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GHG Emitter Lobbyists Outspend Greens 10 to One, says Study (Int'l)
GHG
Date: 2018-07-20
According to Drexel University's Dr. Robert Brulle, lobby groups have spent more than $2 billion over the past 20 years in their efforts to influence climate change legislation in the US. The vast majority of this money has come from groups that stand to lose out from limits on carbon emissions -- the electrical utilities sector, fossil fuel companies and transportation.

The electric utilities sector spent over $500 million followed closely by the fossil fuel sector at $370 million and the transportation sector at around $250 million. (Source: Climatic Change Journal, Independent UK, 19 July, 2018) Contact: Drexel University, Dr. Robert Brulle, drexel.edu/now/experts/Overview/brulle-robert

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs.Carbon Emissions,  


Deepwater Ramping Up for New Offshore Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Deepwater Wind
Date: 2018-07-20
Providence, Rhode Island-headquartered Deepwater Wind, the developer of the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., reports it's beginning the next, larger phase of development for a another wind farm to supply power to Rhode Island and Connecticut, a second wind farm for Long Island, New York, and a third for Maryland's Eastern Shore. The company has leased areas near Massachusetts and Maryland and plans to spend millions of dollars over the next year collecting data from the locations to apply for permits and design the wind farms.

Deepwater Wind opened the first U.S. offshore wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, in 2016. (Source: Deepwater Wind, Hastings Tribune, AP, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Deepwater Wind,  Offshore Wind ,  


EU-China Leaders' Statement on Climate Change and Clean Energy -- Statement Attached (Int'l Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-07-20
In Beijing, a China-EU Summit held on Monday resulted in the signing of a joint statement between the two economic powers on climate change and clean energy, reaffirming their respective commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and to intensify their cooperation on climate change and clean energy.

In the joint release, the two countries said: "The EU and China consider climate action and the clean energy transition an imperative more important than ever. They confirm their commitments under the historic 2015 Paris Agreement and step up their co-operation to enhance its implementation."

Download the EU-China Leaders' Statement on Climate Change and Clean Energy HERE. (Source: GreenPeace, Various Media, 16 July, 2018)

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


Denver Pledges 100 pct Renewable Electricity by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Denver, Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-07-20
In the Mile High City, Mayor Michael Hancock has pledged that Denver will source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. With the pledge, Denver -- pop. 695,000 +- -- has become the 73rd U.S. city to commit to a 100 pct renewable electricity target. This 2030 target is an update to the 2015 Climate Action Plan referred to as the 80×50 plan, which aims for 80 pct fewer emissions by 2050 based on 2005 emissions. Nine other Colorado cities have made a 100 pct renewables pledge. (Source: City of Denver, CleanTechnica, Various Media, 18 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Namibia Scores GEF Climate Mitigation, Environmental Funds (Int'l)
Global Environment Facility
Date: 2018-07-20
In the Namibian capital city of Windhoek, the Ministry of Environment is reporting receipt of NAD $186.5 million from the World Bank Global Environment Facility (GEF). Of the total NAD $186.5 million, NAD $13.44 million will be spent on climate change mitigation while NAD $84 million will be for biodiversity management and NAD $88.9 million towards combating land degradation, according to the Ministry statement. ($1,000,000 NAD = $74,017.26 US) (Source: Namibia Ministry of Environment, Nampa, 19 July, 2018) Contact: World Bank Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Environment FacilityClimate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


UK Carbon Emissions at Victorian Era Levels (Int'. Report)
Carbon Brief
Date: 2018-07-20
In the UK, Carbon Brief, a website covering climate science, climate policy and energy policy, reports the UK's greenhouse gas emissions are 38 pct below 1990 levels equal to Victorian era emissions. Its calculations are based on the latest report from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The decline is largely attributed to an increased reliance on renewable energy sources and the drop in coal consumption which now accounts for only 5.3 pct of total primary energy consumed in the UK. The UK government has pledged to shutter all of the country's coal-fired power plants by 2025. (Source: Carbon Brief, Red,Green & Blue, Various Media, 19 July, 2018) Contact: BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk; Carbon Brief, www.carbonbrief.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  Carbon Brief,  Carbon Emissions,  


Smartcool Touts Caribbean Projects (Ind. Report)
Smartcool Systems
Date: 2018-07-20
Vancouver-headquartered Smartcool Systems Inc. is reporting the completion of two installations in Jamaica.

"An installation of Smartcool's proprietary ESM technology on a 50-ton AAON rooftop packaged A/C unit controlled by an Emerson E2 digital panel has yielded 34 pct savings amounting to 500 kWh per day reduction," according to a press release.

Smartcool is currently operating 10 introductory projects in Jamaica including include fast food restaurants, food processors, grocery stores and resorts. The company is also introducing Smartcool products in other Caribbean islands where power costs are very high. (Source: SmartCool, StreetWise Reports, 18 July, 2018) Contact: SmartCool, Ted Konyi, CEO, James Martin, Bus. Dev, (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smartcool Systems,  Energy Efficiency,  


Greenergy Acquiring Idle Amsterdam Biodiesel Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Greenergy
Date: 2018-07-20
In the UK, London-based fuels supplier Greenergy reports in has inked an agreement with Oiltanking to acquire a never commissioned biodiesel plant in Amsterdam which it plans to convert to make the renewable fuel from waste oils. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Greenergy already owns two biodiesel plants in the east of England which make biodiesel from globally sourced waste products such as used cooking oil. (Source: Greenergy, Successful Farming, Reuters 19 July, 2018)Contact: Greenergy, Andrew Owens, CEO, +44 (0)20 7404 7700, mail@greenergy.com, www.greenergy.com

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


UK Companies Subject to Post-BREXIT Energy Usage, Efficiency Reporting (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-07-20
At Whitehall, with its upcoming April, 2019 EU BREXIT, the UK government will require all large UK companies to report power use, carbon emissions and energy efficiencies in their annual reports. The new "simplified" requirement is central to the government's effort to make business and industry improve energy efficiency by 20 pct by 2030. The previous CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme will be closed, according to Reuters

The new regulations, which apply to UK-based companies with more than 250 employees or an annual turnover greater than £36 million, is expected to save businesses £20 million per year in administration costs, but add £2.1 billion in capital costs, mainly due to the increased uptake of energy efficiency measures. (Source: The Week, Reuters, Various Media 19 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Peru Begins Operation At Its Biggest Wind Farm

Date: 2018-07-20
In Lima, the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM) is reporting the commissioning and startup of the 42 turbine, 132-MW Wayra I Park wind farm near Nazca. When fully operational, the wind farm will generate sufficient power for 482,000 families.

The $165 million project was carried out in a public-private venture between MINEM and Enel Peru -- a multinational electric company based in Italy. (Source: MINEM, teleSUR, 19 July, 2018) Contact: MINEM, Francisco Ismodes, Minister, +511 4111100, webmaster@minem.gob.pe, www.minem.gob.pe

More Low-Carbon Energy News Peru Wind,  Wind,  


Ergon Wrongfully Denied RFS Hardship Relief, Appeals Court Rules (Reg & Leg)
Ergon
Date: 2018-07-20
In a recent release, Newell, West Firginia-based Ergon - West Virginia, Inc reports the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has vacated and remanded the EPA's denial of a 2016 petition for a small refinery "hardship waiver" filed by Ergon - West Virginia, Inc., (EWV) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Family-owned EWV owns and operates a 23,000 bpd specialty paraffinic refinery that produces paraffinic base oils, paraffinic bright stocks, waxes, petrolatum, petroleum resins, E10 gasoline and ultra low sulfur diesel.

According to the press release, "EWV blends 10 pct ethanol with 99 pct of the gasoline it produces and will continue to do so, even without a mandate. However, EWV cannot pass through its RIN costs and the detrimental impact imposed by the RFS on EWV's high diesel production is unacceptable and counter to the intent of the RFS program."

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance (Source: Ergon West Virginia, PR, Contact: Ergon West Virginia, Inc., Kirk Latson, VP Fuels Marketing, Kathy Potts, Communications & Marketing, (601) 933-3000, kathy.potts@ergon.com, www.ergon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  EPA,  


Iowa Gov. Comments on RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynols
Date: 2018-07-20
"Our (Iowa) farmers need some positive news. It's our hope new EPA leadership will adhere to promises made by President Trump to protect the RFS and grow demand for our homegrown fuels. It's time to end the domestic demand destruction by undermining of the RFS. It's time to open up the market for higher ethanol blends, E15 and above, to be sold year round. Unfortunately, the proposed RFS rule before us does neither of those things.

"On the surface, the numbers appear positive. Conventional biofuels like corn ethanol are set at 15 billion gallons and cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel and total advanced levels are all proposed to increase. But the EPA's decision to grant numerous small-refinery waivers and to not reallocate those volumes as the law envisioned, undercuts the 15 billion gallon level.

"These small refinery waivers have created the backdoor destruction of 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol demand. That means 500 million bushels of corn will be left in the bins, putting added pressure on already low commodity prices. Every RFS category is reduced by these small refiner waiver exemptions. In fact, it almost wipes out the proposed increase for advanced biofuels.

"And the 15 billion gallons ethanol number is in reality more like 13.5 billion. To put that in context, nearly 1 billion gallons less ethanol than was blended into U.S. gasoline in 2017. That is not progress. That is not the letter or spirit of the RFS. And that is not what President Trump promised the voters of Iowa. This issue must be addressed. The criteria for exemptions must be reasonable and transparent, and any exemptions must be reallocated to the remaining obligated parties. Correcting the small refinery exemption excesses need to be in the final rule. 15 billion gallons must mean 15 billion gallons.

"The former head )Pruitt) of the EPA often said that the decision to allow year-round sales of E15 was a matter of authority, not policy. The EPA has publicly acknowledged it has the authority, so it's time to act. It's also time for the EPA to stop ignoring a court order to restore 500 million gallons of conventional ethanol demand that was illegally waived by the Obama Administration for the 2016 compliance year." (Source: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), 18 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, https://governor.iowa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  Hardship Waiver,  E15,  


ACE Testifies on Proposed 2019 RVOs (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2018-07-20
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) VP Ron Lamberty testified on July 18 during the public hearing in Ypsilanti, Mich., on the EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

"With the departure of the previous EPA Administrator (Pruitt) , I hope EPA will take this opportunity to return to implementing the RFS as intended by Congress. Pruitt's seemingly sole focus on helping merchant refiners ignore or skirt their longstanding obligations under the RFS has further shaken the rural farm economy while undermining Congress' goal of increasing renewable fuel use in the United States.

"EPA's misapplication of the small refiner (hardship) waiver authority has destroyed an estimated 2.25 billion gallons of biofuel demand in 2016 and 2017 alone. The 2019 proposal does nothing to reallocate the gallons of ethanol lost due to RFS waivers, nor does it restore the 500 million gallons of biofuel demand lost because of EPA's actions in misapplying the economic harm waiver in the 2016 RVO as determined by the courts that ordered EPA to return those gallons as well. This RVO rulemaking is the perfect place for EPA to restore these biofuel volumes under the RFS, allow for E15 and higher blends to be sold year-round, and discard of its refiner win-at-all-costs mentality."

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance.(Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, Convenience Store Decisions, 19 July, 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  Pruitt,  HJardship Waiver,  


Fla. GOP Sponsored Carbon Tax Proposal Expected (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-07-20
According to E&E News, Republican Florida congressman Carlos Curbelo will next week table legislation calling for a gradually escalating carbon tax. Starting in 2020, the proposal would require fossil fuel companies and manufacturers to pay a fee of $23 per ton for their carbon emissions, rising an additional $2 each year emissions targets aren't met.

Preliminary modeling shows that the policy would meet former President Obama's climate target under the Paris Agreement -- a 26 to 28 pct reduction in U.S. emissions by 2025, compared with 2005 levels.

The proposal would eliminate the gasoline tax, stall the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and earmark the lion's share of its revenue to building new transportation infrastructure nationwide. Details of the proposed legislation have not been released. (Source: E&E News. Grist, 18 July, 2018) Contact: Florida congressman Carlos Curbelo, https://curbelo.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  US Carbon Tax,  


Wellfleet Joins Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate (Ind. Report)
Global Covenant of Mayors
Date: 2018-07-20
In the Bay State, the Cape Cod community of Wellfleet reports it has joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. Wellfleet is the tenth municipality in Massachusetts to commit to the global covenant.

The covenant, formed in 2016, is the broadest climate alliance in the world, representing the commitment of 9,000 cities and local governments from six continents -- more than 10 pct of the total global population -- to promote and support voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission society. (Source: Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Wellfleet, Wicked Local Provincetwon, 19 July, 2018) Contact: Global Covenant of Mayors, www.globalcovenantofmayors.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Covenant of Mayors,  


esVolta Selected for PG&E Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
esVolta,PG&E
Date: 2018-07-20
Aliso Viejo, California-headquartered utility-scale energy storage project specialist esVolta reports it has been selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to develop, construct and operate the 75 MW/300 MWh Hummingbird Energy lithium-ion battery energy storage project in Santa Clara County, Calif.

The Hummingbird project is slated to be in service by December 2020, subject to California Public Utilities Commission approval. The project will provide an affordable and reliable capacity resource and facilitate PG&E's integration of renewable energy resources. (Source: esVolta, Solar Ind., 19 July, 2018) Contact: PG&E, www.pg&e.com; esVolta, Randolph Mann, Pres., (949) 330 6300, info@esvolta.com, www.esvolta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Storage,  esVolta,  Lithium-ion Battery,  


Utility Revenue Expands LED Lighting Division (Ind. Report)
Utility Revenue Services
Date: 2018-07-20
Dublin, Ohio energy consultancy Utility Revenue Services, reports it has extended its offerings to include LED lighting analyses , retrofits and and related capital projects. Rapid advancements in solid state lighting along with a precipitous fall in price have lowered the barrier to entry for LED retrofits for apartment properties and have created a compelling business case: energy savings from LED technology is, on average, about 75 pct over traditional technologies, with less heat output and 25-times the lifespan of incandescent.

The qualifying threshold for EPA's ENERGY STAR for buildings will experience a significant reset at the end of August. For the first time since 2003, scores will be measured against new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA)which projects LED lighting market to be over $100 billion by 2025. In addition to their high operational efficiency, dropping production cost and moderate heat output, smart or connected applications are helping to drive LED's explosive growth.

To date, the company has improved the performance of over a half million apartment units since 2006. Those assets continue to experience increased net operating income, currently over $45 million annually and growing, according to the release. (Source: Utility Revenue Services, PR, 18 July, 2018) Contact: Utility Revenue Services, Tom Spangler, (804) 475-9601, tspangler@utilityrevenue.com, www.utilityrevenue.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Lancaster Wins LEED Gold City Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-07-20
In the Keystone State, the city of Lancaster reports it is one of the first municipalities in the country to receive the new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold city environmental certification. The LEED Gold city certification follows up on the USGBC's LEED rating program for buildings, the most widely used system in the world for evaluating buildings' environmental sustainability.

Last year, Lancaster joined the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a group of U.S. cities pledged to upholding the Paris Agreement to mitigate global warming. The city has inventoried local greenhouse gas emissions and been recognized for its work building green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff, and other initiatives. In November, Lancaster received a grant to help it develop a climate change action plan. (Source: City of Lancaster, Lancaster OnLine, 19 July, 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Gold,  


Building Up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels Sustainable Transport Forum Report -- EC Report Attached (Int'l. Report)
Advanced Biofuel
Date: 2018-07-18
The attached study seeks to support the European Commission (EC) in the elaboration of a methodology for the deployment of advanced biofuels."Currently, the contribution of advanced and other renewable fuels is very limited in the EU with a relative higher cost than fossil fuels they aim to replace.

"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels of the Sustainable Transport Forum consisted of 32 industry experts representing all advanced biofuels value chains as well as the transport sectors of aviation, maritime and heavy duty transport. The work of the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels put forward a simple and transparent definition for advanced biofuels, proposed reliable targets for deployment of advanced biofuels in the EU market by 2030, updated the technology status of the various value chains and examined thoroughly the production costs of advanced biofuels.

"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels also considered carefully the proposals on decarbonizing transport in the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and put forward proposals for improvements aiming to create a long term stable framework for encouraging billions of investments.

Download the Building Up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels Sustainable Transport Forum Report HERE. (Source: EU, July, 2018) Contact: EU, http://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  


Nigerian Petroleum Promoting Oil Palm Biodiesel Project (Int'l Report)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
Date: 2018-07-18
In Abuja, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in a statement is promoting a proposed 26,000 hectares facility designed to accommodate an oil palm plantation, bio-diesel and crude palm oil production, and electric power generation facility in Cross River State. Biofuel would be produced from palm oil and the 14-MW electric power co-generation would be be fired with oil palm residues and wastes.

According to the statement, the oil palm would be processed into fuel-grade biodiesel and industrial crude palm oil as by-products. The biodiesel would be blended with diesel in a mix of 20 pct biodiesel and sold as B20 primarily in the domestic market.

The NNPC noted that the Cross River project would also mitigate the adverse effect of climate change and the transformation of NNPC into an integrated energy company with diverse portfolio. The state Government is expected to provide land as equity while core investor takes more than 50 pct equity and operate the venture leaving NNPC and state Government with minority share of less than 50 pct. s. (Source: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Vanguard, 17 July, 2018) Contact: NNPC, www.nnpcgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,  ,  


Invenergy Developing Alliant 210-MW Iowa wind Project (Ind. Report)
Invenergy,Alliant Energy
Date: 2018-07-18
Following up on our August 9, 2017 coverage, Alliant Energy Corp. reports Chicago-headquartered renewable energy developer Invenergy Wind LLC will conclude the development of the 210-MW Richland Wind Farm project in Sac County, Iowa, by early 2020. When commissioned and fully operational, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 80,000 average homes.

The project is in keeping with Alliant's plan to add 1 GW of new wind capacity for its Iowa customers by the end of 2020. Richland is the fifth and final project in that plan which is expected to come in at approximately $1.8 billion. (Source: Invenergy, Renewables, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Invenergy, www.invenergyllc.com Alliant Energy, www.alliantenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  Alliant Energy,  


OrbEEt Touted for Holistic Bldg. Energy Monitoring (Ind. Report)
OrbEET Project
Date: 2018-07-18
The EU-funded OrbEEt Project is touting its holistic "inside approach" to cut building energy consumption and improve energy efficiency, as opposed to traditional modelling frameworks that tend to focus on the static factors of building design -- building envelopes, facades and, to some extent, appliances. Treating the occupants inside as passive heat generators, these frameworks ignore the impact that human behaviour has on a building's energy performance.

According to OrbEEt, 40 pct of the EU's total energy consumption occurs through buildings. This in turn accounts for 36 pct of the trading bloc's total carbon emissions -- of which at least 70 pct can be attributed to occupant behaviour and the everyday business activities happening inside a building.

The OrbEEt project's key outcomes include a systemic enterprise occupational rating framework that uses in-building sensors to measure and provides real-time building monitoring and continuous measuring of the impact that different activities have on a building's energy performance. The data can be accessed via an intranet portal and in-office display. The system is now being rolled-out at 110 historic buildings around Innsbruck.(Source: EU, Coridis, July, 2018) Contact: OrbEEt, Dery Torres, Project Leader, www.orbeet.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Consumption,  Energy Efficiency,  


Xarbon, UNOPS Partner to Support Low-Carbon Economy (Int'l Report)
Xarbon Sustainability, nited Nations Office for Project Services
Date: 2018-07-18
In Hong Kong, Xarbon Sustainability Limited, a sustainability technology company using blockchain to improve carbon credit trading market transparency, is reporting a strategic partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to support low-carbon economy development and has participated in co-investment of $18 million on a Korean-based OLED lighting project to offset carbon emission.

The Company has a partnership and received endorsement from the UNOPS, the operational arm of the United Nations dedicated to implementing projects for the United Nations System, to support low-carbon economy development by establishing digitalized carbon, aiming to improve education, awareness-raising and social impact on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning among different governments and organizations.

Xarbon launched the first Digital Carbon Credit "OCO", on top of the New Economy Movement Blockchain, which aims to future proof the carbon economy. The team believes that by applying blockchain technology to the carbon credit market, that OCO can improve transparency of carbon credit transfer, simplify user verification process, and incentivize individuals to uphold behavioral change. (Source: Xarbon Sustainability Limited, PR, Across Asia Communications, 18 July, 2018) Contact: Xarbon, http://xarbon.com/en; nited Nations Office for Project Services, www.unops.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xarbon Sustainability ,  Low Carbon Economy,  Carbon Credit,  Carbon Credit Trading,  


LiDAR Launched for Orsted Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2018-07-18
Global offshore wind developer Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting deployment of a AXYS FLiDAR (Floating LiDAR) WindSentinel systems specialized buoy designed to measure wind and wave conditions at its Ocean Wind project currently planned for about 10 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The New Jersey lease area could potentially incorporate more than 1,000 MW of offshore wind -- sufficient power for as many as 500,000 New Jersey homes.

The AXYS FLiDAR WindSentinel floating LiDAR device operates autonomously and is powered by its own renewable energy system , is mounted on a moored buoy and measures wind speed and direction to help determine optimum turbine locations and positions. (Source: Orsted, PR, Windpower, 16 July, 2018) Contact: Orsted North America, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com; AXYS Technologies, P.S. Reilly, Pres., CEO, http://axystechnologies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Wind LiDAR,  


Enbridge, Hydrogenics Launch Power-to-Gas Energy Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
Enbridge, Hydrogenics
Date: 2018-07-18
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Hydrogenics Corporation are reporting the launch of North America's first major hydrogen energy storage facility in Markham, Ontario.

The 2.5 MW facility uses technology developed and manufactured in Mississauga, Ontario by Hydrogenics. It was designed and built on a 5-MW scalable platform that incorporates Hydrogenic's next-generation PEM electrolyzer technology. The facility provides the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) of Ontario with a fast-responding resource to enhance the flexibility and reliability of operating the grid. Regulation service corrects for short-term changes in electricity use and helps compensate for real-time supply and demand imbalances.

The hydrogen produced can also be used for a number of purposes such as fuelling cars and trains, or blended into the natural gas system to offset traditional natural gas. (Source: Hydrogenics, Enbridge, JWN, 16 July, 2018) Contact: Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com; Hydrogenics, Daryl Wilson, Pres., CEO, , (905) 361-3660, www.hydrogenics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enbridge,  Hydrogenics,  Energy Storage,  


Oil Trader Vitol Establishes New Wind Power Fund (Int'l Report)
Vitol Group
Date: 2018-07-18
Swiss independent oil trader Vitol Group reports it is launching a new &euro'200 million fund to invest in off- and on-shore wind farms in Europe. Investments will be made through the company's VLC Renewables arm, run by a joint venture together with Low Carbon Ltd. The company is planning to buy minority stakes in projects, working with developers and financial investors. (Source: Vitol, Bloomberg, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Vitol Group, Simon Hale, Investment Dir., +44 20 7973 4200 -- London Office, www.vitol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vitol Group,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


First Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Turbine Installed (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm
Date: 2018-07-18
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd is reporting the first of 84 Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 turbines has been installed at the 588-MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland. The facility is slated to come online be the end of 2019.

Beatrice Offshore is a partnership between utility SSE with a 40 pct stake, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners with 35 pct and SDIC Power Holdings Co Ltd holding 25 pct. (Source: Beatrice Offshore Wind, Renewables, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Beatrice Offshore Wind www.beatricewind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Beatrice Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Solar Powering India's Q1 Renewable Energy Growth (Int'l Report)
India Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-07-18
According to India's Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India's total grid connected installed renewable power capacity stood at 71,325 MW (58,303 MW) as of June 30, 2018, The total capacity of wind power stood at 34,293 MW followed by solar power with a total capacity of 23,023 MW (both ground mounted and rooftop). The Biomass (including bagasse and non-bagasse cogeneration) had a total capacity of 9,378 MW. Small hydro and waste-to-power accounted for 4493 MW and 138 MW respectively.

The MNRE has fixed a total capacity addition target of 15,602 MW for 2018-19 (14,550 MW) and solar is expected to be the highest contributor with about 11,000 MW (ground mounted 10,000 MW and rooftop 1,000 MW) of the new capacity, followed by wind (4,000 MW), biomass (350 MW) and small hydro (250 MW). (Source: Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Hindu Business Line, 16 July, 2018) Contact: India Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, www.mnre.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  India Solar,  Wind,  Renewable Energy India,  


EU-MERCI European Industrial Energy Efficiency Database Announced (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-07-18
Researchers at the EU-funded EU-MERCI project report they have assembled a huge volume of data on energy efficiency to help small and medium enterprises (SME) make investment decisions to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency.

EU-MERCI project researchers set up a web-portal based on data from thousands of energy-efficiency projects carried out by companies since 2005 with examples of how energy saving can be implemented sector wise. The anonymous data provides energy efficiency project technical information, how the energy efficiency projects were implemented, the relevant components used and the amount saved in terms of efficiency. The database includes and analysis around 3 000 energy-saving projects in the manufacturing industry sectors by selecting and disseminating technological and policy "best practices." (Source: EU, EU Publications Office, CORDIS, July, 2018) Contact: EU-MERCI, www.eumerci-portal.eu/web/guest/home


Indonesia Accelerating B-30 Biodiesel Fuel Use (Int'l Report)
Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry
Date: 2018-07-18
In Indoneasia, the Jakarta Post is reporting the federal government plans to accelerate the use 30 pct biodiesel(B-30) produced from palm oil in the transportation sector by 2019 from a previously announced 2020 date.

To that end, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's renewable energy and energy conservation department is slated to carry out road test for B30 in August. The government has engaged experts from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo), Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) to further assess and study B-30 as a transportation fuel. (Source: Jakarta Post, 16 July, 2018) Contact: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, www.esdm.go.id/en

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Honolulu Mayor Inks Climate Change Action Directive (Ind. Report)
Office of Honolulu Mayor
Date: 2018-07-18
In the Aloha State, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's office is reporting the mayor has signed the City of Honolulu's Climate Change Commission's Sea Level Rise Guidance and Climate Change Brief.

The Mayor's directive requires all city departments and agencies to take several actions, including:

  • View climate change and the need for both climate change mitigation and adaptation as an urgent matter, and take a proactive approach in both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protect and prepare the city for the physical and economic impacts of climate change;

  • Use the Sea Level Rise Guidance and Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report in their planning, programing, and capital improvement decisions to mitigate impacts to infrastructure and critical facilities subject to sea level rise, which may include elevation or relocation of infrastructure and critical facilities, the elevating of surfaces, structures, and utilities, and/or other adaptation measures;

  • Propose revisions to shoreline rules and regulations to incorporate sea level rise and conserve a natural, unarmored shoreline wherever possible; and

  • Work cooperatively to develop and implement land use policies, hazard mitigation actions, and design and construction standards that mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.

    The Commission included in its detailed Sea Level Rise Guidance that rising seas will threaten O'ahu communities and natural ecosystems in multiple ways, including: increased vulnerability to flooding; land loss and coastal erosion; saltwater intrusion into streams and coastal wetlands; and increased damage when hurricanes, tsunamis, and seasonal high waves strike. The commission further concluded that rising seas will negatively impact local communities, habitats, property, infrastructure, economies, and industry. The Commission says the city should plan for a 3-foot rise in sea levels by 20150. (Source: Office of Honolulu Mayor, khon 2, July, 2018)Contact: Office of Honolulu Mayor, (808) 768-4141, www.honolulu.gov/mayor

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  • Farmland Trust Joins Carbon Sequestration Initiative (Ind Report)
    American Farmland Trust
    Date: 2018-07-18
    The Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) reports it is joining other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a Learning Lab for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia, and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester it in the soil across diverse systems such as farms, rangelands, forests, and wetlands. The lab wiil also help states develop strategies related to policy development and funding projects.

    AFT is working in partnership with the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative.

    The AFT's Farmers Combating Climate Change program aims to : protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions; improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and build support among the farm community and advance policies and environmentally sound farming practices to help keep farmers on the land. (Source: American Farmland Trust, AgDaily, July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Farmland Trust,  Carbon Sequestration,  Climate Change,  


    Mytrah Wins 100-Mw Maharashtra Wind Power Project (Int'l Report)
    Mytrah Energy
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Reporting from New Delhi, Independent power producer Mytrah Energy (India) confirms it has contracted to establish a 100-MW wind power project for the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. Six companies had participated in the reverse bidding collectively submitting quotes for a cumulative capacity of 821.8 Mw.

    Mytrah Energy has a portfolio of over 40 operational and under-development power projects across nine Indian states with an aggregate capacity of 2,000 Mw. (Source: Mytrah Energy, Economic Times, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Mytrah Energy, Ravi Kailas, CEO, +91 40 3376 0100, mail@mytrah.com, www.mytrah.com

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    EnBW Touts First Swedish Wind Farm Investment (Int'l)
    EnBW
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Karlsruhe, Germany-headquartered developer-utility EnBW reports its first Swedish wind farm investment in the 11MW Rammarehemmet in the town of Tidaholm. The project will incorporate three 3.4MW Senvion turbines and is due to enter operation in the summer of 2019.

    Although the majority of EnBW's 938.45MW of operational wind capacity is in Germany, the developer also owns projects in Turkey (262.8MW) and has sites under construction in the US and France. The company also operates coal, gas, and nuclear plants, as well as solar and hydropower projects. (Source: EnBW, Windpower, 17 July, 2018)Contact: EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG , Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnBW,  Wind,  


    Enerkem Plans Rotterdam Methanol Production (Int'l. Report)
    Enerkem
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Following up on our April 2nd coverage, with the previously reported startup of it Edmonton, Alberta, waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant, Montreal-based Enerkem plans to tap into some of the 2 million tpy of municipal solid waste (MSW) shipped to the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for methanol fuel production.

    Amsterdam-based chemical company AkzoNobel, and Paris-headquartered industrial gas specialist Air Liquide are participating in the project which is expected to cost approximately $232 million. When fully operational in 2020, the plant will gasify 300,000 tpy of waste to produce more than 200,000 tpy of methanol while avoiding about 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions that would have been generated through incineration of the waste. Enerkem's patented technology can break down chemically and structurally dissimilar waste, including plastic materials, into a pure syngas that can be converted into commercial-grade methanol. (Source: Enerkem, Waste 360, 17 July, 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.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; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem ,  


    London Ontario Landfill Gas Power Project Trashed (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-07-18
    In Canada's largest province, 15 London, Ontario-led renewable energy projects were sidelined when the province's freshman conservative government led by Doug Ford cancelled nearly 760 green energy contracts tptalin $790 million across the province last Friday.

    The cancelled deals include 14 London Hydro solar power projects outside the city and the landfill project, which would use methane to generate electricity. The $3.8 million project was projected to generate sufficient power for 400 homes. (Source: London Hydro, London Free Press, 16 July, 2018) (Source: London Hydro, (519) 661-5503, www.londonhydro.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Doug Ford,  Renewable Energy,  


    First New Winery to Earn LEED Platinum Announced (Ind. Report)
    Silver Oak Cellars
    Date: 2018-07-18
    In California's Napa Valley wine region, Silver Oak Cellars reports it has earned US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for its new Alexander Valley facility -- the first commercial winery in the world to attain the green-building program's highest level of recognition in the category of "new construction." Silver Oak's scored LEED Platinum in the "existing building" category in 2016.

    Demand for sustainably produced wines has increased over the past five to 10 years, according to research group Wine Opinions.

    The new Silver Oaks winery employs: "membrane bioreactors" that treat water used in the winemaking processes for a 4,700 gpd savings; more than 2,500 solar panels with battery energy storage capacity equal to 5 pct of the facility's energy requirements. Silver Oak earned credits toward certification by using salvaged, recycled and locally sourced materials to meet significant percentages of building costs. Silver Oak will also submit to auditing for the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous sustainable-design certification program for which a building must demonstrate it meets its performance goals over 12 months (Source: Silver Oak Cellars, Wine Spectator, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Silver Oak Cellars, www.silveroak.com: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Grassland Carbon Credits Fund Carbon Sinks (Ind. Report)
    Environmental Defense Fund,
    Date: 2018-07-18
    In San Francisco, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is reporting the sale of the first listed grassland carbon credits that will allow the Southern Plains Land Trust to restore and preserve two Colorado ranches that sequester 8,000 metric tpy of soil.

    The EDF facilitated the development and sale of the credits with the help of a Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Natural Capital Partners purchased the credits on behalf of its client Microsoft, which began a carbon neutrality program in 2012.

    Grassland carbon credits reward landowners for retaining soil carbon and avoiding the emissions associated with converting grasslands into croplands. Grassland projects also provide ecosystem benefits such as habitat for threatened species.

    The Climate Action Reserve's Grassland Project Protocol uses biogeochemical modeling and emissions factors to quantify carbon that would be released from the soil if the land were tilled. Offsets are then generated for preserved belowground soil carbon, avoided use of nitrogen-based fertilizers and avoided use of carbon-emitting machinery for crop cultivation. (Source: EDF, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  USDA,  Carbon Credit,  


    Trump Seeks Court Protection from 21 Kid's Climate Lawsuit (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2018-07-18
    The Associated Press is reporting the Trump administration has applied to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop a lawsuit filed by 21 young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change. The administration reportedly wants the court to block further legal proceedings until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the government's latest request to have the lawsuit dismissed. A non-jury trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29 in Eugene, Oregon. (Source: Various Media, AP, July, 2018)

    Notable Quote from The Donald -- "There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be 'climate change', it used to be 'global warming.' That wasn't working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Jan., 2018

    Editor's Note: Add news of the Trump Administration's resorting to the Supreme Court against 21 children calling for climate change action to The Donald's recent unprecedented poor and disgraceful performance in Helsinki and, as one reader noted, you have to ask yourself, "When will enough Trump be enough?"

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


    Advanced Energy Storage Market -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-07-16
    According to the Advanced Energy Storage Market report from Research Cosmos, the global advanced Energy storage systems market was valued at $11.79 billion in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8.88 pct in terms of revenue from 2017 to 2025.

    The Research Cosmos report provides an in-depth analysis of advanced energy systems and provides market size (US$ Million) and Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR pct) for the forecast period (2016 -- 2024), using 2015 as the base year. The report projects potential revenue opportunity across different segments and provides insights on market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, regional outlook, competitive strategies and profiles leading players in the global advanced energy systems market including: ABB Ltd., LG Chem, Ltd., Samsung SDI Co., Ltd, General Electric Company, and Tesla, Inc.

    Review report details HERE. Sample Market Brochure HERE (Source: Research Cosmos, July, 2018)5 Contact: Research Cosmos, Kevin Stewart, Global Sales Manager, (888) 709-8757, kevin@researchcosmos.com, www.researchcosmos.com

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    Ford Killing 758 Ontario Renewable Energy Deals (Ind. Report)
    Ontario
    Date: 2018-07-16
    At Queens Park, Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford is reporting the taxpayers of Canada's largest province will save a wildly estimated $790 million from the new conservative provincial government of Doug Ford's cancellations of 758 specified "unnecessary and wasteful" renewable energy projects province wide.

    In a statement the Minister said the government will introduce legislation during its summer sitting that would protect hydro consumers from any costs incurred from the contract cancellations which, no doubt could be considerable.

    Rickford said the move is part of the populist freshman premier's campaign pledge to end the renewable energy projects and, as previously reported, kill provincial cap-and-trade system, both of which the Premier claims will enable him to cut retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre and lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premi (Source: Niagara Falls Review, Canadian Press, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford https://twitter.com/gregrickford?lang=en; Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Onratio Renewable Energy,  Doug Ford,  


    Mass. Passes Climate Change Resilience Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Meeting in Boston, the Bay State Senate is reporting approval of legislation aimed at helping the state adapt to climate change while also protecting natural resources.

    The legislation authorizes issuance of up to $2 billion in bonds for improving public infrastructure that is more resilient to the effects of climate change.

    Separately, the legislature also passed bills that would increase the growth of renewable energy, set energy efficiency standards for appliances, and support the development of energy storage technology. Environmental activists are pushing lawmakers to put Massachusetts on track to reach 100 pct renewable electricity by 2050. (Source: WRAL, AP, Various Media, July, 2018)

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


    US Banned MTBE Being Exported (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-07-16
    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that in 2017, the US experted an average of 38,000 bpd of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) to primarily Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela.

    MTBE was once commonly used as a motor gasoline additive in the United States but was phased out in the late 2000s as a result of water contamination concerns. Since then, fuel ethanol has replaced MTBE as a gasoline additive. In contrast to MTBE, the use of fuel ethanol has been supported by tax subsidies such as the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and by the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates the use of biofuels in the US transportation fuel supply. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, PR, 13 July, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    Brewer Touts Science-Based Efficiency, Climate Targets (Ind. Report)
    Molson Coors,Science Based Targets Initiative
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Denver-headquartered beer conglomerate Molson Coors Brewing Company is touting its just released Beer Print Report 2018, detailing the company's progress toward its 2017 sustainability targets and its commitment to setting science-based targets.

    Science-based targets provide a path forward for companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will meaningfully help keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees C, compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

    Molson Coors plans to cut its absolute carbon emissions by 50 pct within its own operations and by 20 pct across its value chain by 2025, and has submitted its plan for official review by the Science Based Targets Initiative. (Source: Molson Coors, PR, BevNet, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Molson Coors, www.millercoors.com; Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

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


    SAS, Preem Partnering on Aviation Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    SAS,PREEM
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Reporting from Stockholm, Scandinavian airline SAS and Sweden's largest fuel company PREEM have inked a Letter of Intent to partner on the production of renewable jet fuel from forestry residue and other biomass wastes.

    Production is slated to get underway at PREEM's expanded Gothenburg refinery in 2022, with the total capacity for biofuels to be more than 264 million gpy of which a subset will be biojet fuel.

    SAS has set a target to use all renewable jet fuel in its domestic flights by 2030. Preem's goal is to manufacture 3 million cubic meters (793 million gpy of biofuels by 2030. SAS and PREEM intend to enter more detailed and binding agreements by this September. Preem is also planning a separate project that, together with new hydrogen production plants, will increase the company's renewable fuel production capacity by 60 pct. (Source: PREEM, SAS, GreenCar Congress, 14 July, 2018) Contact: SAS, https://sasgroup.net; PREEM, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  SAS ,  PREEM,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    YES Bank Supports Indian Energy Efficiency Startups (Int'l Report)
    YES Bank
    Date: 2018-07-16
    India's YES BANK is touting its recently launched YES SCALE: Cleantech Accelerator, as part of its multi-sector start-up accelerator focused on energy efficiency, waste management and water management startups.

    The YES SCALE platform will provide access to technology, mentorship, commercialization and up to $1 million in funding through various investment partners. The platform will be one of the few global programs to provide zero-equity grant funding for pilot or proof of concept. (Source: YES Bank, PR, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Yes Bank, www.yesbank.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  YES Bank,  


    Vermont Forest Reserve to Offset Calif. CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Nature Conservancy Vermont.
    Date: 2018-07-16
    In the Green Mountain State, the Vermont Nature Conservancy is reporting that 5,400 acres (2,185 hectares) of forested land around Burnt Mountain will be the first Vermont site eligible for California's regulatory compliance market. Under the program, California businesses are required to reduce most carbon emissions or to purchase credits to offset their remaining emissions. The Nature Conservancy estimates that the credits will have an approximate value of $2 million over a 10-year period.

    The forest, which is located across five northern Vermont communities, was previously part of a 26,000-acre (10,500-hectare) holding by the Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. In 2016 the two groups began separating the holding into 12 parcels, the majority of which will be working forestland.

    The Nature Conservancy acquired the Vermont Land Trust's half-interest for the Burnt Mountain forest which conserved 11,000 privately owned acres. The Nature Conservancy plans to keep the site open for non-motorized recreation activities. (Source: Nature Conservancy,PR, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Nature Conservancy Vermont, Jim Shallow, Director Strategic Conservation Initiatives, Nature Conservancy Vermont, (802) 229-4425, www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/vermont/index.htm?src=r.v_vermont.local.na.vt

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsets,  Nature Conservancy,  


    Apple Launches $300Mn China Suppliers Clean Energy Fund (Int'l)
    Apple
    Date: 2018-07-16
    IT giant Apple is reporting the launch of the China Clean Energy Fund intended to connect its Chinese suppliers with renewable energy sources. The Fund will see Apple partner with 10 initial suppliers to invest $300 million over the next four years to help develop more than 1 GW of clean energy projects in China.

    As reported in our 13 April edition, Apple says its global operations across 43 countries are now powered by 100 pct renewable energy and/or renewable energy PPAs. (Source: Apple, CleanTechnica, 13 July, 2018) Contact: Apple, Lisa Jackson, VP Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, www.apple.com/ca/leadership/lisa-jackson

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple,  Renewable Energy,  


    Xcel's 72-turbine SD Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy reports the South Dakota PUC has approved Excel's planned $380 million, 72-turbine wind farm in Grant and Codington counties in northeastern South Dakota. The Dakota Range project is expected to be finished and online in 2021.

    Xcel presently owns five wind farms producing about 850 megawatts in the Upper Midwest with a sixth project under construction in Colorado.

    The South Dakota project is one of eight new wind farms Xcel is developing in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. One of the projects, the 150-MW Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota, is already under construction. The other six planned are two 200-MW projects in Lincoln County in southwest Minnesota, a 100-MW farm in Pipestone County in southwest Minnesota, a 200-MW project in Freeborn County in southeast Minnesota and parts of Iowa, a 100-MW project in Morton and Mercer counties in south-central North Dakota and another Codington County project, this one at 600 megawatts, in northeast South Dakota. The seven are expected to be completed by the end of 2020. (Source: Twin Cities, Forum News, 14 July. 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  


    Kazakhstan JV Set to Launch Coalbed Methane Production (Int'l)
    ArcelorMittal Temirtau
    Date: 2018-07-16
    In Kazakhstan, Kanysh Satbayev Kazakh National Technical University and ArcelorMittal Temirtau are reporting a soon to be launched joint venture to explore, produce and process coalbed methane in the Karaganda coal basin.

    The project will start with coalbed methane geological prospecting in coal seams on contractual territories with subsequent methane extraction. The project is being supported by the state with tax breaks and other concessions.

    Coalbed methane is an important source of energy in countries such as Australia, Canada, China, and the U.S. where World coalbed methane production is currently 58 billion cubic metres per year.

    ArcelorMittal Temirtau, part of ArcelorMittal Group, is Kazakhstan's largest mining and metallurgical enterprise with a steel plant in Temirtau, eight coal mines in the Karaganda region and four iron ore mines. (Source: ArcelorMittal , Astana Times, 15 July, 2018) Contact: ArcelorMittal Temirtau, http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/sustainability/reporting-hub/country-reports/kazakhstan; Kanysh Satbayev Kazakh National Technical University, www.kaznitu.kz/en

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