"These carbon credits represent a significant step towards giving municipalities a green solution to their wastewater needs that is truly self-sustainable,"
Sharp Management said.(Source: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, The Telegram, 19 Mar, 2018) Contact: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, (709) 729-3570, email@example.com, www.gov.nl.ca/premier
More Low-Carbon Energy News Newfoundland, Carbon Tax, Carbon Credit,
Vandewater Capital Holdings, the lead investor and controlling shareholder of AltAir Fuels from its inception in 2013 until Delek acquired a controlling stake in October of 2015, brought AltAir from concept to a leading refinery of renewable fuels .
World Energy, one of the largest and longest serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America, operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston, TX, Natchez, MS, Rome, GA, Harrisburg, PA, and now Paramount, CA. The company also operates distribution hubs nationwide.
(Source: Delek, PR, 19 Mar., 2018) Contact: Delek US Holdings, Keith Johnson
VP Investor Relations, (615) 435-1366, www.delekus.com;
AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel, Delek Holdings, Renewable Fuels, AltAir,
The first series of B&E projects will be located in Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
Greenbelt Resources' small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels (bio-ethanol), animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng., CEO, (888) 995- 4726 x101, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenbeltresources.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,
The release adds that Norwegian packaging manufacturer Elopak, which supplies 15 billion cartons per year worldwide, has joined forces with UPM Biofuels and Dow to offer 100 pct recyclable and responsibly sourced
100 pct wood-based cartons. (Source: UPM Biofuels,Lesprom,
15 Mar., 2018)
Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels, Bioplastic,
The new pre-treatment unit allows the use of high Free Fatty Acid waste feedstocks while meeting the biodiesel quality standards set by international fuel standards.
The advanced biodiesel pre-treatment unit was built to supply biodiesel to the EU and US under the three-year supply agreement signed with BPS in May of 2017.
The Aemetis plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, is the first and only India biofuels producer approved under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for delivery of biodiesel into California.
(Source: Aemetis, Inc., MENAFN, 16 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, email@example.com, www.aemetis.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis, Biodiesel,
In completing the project, Energy Optimizers retrofitted the district's interior lighting with LED systems, replaced boilers and boiler controls with state-of-the-art energy efficient equipment, made energy-saving enhancements to the district's kitchens and transportation garage.
The work was partially funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's House Bill 264 program. Energy Optimizers also funded a district Energy Education and Awareness Program promoting and implementing numerous energy savings and sustainability programs throughout the district.
Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, wind and solar energy projects, HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. (Source: Energy Optimizers USA, PR, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Energy Opttimizers USA, Greg Smith, Pres., (973) 877-1919,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Optimizers, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Rebates,
The company operates oil and gas projects in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia, but highlighted the need for renewables growth in its 2018-2021 strategy.
The company previously identified a 463 MW pipeline of solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) as part of its 2017-2020 plan, but none of these projects have yet been completed.
Eni had signed a framework deal with GE in 2016 to develop renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, but to-date has no wind power projects installed. (Source: Eni, PR, Various Media, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Eni, www.eni.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni, Renewable Energy, Renewables,
Siemens Gamesa will supply, transport, install and maintain 11 of its SWT-3.2-113 turbines (35.2 MW) for Innovent's Eplessier project in Hauts de France. The company will deliver another 11 SWT-3.2-113 turbines for the ENGIE Green's Les Monts projects in the Grand Est region.
Siemens Gamesa will also supply eight SG 2.1-114 turbines with a 16 year service agreement for a 16 MW project in Burgundy and four G97-2.0 MW turbines with a 15-year service contract for an 8 MW project in Western France. The company will also supply another five G97-2.0 MW turbines to an undisclosed customer for a 10 MW wind farm located in Western France.
(Source: SiemensGamesa, PR, Various Media, Penn Energy, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Offshore Wind, Wind Turbine ,
The company presently has 1,147 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in Spain. (Source: Gas Natural Fenosa, Renewables Now, 18 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Gas Natural Fenosa, www.gasnaturalfenosa.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Natural Fenosa, Wind,
Global Services International is currently working on several public/private partnership LED Lighting Systems and Control Sensors projects throughout the State of Illinois. The Company’s estimated value of the collective projects total approximately $100 million annually.
Global Services International is a recently established Energy Efficiency Solution Company utilizing state-of-the-art Solid-State LED Lighting Systems and Control Sensors, along with machine-to- machine infrastructure that promotes energy conservation while reducing energy consumption costs.
(Source: Viper Networks, PR, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Viper Networks, Farid Shouekani, CEO,
Global Services International, www.GSI-Networks.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Viper Networks, Global Services International,
Hubbard also requested Congress provide a multi-year extension and expansion of the Alternative Vehicle Refueling Property Credit, which provides a tax credit equal to 30 pct -- up to $30,000 -- of the cost of any qualified alternative fuel vehicle refueling device. The tax credit currently is limited to single-use, dedicated pumps, but should be expanded to take into account the increased use of blender-style pumps. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 14 Mar., 2018)
Contact: RFA, Edward Hubbard, RFA General Counsel, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association, Biofuel, Biofuel Tax Credit,
Aemetis continuously operated its gas fermentation process for over 120 days, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan. The IDU proved out a yield of 77 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass.
Using adjusted engineering models and subsequent results from the IDU, Leidos engineers expect the yield from the IDU to translate to commercial yields of approximately 96 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per ton of biomass at Aemetis' planned 12 million gpy commercial facility in Riverbank, California.
(Source: Aemetis Inc., 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis, Cellulosic,
Biomass-based diesel and cellulosic biofuels (advanced biofuels) can qualify for RINs for their advanced biofuel category, as well as conventional biofuels (which has a lower threshold of greenhouse gas emissions reductions). The interconnected nature of the program and how RINs can qualify for multiple categories is one reason that capping one type of RINs impacts other fuels. (Source: Kentucky Soybean Board , Dennis Clark, Marshall County Daily, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Kentucky Soybean Board, www.kysoy.org;
National Biodiesel Board, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board, RINs, Ethanol,
The third-part verification represents a commercial validation of Velocys' technology and supports the Company's strategy to build a biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi.
ENVIA Energy has inked a fixed-price RIN purchase and sale agreement with TransMontaigne Product Services, LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of NGL Energy Partners).
Only 400,000 D7 RINs have ever been generated within the US. ENVIA is expected to generate around 100,000 D7 RINs per month under the approved pathway.
By way of contrast, Velocys' future Mississippi biorefinery is being designed to generate over 20 million gallons of fuel and is expected to generate over 30 million D3/D7 RINs per year. (Source: Velocys, PR, DigitalJournal, 15 Mar., 2016) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, email@example.com, www.velocys.com;
ENVIVA Energy, www.envivabiomass.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys, RINs, ENVIA Energy,
Projections outlined in the BP technology report find the cost of wind power in particular declines as wind turbines get taller, rotor blades get longer and control systems become more efficient. New advances for pioneering technologies like wind-capturing kites and bladeless turbines could facilitate more advances in efficiency.
BP estimates the average cost for both onshore and offshore wind developments could decline by 19 pct every time cumulative output doubles. For renewables in general, the International Energy Agency estimates electricity generation will increase by more than 30 pct by 2022.
KEPCO's acquisitions, which include the Astoria (100 MWac/131 MWp), Astoria 2 (75 MWac/100 MWp) and the Barren Ridge project (60 MWac/78 MWp) in Southern California, all came online in 2016 and have signed long-tern PPAs in place. The acquisitions are KEPCO's largest US solar investments to date. (Source: Canadian Solar, Zacks, NAZDAQ, 14 Mar., 2018)
Contact: KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr/eng;
Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500, http://recurrentenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Recurrent Energy, Canadian Solar , Solar, Korea Electric Power Corporation ,
With the switch to renewables, BASF expects to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 1,520 tpy. Source: Bullfrog Power, Mar., 2018) Contact: BASF Canada, Marcelo Lu, Pres., www.basf.com/ca; Bullfrog Power: Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bullfrogpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog Power, BASF, Renewable Energy,
In January, 2018, the company set aside 450 hectares of land to develop carbon-guzzling forests in line with its other low-carbon targets, including increased reliance on renewable energy, green building practices and increased energy efficiency. Ayala Land Inc. generates produces about 68,000 tpy of CO2, according to the company. tons of carbon dioxide a year.
The Center for Conservation Innovations Inc. will study five sites in different parts of the Philippines to determine a baseline carbon stock in the carbon-forest sites, three of which are within or adjacent to existing Alaya Land development projects.
(Source: Alaya Land Inc., Business Mirror, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact:
Center for Conservation Innovations, www.conservation-innovations.org; Ayala Land Inc., Anna Maria Gonzales, Sustainability Manager, www.ayalaland.com.ph
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsetting, Carbon Storage, Carbon Enissions,
The joint effort, which aims to develop the river basin's suitability as a site for carbon storage, is focused on three depleted oil fields in the Huizhou area, and could provide decades of secure CO2 storage offshore for projects such as the Haifeng full-chain offshore CCSU project at a coal-fired power station.
The joint research is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, EPSRC and NERC in partnership with Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), which includes British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University and the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde.
China is the world's largest emitter of CO2 due to its ongoing dependence on coal as a source of energy.
Carbon capture and storage could play a crucial role in reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions and helping it meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement.
(Source: Edinburgh University, The National, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Edinburgh University, www.ed.ac.uk; British Geological Survey, www.bgs.ac.uk; Scottish Funding Council, www.sfc.ac.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCus, CCS, Carbon Dioxide,
QUEST Canada is a non-profit organization that conducts research, engagement, and advocacy to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada by working with government, utilities, the energy industry, the real-estate sector, economic regulators, and the product and professional service sector. (Source: QUEST, Daily Herald Tribune, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: QUEST Canada,
Ericka Wicks, Dir. of Projects and Advisory Services
Pollution Probe, www.questcanada.org; Pollution Probe, www.pollutionprobe.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News QUEST, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change, The other communities selected for the project were Calgary, Inuvik, London, Yellowknife and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. ,
The proposed policy would require all new buildings to be constructed to standards that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 pct to 50 pct compared to New York state code standards. The policy would ramp down over time to require all new buildings be designed to a net-zero energy standard within the next 12 years.
The proposed policy would have two compliance paths available to all property owners: a point system where the builder chooses from a menu of over 20 features to achieve six points equaling a 40 pct to 50 pct reduction in greenhouse gases; a second path of compliance allows the use of US Green Building Council LEED and similar rating systems to show a 40 pct to 50 pct reduction in greenhouse gases.
The Green Building Policy second draft report prepared by consultants STREAM Collaborative, Randall + West, and Taitem Engineering is posted at www.ithacagreenbuilding.com.
(Source: City of Ithaca, Ithaca Journal, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Ithaca, email@example.com, www.cityofthaca,org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, USGBC, LEED Certification,
Natcore is targeting over 25 pct real-world efficiency for its eventual production solar cells, roughly a 25 pct performance improvement over many high-end commercial cells being installed today.
Natcore has begun an accelerated development program to produce a prototype with the new process, as well as include production cost and efficiency modeling by independent authorities.
Natcore plans to pursue partnerships with leaders in the industry to commercialize its technology. The production of this prototype will be a key part of this process.
(Source: NatCore, PR 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: NatcoreChuck Provini
More Low-Carbon Energy News Natcore Technology, Solar,
One hectare of seagrass, along with mangroves, has 30 - 50 times the potential of Amazonian forest in terms of [carbon] mitigation, according to study researcher and lead author Oscar Sorrano. It also has the potential to release huge amounts of carbon-dioxide back to the atmosphere -- potentially increasing the likelihood of further heatwaves by fuelling global warming.
The researchers - ranging from Australia, Spain, Malaysia, the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - estimated the loss from the heatwave event released as much as 9 million tonnes of CO2, or the equivalent annual emissions of 800,000 homes or 1,600,000 cars.
The estimates were based on modelling releases based in-situ studies from 50 sites. (Source: Edith Cowan University, Nature Climate Change, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Edith Cowan University, Oscar Serrano, Researcher, Paper Lead Author, +61 8 6304 0000, www.ecu.edu.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Seagrass, Blue Carbon, Carbon Sink, CO2,
Detractors claim changes in the proposed legislation would scale back or eliminate measures that have lowered energy costs and usage, lessened the need for new power plants and have attracted industries to the state.
Current energy efficiency programs make the state more attractive and competitive to businesses, according to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. (Source: Hawkeye Community College, Courier, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact:
Senate File 2311 www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=sf2311
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Incentives, Energy Efficiency Rebates,
The letter is in response to a recent Applied Economics Clinic report prepared for CLF that demonstrates inequities in the reach of these programs, and how little information is shared about who is being served. CLF plans to hold the utilities accountable for serving all of their customers when the draft of the upcoming statewide energy efficiency plan is released in April.
Download the full report HERE.
(Source: Conservation Law Foundation, 18 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, www.ma-eeac.org; Conservation Law Foundation, www.clf.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Conservation Law Foundation, Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council,
Under the CLEER program, Montgomery County Green Bank lists eligible contractors, businesses use these contractors to define energy savings scopes of work and Revere Bank and Ascentium Capital provide loans to businesses to finance the eligible scopes of work. The borrowing businesses are considered approved based on credit with loan terms set to match the expected energy savings. Montgomery County Green Bank also provides overall program oversight to ensure the success of the program and track progress towards greenhouse gas reduction goals.
The CLEER program works in a complementary manner with the Pepco program and builds on its offerings. The CLEER program is primarily funded by proceeds from the merger of Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings Inc. Montgomery County's support for the merger has resulted in over $41 million to the County to create programs benefiting Pepco customers.
Montgomery County Green Bank is a publicly-chartered nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating affordable clean energy and energy efficiency investment in Montgomery County, MD. It is also the nation's first county-level green bank. In support of the County's goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Montgomery County Green Bank partners with the private sector to build a more inclusively prosperous, resilient, sustainable, and healthy community by providing affordable financing options for projects that private investors may not currently be able or willing to finance alone. (Source: Montgomery County Green Bank, PR, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact:
Montgomery County Green Bank, Tom Deyo, CEO, www.mcgreenbank.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy,
Under the new agreement, the South Philadelphia-based refiner will retire 138 million RINs before April 1, when it plans to emerge from bankruptcy, and another 64.6 million of the credits after that date.
Although the price of RINs has been as high as $1.45, it has dropped to about $0.35 its lowest in a year.
PES claimed has been paying $75-85 million a year for RINs since 2014, and the cost is now the second-biggest after crude oil.
(Source: State Impact Pennsylvania, Law360, Various Media, 13 Mar., 2018)Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Renewable Fuel Standard, RFS,
The 150,00 panel, single-axis tracking solar array, which is slated to be fully operational in the fall of 2020, will generate sufficient power for more than 11,000 households per year.
The project is subject to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approval, which is expected in the first half 2019.
(Source: Vectren Corp., PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vectren, Carl Chapman, Pres., CEO, (812) 491-5105, www.vectren.com; First Solar, www.firstsolar.com;
Orion Renewable Energy Group LLCwww.orionrenewables.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vectren Energy, Solar, First Solar,
Construction work is underway and the wind park is expected to go online this September.
The facility has a 25-year PPA in place, and has been added to Pattern Energy Group's list of identified Right of First Offer (iROFO) projects. (Source: Pattern Energy Group, 13 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland , CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.patternenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy, Wind,
PSO expects Wind Catcher to save its customers around $2 billion over its 25-year lifetime.
(Source: Walmart, Renewables, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy, (800) 925-6278, https://corporate.walmart.com/contact-us;
Public Service Company of Oklahoma, (888) 216-3523, www.psoklahoma.com; Invenergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400, https://invenergyllc.com/what-we-do/wind
More Low-Carbon Energy News Walmart, Wind, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Invenergy, ,
The 26 statewide projects are the awarded winners of the Governor's Clean Energy Standard mandate and include 22 solar farms, a hydroelectric project, three wind farms worth 339.78 MW, 272 MW, and 121.8 MW respectively, the latter of which will include 6.2 MW of energy storage capacity.
Together, the projects are projected to generate sufficient electric power for more than 430,000 homes. (Source: Office of NY Governor, CleanTechnica, Others, 13 Mar., 2018)Contact: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo, Renewable Energy, NY Renewable Energy,
In addition to the UK, Gaia-Wind turbines are operating Tonga, Japan, Australia, the US, the Caribbean, Sweden, Denmark and Italy.
(Source: Gaia-Wind, Various Media, Renewables Now, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gaia-Wind, +44 (0) 845 871 4242, www.gaia-wind.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gaia-Wind , Wind, Wind Turbine,
Under the program, Orange County businesses are eligible to receive free, fully installed HVAC and thermal energy storage systems, using Ice Energy's proprietary Ice Bear® solution.
The Ice Bear provides a unique solution to the problem of peak load management by connecting to one or more standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units and serving as a thermal battery. Ice Bear systems freeze standard tap water at night when demand for power is low and capacity is abundant. The stored ice is then used during the peak period of the day to provide uninterrupted cooling, using a fraction of the energy required to operate a traditional HVAC system and reducing air conditioning bills by up to 40 pct.
Ice Energy thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, and for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. (Source: Ice Energy, 14 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ice Energy Keep Your Cool , Tony Huffman, (800) 808-9539, email@example.com, www.keepyourcool.com; Ice Energy, mike Hopkins, Pres, www.ice-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy, Energy Storage, Thermal Energy Storage,
It is anticipated that the project will enable potential lifetime savings of €33 -- €40 million for a 720MW offshore wind farm.
OWA partners E.ON, EnBW, Orsted, Statoil and Vattenfall, alongside additional industry partners Fistuca, Van Oord, Shell and Sif are contributing €3.2 million in project funding, while the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has granted public subsidies of over €2.5 million.
In the BLUE PILOT project the hammer will be tested offshore at a location in Dutch waters. Sif will provide the monopile, and Van Oord will support the installation logistics. The other industry partners will provide funding and strategic advice into the project to ensure its relevance to future commercial projects.
(Source: Carbon Trust, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Offshore Wind Accelorator, www.carbontrust.com/offshore-wind
More Low-Carbon Energy News The Carbon Trust, Wind, Offshore Wind,
The THRIVE program, which is set to launch in April, will reduce consumers' tailpipe emissions on all grades of fuel through certified carbon investment projects such as tree plantings, renewable energy development and others.
In addition to the carbon offsets, the THRIVE program will plant 25,000 trees in Middle Tennessee with the Arbor Day Foundation. The program has also partnered with Nashville-based GROW Enrichment, a non-profit organization focused on community development through urban agriculture and nature conservation education. (Source: Tri Star Energy, Convenience Store Decisions, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Tri Star Energy, Steve Hostetter, CEO, www.tristartn.com; GreenPrint, (404) 207-1947, info@GreenPrintCorp.com, www.greenprintcorp.com; Arbor Day Foundation, www.arborday.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions, GreenPrint, Transportation Emissions, Carbon Offsets, Arbor Day,
"The uncertainty created by the lapse of the tax credit is curtailing investments in new plants and capital projects to maintain, improve and expand existing plants. We believe that if the tax credit is extended through at least 2018, the biodiesel industry would experience substantial growth in the near term, which would create significant new employment opportunities.
"The noise of uncertainty is detrimental to the future of the industry. We've seen biodiesel and renewable diesel production grow from 25 million gallons before the tax credit to nearly 3 billion gallons. Imagine how much farther we could be as an industry if this federal policy mechanism hadn't lapsed so many times," the letter said.
(Source: National Biodiesel Board, 13 Mar., 2018)
Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board, Biodiesel, Biodiesel Tax Credit,
Smartcool products allow air conditioners, refrigeration equipment and heat pumps to function more efficiently by reducing the energy consumption of their compressors by as much as 40 pct and deliver a RoI in as little as 12 months, according to the company release.
TEC partners with schools and government agencies to reduce the energy footprint of their buildings. Offering energy project financing, public entities are able to reduce energy costs without capital expenditures.
(Source: Smartcool, PR, Streetwise Reports, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: TEC, Damian Smith, CEO, (218) 844-5848, www.totalenergyconcepts.com;
SmartCool, James Martin, Bus. Dev, , (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net, www.smartcooleco3.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Total Energy Concepts , Smartcool,
Production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018. Both fibre supply and customer off-take agreements are in place under long-term agreements, the company reports.
Pinnacle presently operates six industrial wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal in B.C., and has a new production plant under construction in Entwistle, Alta. (Source: Pinnacle Pellet, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: West Fraser Timber, www.westfraser.com; Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, www.pinnaclepellet.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Pellet, Wood Pellet,
The ecobee Switch+ will sell for $99 in the U.S. and $119 (CAD) in Canada and is available for online pre-order and in stores March 26, 2018. Like all ecobee products, ecobee Switch+ will integrate with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, the Google Assistant, SmartThings and IFTTT.
The company says it expects the new ecobee Switch+ to propel the smart home industry into a whole home voice future. (Source: ecobee Inc., PR, Contact: ecobee Inc., Stuart Lombard, Pres., CEO, (647) 428-2220, www.ecobee.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ecobee, Smart Building,
At high underground pressures, CO2 will fill up pore space in rocks or dissolve into saltwater, but researchers still do not have a clear picture of where the CO2 migrates in a reservoir and whether it has a chance to leak out of the reservoir or injection well.
To address this, LBL scientist Tom Daley, and project collaborators, developed real-time monitoring equipment that is installed during the construction of an injection well. The equipment emits an energy pulse that vibrates the material it passes through. By analyzing the vibration that echoes back to the monitoring device, researchers can create a relatively clear picture of the CO2 held in the reservoir.
Using the seismic data collected during injection, the researchers will continually refine the picture of what's happening underground as the carbon dioxide spreads and then increases in concentration in different rock features.
In addition to analyzing data from the new monitoring equipment, the team will conduct a small-scale laboratory experiment to validate their tools at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The majority of this work will be processed on supercomputers managed by the Penn State Institute for CyberScience. (Source: Penn State University, PR, AAAS, 14 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tom Daley, (510)486-7316, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lbl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Carbon Sequestration, CO2, CCS,
The buildings incorporate high-efficiency faucets, showerheads and toilets, and consume about 45 - 50 pct less water than a similar new building. Both buildings sourced more than one-third of the building materials locally and used materials with more than 20 pct of recycled content. All materials, such as paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, flooring systems and agrifiber products were certified as low-emitting.
Since 2011, the University of Notre Dame has earned eight LEED gold certifications, three LEED silver certifications and multiple other LEED certifications. (Source: University of Notre Dame, ProudGreenBuilding, USGBC, Mar., 2018) Contact: University of Notre Dame, www.nd.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council, USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
The Boundary Dam CCS project is one of the initiatives the Crown corporation is pursuing to meet the province's power needs. CCS is part of SaskPower's long-term strategy to meet environmental regulations and reduce the company's carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct from 2005 levels, by 2030.
The facility, which opened 8 month behind schedule in October 2014, was designed to cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tpy. The delays cost SaskPower approximately $80 million in "construction deficiencies" and non-performance penalties. (Source: Saskpower, Estevan Mercury, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Saskpower, Boundry Dam, CCS,
Carbon Lighthouse's software analyzes data collected from sensors to find ways to make commercial, industrial and education buildings use energy more efficiently. The company is paid through the client's energy savings which it guarantees.
(Source: Carbon Lighthouse, Bloomberg, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Carbon Lighthouse, Brenden Millstein, CEO, (866) 573-7755, www.carbonlighthouse.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
Agrisoma's Carinata is the world's first non-food crop that produces oil uniquely suited for biofuel production. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.
Contact: Desjardins Capital, http://desjardins-capital.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences, Biodiesel , Carinata,
The researchers used modelling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate footprint ranging from -11 to 10 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule -- the standard way of measuring greenhouse gas emissions. By way of comparison, the impact of using gasoline results in 94 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule. According to John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, "What we saw with switchgrass is that you're actually storing carbon in the soil ... you're building up organic matter and sequestering carbon." "They (switchgrass) don't require a lot of fertilizer or irrigation. Farmers don't have to plow up the field every year to plant new crops, and they're good for a decade or longer," Field added.
The study was published online Feb. 19 in Nature Energy. (Source: Colorado State University, Manitoba Co-operator, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604, www.ecology.colostate.edu
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Accordingly, the company has terminated its joint venture with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for the development of a 30MW solar plant and has inked an investment and shareholders' agreement with KRU Energy Asia Pte Ltd, Rangkaian Iltizam Sdn Bhd and Kenneth Lee Wai Tong for the development of a 10MW sorghum biomass/biogas energy generation plant.
The biomass-biogas project will be implemented in two stages, the first being the physical assets including the equipment to process sorghum. KRU Energy is the intellectual property holder of a planting technology for the sorghum crop.
(Source: Vsolar, Sun Daily, 14 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Vsolar, Ann Ling, IR, +603 7805 7877, email@example.com,
www.vsolar.com.my; KRU Energy Asia, www.sgpbusiness.com/company/Kru-Energy-Asia-Pte-Ltd
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To that end, the company is seeking to raise £100 million ($139 million) from an IPO later this month. The listing has already attracted commitments from NEC Corp.'s NEC Energy Solutions and Japanese engineering consultancy Nippon Koei Co. Ltd.
(Source: Gore Street Capital, Bloomberg, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290,
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