021, the University of Bayreuth will open a new course for bachelors and masters students titled Battery Technology and Battery System Technology. (Source: University of Bayreuth , electrive.com, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: University of Bayreuth, www.uni-bayreuth.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    O-WIND Omnidirectional Wind Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    Lancaster University,
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the UK, Lancaster University students Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani are touting their new O-Wind Turbine -- an omnidirectional wind turbine ideally suited for cities and other areas where uncertain wind speed and direction prevails. The students and their O-Wind Turbine are the winners of the 2018 James Dyson Award.

    The O-Wind Turbine is a 25cm sphere with geometric vents mounted on a fixed axis. It can be used as a direct source of power or it can be fed into the electricity grid. According to the designers, the technology can be used for developing on-grid and off-grid alternatives for the urban market as well as for motor homes, boats and other stand-alone applications of various sizes. (Source: Lancaster University, RE Mag, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Lancaster University, +44 (0) 1524 65201, www.lancaster.ac; James Dyson Award, www.jamesdysonaward.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    California "Carbon-Free" Legislation SB100 Awaits Governor's Signature (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the Golden State, with the expected signing of state legislation SB100, California will join Hawaii in going carbon-free by 2045. When signed into law, SB100 will replace fossil fuel generated electric power in California with 100 pct renewable energy.

    Another climate law, SB 32, requires California to limit statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. SB 100 further advances the state's goal to reduce carbon emissions by mandating that 50 pct of the state's energy must come from eligible renewable sources by 2026, increasing to 60 pct by 2030. To reach 100 pct clean energy by 2045, California can also draw upon nuclear, large hydroelectric, and natural gas plants with carbon capture and storage -- all of which do not emit carbon dioxide.

    In 2017, about 29 pct of California's electricity was sourced from renewables. Natural gas and coal made up 34 and 4 pct of the state's electric generation in 2017, down from about 46 and 17 pct in 2007.

    Download the Solutions Project Renewable Energy Roadmap for California HERE. California SB110 details are HERE. (Source: Legal Info, Various Media, Popular Science, Sept., 2018)

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


    UK Climate Change Concerns, Temperatures Hit Record Levels (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the UK, a recent poll by London-based Opinium Research has found 60 pct of British adults think recent heat waves have been made stronger and more prolonged by climate change while 30 pct claim they are "very concerned" about climate change and 42 pct said they are "fairly" concerned.

    The soaring summer heat surpassed the record set in 1976 in England and daytime temperatures regularly rose above 30 degrees C across the country in June and July. Sweden recorded its hottest July in over 260 years.

    The heatwave which enveloped northern Europe was made twice as likely due to the effects of climate change, according to an international team of scientists from the World Weather Attribution network. (Source: Opinium Research, The Independent, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Opinium Research, +44 (0) 20 7566 3190, www.opinium.co.uk; World Weather Attribution network, www.worldweatherattribution.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Climate Change,  


    Indian Biodiesel Assoc. Touts Used Cooking Oil Aggregation (Int'l)
    Indian Biodiesel Assoc.
    Date: 2018-09-07
    The Biodiesel Association of India (BDAI) is reporting the planned launch of a used cooking oil aggregation system to assist in the repurposing of used cooking oil into biofuel. BDAI also plans to set up 350 used cooking oil storage/stablization and training centers.

    The app will manage the collection and supply of used cooking oil from food vendors/restaurants and food processing units. The used cooking oil will be supplied to biodiesel plants to convert it into transportation fuel. There are presently two major biodiesel makers based in Gujarat totaling 73,000 tpy capacity.

    The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has set a target of converting about 2.2 million tpy of used cooking oil into biodiesel by 2022. (Source: Biodiesel Association of India, FPI Business Line, 5 Spt., 2018) Contact: Biodiesel Association of India, Sandeep Chaturvedi, Pres., +91 22 26333477, president@bdai.org.in, www.bdai.org.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Used Cooking Oil,  


    UK Biodiesel Producer Greenergy Snares Rexon Energy (Int'l, M&A)
    Greenergy, Rexon Energy
    Date: 2018-09-07
    London-based U.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy is reporting the acquisition of Rexon Energy, a Singapore-based exporter of used cooking oil as a raw materials source for its UK biodiesel manufacturing operations and its new Amsterdam-based facility, which is scheduled to begin operating next year.

    As we reported on 20 July, Greenergy acquired Netherlands tank terminal operator Oiltanking's never commissioned and idle biodiesel manufacturing facility in Amsterdam. Greenergy plans to retrofit the facility to process waste oils and expand production capacity. (Source: Greenergy, Other, Biodiesel, Sept., 2018) Contact: Greenergy, Andrew Owens, CEO, +44 (0)20 7404 7700, mail@greenergy.com, www.greenergy.com; Rexon Energy, www.blueoceanmineraloel.com/en/about-us/rexon-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rexon Energy,  Greenergy,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition (Int'l Ind. Report Attached)
    International Renewable Energy Agency,Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century
    Date: 2018-09-07
    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Energy Agency (IEA), and Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) have release their joint report titled, Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition.

    The publication provides policymakers with a comprehensive understanding of the diverse policy options to support the development of renewables across sectors, technologies, country contexts, energy market structures, and policy objectives. The report concludes that despite rapid technology development in renewable energy and energy efficiency, additional measures and more comprehensive policies are needed to achieve the transition to a low carbon, renewable energy economy.

    The report includes: general background information; in-depth analysis of status, trends and policies for renewable energy in heating and cooling, transport, and power generation; policies for integrating renewables and transforming power systems.

    Download the Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition report HERE. (Source: IRENA, IISD, August, 2018) Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000,www.irena.org; Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, www.ren21.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  International Renewable Energy Agency,  Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century ,  Renewable Energy,  


    Canadian Cities Ink Net-Zero Green Buildings Agreement (Ind. Report)
    C40 Cities,World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-09-07
    The mayors of Canada's largest cities --Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver -- report they have signed on to a global agreement comprising 19 cities to meet net-zero carbon standards by 2050.

    Led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration requires cities to: establish a roadmap to reach net zero carbon buildings; develop a suite of supporting incentives and programmes; and report annually on progress. The pledge is part of the World Green Building Councils Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States and Regions.

    Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver will take extra steps as part of a commitment to owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon by 2030. These steps include evaluating current energy demand and carbon emissions from municipal buildings, and identifying opportunities for reduction; establishing a roadmap to reach net zero carbon municipal buildings. (Source: C40, HPAC, 6 Sept., 2018) Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  World Green Building Council,  Net Zero Energy,  C40 Cities,  

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