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 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
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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,
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
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"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 already owns two biodiesel plants in the east of
England which make biodiesel from globally sourced waste products such as used
(Source: Greenergy, Successful Farming, Reuters 19 July, 2018)Contact: Greenergy, Andrew Owens, CEO, +44 (0)20 7404 7700, email@example.com, www.greenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenergy, Biodiesel, Biofuel,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.minem.gob.pe
More Low-Carbon Energy News Peru Wind, Wind,
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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Hardship Waiver, EPA,
"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,
"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,
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,
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
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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, email@example.com, www.esvolta.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E, Energy Storage, esVolta, Lithium-ion Battery,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.utilityrevenue.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news, Energy Efficiency news,
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,
"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.
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,
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, ,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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 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
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil, Biodiesel,
The Mayor's directive requires all city departments and agencies to take several actions, including:
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
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 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, email@example.com, www.mytrah.com
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 ,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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
(Source: Research Cosmos, July, 2018)5
Contact: Research Cosmos, Kevin Stewart,
Global Sales Manager, (888) 709-8757, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,
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,
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,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA, Ethanol, MTBE,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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 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
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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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