The company claimed 30 pct growth in its international onshore wind orders in 2017. GE Renewable Energy also secured the orders for the largest wind farm in the US, the 2 GW (gigawatt) Wind Catcher farm in Oklahoma, and the largest wind farm in Australia, the 453 MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm in North Queensland.
In 2017, GE Renewable Energy also completed the $1.65 billion acquisition of wind blade manufacturer LM Wind Power. GE Renewable Energy is also now the first offshore wind supplier with projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Additionally, GE's hydro division saw full-year growth of 10 pct in orders and 40 pct in services, and booked over $100 million in hydro orders. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 25 Jan., 2018)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com
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To assist in the debate, French grid operator RTE has prepared scenarios for cutting nuclear energy's share from 56 pct to 11 pct by 2035, and an additional scenario on reducing nuclear reliance to 50 pct by 2025. Depending upon the outcome of the national debate, France would not construct new coal or oil-fired power plants but would consider natural gas which has lower emissions than coal or other fossil fuels.
(Source: Reuters, 27 Jan., 2018)
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The syudy contends that while the Paris agreement is weak in short-term policy ambition it will require strong climate policies in the future to reduce emissions over the longer term. The study finds that ten years before carbon pricing policies are actually introduced, investors would start pulling out of the coal power sector. The study also suggests that adding a carbon price of $20 per ton of CO2 doubles the cost of using coal and thus makes it even less competitive.
Computer simulations of energy markets' future dynamics are commonly used to investigate the economic effects of policies. The study's CO2 pricing simulations varied from $25 to $300 per ton CO2 by 2050, with a medium scenario reaching $100. These taxes were introduced with various delays to represent various degrees of climate policy stringency and credibility and to see how fossil fuel markets react in anticipation of such climate policies. Only if CO2 pricing starts very late, ie not before 2050, and then at a very low level, anticipation by market forces will lead to an increase in CO2 emissions instead of a decrease, the study finds.
According to the study, if different CO2 pricing regulations at different price levels were to be introduced in different countries, some emissions-intensive production facilities would move from highly regulated areas to those with low standards.
The Paris agreement delivered a strong signal that policy makers are taking climate change seriously and are ready and willing to deliver on the necessary emissions reductions. By anticipating the implementation of policies to tackle climate change, market forces will likely reduce emissions so long as the policy signals are strong, clear and credible, the study says. (Source: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , PR, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: PIK, +49 331 288 25 07,
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While the terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, NDY will operate as a stand-alone entity within Tetra Tech, with no change to the brand, NDY staff or leadership, according to an NDY statement.
Tetra Tech maintain more than 400 offices worldwide and $2.8 billion in revenue in 2017. NDY has 13 offices across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Hong Kong and Canada. (Source: Tetra Tech, Fifth Estate, 22 Jan., 2018)
Contact: TetraTech, Dan Batrack, CEO, (626) 351-4664, email@example.com, www.tetratech.com;
NDY, Stuart Fowler, CEO, +61 8 8290 6800, +44 20 7553 9494 - UK, www.nyd.com
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The top 10 list is led by China with a total of 1,211 LEED certified and registered projects for more than 47.16 million gross sq mt of space followed by Canada with 2,970 such projects with a total space of 40.77 million gross sq mt.
Other Top 10 countries include Brazil, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico and the UAE.In comparison, the US, which is not included in the list, has 30,669 LEED certified projects totalling 385.65 million gross sq mt. (Source: USGBC, Outlook, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council, Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency,
The 400,000 solar plant is being built by Conergy on behalf of investors including Vietnam-based BIM Group, and the Philippines-headquartered Ayala Group's energy arm, AC Energy.
Construction is slated to get underway in April 2018 for grid connection in December, 2018. (Source: Conergy SE Asia, ecobusiness, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact:
Marc Lohoff, COO, (720) 305-0720 - US, www.conergy.us; AC Energy, John Eric T. Francia, Pres., CEO, www.ayala-energyinfra.com
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Butagaz distributes natural gas, electricity, wood pellets, as well as propane and butane.
Butagaz is partnering with Global Bioenergies which is developing a process to convert sugar beet and other biomass into hydrocarbons through fermentation. Butagaz is contributing financially to Global Bioenergies' industrial development in return for reserved batches of bio-isobutene which has physical and chemical properties similar to butane and propane.
(Source: Global Bioenergies, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Butagaz, www.butagaz.fr; Global Bioenergies, www.global-bioenergies.com
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Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont. ( Source: Green Mountain Power , 29 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Green Mountain Power , Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenmountainpower.com
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Special emphasis is given to emerging areas in the renewable sector such as photovoltaics, wind energy, and geothermal energy, as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, syngas, ethanol and bio fuels.
Access eport detail HERE. (Source: ResearchandMarkets, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact:
ResearchAndMarkets, Laura Wood, Senior Manager, (800) 526-8630, email@example.com, www.researchandmarkets.com
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The ecobee Smart Thermostat donation is part of a larger energy efficiency demonstration project called TowerWise. The buildings were retrofitted to achieve energy, emission and cost reductions.The newly installed ecobee3 units use sensors to make intelligent heating and cooling decisions to reduce energy waste and offer real-time insights to identify other opportunities for future improvements.
In addition to the new ecobee3 smart thermostats, TAF also installed new boilers, LED lighting and measures to improve indoor air quality. These changes reduce the building's carbon emission by 30 pct and utility costs by 20 pct.
(Source: ecobee Inc., PR, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: edobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, (6747) 428-2220, www.ecobee.com/social-impact, www.ecobee.inc; The Atmospheric Fund, (416) 392-027, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.taf.ca; Toronto Community Housing Corporation,
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With the funding, SAIT and its industry partners ATCO Gas and Brookfield Residential, will evaluate existing micro-CHP technologies and construct, demonstrate and evaluate an operational and affordable Net Zero home in Western Canada, incorporating new clean technology in the residential natural gas sector.
(Source: Western Economic Diversification Canada, PR, CNW, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, (877) 284-7248, www.sait.ca; Western Economic Diversification Canada - Alberta Region, 780-902-2984, email@example.com
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Announced last month, the increase in the value of the Mass CEC rebate to $3,500 per heating ton (up from $1,500) is expected to give a boost to the residential geothermal industry in Massachusetts. The value of the base rebate is capped at $17,500. However, there are "adders" that can increase that value for public and non-profit entities, affordable housing developments, or households below 80 pct and 120 pct of the state median income. These range from an additional $750 to $1,500 per ton heating capacity.
(Source: EnergySmart Alternatives, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: EnergySmart Alternatives, LLC, Melanie Head, (617) 858-6748, info@ EnergySmartAlternatives.com, www.EnergySmartAlternatives.com; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315, www.masscec.com
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The long-term goal is to create a policy road map to achieving a zero carbon building sector. Under its three-year plan, the city will initially evaluate the carbon footprint of the cities building stock and examine its current policies and incentives.
The aim is to couple its building requirements and codes, planning and economic incentives to encourage building owners to implement energy efficiency measures and move toward zero net carbon.
Download the New Building Institute Zero City Project details HERE
(Source: Michigan NPR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact:
City of Grand Rapids, Alison Waske Sutter, Sustainability Manager, (616) 456-3000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.grcity.us; New Buildings Institute, Ralph DiNola, email@example.com, www.newbuildings.org
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The corporation will also be charged with reducing growth in electrical consumption by 22.5 pct over 15 years and in natural gas consumption by 11.25 pct over the same period. Few details have been announced. (Source: News Winnipeg, CBC, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: Manitoba Hydro, Kelvin Shepherd, CEO, Scott Powell,Public Affairs, (204) 360-4417, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hydro.mb.ca
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Singapore's carbon tax, first announced in Budget 2017, is expected to apply to 30 to 40 companies and facilities that emit 25,000 or more tpy of greenhouse gases. The tax is expected to be in the range of S$10 and S$20 per tonne of greenhouse gas under a credit-based system.
The carbon tax is among Singapore's measures to meet its target of cutting emissions intensity by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, under the global Paris Agreement.
(Source: Singapore Today, 23 Jan., 2018)
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The two companies will explore environment-friendly refrigerant solutions in cooling buildings that could help Empower further conserve energy in its operations.
(Source: Empower, GDN, TradeArabia News Service, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Empower, Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, +97 14 375 5555, info@empower,ae, www.empower.ae; Honeywell Saudi Arabia, www.honeywellprocess.com/en-US/about-us/global/middle-east/Pages/saudi-arabia.aspx
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The Committee is considering an "easy path" and a "whole building path." The easy path is a pick-and-choose system, with a list of criteria that correspond to a certain number of points: once the project has reached a certain set amount of points, it can be approved. The points would include building size, low-flow shower heads, high-efficiency lighting, and other energy relevant "green building" features.
The "whole building path" adheres closer to established national guidelines like LEED certifications or Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index scores. Developers can choose which path to take, though the easy path has been designed to ensure relatively achievable thresholds. The whole building path was established primarily for developers with design constraints that may force them off the easy path. (Source: Ithaca.com, 23 Jan., 2018)Contact: City of Ithaca, www.cityofithaca.org
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Schneider Electric's cloud-hosted EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert Platform;
incorporates power meters and gateways, rogrammable logic controllers (Hot Standby Quantum PLCs), PowerSCADA Operations and C-Bus lighting automation systems. (Source: Schneider Electric Pty. Ltd, Architecture & Design, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric Pty.Ltd, www.enable.schneider-electric.com
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Scottish householders receive an Energy Proficiency Certificate issued by trained energy assessors when they sell or rent a house. An EPC ensures that energy and energy efficiency data collected in the home is accurate.
One distinctive feature of the mandatory Scottish EPC system is that several different organizations are involved at different stages of the process. For example, EST manages Scotland's EPC data, while a number of approved organizations ensure that assessors meet quality standards.
Canada's present provincially administered EnerGuide label system is a voluntary assessment with advice on increasing energy efficiency and cutting energy consumption. (Source: Energy Saving Trust, Jan., 2018) Contact: Energy Saving Trust, David Weatherall, Policy, +44 02 0 7222 0101, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, Natural Resources Canada,
The study research teams produced estimates for two known sources: emissions from the oil and gas industry; and microbial production in wet tropical environments like marshes and rice paddies. However, the sum of the estimated emissions from these and other sources is greater than the observed increase. The researchers explored the role of fires since the area burned by fires each year decreased by about 12 pct between the early 2000s and the period of 2007 to 2014, according to NASA data. The research is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: IISD, NASA, 23, Jan., 2018) Contact: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981, www.nasa.gov/goddard
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The solar systems will be distributed by the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) in districts affected by a devastating earthquake in 2015, many of which are not connected to the national electric grid,
Source: Xinhua, 21 Jan., 2018)
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Heron Lake BioEnergy uses approximately 59 million gpy of ethanol and 160,000 tpy of distillers dried grains (DDGs) from 21 million bpy of corn. (Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 23 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Heron Lake BioEnergy, (507) 793-0077, www.heronlakebioenergy.com; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, www.pca.state.mn.us
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Stocks usually build in winter as fuel blending requirements shift and weekly production has held at record or near record levels over the last several months exceeding USDA projections. (Source: US EIA, Brownfield, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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INEOS New Planet BioEnergy LLC, which processed yard waste into ethanol and electricity, received about $129 million in government loans, tax incentives and grants to convert a former Ocean Spray processing plant into a biofuel-producing facility.
As reported on July 14, it appeared INEOS would be purchased by Alliance BioEnergy of West Palm Beach, but the $8 million offer fell through. (Source: TC Palm, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products , Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, email@example.com, www.alliancebioe.com; INEOSBio, Mark Dietzen or Markus Hesse, +41 (0) 21 627 7040, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ineos.com
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According to the study, Overall, food price inflation in 2007 was 4 pct and in 2017 it was 1 pct. The 20 year average is 2.5 pct. Food price inflation has actually been significantly lower during the past 10 years of the RFS."
Download the full report HERE. (Source: RFA, Brownfield Ag News, Nebraska Public Radio, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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Corn currently serves as the leading feedstock for ethanol production in the U.S. For sweet sorghum to compete with corn for ethanol production, it must be more lucrative than corn for farmers to produce,and more economical than corn for ethanol plants to process. Considering factors such as yield and the cost of processing, researchers estimate that the current sorghum to ethanol pathway is a barely break-even prospect in western Nebraska, according to the study.
Currently, the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates consumption of specific levels of renewable fuels made from various categories of feedstocks. Under the markets created by the RFS, ethanol plants would be almost certain to obtain a premium for sweet sorghum ethanol compared to corn ethanol. The current level of that premium makes the pathway much more economical. However, according to the researchers the volatility of this market premium and the contentious political opposition to the RFS make this benefit risky, the report says.
Another consideration which could increase the potential of the sweet sorghum ethanol pathway, is an increase in yields. A separate $13.5 million multi-institutional research project led by Nebraska may provide the necessary yield increases. That effort aims to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production.
"If the research efforts raise biomass yields by 20-30 percent, or shows that yields are actually 20-30 percent higher than our estimate, the benefits to both the producer and the ethanol plant would be sufficient to make adoption of sweet sorghum for ethanol a sustainable possibility," Prof. Richard Perrin, Jim Roberts
Department of Agricultural Economics, said.
(Source: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Prof. Richard Perrin, Jim Roberts
Department of Agricultural Economics, (402) 472-9818, email@example.com, www.unl.edu
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LanzaTech's process uses patented microbes to convert carbon-rich wastes into renewable fuels and chemical products through gas fermentation. According to the company, the process can be applied to municipal waste, as well as wastes and residues from the steel, manufacturing, oil refining and chemical production industries.
TeselaGen's team of molecular biologists, computer scientists, physicists and engineers hail from the University of California, Stanford, Harvard, and both Catolica University and the University of Chile in Santiago, according to the company website.
(Source: TeselaGen Website, Others, 24 Jan., 2018)Contact: TeselaGen Biotechnology, Mike Fero, CEO, www.teselagen.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
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The EPA has the authority to grant exemptions from the program to small capacity refineries if the company can demonstrate financial hardship. but the agency has been reluctant to do so in the past.
In the four years ended in 2016, the agency reportedly granted a total of 29 small-refiner exemptions, according to data provided to Reuters by the EPA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
(Source: NASDAQ, Reuters, Others, 25 Jan., 2018)
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In responce to the survey question -- "If nothing is done to reduce climate change in the future, how serious of a problem do you think it will be for your country?"
The found concern was highest in Mexico and Central America, where 81.5 percent characterized climate change as a "very serious" problem while 10.4 pct said it as "somewhat serious." South America followed with 75 pct answering "very serious" and 15.2 pct saying "somewhat serious." In the Caribbean, 66.7 pct answered "very serious" and 21.9 pct said "somewhat serious."
In Canada and the U.S., just 39.6 pct said unchecked climate change was a "very serious" problem, while 35.4 pct considered it a "somewhat serious" issue.
In the Latin America and Caribbean region, the most significant predictors of climate change concern are education and worries about being affected by a natural disaster, though wealth also plays a role. Education increases concern for climate change nearly 11 pct, while worries about natural disasters increases that concern 8.3 pct. Wealth is also linked to increased climate change concern, raising it by 3.3 pct.
The findings confirmed the researchers' hypothesis that climate change is a much more partisan issue in the United States than it is anywhere else in the hemisphere. (Source: Vanderbilt University, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vanderbilt University Latin American Public Opinion Project, (615) 322-4033, www.vanderbilt.edu/lapop
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The CARB funds also will support the District's implementation of AB 617, which requires the state ARB and air districts to come up with additional plans to report, monitor and reduce emissions.
(Source: CARB, Bakersfield.com, 232 Jan., 2018)Contact:
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, www.valleyair.org; CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
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ZERO is a Norwegian environmental organization that focuses on greenhouse gas reduction through promotion of new technologies enabling emission-free energy solutions without harming the environment. ZERO is an independent, environmental foundation that believes that climate is the most important environmental issue, and is working to drive zero-emission solutions and investment in emissions-solving solutions. ZERO's mission is to ensure a practical and fastest possible transition from climate-detrimental activity to emission-free solutions, according to ZERO's website.
UPM is committed to growing its sustainable product offering for various sectors and therefore engages with civil society to promote the change towards environmental friendly bioeconomy, according to the company website. (Source: UPM, Energy Efficiency, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com; ZERO, Maiju Helin, Head of Sustainability and Market Development, +47 92 29 62 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zero.no
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The order includes delivery of 52 MW of Vestas' V112-3.45 MW wind turbines, installation and commissioning. The turbines will be delivered in both 3.3 MW load-optimized mode and standard 3.45 MW rating.
Kazakhstan only has an estimated 98.16 MW worth of onshore wind capacity. Turbine delivery is slated for Q3 of this year. (Source: Vestas, 22 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; CAPEC Green Energy, www.capec.kz
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The company contends compliance with the RFS "point-of-obligation" was too costly. Under the RFS, Valero and other oil refiners are required to blend ethanol with gasoline or purchase credits to comply. In 2016, Valero spent $750 million on fuel credits.
(Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Reuters, Valero, 22 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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Containing proprietary software controlled and monitored using Android devices, Bluetooth or a GPRS system, the T50 offers two potential heat-exchange systems that enable heat energy typically lost in the electrolysis process to be incorporated into some other process, such as the pre-heating of water or raw materials.
The Center for Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry (Cideteq) and the Advanced Technology Center (Ciateq) helped develop the technology. (Source: Latin American Herald Tribune, 21 Jan., 2019)Contact: Center for Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry www.natureindex.com/institution-outputs/mexico/center-of-research-and-technological-development-in-electrochemistry-cideteq-conacyt/54407e68140ba0ad158b4571
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Analysis of up to seven years of production data suggests an estimated billon-tpy could be available annually by 2030.
Field trial results and yield projections for herbaceous crops, including switchgrass, energycane, mixed perennial grasses on Conservation Reserve Program land, giant miscanthus and sorghum, as well as the woody feedstocks poplar and shrub willow, are available online in the January issue of GCB Bioenergy.
The raw data from the field trials will be available for public use and can be accessed at Knowledge Discovery Framework at the U.S. DOE website. Among the herbaceous energy crops, field-scale trials using traditional agricultural equipment were conducted for switchgrass and mixed perennial grasses suitable for use on CRP land, while smaller individual plots were utilized for energycane and giant miscanthus due to a lack of vegetative planting materials for these species.
South Dakota State University was the lead institution for the more than $20 million project which was funded by the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and involved researchers from the U.S. DOE and USDA, 35 land-grant universities, Heidelberg University, INL, ORNL, ANL and several industry partners.
Report details are HERE
(Source: South Dakota State University, Jan., 2018)
Contact: South Dakota State Univ. North Central Regional Sun Grant Center, Vance Owens, Dir., (605) 688-5476, www.sdstate.edu/north-central-regional-sun-grant-center
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ARENA predicted movements toward the "lowest costs yet" for both solar and wind power between now and 2020, with global average costs set to drop to between $0.06/kWh and $0.10/kWh for both wind and solar. (Source: ARENA, International Renewable Energy Agency
Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
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The Stanford researchers used optical modelling and electrical simulations to illustrate that a thin-film crystalline silicon solar cell with a 2D nanostructure generated a photocurrent output was as much as three times higher as compared to an unstructured cell of the same thickness.
This happened because the nanostructured surface trapped incoming light more effectively and efficiently making the light spend more time on the silicon material thereby increasing the chances of light bring absorbed in higher amounts. The longer the light is trapped inside the cell, the greater the absorption rate and the higher the cell output.
(Source: Stanford Univ., The TeCake, 21 Jan., 2018) Contact: Stanford University, Dr. Shrestha Basu Mallick
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PNM is presently constructing three solar plants to supply the center's first two buildings, and
has negotiated agreements with Avangrid Renewables and NextEra Energy Inc. to construct and operate two wind farms and a $75 million solar facility to meet the data center's added energy needs. The companies would sell the generated power to the utility for delivery.
PNM is proposing Avangrid build a wind farm by 2020 east of Estancia in central New Mexico, and that
NextEra constructs a $72 million wind farm before the year end.
(Source: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican ,Albuquerque Journal, 20 Jan., 2018) Contact: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com; Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane, CEO, www.avangridren.com; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com
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Under the program, residential customers will be eligible for a rebate of 60 cents per watt for solar energy systems 10 kilowatts (kW) or less. Nonresidential customers would be eligible for 50 cents per watt. Nonprofit customers would be eligible for an enhanced rebate of 75 cents per watt for systems 100 kW or less. Installed systems 100 kW or greater would be eligible for a maximum rebate of $50,000 for non-residential customers, or $75,000 for nonprofit customers.
Duke Energy serves about 6,000 customers who have private solar systems totaling just over 50 MW. The program expects to increase North Carolina's private solar market by 200 pct over the next five years. The program is subject to regulatory approvals.
(Source: Duke Energy, PR, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Randy Wheeless, (704) 382-8379, www.duke-energy.com
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Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce renewable natural gas for electic power generation ,heating and fueling vehicles.
The draft solicitation is the first step in a new program created under SB 1383 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has been directed to reduce me Proposed projects will be jointly selected by the CPUC, California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Dairy biogas development is rapidly increasing in California, with help in part from $35 million in grant funding last year from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CDFA is expected to provide an additional $61-$75 million in grant funding for new dairy biogas projects this year. There are currently about 40 projects in the works, and experts expect there could be as many as 120 projects being developed by 2022, according to a SoCal Gas release.
(Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact: Southern California Gas,, www.socalgas.com; San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com;
Pacific Gas and Electric, www.pge.com; California Department of Food and Agriculture, (916) 654-0466, www.cdfa.ca.gov
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PES claims its 2016-17 biofuels obligation totaled $185 million, and the cost of RINs in 2017 alone was $218 million, according to Reuters.
In its bankruptcy filing on Monday, the company said it does not have enough cash to comply with the laws for 2016 and 2017.
(Source: Reuters, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Various Media, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions,
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The nine state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- over the last decade has been creidted with raising close to $3 billion earmarked for clean-energy and energy efficiency programs and with cutting RGGI state carbon emissions by 30 pct. (Source: RGGI, Observer, Others, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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In addition to a state carbon tax, the ECRI bill includes: legislated carbon emissions reductions under the Rhode Island Global Warming Solutions Act; a climate and economic stimulus package; a coastal adaptation trust fund to help cities and towns address sea-level rise; mandatory and enforceable state greenhouse gas-reduction goals; increased support for energy efficiency; renewable energy siting regulations; require products sold in Rhode Island to meet minimum standards for electricity and gas consumption; and others.
The ECRI's initiatives are backed by a coalition of advocacy groups and environmentalists, including the EnergizeRI Coalition, an advocacy group with ties to Brown University, and the People's Power & Light utility.
(Source: Environment Council of Rhode Island, eco'RI News, 22 Jan., 2018)Contact: Environment Council of Rhode Island,(401) 621-8048, www.environmentcouncilri.org
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In 2017, SUNY spent $189 million on energy. SUNY estimates the switch to 100 pct renewable enrgy will reduce the system's carbon footprint by 400,000 tons of C02 equivalents per year. Making investments in renewable energy and storage, aligned with the recent initiative Governor Cuomo announced to install energy stored regionally in order to increase the resiliencies of our communities in case of a natural, or man-made disaster.
(Source: SUNY, WAMC, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu/about/leadership/chancellor
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The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas impacting the future of a wide range of industries, according to the players in the market. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges, the Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential today to make significant market impact within a 5-10-year timeframe.
CarbonCure's proprietary CO2 Capture and Utilization (CCU) technology is licensed to concrete producers to recycle waste carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial emitters into concrete. A chemical reaction occurs whereby the CO2 is permanently converted into a fine mineral to improve the concrete strength. This material performance improvement is leveraged to further reduce the greenhouse gas emission intensity and create new cost efficiencies and a differentiated sales advantage for concrete producers. (Source: Carbon Cure, PR, 23 Jan., 2018)Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, email@example.com, www.carboncure.com; Global Cleantech 100, www.cleantech.com
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The deployment of its first grid-scale energy storage represents the latest step forward in modernizing India's power system and improving grid efficiency.
(Source: AES India, Business Wire, 23 Jan., 2018)
Contact: AES India, www.aes-india.com; Tata Power DDL, www.tatapower-ddl.com; Fluence Energy, http://fluenceenergy.com
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STEM now has hundreds of systems under management across five states, mainly in California, where state incentives and high demand charges have aligned to create the country's largest market for behind-the-meter energy storage. Stem creates innovative technology services that transform the way energy is distributed and consumed.
The company's mission is to build and operate the largest digitally connected energy storage network for our customers. Our world class analytics will optimize the value of customer’s energy assets and facilitate their participation in energy markets, yielding economic and societal benefits while decarbonizing the grid, according to the company website.
(Source: STEM Inc., Greentech, 23 Jan., 2018)Contact: STEM, (415) 937-7836, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stem.com
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