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Greek Biomass CHP Developer Seeking Project Partner (Int'l)
PPC Renewables
Date: 2018-01-17
Attica, Greece-based PPC Renewables S.A.(PPCR) a wholly owned subsidiary of Public Power Corp. S.A., is reported to be seeking a partner for its proposed 25 MWe-45 MWth biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant the be constructed in the city of Amyntaio, Greece.

The proposed facility will be located near PPCR's existing thermal power plant and will use the existing facilities to connect to the electrical and district heating grids. PPCR is offering a partner a majority stake in a new subsidiary company that will finance, design, contract, oversee construction and installation, operate, maintain, manage and promote all aspects of the proposed 225,000 metric tpy biomass facility, according to a PPCR press release. PPCR also expects to enter into an agreement with the biomass subsidiary for the procurement of a portion of the biomass fuel. (Source: PPCR, PR, Biomass Mag., 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: PPCR, +30 211 211 8000, info@ppcr.gr, www.ppcr.gr/en/biomassf

More Low-Carbon Energy News PPC Renewables,  Biomass,  


Middle East Renewable Energy Triple by 2035, says Siemens (Int'l)
Siemens
Date: 2018-01-17
According to Siemen's new report Middle East Power: Outlook 2035, the Middle East region is expected to more than triple its share of renewable energy output from 5.6 pct in 2016 to 20.6 pct in 2035.

The report notes that natural gas will continue to be the primary source of power in the region, accounting for 60 pct of installed capacity through 2035, predominantly through increasingly efficient natural gas-fired power plants. The report adds that solar power is expected to account for around 61GW of capacity by 2035 and that wind power has "significant potential" in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. (Source: Arabian Business, Siemens, Jan., 2018) Contact: Siemens, www.siemens.com

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


Masdar Takes Stake in Montenegro Onshore Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
Masdar,Krnovo Green Energy
Date: 2018-01-17
Masdar reports it has inked a share purchase agreement with Paris-headquartered Akuo Energy, the leading French IPP in renewable energy, to acquire 49 pct of Krnovo Green Energy, a subsidiary of Akuo Energy and owner of the now operational 72-MW Krnovo Wind Farm -- Montenegro's first wind energy project.

The Krnovo Wind Farm incorporates 26 GE wind turbines and supplies approximately 45,000 households under a 12-year power purchase agreement with the state utility operator.

Akuo Energy SAS develops, finances, builds and operates solar, wind, biomass and hydro power plants and operates in 13 countries. (Source: Akuo Energy,ME Construction News, 14 Jan., 2018) Contact: Akuo Energy , Eric Scotto, CEO, + 33 1 47 66 09 90, akuoenergy@akuoenergy.com; Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, +971 2 810 9238, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar,  Wind,  Akuo Energy,  


Fortum's 35-MW Russian Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l Report)
Fortum Oyj
Date: 2018-01-17
Following on our Nov 3, 2017 coverage, Helsinki-headquartered Finnish utility Fortum Oyj reports it has commissioned and begun power production at its 35-MW wind farm in the Ulyanovsk Region of Russia. The plant is the first wholesale market wind generation facility in Russia.

The Finnish utility will receive "capacity supply" payments of between €180 per MWh and €200 per MWh for a period of 15 years. (Source: Fortum Oyi, Renewables Now, Others, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: Fortum Oyj, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511, vesa.koivisto@fortum.com, www.fortum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum Oyj,  Wind,  Russia Wind,  


Turkey Touts $11Bn NEEAP Energy Efficiency Plan (Int'l Report)
Turkey
Date: 2018-01-17
In Ankara, the Turkish government is touting its National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) under which it intends to invest $11 billion to cut primary energy consumption by 14 pct. NEEAP is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

To achieve its goal, the the plan calls for: increased use of renewable energy; district central heating schemes; encouraging the use of combined heat and power; and others.

Of all the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Turkey has the highest growth rate of energy demand, as per government figures. The country meets around 26 pct of its total power demand from domestic resources and is mainly dependent on imports. The government intends to develop 30 pct of its total installed capacity by 2023 to generate 34GW of hydropower, 20GW of wind energy, 5GW of solar energy, 1.5GW of geothermal and 1GW of biomass. (Source: Daily Sabah, OECD, 12 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


LED Street lighting Mandated in India (Int'l Report)
LED Street Light
Date: 2018-01-17
In Mumbai, the Indian state of Maharashtra Urban Development Department (UDD) reports it has ordered the state's 28,691 civic bodies -- 27 municipal corporations and 235 municipal councils -- to switch to and use only energy efficient LED bulbs for street lighting. The order also calls for all LED street light purchases and installation to be completed through the Central Government owned subsidiary Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL's) Escrow account.

The order is in keeping with the UDD's Energy Conservation Policy of June 2017. (Source: Maharashtra Urban Development Department, Outlook, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Maharashtra Urban Development Department, urban.maharashtra.gov.in; Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar , Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED LIght,  Street Light,  EESL,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  


Carleton's $1.6Mn LED Lighting Upgrade Near Completion (Ind. Report)
Carleton University
Date: 2018-01-17
Carleton University (enrollment 38,26) in Ottawa, Ontario, reports its project to replace all on-campus exterior and tunnel lighting with new, energy-efficient LED lights is nearly complete.

KE Electrical Services, the contractor, is installing 1,200 LED light fixtures. The $1.6 million project is being financed by the University's Strategic Infrastructure Fund. The upgrade to LEDlighting is expected to deliver savings equivalent to the energy consumed by 93 houses annually. (Source: Carleton University, Charlatan, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: Carleton University, Trevor Stewart, Dir. Capital Renewal and Construction, (613) 520-2600 ext. 3326, trevor.stewart@carleton.ca, www.carleton.ca; KE Electrical Services, (613) 839-0351

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  


Jinnergy's HJT PV Module Scores IEC Standard Certification (Int'l)
Jinneng Clean Energy Technology
Date: 2018-01-17
In Shanghai, PV cell and module manufacturer Jinneng Clean Energy Technology Ltd. reports its ultra-high efficiency heterojunction (HJT) module has passed the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) new standards in a test conducted by TUV Rheinland, an independent third-party testing, inspection and certification organization. The new IEC PV module performance and safety standards raised the requirements on design and production of PV modules and established entrance standards to regulate the PV market.

JINERGY follows a technology iteration strategy and has deployed three generations of cutting-edge technology: polycrystalline, Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) monocrystalline and HJT. Among them, HJT is considered to be a bridge for solar cell efficiency to reach 25 pct. (Source: Jinneng Clean Energy Technology Ltd., PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Jinneng Clean Energy Technology Ltd., www.jinnengjt.com; International Electrotechnical Commission, www.iec.ch; TUV Rheinland, www.tuv.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jinneng Clean Energy ,  Solar,  PV Module,  


Solaria Raises $23Mn for Manufacturing Expansion (Ind. Report)
Solaria
Date: 2018-01-17
Freemnont, California-headquartered solar energy and module specialist Solaria reports it has raised $23 million from a syndicate of investors. The new funds will enable the company to expand its manufacturing capacity both in the United States and South Korea, where it makes PV products in collaboration with an OEM manufacturing partner.

Solaria plans to expand its PowerXT module production from 100 MW to 300 MW per yearby the end of 2018. In addition to its PowerXT modules Solaria also manufactures building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) architectural glass products. (Source: Solaria, PV Mag., 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Solaria, Suvi Sharma, CEO, (510) 270- 2500, www.PowerXT@solaria.com, PowerView@solaria.com, www.solaria.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solaria,  Solar,  


Canadian Federal Carbon Tax Rebate Proposal Floated (Reg & Leg)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-01-17
In Ottawa, recently released Canadian government (Lib.) draft legislative proposes that any federal revenues raised by a carbon tax can either be rebated back to any provincial government that hasn't imposed a provincial carbon tax. A rebate could also go directly to individuals or divided between the two. Those province that voluntarily chooses to use the federal carbon price system will get the revenues to use how they see fit. But those that have the system imposed on them -- Saskatchewan and New Brunswick -- for refusing to enact one that meets the minimum requirements could find themselves sidestepped, with Ottawa sending those rebate cheques directly to residents.

As previously reported, Ottawa requires every province to have a system with a minimum $20 per tonne carbon price in place by Jan. 1, 2019, rising by $10 a year until 2022. HERE. (Source: CBC, Various Media, Canadian Press, 15 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  


Does Replacing Coal with Wood Lower CO2 Emissions? -- MIT Report Attached (Ind. Report)
UMass Lowell, MIT
Date: 2018-01-17
New research from researchers at MIT, Climate Interactive, and UMass Lowell has found that that displacing coal with wood for power generation can make climate change worse for many decades or more.

In the new study, Does Replacing Coal with Wood Lower CO2 Emissions? Dynamic Lifecycle Analysis of Wood Bioenergy the researchers -- John Sterman, the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at MIT Sloan School of Management;Juliette Rooney-Varga, Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative; and Lori Siegel, PhD, Senior Modeler for Climate Interactive -- examine the climate impact of replacing coal power generation in the EU and UK with wood pellets sourced from forests in the Southern US..

The researchers found that wood pellets burned in European and UK power plants, such as the Drax facility in North Yorkshire actually emit more CO2 per kilowatt hour than that generated by coal. This is because wood is both less efficient at the point of combustion and has larger processing and supply chain emissions than coal. Their research shows that using wood instead of coal in power generation increases the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, worsening climate change until -- and only if -- the harvested forests regrow.

US forests are a main source for EU wood pellet imports, which have been rising as demand has grown. These forests grow back slowly, so it takes a long time -- 40 years or more -- to repay the initial 'carbon debt' incurred by burning wood instead of coal.

The researchers also explored an increasingly common scenario in which hardwood forests harvested for bioenergy are replaced with faster-growing loblolly pine plantations. Surprisingly, replanting with fast-growing pine plantations worsens the CO2 impact of wood because managed plantations do not sequester as much carbon as natural forests.

The research found that continued growth in wood use, as many predict, will worsen climate change throughout the rest of this century, or longer. This is because the first impact of substituting wood for coal in power generation is an increase in CO2 emissions. For countries using wood bioenergy as a component of their climate policies this could take them backwards. Indeed, bioenergy from wood made up 44 pct of the EU's renewable energy production in 2015.

Critically, the analysis doesn't support continued coal use as it is the most carbon intensive fuel and a major contributor to climate change. The researchers stress energy efficiency, solar, wind and storage as the cheapest, safest, and quickest ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Access the , Does Replacing Coal with Wood Lower CO2 Emissions? Dynamic Lifecycle Analysis of Wood Bioenergy Report HERE. (Source: MIT Sloan School of Management, Jan., 2018) Contact: MIT Sloan School of Management, John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management, (617) 253-1557, mitsloan.mit.edu; Climate Interactive, www.climateinteractive.org; UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative, (978) 934-4000, www.uml.edu/Research/Climate-Change

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  


BESS Scores £28.5Mn Santander Investment (Int'l, Funding)
Santander,Battery Energy Storage Solutions
Date: 2018-01-17
In London, Santander Bank reports it has pumped £28.5 million in project financing into London-headquartered battery builder Battery Energy Storage Solutions Ltd.(BESS).

The funding will help BESS deploy an additional 49MW of battery storage capacity onto the national grid by the end of January, bringing its total capacity to 63MW.

in 2017, BESS raised £50 million in an equity investment round led by New York investment firm Tiger Infrastructure Partners. At that time, BESS had 14MW of batteries installed on the national grid or co-located with solar power plants. By the end of 2018 the company plans to build and operate a portfolio of 100MW of grid scale battery storage assets. (Source: Battery Energy Storage Solutions Ltd., Santander, BusGreen, Jan., 2018) Contact: Battery Energy Storage Solutions Ltd., contact@bestorage.co.uk, www.bestorage.co.uk; Santander Bank, www.santander.co.uk/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Santander,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage Solutions,  


Tesla Powerpack Selected for NZ Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
Mercury NZ
Date: 2018-01-17
New Zealand electric power producer and retailer Mercury NZ, fka MightyRiverPower, reports the selection of Tesla as the provider for a scalable national grid-connected battery trial. Mercury NZ is investing over $2 million to research the integration of 1 Megawatt/2 Megawatt per hour battery technology with New Zealand's electricity system.

The trial involves the Tesla Powerpack 2 large-scale battery and is the same modular, scalable technology installed in Tesla's projects in South Australia and Southern California. The trial will be located at Mercury's R&D facility in South Auckland, which is connected to the national grid and has the capacity to scale battery storage. The project is slated to be underway in August, 2018. (Source: Mercury NZ, NZ Herald, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: Mercury NZ, Fraser Whineray, CEO, +64 9 526 8270, www.mercury.co.nz; Tesla Powerpack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerpack,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


1.5Mn LED Fixtures Installed in Walmart Global Fleet (Ind. Report)
Walmart,General Electric
Date: 2018-01-17
American discount retail juggernaut Walmart is reporting that as a result of its extensive LED lighting program with Current, powered by GE, it has over the past decade installed over 1.5 million energy efficient LED fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in ten countries. According to Walmart, the LED initiative has reduced lighting energy consumption and cut power costs by more than $100 million.

Walmart is also moving aggressively to complete LED and controls retrofits in 100 percent of its distribution centers in the U.S., along with a new initiative to replace all other forms of overhead lighting with LED.

A first-of-its-kind startup, GE Current blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. (Source: Walmart, PR , 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy, http://corporate.walmart.com; GE Current, Karen O.Neil, (857) 265-9133, karen.oneil@ge.com, www.currentbyge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Walmart,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Lighting,  


Idaho School Wins $75K Energy Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2018-01-17
Idaho Power reports it has awarded $74,338.85 in incentives to the new Skyway Elementary School. The funds came through Idaho Power's New Construction Program, which offers cash to commercial and industrial entities to help ease the cost of building with energy efficiency in mind. Things the district, architects and builders added to increase energy efficiency in the building include, but are not limited to, high performance heating and cooling units, a reflective roof treatment and efficient exit signs.

According to a press release from Idaho Power, Skyway's energy savings totaled 368,472 kWh for an annual savings of $38,282.91 (Source: Idaho Power, Idaho Press Tribune, 15 Jan., 2018)Contact: Idaho Power, www.idahopower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


ENVIA's Fuel Believed to Meet US EPA RFS (Ind. Report)
Velocys PLC,ENVIVA
Date: 2018-01-17
Alliance News is reporting London-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys PLC notes that its JV partner ENVIA Energy claims that fuel produced at the Oklahoma City gas-to-liquids plant meets the requirements to be submitted for qualification under the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Accordingly, the facility has submitted numerous Renewable Identification Number (RIN)credits to the US EPA registration system.

Subject to the confirmation of the pathway compliance, all necessary processes to trade the D7 RIN credits will be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

ENVIA's Fischer-Tropsch process creates a drop-in fuel from renewable biogas and pipeline natural gas. For a fuel produced exclusively from renewable feedstock, this equals to RIN values at around $4.0 per gallon . (Source: Velocys PLC, ENVIVA, Alliance News , 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; ENVIVA Energy, www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fischer-Tropsch,  ENVIVA,  RINs,  Velocys PLC,  Renewable Fuels,  


CIBC Atlantic Trust Invests in Aemetis Inc (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-01-17
According to its SEC filing, Atlanta-based CIBC Atlantic Trust Group LLC has purchased 1,468,507 shares of Cupertino, California-based specialty chemicals producer Aemetis tock, Atlantic Trust Group LLC owned 7.41% of Aemetis at the end of the most recent reporting period.

With the purchase, institutional investors now hold almost 18 pct of Aemetis' stock, according to Zacks.

Aemetis, Inc is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the production of fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by conversion of first-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into biorefineries. (Source: Aemetis,Zacks, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; CIBC Atlantic Trust Inc., www.cibcatlantictrust.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  Biochemical,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


Virginia Environmental Center LEED Platinum Certified (Ind. Report)
Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Environmental Center
Date: 2018-01-17
In the Old Dominion State, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Environmental Center reports receipt of the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum Certification for new construction energy efficiency. The center is the first building in the city of Alexandria and Fairfax County to achieve LEED Platinum.

A few of the facility's sustainability highlights include:

  • 13 pct of the building's total energy use comes from renewable energy sources;
  • 24 pct of its construction products were derived from recycled materials; and
  • 36 pct reduction in potable water use. (Source: Alexandria Renew Enterprises Environmental Center, USGBC, ProudGreen Building, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: AlexRenew, Karen Pallansch, CEO, (703) 549-3381, https://alexrenew.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • Green Party of Canada Concerned Liberal Government Weakening National Carbon Pricing System (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Green Party of Canada
    Date: 2018-01-17
    "Reducing the responsibility of the biggest polluters is simply irresponsible," said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). "The Pan-Canadian Framework, negotiated by the federal government with the provinces and territories, is already weak. It is not clear how it can even achieve the Harper target, now endorsed by the Liberals, which itself is too weak to achieve what we pledged in Paris. The federal government cannot afford to lose a single ton of emission reductions.

    "The most recent Environment Canada data show that nearly 40 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions came from just 563 individual operations, mainly power plants, refineries and cement plants. They should be contributing their fair share towards meeting our commitments to slash GHG and avoid going above 1.5 degrees C global average temperature, as promised in Paris. Instead, those big polluters located in provinces that have refused to create their own carbon tax will have a special rate based on a complex pricing mechanism using energy intensity and an average of industry emissions," said Ms. May.

    "With hundreds of millions of dollars a year in federal subsidies still going to the fossil fuel industry - which successive Canadian governments have promised to phase out since 2009 - the Trudeau government is already breaking its promise to Canadians," added Green Party climate critic and meteorologist Richard Zurawski. "The new proposal to give carbon tax breaks to the largest polluters is yet another squandered opportunity to show real leadership in the fight against climate change." (Source: Green Party of Canada, PR, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada, Debra Eindiguer , (613) 240-8921, debra.eindiguer@greenparty.ca, www.greenparty.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax news,  Carbon Tax news,  GHGs news,  


    UK Could Miss Carbon Emissions Targets, says CCC (Int'l)
    Committee on Climate Change.
    Date: 2018-01-17
    In London, according to a reports from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the U.K. could exceed its carbon-emissions targets by 3 pct or more 00 65 million tons of CO2 -- even if all of its green initiatives go exactly to plan.

    The U.K. has legally-binding targets known as carbon budgets to set out a plan to gradually reduce pollution. The fourth carbon budget seeks to cut emissions by 51 pct by the middle of the next decade compared with 1990 levels. It's on track to meet its target for 2020. As previously reported, Germany, Ireland and Belgium probably won't meet their 2020 goals and are likely to exceed their limits. The U.K. is allocating £100 million to research carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Bloomberg, January 16, 2018) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6080, www.theccc.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Lincoln Closes 300MW Texas Wind Farm Financing (Ind. Report)
    Lincoln Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Chicago, Illinois-based I Squared Capital portfolio company Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) reports it has closed project financing for its 300MW Tahoka Wind project in Lynn County, Texas.

    Project construction and term financing is being supplied by Morgan Stanley, while long-term tax equity is being provided by BHE Renewables. for the project. The wind farm will incorporate 120, GE 2.5-127 wind turbines as well as long term services.

    According to LCE, the company has developed over 1.8GW of renewable projects across California, New Jersey, and Texas since 2011. In 2017, the company installed a total of 503MW of wind energy. (Source: Lincoln Clean Energy, CTBR, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452, info@lincolnclean.com, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lincoln Clean Energy ,  Wind,  


    Phoenix Pegs GHG Emissions Reduction Goal at 30 pct (Ind. Report)
    City of Phoenix
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the sunny Southwest, Phoenix City Council is reporting approval of a new goal to reduce citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 pct below 2012 levels by 2025. The 30 pct reduction target keeps Phoenix on track to achieve its 2016 commitment to a 80 pct GHG reduction by 2050 -- a goal that allows the city to exceed the requirements of the Paris Climate Accord to which the city remains committed.

    The City Council has instructed to the appropriate city agencies to identify possible actions to help the City reach its goal: accelerating the transition to electric vehicles and alternate transportation; significantly increasing trees and shade in Phoenix; improving energy efficiency of new and existing buildings; and expanding options to purchase clean energy.

    Last year the city of 4,574,351 residents committed to reducing GHG emissions by 40 pctby 2025 within its own facilities and operations. (Source: City of Phoenix, AZBig Media, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Phoenix, www.coolphoenix.com, www.phoenix.gov/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


    UPM Biofuels Scores RSB Sustainability Certification for Carinata Biofuel Feedstock (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    UPM Biofuel,Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Helsinki, Finland-headquartered UPM Biofuels is reporting receipt of a sustainability certificate from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for the cultivation of Brassica carinata (Carinata) as an oilseed crop specially designed for sustainable production of biofuels.

    The RSB certification in biofuel feedstock production complements UPM Biofuels' existing sustainability certifications like International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) and RSB certifications for its UPM BioVerno biofuel production.

    RSB is one of the European Commission's approved voluntary schemes used to show compliance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive's sustainability criteria. In addition to EU RED criteria, the sustainability of biofuels is evaluated against 12 principles which have been approved by a wide variety of stakeholders, including NGOs and UN agencies. (Source: UPM Kymmene Corporation, NASDAQ, PR, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: RSP, Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir., rolf.hogan@rsb.org, www.rsb.org; UPM Biofuels Development, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials news,  UPM news,  Carinata news,  Biofuel news,  Biofuel Feedstochk news,  


    VLC Energy Connects Battery Energy Storage to UK Grid (Int'l)
    VLC Energy,LG Chem
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the UK, VLC Energy, a joint venture between developer Low Carbon and VPI Immingham, reports it has connected the 40MW battery park in Glassenbury, Kent, and a 10MW battery park in Cleator in Cumbria, to the national grid.

    The two developments use LG Chem lithium-ion battery modules and energy management systems from NEC. The service is expected to save the system operator an estimated £200 million over four years by enabling "ultra-fast system balancing" (Source: VLC Energy, Energyst, CleanEnergy, Others, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: VLC Energy, www.vlcenergy.com; VPI Immingham, +44 1469 565800, www.vitol.com; LG Chem, www.lgchem.com/global/main

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  LG Chem,  lithium-ion battery,  


    $14Mn Sought for Aussie Landfill Gas Power Plant (Int'l Report)
    Sunshine Coast Council
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the Land Down Under, the Sunshine Coast Council reports it is seeking a $14 million bid to expand the Nambour landfill and develop a landfill gas power plant to generate electricity.

    The first stage of the proposed five-stage expansion, which is expected to extend landfill's life by 22 years, is expected to be operational by 2027. The electricity generated will be fed back into the grid. (Source: Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Coast Daily, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: Sunshine Coast Council, www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  


    OPPD's Retail Sales 30 pct Renewables in 2017 (Ind. Report)
    Omaha Public Power District
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the Sooner State, the Omaha Public Power District reports that 30 pct of its retail power sales in 2017 were from renewable, primarily wind, energy sources. its retail energy sales in 2017. The traditionally coal-dependent utility's 2016 retail sales were just 13 percent. OPPD aims to achieve 50 pct renewable energy sales by 2020. (Source: OPPD, Omaha World Herald, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: OPPD, Tim Burke, Pres., CEO, (877) 536-4131, www.oppd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Omaha Public Power District,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    Green Bond to Fund Engie Renewables Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Engie
    Date: 2018-01-15
    French utility Engie reports it has issued a green hybrid bond to fund renewable energy or energy efficiency projects, as well as related R&D projects. The €1 billion bond, with an interest rate of 1.375 pct, cannot be called until April 2023, the utility stated. As a subordinated perpetual bond, it would continually pay interest until redeemed. It is intended to replace two other bonds: one worth €600 million and another worth €300 million. The bond has been rated Baa1, BBB and BBB+ from Moody's, S&P and Fitch respectively.

    Engie, which has operating wind assets and projects under development in more than 20 countries, also owns and develops onshore wind and solar projects worldwide.totaling 1.77GW of installed capacity, which it aims to grow to around 3GW by 2021. (Source: Engie, Windpower, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Engie, www.engie.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie,  Renewable Energy,  Green Bond,  


    sPower Purchases Vests Wind Turbine Componants (Ind. Report)
    sPower,Vestas
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Salt Lake City-headquartered renewable energy supplier sPower reports it has placed an order with Vestas, in a first-time partnership, for 2- and 4-MW compatible turbine components that qualify for 80 pct of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and enable 400 MW of future project development.

    Wind energy is reportedly expected to generate more than $85 billion of economic activity in the U.S., including an addition of nearly 50,000 jobs across the wind value chain. (Source: sPower, Various Media, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: sPower, Ryan Creamer, CEO, Naomi Keller, VP Marketing, (801) 679-3514, nkeller@sPower.com, www.sPower.com; Vestas, Chris Brown, President United States and Canada, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News sPower,  Vestas,  Wind,  


    Companies Quickly Adopting Carbon Pricing Schemes (Int'l Report)
    CDP,OECD
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The Economist is reporting that 41 OECD and G20 governments have announced either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade scheme, or both. Add state and local schemes, and they cover 15 pct of the world's emissions, up from 4 pct in 2010.

    Of the approximate 6,100 worldwide companies that report climate-related data to CDP, 607 now claim to use "internal carbon prices" while 782 say they will introduce similar measures within two years. Total annual revenues of these 1,389 carbon-price champions amount to $7 trillion, according to the Economist.

    CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to help manage their environmental impacts. (Source: CDP,Economist, Jan., 2017) Contact: CDP, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Pricing,  


    Big Apple vs Big Oil Over Climate Change Disasters (Ind. Report)
    New York City,BP, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell,Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The New York City government is commencing legal action against "Big Oil" -- BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell -- in an effort to hold them responsible for present and future damage to the city from climate change. The sBig Apple's suit claims the companies together produced 11 pct of all of global-warming gases and that companies and that the oil industry in general has long been aware of the consequences of their processes and products but sought to obscure them.

    Although the City's legal strategy has been embraced by several California cities and counties, prior lawsuits seeking to blame companies for their role in causing climate change have generally been unsuccessful. For example, in 2017, California's Marin County, San Mateo County and the cities of Imperial Beach, San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz took legal action related to climate change on the grounds that the oil companies were "public nuisances" and caused injury to the localities under common law. (Source: City of New York, Washington Post, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office of New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General, https://ag.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City,  Climate Change,  BP,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Chevron,  Conoco-Phillips,  ExxonMobil,  


    Vail Resorts Moving to Renewables, Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    Vail Resorts
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Broomfield, Colorado-based Vail Resorts reports it has contracted with Schneider Electric subsidiary Renewable Choice Energy, based in Boulder, Colo., to help identify and implement renewable energy projects that it can either purchase, fund, or purchase power from as part of its comprehensive sustainability commitment and goal of utilizing 100 pct renewable energy.

    Vail Resorts is not necessarily seeking projects or PPAs from states where it has operations. State where Vail has no operations, ie Pennsylvania or Nebraska, would qualify. Many cities and some counties where Vail does business have adopted 100 pct renewable goals, among them South Lake Tahoe, Breckenridge and Park City. The utilities that serve these resorts have also generally agreed to work with the localities to push the clean-energy agenda. (Source: Vail Resorts, Mountain Town News, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vail Resorts, Auden Schendler, VP Sustainability, Rob Katz, CEO, (303) 404-1800, www.vailresorts.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vail Resorts,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Neutrality,  


    UCLA Addresses Air Travel GHG Emissions Impact (Ind. Report)
    UCLA
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) reports the launch of a program to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from university business-related air travel. The pilot program, which will run from January 2018 through December 2020, imposes a $9 carbon mitigation fee to domestic round-trip flights and a $25 fee to be applied to international round-trip flights.

    Air travel mitigation fees will be added to a fund that a fund that will help finance finance university projects that make a measurable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

    Air travel emissions account for approximately 5 pct of UCLA's greenhouse gas emissions, and have continued to grow during the last several years. UCLA is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which specifies that each institution decrease its emissions. UCLA's Sustainable Practices Policy also has a sustainable transportation component which includes a guideline regarding business-related air travel greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to a comprehensive carbon neutrality commitment. (Source: UCLA Newsroom, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: UCLA, Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.sustain.ucla.edu/airtravelfund , sustainability.ucr.edu/docs/acupcc-ig.pdf; American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, http://secondnature.org/climate-guidance/the-commitments

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  


    British Columbia's Carbon Emissions on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2018-01-15
    According to the most recent data from the Canadian Province of British Columbia, the province's 2015 carbon emissions were estimated at 63.3 million tonnes of carbon equivalent, an increase of 1.6 pct above the previous year and only 2 pct less than in 2007 -- a far shot from its original legislated 33 pct emissions reductions by 2020 over 2007 levels.

    The province's previous Liberal government conceded that the 2020 target would not be met and renewed a target of reducing emissions 80 pct by 2050 while dismissing a 40 pct by 2030 target as recommended by a climate panel it had commissioned. The present NDP government notes that the 2015 emissions were offset by 1.7 million tonnes of forestry offsets, reducing the emissions to 61.7 million tonnes. (Source: Various Media, Vancouver Sun, 12 Jan., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Caron Emissions,  


    Veolia Acquires Hungarian Biomass CHP Plant (Int'l, M&A)
    Veolia Environnement
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Veolia Environnement SA reports its Hungarian subsidiary Veolia Energia Magyarorszag Zrt has completed the acquisition of a 98 pct stake in Bakonyi Eromu Zrtthe, operator of a biomass-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Hungary. The 1992 vintage plant burns primarily woody biomass and agricultural by-products to 131.6 MW of power and 360 MW of heat.

    Financial and other details of the acquisition have not been released. (Source: Veolia Environnement, Renewables, Others, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Veolia Environnement, www.veolia.com/en; Bakonyi Eromu Zrtthe, +36 88 211 355, info@mail.bakonyi.hu, www.bakonyi.hu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  Biomass,  


    Char Technologies Touts CleanFyre Biocoal (New Prod & Tech)
    Char Technologies,Altech Technologies Systems
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Mississauga, Ontario-based Char Technologies reports its recently acquired JV Altech Group, which is comprised of Altech Environmental Consulting Ltd. and Altech Technologies Systems Inc., plans to commercialize CleanFyre, a biocoal fuel designed to to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions without significant capital expenditures.

    "CleanFyre will leverage both Altech's experience and expertise, and CHAR's platform pyrolysis technology, the same technology used to create SulfaCHAR, to create a solution with strong market pull and significant growth opportunity," according to Char Technologies CEO, Andrew White. (Source: Char Technologies, Biomass Mag,, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Char Technologies, Andrew White, CEO, www.sulfachar.com; Altech Technologies Systems, www.altech-group.com/altech-technology-systems-inc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Altech,  Biocoal,  


    SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development, Commercialization Center Prototype Awarded $6.6Mn (Funding)
    SUNY Alfred
    Date: 2018-01-15
    Following on our June 19, 2017 coverage, Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a further $6.6 million in grant funding for the proposed SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The $14.2 million project previously received about $6.1 million in the form of four grants, from Empire State Development, the state Dormitory Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission and the federal Economic Development Administration.

    The grant funding will enable construction to begin on the biorefinery prototype, which could be operational within 24 months. The prototype will utilize a patented hot water extraction process to separate chemical byproducts from regionally sourced low-grade wood, biomass crops and agricultural residuals. In addition to acting as a training center, the BDCC will focus on forest conservation, industrial development and environmental preservation.

    Almost one-quarter of the facility's end product contains marketable sugars and chemicals that can be used as animal feed or turned into ethanol, methanol or acetic acid. The remaining thee-quarters is chipped wood with a superior cellulose quality that can be turned into high-end pellets for home heating, composite lumber, or other products such as biodegradable plastic, cellulosic nano materials, platform bio-chemicals, food additives, advanced technology biomaterials, biofuels and acetic acid. (Source: SUNY Alfred, Oleans Time Herald, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alfred State Univ., SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center , (800)425-3733, www.alfredstate.edu; Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700, www.arc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Alfred State College,  SUNY,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Bioproducts,  


    Akron Office Tower County's First PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
    Development Finance Authority of Summit County,PACE
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In Akron, Ohio, the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, formerly known as the Summit County Port Authority, reports it will issue $8.5 million in property-assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds to cover the cost of extensive energy efficiency upgrades to the PNC Bank building in central Akron. The bond sales will be repaid over the next 18 years at an average rate of about $477,000 annually attached to the skyscraper's property tax bill.

    The project, which will be the first PACE financed project in Summit County, will be completed by Columbus-headquartered energy services specialist Plug Smart. The PNC building is owned by Cascade Plaza Associates. (Source: Akron Beacon-Journal, 13 Jan., 2018) Contact: Plug Smart, (800) 518-5576, www.plugsmart.com; Development Finance Authority of Summit County, (330) 762-4776, www.developmentfinanceauthority.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Enewrgy Efficiency,  Plug Smart,  


    South Korean Ethanol Imports Jump by 39 pct (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2018-01-15
    According to a Korea Customs Service release, South Korea's ethanol imports increased 39 by 39 pct year on year to 261,584 mt in 2017. Imports from the US led the way with 78 pct of total imports, followed by Pakistan at 10 pct and South Africa at 6 pct.

    Denatured ethanol imports grew by 238 pct over the year to 117,782 mt in 2017, while undenatured ethanol imports slid 6 pct year on year to 143,802 mt in 2017.

    In December, South Korea imported 33,922 mt of denatured ethanol, up 5.5 pct from November, primarily from the US with 79 pct, 13 pct from Pakistan and 5 pct from South Africa (5%). For undenatured ethanol, 62 pct of imports came from Australia, 25 pct from Cambodia and 7 pct from Pakistan.

    South Korea exported 24,750 mt of ethanol in 2017, up 14 pct year on year, primarily to Japan. In December, South Korean ethanol exports fell 20.5 pct month on month to 1,612 mt., according to Platts. (Source: Hellenic News, Platts, Others, Jan., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  


    Google Touts Energy Efficient Calif. Campus Plans (Ind. Report)
    Google,USGBC
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The U.S. tech juggernaut GOOGLE reports the selection of the Copenhagen, London and New York based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) of architects, designers, and builders for its sprawling new "Caribbean" campus in Sunnyvale, California. BIG previously designed GOOGLE'S Charleston East and London facilities.

    The Caribbean campus will be centered around two, five-story buildings and having a total floor space of 505,078 square feet and 537,000 square feet, respectively. The Caribbean campus is slated for US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED gold certification and will focus on energy efficiency and minimizing water usage, including the planting of native, low-water greenery. The office interiors will feature natural daylight, while some degree of solar power and graywater recycling is expected. (Source: Google, USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding, Jan., 2018) Contact: Bjarke Ingels Group, www.big.dk; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Cleveland Convention Center Ups Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Huntington Convention Center
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the "Best Location in the Nation", Cleveland's Huntington Convention Center (HCC) reports last years LED lighting energy efficiency project replacement of metal-halide light bulbs with LED technology bulbs has significantly reduced the facility's power usage and maintenance without a loss of illumination. The LED bulb replacement project also qualified for a 24-month energy rebate program through local utility companies.

    In 2017, the LEED Gold-certified HCC and Global Center signed on as a partner with the Cleveland 2030 District, a movement to create high-performance building districts throughout Greater Cleveland aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of building construction and operations by reducing energy consumption. (Source: HCC, Trade Show News Network, 10 Jan., 2018)Contact: 2030 Districts, Cleveland 2030 District, www.2030districts.org/cleveland; Huntington Convention Center, (216) 428-1600, www.clevelandconventions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Google,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    Borrego Building 1-MW San Diego County Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Borrego Solar
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the Golden State, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) reports Borrego Solar Systems has begun construction of a solar power system expected to generate sufficient electric power to meet 60 pct of SDCEO's Linda Vista administrative center's power needs and save $282,000 per year in energy costs.

    The project is slated to be operational this spring. The solar shade structure installation will offset approximately 1,300 metric tpy of carbon dioxide -- equivalent to removing nearly 280 cars from the road for a year. Borrego Solar and SDCOE are also planning a 106-kilowatt solar project at Camp Cuyamaca. (Source: San Diego County Office of Education, Borrego Solar, Jan., 2018) Contact: San Diego County Office of Education, (858) 292-3522, www.sdcoe.net; Borrego Solar, Mike Hall, CEO, Dan Berwick, VP Strategy, Business Dev., (888) 898-6273, www.borregosolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Borrego Solar ,  Solar,  


    Penn State Landmark Awarded LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    US GBC
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In University Park, Penn State University reports it recently renovated iconic Steidle Building has earned US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification. The building as designed and constructed by renowned U.S. architect Charles Klauder in 1929.

    Steidle Building improvements -- which helped secure LEED Silver certification -- include: implementation of energy-efficient systems; structural improvements; extensive use of recycled materials; HVAC occupancy sensors; LED lighting with occupancy sensors and ability to self-adjust based on natural light; double glazed windows; increased interior and exterior wall and roof insulation insulation; low-flow energy-efficient fume hoods and snorkels; and others. (Source: Penn State News, Jan., 2018) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Ontario Earmarks $200Mn for School Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-01-15
    More than 600 schools in the Canadian Province of Ontario are expected to share $200 million in proceeds from the provincial cap-and-trade program. The funds are earmarked for school energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installation province wide. energy efficient.

    The cap-and-trade cash is part of the $1.4 billion schools received this fiscal year fora backlog of repairs and other work estimated at $15 billion. (Star: Ontario Ministry of Education, Star, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, mitziehunter.onmpp.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-01-12
    "(The United States) could conceivably go back in to the Paris climate agreement but it would have to be under terms that don't punish the country for its wealth of fossil fuels. Frankly, it's an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because, as usual, they made a bad deal." US Pres. Donald J. Trump, 10 Jan., 2018

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


    Denmark Sets 2017 Wind Energy Production (Int'l Report)
    Denmark
    Date: 2018-01-12
    In Copenhagen, the Danish energy organization danskenergi.dk is reporting that 43.6 pct -- 14,700 GWh -- of Denmark's electric power consumption in 2017 was supplied by wind energy. There were approximately 6,100 wind turbines were in service in Denmark in 2017.

    By 2020, wind is expected to deliver 50 pct of Denmark's electric power with solar and sustainable biomass adding 30 pct, according to according to the Danish Energy Authority. (Source: danskenergi.de, Plametsave, Jan., 2018) Contact: danskenergi.de, www.danskenergy.de; Danish Ministry of Energy and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister, Finn Mortensen, Exec. Dir., +45 2249 6511, fim@stateofgreen.com, https://stateofgreen.com/en/profiles/the-danish-ministry-of-climate-and-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Denmark Wind,  


    Wash. State Gov. Inslee Pushing Carbon Tax Plan (Reg & Leg)
    Washington State
    Date: 2018-01-12
    Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D)on Tuesday unveiled details of his latest effort to get legislative approval on a new $20 per metric ton of carbon emissions tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

    If passed, the bill would come into force on July 1, 2019 and increase annually by 3.5 pct over inflation. The tax would raise about $1.5 billion over the first two years and an estimated $3.3 billion over the next four years.

    Half of the revenue from the tax -- which would be paid by power plants and fuel importers but would ultimately come down on consumers -- would be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as programs to expand opportunities for renewable energy at both homes and utilities, and research of clean energy technology. An additional 35 pct would go into flood management and storm water infrastructure, and would also be used to reduce risks of wildfires.

    It's estimated the tax could result in a residential electricity price increase of about 5 percent, a residential gas price increase of about 10 percent; gasoline prices could rise between 6 to 9 percent by 2035, according to policy officials briefing. (Source: Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, K5 News, Others, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: Wash. State Gov. Jay Inslee, (360) 902-4111, www.governor.wa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Washington State,  


    NJ Plans Climate Alliance, Renewed RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Climate Alliance,Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2018-01-12
    The NJ Spotlight is reporting legislation (S-3317) is pending passage in the Garden State legislature that, if passed, would see New Jersy join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a multi-state initiative to curb carbon pollution in the wake of the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord.

    The Alliance is committed to working cooperatively with 13 other states to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accord and to strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information, and implement new programs to curb GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy.

    New Jersey was a founding member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), but withdrew from RGGI in 2012 during the reign of presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Chritie (R) who, in typical Trump terminology, called the program "gimmicky" and a "failure." The state is now expected to rejoin RGGI. (Source: NJ Spotlight, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Chris Christie,  RGGI,  


    NH Opts for Energy Efficiency Funding Over Rebates (Ind. Report)
    RGGI
    Date: 2018-01-12
    In Concord, the News Tribune is reporting New Hampshire legislators have given preliminary approved to HOuse Bill 592. The bill redirects about $6 per year per individual rate payers from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program to fund energy efficiency and weatherization programs for municipalities, schools and low-income residents.

    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, News Tribune, Others, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Eff,  


    Better Buildings Challenge Participant Progress Reported – Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Better Buildings CHallenge
    Date: 2018-01-12
    According to the attached US DOE Better Buildings Progress Report, energy saving initiatives and programs by hundreds of organizations have resulted in a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.

    As noted in the report, over 345 private and public sector organizations have committed to improving their energy efficiency across their entire building portfolio by at least 20 pct within a decade.

    Download the US DOE Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, Energy Manager, Various Media., January 9, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Better Buildings Challenge,  


    Lafarge Cement Researching Low-Carbon Fuel (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Lafarge
    Date: 2018-01-12
    Cement manufacturing giant Lafarge Canada Inc, in cooperation with the University of Calgary, Queen’s University and Pembina Institute, is carrying out a million-dollar study on the environmental benefits of introducing lower-carbon fuels at its Exshaw Cement plant in Alberta, Canada.

    Eight lower-carbon fuels will be put under closer scrutiny, including renovation/demolition waste, non-recyclable plastic, carpets and textiles, shingles, treated wood products, tire-derived fuels and rubber. These fuels have been successfully used at other Lafarge cement works in Canada and around the world. The research will also measure the environmental aspects of sourcing, processing and full-scale commercial operation of each alternative fuel compared with fossil fuels.

    Project funding is being provided by Alberta Innovates, Emissions Reduction Alberta, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. It includes research by Millenium EMS Solutions Ltd, Geocycle and WSP Global Inc. (Source: Lafarge Canada, CEMNET, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lafarge Canada, Rob Cumming, Environmental Director , (403) 292-1555, www.lafarge-na.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lafarge news,  Low-Carbon Fuel news,  Alternative Fuel news,  Cement news,  

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