Energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades to the Mayo campus' 50 buildings included: reprogramming energy control systems; adjusting the heating and cooling in public areas; lab exhaust fan controls to eliminate wasted usage; motor drive replacements and upgrades; upgrading traditional to LED lighting; upgraded insulation; HVAC duct resealing; employee energy use and conservation education; and a planned energy tracking and management system at a future date.
The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group of more than 4,500 physicians and scientists and 58,400 administrative and allied health staff.
(Source: Mayo Clinic, Post Bulletin, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Mayo Clinic, Amanda Holloway, Sustainability Project Leader , Brett Gorden, Utility Operations, Energy Management, and Infrastructure Systems Engineering, www.mayoclinic.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Under The Donald's budget proposal, the EPA would administer and manage the energy efficiency certification program which would be funded through fees charged to the appliance manufacturers and other companies that use it, thus shifting the programs costs away from the taxpayer's purse.
"By administering the ENERGY STAR program through the collection of user fees, EPA would continue to provide a trusted resource for consumers and businesses seeking the most energy and cost efficient products as well as help protect the environment," according to the DOE.
As expected, manufacturers, retailers, utilities, environmentalists and others that benefit from the program are lining up against Trump's newest plan. The program's backers are also concerned that Trump's plan would erode the program's credibility for objective certifications. The Donald previous proposed to abolish the ENERGY STAR program altogether. (Source: The Hill, Various Other Media, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
Editor's Note: Keeping Wednesday, 21st February's coverage -- US Dept. of Energy Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards -- in mind, there is little reason to believe The Donald, Pruitt or the DOE have much interest in energy efficient appliances or energy efficiency in general. Here's Wednesday's coverage again:
DOE Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the Trump administration to end its hold on rules that would strengthen appliance energy efficiency standards.
At issue in the energy efficiency case were four standards -- proposed by the Obama administration in late 2016 -- that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 99 million tons over 30 years and save consumers billions of dollars on their energy utility bills over that time period.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled the DOE had "breached" its duty under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to publish the four energy efficiency standards in the Federal Register. The judge ordered the DOE to publish the standards within 28 days of the ruling. A DOE report notes that energy efficiency policies will save consumers $545 billion, but "The Donald" doesn't seem to care.
More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR, Trump,
Installations and improvements included LED lighting and controls, a combined heat and power system, controls optimization, variable speed drives and CO2 sensing, natural gas conversion, smart occupancy controls, low flow-taps and showers, building envelope improvements, and transformer tap downs.
Each college -- Edinburgh College, Borders College, Newbattle Abbey College and West Lothian College -- is expected to save nearly $370,000 each year and to cut its carbon emissions by an average of 24 pct.
(Source: Ameresco, WBJournal, 22 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, email@example.com, www.ameresco.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco, Energy Efficiency,
Emissions decreased in absolute terms as well, the company said. While production volumes were 57 pct higher in 2017 than in 2008, emissions were 7 pct lower, the company claims. (Source: Heineken, European Supermarket Mag, 22 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
Seventy-three buildings on campus meet LEED standards, having been designed to save energy, use less water, generate less waste and be more cost-effective, according to the school website. The University campus has three platinum, 27 gold, 12 silver, 14 certified and 18 registered LEED buildings, as of April 2014. (Source: University of Florida, ProudGreenBuilding, 22 Feb., 2018)Contact: University of Florida, Dustin Stephany,
Sustainability Director, www.ufl.edu;
USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Florida, USGBC, LEED Certification,
Since entering the Balkans wind energy market in 2010, Siemens Gamesa has supplied 116 wind turbines totaling more than 285 MW in Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia Herzegovina for the (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Renewable Energy, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en
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The order includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a multi-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, Vestas' full-scope service package maximizing uptime and energy production.
The project and customer are undisclosed at the customer’s request. (Source: Vestas, Windpower Engineering, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, President U.S. and Canada, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas, Wind, Wind Turbine,
The funding is expected to help establish a small business renovations market worth up to €120 billion, support up to 220,000 jobs, and help lift 3.2 million European families out of energy poverty by taking some of the risk out of energy efficiency investments in the buildings sector and offering assistance with project development for households unable to finance and execute residential energy efficiency projects. (Source: Eurostat, European Commission, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank, EIB, Energy Efficiency,
The money, which includes access to $44 million in interest free loans, comes from the proceeds of the province's cap-and-trade program, an integral part of Ontario's climate change action plan that calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.
To date, the university's downtown Toronto campus has reduced reduce its carbon footprint by 50,000 tonnes over the past decade despite while adding 25 new buildings and increasing the student population by 50 pct.
(Source: University of Toronto Newqs, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: University of Toronto, www.utoronto.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint, GHGs, Ontario Cap-and-Trade,
Now the tax credits are available to any industrial facility at which carbon capture equipment is installed and which captures at least 500,000 metric tpy of CO2.
There are currently only a handful of projects that have been built to take advantage of 45Q and only 17 large scale CO2 capture projects worldwide. This expansion can help the next wave of investments in CO2 capture projects.
(Source: WV News, 18 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
According to the findings, carbon emissions in supply chains are four times greater than those of a company's direct operations. Of those responding to CDP, over 75 pct of suppliers identified some climate change risks to their business, and more than 50 pct said they have integrated climate change into their business strategies. The number of companies that address emissions in their supply chains doubled within a year, with emission reductions totaling 551 million metric tonnes of CO2.
The report also compares the efforts of suppliers in eight major economies to mitigate environmental risk. It finds that 80 pct of companies in France are likely to have climate change integrated into their businesses. Japanese companies have the highest rates of disclosure, and are the most likely to set emissions reduction targets. Of the organizations on the Supplier Engagement leader board, 33 pct are from the US, followed by 15 pct from the UK. (Source: CDP, PR, UNFCCC, Feb., 2018) Contact: CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cdp.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP, Carbon Emissions, CO2,
The IEA says that while some oil and gas companies are beginning to tackle methane in earnest, others downplay or deny the problem while others question the oil and gas industry's role in a low-carbon future.(Source: Environmental Defense Fund) ) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news, EDF news, Climate Change news,
The energy storage facility will help reduce the Crosstown's overall emissions and operating costs and will provide emergency power to the line in the event of a power interruption.
The LRT line will comprise 25 stations and stops linking 54 bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit lines and the UP Express, beginning in 2021. (Source: RESolve Energy Storage System, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: RESolve Energy ZStorage Syste, www.res-group.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News RESolve Energy Storage System, Energy Storage,
The new lab will be used to demonstrate savings in energy consumption and in capital and operating expenses for buildings of all sizes. As Canada seeks to achieve increasingly ambitious energy- and carbon-reduction goals in alignment with the COP21 outcomes, the laboratory will assist with increasing knowledge and experience in key areas including: improved understanding of emerging HVAC systems; optimization and performance improvement of existing HVAC systems; new data analytics algorithms, predictive models, and machine learning approaches to support building performance improvement in real-time, considering both human effects as well as environmental conditions.
The Smart Building Analytics Living Lab will be used as a direct connection into the real world of building management systems and energy management. From the facility, the Ryerson team will connect to building control systems using Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Building software platform including access control, lighting control, security, energy and HVAC systems.
(Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.ca; Ryerson University, (416) 979-5000, www.ryerson.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric Canada, Smart Building, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management ,
Both of the wind farms are expected to come online by the end of 2018. (Source: Nordex, Various Media, 19 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com
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Eviva plans to increase the plant's production to 600,000 tpy by 2019 and install equipment for controlling emission levels.
Presently, Enviva has wood pellet manufacturing bases at seven locations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. Another factory is also underway in North Carolina's Richmond county. Together, the plants will be able to produce over 4 million tpy of pellets, according to a company release. (Source: Enviva, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact:
The Navigator Company SA, en.thenavigatorcompany.com; Enviva, John Keppler, CEO, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva, Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet,
The measure gives the city's Building and Safety Department and the Department of Water and Power (DWP) 90 days to recommend methods for reducing reliance on natural gas and shifting toward electricity from clean sources for heating, water heating, and cooking. The move also requires DWP to set ambitious goals for building electrification in 2028 and 2038.
The targets are in line with L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti's sustainability plan which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60 pct before 2035. Currently, the L.A. region burns more fossil fuels in its buildings than in its power plants. (Source: City of Los Angeles, Architectural Record, 6 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas Emissions, GHGs,
An Initial €9 million ($11 million) investment is expected to cover the set-up of a joint venture, engineering and permitting.
The completed plant is expected to come in at approximately €200 million. (Source: Enerkem, Platts, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, email@example.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem, AkzoNobel, Air Liquide, Methanol,
The study concludes that without additional regulatory action by the state, more than 5,000,000 million tons of methane pollution could be emitted in Pennsylvania by 2025.
The Pennsylvania DEP is presently finalizing methane reduction requirements for new, unconventional facilities which are expected to reduce emissions by about 3 pct. If the state regulations included existing unconventional sources, emissions would be 25 pct lower, according to the report.
(Source: EDF, Public News Service, Allegheny Front, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov; EDF, Andrew Williams, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, www.edf.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund, , Methane, GHGs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
At issue in the energy efficiency case were four standards -- proposed by the Obama administration in late 2016 -- that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 99 million tons over 30 years and save consumers billions of dollars on their energy utility bills over that time period.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled the DOE had "breached" its duty under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to publish the four energy efficiency standards in the Federal Register. The judge ordered the DOE to publish the standards within 28 days of the ruling. A DOE
report notes that energy efficiency policies will save consumers $545 billion, but "The Donald" doesn't seem to care.
(Source: DRDC, Think Progress, Others, 16 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE, Appliance Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Standard,
The program directly supports the governor's goal to reduce climate emissions 40 pct by 2030, based on 1990 levels.
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will lead the initiative in cooperation with the Department of Public Service, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Department of Environmental Conservation and other state agencies. The NYPA will provide upfront financing for the project, as well as finance the purchase of street lighting systems from a municipality's utility if needed.
Details of the BuildSmart NY program are HERE.
(Source: NYPA, Urban CNY News, Feb., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; NYPA, Gil Quiniones, CEO, (914) 681-8186, www.nypa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA, energy Efficieny, Energy Efficienct Lighting, LED Light, NYPA,
KE's proprietary process produces high-energy, water-repellent solid biofuel which burns with no residual ash and is
ideal for replacing coal in the steel and cement industries.
The company claims its patented process is a "green solution" for landfills and holding ponds, which transform the energy of decaying bio-waste into viable coal alternatives. (Source: Kitsault Energy, Power Technology, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Kitsault Energy, Krishnan Suthanthiran, CEO, Pres., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kitsaultenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Fuel, Biofuel, Waste-to-Energy,
The consortia includes energy sector companies: Oceans of Energy, TNO, TAQA, TKI Urban Energy, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and ECN.
Utrecht University will conduct sustainability research, while the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands will carry out independent research for the Dutch government.(Source: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, 19 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-economic-affairs-and-climate-policy; Oceans of Energy, Allaard van Hoeken , CEO, +31-(0)850090631, email@example.com, https://oceansofenergy.blue
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Floating Solar,
Feed-in tariffs for residential PV systems (below 10 kW) were set in 2017 for the 2017-2019 period and will remain unchanged, at JPY 26/kWh (US$24c/kWh) for 2018 and JPY24/kWh (US$22c/kWh) in 2019 in regions where output control equipment is not required to be installed; they are set at JPY28/kWh (US$26c/kWh) for 2018 and JPY 26/kWh (US$24c/kWh) for 2019 in regions where the installation of output control equipment is required. Larger solar plants - 2 MW or higher - were shifted to the bidding system in 2017.
Source: Enerdata, AsianPower, 19 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Feed-in Tariff,
The wind farm, which went into production in November 2016, incorporates four Enercon GmbH E82 turbines. The wind farm benefits from a contract through 2031 under Ireland's renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) scheme.
Owned by European renewables investment manager Greencoat Capital LLP, Greencoat Renewables had a 173-MW portfolio of wind farms as of December 2017.
(Source: Greencoat Capital, 20 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Greencoat Capital, Bertrand Gautier, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.comGreencoat Renewables www.greencoat-capital.com
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According to a DEED required economic impact study, the closure would have a "slightly positive net economic impact statewide" despite having a negative local effect. The closure is being widely opposed on the grounds that it would adversely affect the environment and state economy, and violate guaranteed state contractual obligations. The Minnesota Timber Association and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association are among the petitioners opposing the closure.
Download the Economic Impact of Closure:
Benson Power Biomass Facility
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Swift County Monitor, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, https://mn.gov/deed; Fibrominn Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Fibrominn, Benson Power, Biomass,
To help make use of the excess stock, China last year announced a plan for nationwide use of bioethanol gasoline by 2020.
Outlining the work priorities for 2018, the SAG said it will accelerate the use of grain stockpiles and reform grain storage mechanisms to make them more market-oriented, according to the State Administration of Grain. (Source: Chinese State Administration of Grain, Xinhua, 17 Feb., 2018) Contact: Chinese State Administration of Grain, www.chinagrain.gov.cn/english/index.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Bioethanol, China Ethanol,
In related developments, public sector power generation company National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) began using crop stubble biomass pellets to fuel its Dadri power plant with the aim of giving farmers a profitable alternative to burning crop residue and opening up a new market for rural entrepreneurship.
(Source: Rural Marketing, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions, www.tofler.in/mahindra-waste-energy-solutions-limited/company/U37200MH2017PLC296622; Indraprastha Gas Ltd., www.iglonline.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Mahindra, , Biomass Pellet,
According to the state EPA,
cleaner fuels help improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions such as nitrogen oxide and fine particulates.
(Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The News Herald, WRAL, 19 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.state.oh.us
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The 28-member EU, which currently sources around 17 pct of its power from renewables, is likely to consume around 50 pct renewables by 2030, compared to less than 30 pct in 2015.
In terms of end-use sectors, renewables would account for 42 pct of energy in buildings, 36 pct in industry as well as 17 per cent in transport, the report adds.
(Source: EU, IRENA, The National, 20 Feb., 2018))Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union, , Renewable Energy, International Renewable Energy Agency,
The wind farm will incorporate 42 Siemens Gamesa turbines and is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. (Siemens Gamesa, PR, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact:
Otary, +32 59 40 10 00, www.otary.be; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa, Wind Turbine, Offshore Wind,
The funding package could mobilize an additional €2 billion in funding as Member States also make use of other EU funding sources.
In related news, Eurostat announced that Europe's 2016 primary energy consumption was 4 pct above the EU's 2020 target to reduce energy consumption by 20 pct below business as usual projections by 2020. Final energy consumption exceeded the target by 2 pct. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR, IISD, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission, Energy Efficiency, Energy Consupmtion,
The report analyzes the coverage and magnitude of 2015 energy use taxes, and assesses changed between 2012 and 2015. Data is based on the OECD's Taxing Energy Use database, which compares taxes on energy use in 42 OECD and G20 economies, representing 80 pct of global energy use and associated CO2 emissions.
The publication finds that, outside the road transport sector, 81 pct of emissions were untaxed, noting there was almost no change in emissions tax rates between 2012-2015. Overall, tax rates fell short of the €30 low-end estimate of climate cost per tCO2 for 97 pct of emissions. Though not addressed in this publication, the report notes that emissions trading systems had minimal impact on this broader trend.
Emissions from coal-fired energy generation, which were responsible for nearly half of the carbon emissions associated with energy use in the 42 countries studied, remained untaxed in almost every country. In contrast, taxes on oil products were relatively high, exceeding €100 per tCO2. The share of road sector fuel emissions taxed above climate costs increased from 46 pct to 50 pct between 2012-2015, driven by fuel tax reforms in China, India and Mexico. Road transport fuel tax rates remained nonetheless below levels required to cover even non-climate external costs, according to the study. Additionally, in all but two countries, taxes on diesel for road use were lower than taxes on gasoline, despite diesel's known effects on air quality.
The report concludes that, aside from increases in transport fuel taxes that occurred in some low to middle income economies, no structural change to taxation patterns on energy use materialized between 2012-2015. It recommends that, if public compensation for higher energy costs is deemed necessary, targeted transfers should be provided rather than lower tax rates or exemptions to maintain the environmental integrity of market-based instruments
Download the Taxing Energy Use 2018 Report HERE. (Source: OECD, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News OECD, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Tax, Climate Change,
The report -- In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands -- incorporates data from the Wilderness Society's new Federal Lands Emissions Accountability Tool (FLETT)developed in cooperation with Quadruple Bottom Line Solutions (4BL), a communications agency.
The report finds that emissions associated with federal lands energy development need to be reduced from 1.52 billion tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year to between 1.16 billion and 1.13 billion tons CO2e per year by 2025 to be in-line with economy-wide reductions needed to meet that goal."
Download the In the Dark: The Hidden Climate Impacts of Energy Development on Public Lands report HERE. (Source: Wilderness Society, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, EcoBusiness, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Wilderness Society, www.wilderness.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Wilderness Society,
Timber companies and several lawmakers are advocating a carbon-related bill that would require the State Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Forestry to evaluate using natural ecosystems to absorb and sequester carbon while promoting economic development, as well as using tax incentives for companies to reduce carbon emissions.
Supporters of HB 4109 suggest it would encourage discussions about thinning overstocked federal lands and present opportunity to direct harvested timber toward novel products such as cross-laminated timber which is used for larger-scale buildings.
(Source: Capital Bureau, Daily Astorian, Various Others, 13 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Emissioins,
According to BALTPOOL, Denmark consumes approximately 4 million tpy of woody biomass wood-chips and 1.5 million tpy of straw. Baltpool also notes that the Baltic States are among the key biomass suppliers in the Danish market, and Lithuanian companies are therefore expected to become active participants of the Danish biomass exchange. BALTPOOL also notes that the Danish biomass market is expected to grow by an additional 50 pct in the near future.
BALTPOOL is the operator of the Lithuanian Energy Exchange entitled to organize trade of solid biofuel products. The company also acts as the administrator of public service obligations (PSO) funds and is engaged in the collection, payment and administration of PSO funds.
(Source: BALTPOOL, CEE Legal Matters, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ellex Valiunas, +370 52681888, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.ellex.lt/en; BALTPOOL, +370 5 239 3157, email@example.com, www.baltpool.eu
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To achieve its goal, the city od 1.025 million residents plans to cut travel-related carbon emissions by 1,000,000 tpy by 2030 by expanding ride sharing, public transit options and the use of electric vehicles. The plan would also reduce per capita residential water consumption by 30 pct and increase solar power production to 1 gigawatt by 2030.
The plan is expected to cost around $264 billion between now and 2050.
(Source: City of San Jose, Bay Area News Group, 15 Feb., 2018) (Source: City of San Jose, Kerrie Romanow, Environmental Services,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
"Blending more homegrown, cost-efficient biofuels into the fuel supply is the ready-made solution to lowering prices at the pump while also dramatically reducing emissions.
"Federal experts agree that ethanol slashes emissions by 43 pct over the full energy life-cycle-from farm to engine but that the level of carbon savings is rising with each passing year, thanks to innovations in biofuel production and precision agriculture. We must reduce emissions in the transportation sector and that means deploying higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85 as well as mid-level ethanol blends like E30 alongside advanced and cellulosic biofuels. A strong Renewable Fuel Standard is vital to that effort, and we urge the Environmental Protection Agency to reject calls from a few fossil fuel advocates who want to hold back the rapid growth of ethanol production in rural America," Bliley says.
GLBRC originally focused on corn stover ethanol production and developing perennial plants like switchgrass and miscanthus as biofuel feedstocks. Now, GLBRC goal is centered on designing advanced biofuels, such as isobutanol. These "drop-in" fuels could be used to replace gasoline without engine modification. By engineering bioenergy crops to enhance their environmental and economic value, and conducting research to generate multiple products from plant biomass, these advancements could optimize the bioenergy field-to-product pipeline.
GLBRC scientists and engineers are also improving the yield and processing traits of dedicated bioenergy crops for cultivation on marginal, or non-agricultural, land. With smart management, these crops have the potential to benefit the ecosystem, help mitigate climate change, and provide farmers with an additional source of revenue.
GLBRC is focused on enabling a new and different biorefinery, one that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Realizing this goal will mean increasing the efficiency of biomass conversion and generating a mix of specialty biofuels and environmentally-friendly bioproducts, from as much of a plant's biomass as possible. One such discovery, breaks down lignin's six-carbon rings -- the "aromatics" -- into individual components. Traditionally sourced from petroleum, aromatics are used in a wide variety of products, including plastic soda bottles, Kevlar, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, and are essential components of jet fuel.
(Source: University of Wisconsin Madison, GLBRC, PR, 18 Feb., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Biofuel, Biochemical, Ethanol, Bioplastics,
In their joint effort, the scientists performed eight test flights at varying altitudes to compare traditional aviation fuels against biofuels. In each test, a DLR Airbus A320 was fueled with a different blend of kerosene and Camelina-based biofuel. NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory followed a few kilometres behind an measured the pollutants in the Airbus' exhaust plume. Among the instruments on the flying laboratory were the ERc Instrument for Chemical composition of Aerosols (ERICA), from the Max Planck Institute and JGU Mainz.
NASA and DLR have been researching whether aviation biofuels are more eco-friendly for some time. According to a statement from the University of Mainz, previous studies have shown that 50 pct and 70 pct less soot particles form from a 50 pct biofuel mixture with 50 pct normal kerosene.
"At altitudes of eight kilometres, soot particles and water vapour form ice crystals at -50 degrees C, which can be seen in the sky as contrails. Among other things, the ice crystals prevent heat from escaping the atmosphere into space, meaning that every contrail creates its own small greenhouse effect."
(Source: German Aerospace Center, NASA, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: NASA, www.nasa.gov; Max Planck Institute, www.mpg.de/institutes; German Aerospace Center, www.dlr.de/rd/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA, Aviation Biofuel, Max Planck Institute,
The $6 million grant would also cover a feasibility study to determine if the carbon capture technology is commercially viable for use at other facilities. The carbon capture effort comes alongside other research at the EERC intended to make coal and natural gas-fired power plants more efficient using Allam Cycle technology.
Project Tundra is seen as instrumental to preserving North Dakota's energy sector, which includes a major base in lignite coal.
(Source: UND EERC, Grand Forks Herald, 17 Feb., 2018)
Contact: UNDEERC, (701) 777-5000, www.undeerc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC, University of North Dakota , Carbon Emissions, Carbon Capture, Coal,
The county granted fee-in-lieu of taxes incentives for the project and agreed to place the project in a joint industrial park with Dorchester County. The joint county industrial park is a mechanism designed to provide an industry with additional incentives. There is no physical park.
Construction on the site is expected to get underway by April of this year.
To date, Tradewind has completed more than 3,000 MW of wind and solar power projects.
(Source: Tradewind Energy, Times & Democrat, Feb., 2018) Contact: Tradewind Energy Inc., Justin McGeeney,
(913) 888-9463, www.tradewindenergy.com
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Investment in wind, solar and other renewable technologies totaled $333 billion in 2017, the second highest level on record, according to the Bloomberg report.
(Source: Bloomberg, Midland Reporter, 15 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,
Associated Electric, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Mo., provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives, including NW Electric Power Cooperative Inc. of Cameron, Mo., and 51 local cooperative systems in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma that serve 910,000 members. Associated's resource mix includes coal, natural gas, wind and hydropower.
(Source: Tensaka, Various Media, NA Windpower, 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: Associated Electric Cooperative,
David J. Tudor, CEO and GM, www.aeci.org; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tenaskacapital.com
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The tax credits are intended to encourage the addition of storage systems to existing renewable energy systems.
The program comes on the heels of the introduction of Senate Bill(SB 732) and House Bill (HB 1453) which are designed to designed to double the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50 pct and the solar carve-out to 14.5 pct by 2028, a move the state's solar industry says will increase solar investment by $11 billion. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration, PV Mag. 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration,
Mary Beth Tung, Dir., (410) 537-4000, energy.maryland.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Maryland Energy Administration, ,
The Project will develop and test methods of mitigating barriers to energy storage implementation. The demonstration project batteries will consist of a 4MW/8MWh portfolio of aggregated batteries located at individual battery sites behind-the-meter of commercial and industrial customers and co-located with distribution-connected remote solar projects. The battery installations will be developed, designed, installed, operated and maintained by Tesla.
The $5.6 million project is expected to pay for itself quickly by creating over $700,000 in value per year in the New York ISO energy, capacity and ancillary services markets.
(Source: Tesla, ConEdison, ElecTrek. 15 Feb., 2018)Contact:
Orange and Rockland, www.oru.com; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com
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The project combines a central grid-size Tesla Powerpack battery system at the utility's Elmsdale, substation with 10 previously deployed Tesla residential Powerwalls at homes in the community of Elmsdale, which is partially wind energy powered.
(Source: Nova Scotia Power, ElectRek, 18 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Jill Searle, Project Manager, www.nspower.ca; Tesla Powerpack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack
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