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S. Korea Plans Additional 12GW Wind Power by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Korean Energy Ministry
Date: 2018-06-27
In Seoul, the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy reports the country will add 12 gigawatt of new wind power capacity by 2030. The new energy road map aims to acquire 48.7 GW of new clean energy sources, with 12 GW of them coming from wind power plants.

Initially, the government plans to establish 500 MW-class wind turbines in coastal areas and explore ways to converge them with shipping, ship building and other marine-based industries. It also aims to create large-scale floating wind farms. (Source: Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, The Investor, 28 June, 2018)Contact: Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, english.motie.go.kr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Korea Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


Aussie Study Values Inland Wetlands Carbon Storage Stocks (Int'l)
Deakin University
Date: 2018-06-27
In the Land Down Under, researchers from the Deakin School of Life and Environmental Sciences' Blue Carbon Lab are reporting that Victoria state's inland wetlands lock away the annual emissions of 185,000 people. Victoria has about 530,000 hectares of inland wetlands, which include marshes, peatlands, pools and lakes, making up about 2.33 pct of the state's land area. The figure is part the state's first tally of its valuable environmental resources which came to three million tpy of CO2.

In total, the researchers estimated Victoria's inland wetlands had a soil carbon stock of 68 million tons, worth about $6 billion under Australia's most recent carbon price.

According to lead researcher Dr Paul Carnell, "While a lot more is known about how trees suck up and store carbon, freshwater wetlands can actually sequester 20 to 40 times more carbon than forests on dry land."

The study was funded by the Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The study, published in the journal Global Change Biology. (Source: Deakin University, PR, 26 June 2018) Contact: Deakin University, Dr Paul Carnell, Lead Researcher, +61 3 924 43902, paul.carnell@deakin.edu.au, www.deakin.edu.au: Blue Carbon, http://bluecarbonlab.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  Blue Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  


Urban Forest, Tropical Rainforest Carbon Storage Capacity Nearly Equal (Ind. Report)
Carbon Storage
Date: 2018-06-27
In the UK, a new University College London (UCL) study published in Carbon Balance and Management used publicly-available airborne LiDAR data collected by the UK Environment Agency, combined with ground-based LiDAR measurements, to generate a map of carbon stored in an estimated 85,000 trees across the London Borough of Camden. The study found that urban areas store up to 178 tonnes of carbon per ha, in comparison to the median value for tropical rainforests of 190 tonnes of carbon per ha.

According to Treeconomics the services provided by urban trees in Greater London are estimated to be worth £133 million per annum. The carbon storage capacity of urban trees alone is valued to be worth £4.8 million per annum in Greater London, or £17.80 per tree.

The research study was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, in part through the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). (Source: University College London, earth.com, 25 June, 2018) Contact: University College London, Natasha Downes, +44 (0)20 3108 3844, n.downes @ucl.ac.uk, www.ucl.ac.uk said lead author on the study, Dr Phil Wilkes (UCL Geography). UCL Geography LiDAR research group.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Biodiesel Producers Support Biodiesel Tax Credit (Ind. Report)
NBB
Date: 2018-06-27
In a recent National Biodiesel Board (NBB) letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), and Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the NBB wrote:

"On behalf of a diverse community of biodiesel producers, feedstock providers, blenders, fuel marketers and consumers, we are pleased to announce that we have united around a single position -- to maintain and extend the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level.

"The blenders credit has worked successfully to build a robust biodiesel and renewable diesel industry -- 100 million gallons in 2005 to nearly 2.6 billion gallons in 2017. The tax credit is an important demand stimulus, which improves plant efficiencies, encourages investment in U.S. distribution infrastructure and supports high-paying jobs throughout the country, while providing fuels that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On top of this, it has afforded customers such as the trucking industry and heating oil users fuels that are more economic and environmentally competitive.

"Extending the biodiesel blenders credit will allow us to continue to provide the economic and environmental benefits associated with the program.

"Unfortunately, the uncertainty caused by the "on-again, off-again" tempo of legislative extensions, including the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which retroactively extended the biodiesel tax incentives through the end of 2017, has somewhat frustrated our sector's ability to anticipate the availability of the incentives and make the necessary investments. This severely disrupts access to capital, as well as the ability to hire and expand. Given that Congress has frequently extended the credit retroactively, market participants have come to reasonably rely on the credit being retroactively extended when undertaking business and investment decisions. Accordingly, the undersigned trade associations and companies urge Congress to restore the tax credit as soon as possible.

"To provide certainty in planning, we believe Congress should extend the full $1.00 per gallon tax credit for 2018 and 2019. Beyond that, we are seeking long-term certainty, including a permanent tax incentive at a level that will continue to foster growth in the domestic biodiesel market.

"Since the credit's inception, the market responded as Congress intended. We urge Congress to extend this successful program."

In addition to NBB, the letter was signed by the Advanced Biofuels Association, the American Trucking Associations, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Renderers Association, NATSO, Representing America's Travel Centers and Truckstops, New England Fuels Institute, Petroleum Marketers Association of America, and Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 25 June, , 2018) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NBB,  Biodiesel,  Bioodiesel Tax Credit,  


Notable Quotes and Duly Noted
TOTAL
Date: 2018-06-27
"To be honest with you, we don't consider biofuels the best policy. Biofuels are not the best way to eliminate CO2 emissions. It's not possible."

"(The U.S.) renewable fuel program was a mistake done by the Congress some years ago. Congress erred by basing the standard on reaching some volumes as an absolute number and not as a percentage." -- Patrick Pouyanne, CEO of French energy giant TOTAL

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  RFS,  


BP, Elion Partner on Forestry Carbon Offset Program (Int'l)
BP, Elion Group
Date: 2018-06-27
In Beijing, Elion Group and BP are reporting the signing of a carbon emission purchase contract for Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions (CCERs) from the forestry sector.

With the purchase of CCERS, BP will support the existing carbon stocks on nearly 1,400 sq. kilometers of desert oasis in the Inner Mongolia Kubuqi Desert. This agreement will also provide further support to Elion to further develop projects on ecological restoration in China, including the ongoing Kubuqi Desert ecosystem restoration project.

Elion is helping to accelerate the development of China's green finance, through the design and deployment of tools to help promote social capital investment in local environmental projects. (Source: Elion Group, BP, ACROFAN, 26 June, 2018)Contact: Elion Group, www.elion.com.cn.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  BP,  CERs,  


Orsted Unloading Danish Power Distribution, Residential Customer Businesses (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2018-06-27
Danish offshore wind major Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- reports it plans to divest its power distribution and residential businesses in favour of increased emphisise on "green" energy and offshore wind opportunities in existing and new markets. The company invests DKK 15-20 billion per, 85 pct of which is dedicated to offshore wind.

Proceeds from the potential divestment will be included in the company's overall capital planning where the priorities are to maintain the company's BBB+/Baa1 rating, maintain the current dividend policy and complete value-creating investments in renewables. Excess capital will be returned to the shareholders. (Source: Orsted, PR, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Orsted, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  Offshore Wind,  


Siemens' Green Ammonia Project Set for Launch (Int'l Report)
Siemens,Siemens Corporate Technologies
Date: 2018-06-27
Siemens Corporate Technologies is reporting it will launch a £1.5 million ($2 million) demonstration project at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire in the UK to showcase the potential of using "green ammonia" for energy storage or fuel.

The project, which was developed in partnership with Oxford University and the University of Cardiff, aims to show that renewable power can be used to split water to produce hydrogen, which can then be combined with nitrogen extracted from the air to make ammonia. This can then be stored and transported for future use as a carbon-free fuel producing only water and nitrogen.

Other partners in the project include the Sciences and Technology Facilities Council and Innovate UK. (Source: Siemens Corporate Technologies, The Chemical Engineer, June, 2018) Contact: Siemens Corporate Technologies, Ian Wilkinson, Programme Manager, (609) 734-6500, www.siemens.com/global/en/home/company/.../corporate-technology.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amonia,  Siemens,  


Foresight Acquires German Anaerobic Digestion Portfolio (M&A, Int'l)
Foresight Group
Date: 2018-06-27
London-based infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight Group is reporting the acquisition of five operational anaerobic digestion (AD) plants totaling 17 MWe equivalent of electricity and biomethane from Germany's Lindhorst Gruppe.

Including this acquisition, Foresight's renewable energy portfolio will include 20 AD plants in Germany and the UK totaling 154 MW cpacity. (Source: Foresight Group, Renewables, 26 JUne, 2018) Contact: Foresight Group, http://www.foresightgroup.com; Lindhorst Gruppe, +49 5143 98100, www.lindhorst-gruppe.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  Foresight Group,  


Active Energy Raises £1Mn for Woody Biomass CoalSwitch Commercialization (Int'l Report, Funding)
Active Energy
Date: 2018-06-27
Further to our June 20 coverage, London-headquartered renewable energy firm Active Energy reports it has raised £1 million in capital by the release of 33.3 million new ordinary shares of 1p each at a price of 3p per share.

The funds will be used to develop the company's forestry management operations and bring its coal replacement fuel CoalSwitch biomass technology to commercialization. (Source: Active Energy, Energy Voice, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  Biomass,  Biocoal,  CoalSwitch,  


Minnesota Residential Energy Code Update on Hold (Reg & Leg)
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Date: 2018-06-27
In St. Paul, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry have delayed a decision by several months on building code standards related to energy use for newly constructed homes. The agency indicated that it would wait for the results of a federal performance study of the new, model 2018 residential energy code developed by the International Code Council.

Minnesota law requires updating building standards every six years. A delay could mean pushing residential energy code updates to 2024. Advocates argue the update would reduce carbon emissions and save homebuyers money, while homebuilders contend it would yield few benefits for the added cost. A DOE study that looked at impact of continuously upgrading residential energy codes found the cumulative energy cost savings in Minnesota would be $2.3 billion from 2010 to 2040 and avoid 14.3 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

Minnesota's present 2015 residential energy code is based on the International Code Council's 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). (Source: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Energy News Network, June, 2018) Contact: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, www.doli.state.mn.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Riverside PUC Approves Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Riverside Public Utilities
Date: 2018-06-27
In the Golden State, the City of Riverside city council is reporting the recent approval of eight energy efficiency programs specifically designed for commercial and residential customers. The programs, funded through the state-mandated public benefits charge, help Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) customers lower their utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the Small Business Direct Installation Program participants receive up to $2,000 worth of energy efficiency improvements for their business, through a city-approved vendor, at no cost. The estimated average savings could be as much as $300 per year.

Under the Residential Program, customers will receive as much as $1,000 worth of energy efficiency upgrades, such as air conditioning tune-ups and LED lighting, for their homes delivered by an RPU-approved contractor at no cost. The estimated average savings could be as much as $150 per year.

A newly-approved Business Outdoor Lighting Direct Installation Program allows an approved RPU vendor to convert a business' existing energy-intensive outdoor lighting to new, energy-efficient, LED lighting to create substantial savings.

All of these programs are made possible through RPU's participation in the Southern California Public Power Association (SCPPA), a joint powers agency comprised of 11 municipal utilities and one irrigation district around Southern California. (Source; Riverside Public Utilities, Inland Empire, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Riverside Public Utilities, www.RiversidePublicUtilities.com; SCPPA , www.SCPPA.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Ice Energy Reports Argo Infrastructure Partners Funding Agreement (Ind. Report, Funding)
Ice Energy,Argo Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2018-06-27
Costa Mesa, California-based Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, reports it has entered into a long-term funding agreement with private equity manager Argo Infrastructure Partners LLC.

The investment establishes a strategic relationship that begins with $40 million in funding for Ice Energy and its current projects, which are supported by long-term utility contracts to manage peak power demand and load shifting.

Argo Infrastructure Partners is an independent investment manager that invests in high-quality regulated and contracted infrastructure assets, targeting returns through sustainable cash yields and long-term capital appreciation.

With over $2 billion in assets under management on behalf of institutional investors, Argo manages an investment portfolio that includes a 330 MW ISO-interconnecting bi-directional power transmission system; power generation assets that provide the majority of electricity demand load for Pueblo, Colorado; Duquesne Energy, the regulated electric transmission and distribution utility serving over 500,000 customers in the Pittsburgh area; and two water utilities, including one serving the city of Bayonne, NJ.

Ice Energy's thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter energy storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, as well as for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. The company has installed 15 MW) of energy storage, has contracts to install another 30 MW, and has a pipeline of over 400 MW. The company is expanding quickly in the U.S. and internationally. (Source: Ice Energy, PR 26 June, 2018) Contact: Argo Infrastructure Partners, Hugh Au, Senior VP, info@argoip.com, www.argoip.com; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232, info@ice-energy.com, www.ice-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  thermal energy storage,  


Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) and Bill Gates Working on Energy Storage Deal
Alphabet
Date: 2018-06-26
GOOGL – A molten-salt project could be spun out of Gates’ energy fund. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is considering spinning out an energy storage product which the company has been working on, and big name investors are said to be interested. Reports indicate that Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures may be calling dibs. CNBC has the details on Google’s potential spinoff. Google parent company Alphabet is in discussions to spin out a molten-salt energy storage project in a transaction with Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund devoted to energy research, MIT Technology Review reported. It is unclear if a deal has been finalized or how much money may be involved. Google’s project is code-named Project Malta, and it’s being led by Nobel Prize winner Robert Laughlin. The goal of the project is to store thermal energy which has been converted from solar and wind electricity into massive tanks of molten salt. The theory behind the plans suggests this would be a cheaper and more efficient technique for longer-term storage of renewable energy. In addition to Gates, the fund includes investors such as Jeff Bezos and Jack Ma. Alphabet Inc Class A shares rose $0.72 (+0.06%) in premarket trading Tuesday. Year-to-date, GOOGL has gained 8.15%, versus a 2.42% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period. GOOGL currently has a StockNews.com POWR Rating of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #2 of 51 stocks in the Internet category. Jun 26, 2018 | 7:19am | By StockNews.com Staff Alphabet

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alphabet news,  


Notable Quotes and Worth Noting
RFS
Date: 2018-06-25
"Pruitt needs to understand that his actions to continue to grant (RFS "hardship") waivers, now retroactively, to oil refineries is undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard -- a program that Administrator Pruitt told Congress he was committed to upholding." -- Sen. Joni Ernst, (Iowa-R) Contact: Senator Joni Ernst, (2020 724-3264, https://contactsenators.com/iowa/joni-ernst

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  


SaskPower Adding 10-MW Utility-Scale Solar Project (Ind. Report)
SaskPower, Saturn Power
Date: 2018-06-25
Baden, Ontario based Saturn Power Inc. reports it has inked a 20-year agreement with SaskPower to build and maintain the first utility-scale solar power plant near Swift Current in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The facility is expected to be operational as early as the end of 2019.

The project is estimated to provide 10 MW of power, enough to power roughly 2,000 homes. SaskPower reportedly aims to have 60 MW of solar generation online by 2021. (Source: Saturn Energy, SaskPower, pvbuzz, 21 June, 2018) Contact: SaskPower, Doug Opseth, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com; Saturn Power, (519) 804-9163, www.saturnpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  Saturn Power,  


Study Finds Crop Rotation Reduces GHG Emissions (R&D Report)
University of Illinois
Date: 2018-06-25
A University of Illinois - Urbana study conducted at the Northwestern Illinois Ggricultural Research and Demonstration Center has found that rotating crops increases yield and lowers greenhouse gas emissions compared to the continuous planting of either corn or soybean.

Gevan Behnke, research specialist and doctoral candidate in University of Illinois' Department of Crop Sciences, compared greenhouse gas emissions from fields that had been maintained as continuous single crop planting, rotated corn-soybean or rotated corn-soybean-wheat planting and no-till management, for 20 years.

Comparing the corn phase of a corn-soybean rotation to continuous corn showed an increased yield and a cumulative reduction in nitrous oxide emissions of approximately 35 pct. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential almost 300 times higher than carbon dioxide. Tillage did not impact greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: University of Illinois, Farm & Field, 22 June, 2018) Contact: University of Illinois - Urbana, University of Illinois' Department of Crop Sciences, Gevan Behnke, (217) 333-3420, https://cropsciences.illinois.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Nitrous Oxide ,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  University of Illinois,  


Holyrood Awards £2Mn for Offshore Wind Innovation (Int'l)
ORE Catapult
Date: 2018-06-25
At Holyrood, the Scottish Governmenthas confirmed £2 million in funding to support the offshore wind energy sector and to reduce development costs. The £2 million in funding has been granted to Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and the Energy Skills Partnership. The funding is intended to support innovation across the sector to reduce long-term costs, improve health and safety standards, and to widen educational opportunities within the industry.

ORE Catapult almost immediately announced that the £445,000 it received will be used to back a larger £1.3 million program of technology innovation projects to advance Scotland's offshore wind sector. The new £1.3 million program is also supported by a further £150,000 from industry partners including Fergusons Marine Engineering, CWind and WOOD, and match-funding from ORE Catapult.

ORE Catapult's new £1.3 million program will focus on: next-generation crew transfer and service vessels; a technology accelerator program; investigating alternative communication and remote supervisory systems; and establishing a business excellence program aimed at enabling the Scottish supply chain to access offshore wind commercial opportunities. (Source: ORE Catapult, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 22 June, 2018) Contact: ORE Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Tony Quinn, Dir. Operations, +44 160 359 555, ore.catapult.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  Offshore,  Offshore Wind Scotland Wind,  


Samsung SDI ESS Module Targets European Market (Int'l Report)
Samsung SDI
Date: 2018-06-25
Samsung SDI reports it is targeting the European market with its new high-voltage residential electrical energy storage (ESS) module which, it claims has increased energy density and better energy conversion efficiency compared to existing residential modules.

Without changing the size of the battery cell applied to the high-voltage residential ESS battery module, Samsung SDI enlarged its capacity by more than 20 percent through the use of new materials and optimizing the module design.

The residential ESS market has been growing steadily, centering on the European market where solar and other renewable energy supplies are high. According to data from market researcher B3, the residential ESS market will grow at an average annual rate of 15 percent. This year's residential ESS market demand is estimated at 1,259 megawatt hours while it is expected to grow to 1,889 megawatt hours in 2020. (Source: Samsung SDI, 24 June, 2018) Contact: Samsung SDI, Kim Jeong-wook, VP Marketing, www.samsungsdi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung SDI,  Energy Storage,  


UK Leading in Global Offshore Wind Energy Race (Int'l Report)
RenewablesUK
Date: 2018-06-25
According to the UK renewable energy trade group RenewableUK, the British offshore wind energy industry is expected to see its total investment between 2017 and 2021 and reach £18.9 billion, accounting for for 30 pct of the country's electric power needs.

The UK has the largest offshore wind energy market in the world , with 35.2GW of capacity in operation, development and planning, says RenewableUK. Germany follows with 23.4GW, Taiwan is next with 8.3GW, followed by China with 7.7GW.

The global offshore wind energy capacity, both operational and upcoming, currently stands at 104GW -- a 10 pct increase over 2017, according to RenewableUK. (Source: RenewablesUK, Compelo, June, 2018) Contact: RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300, info@renewableuk.com, www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RenewableUK,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


ACORE Aims at $1 trillion in US Renewables Investment (Ind. Report)
American Council on Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-06-25
The not-for-profit American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is touting a new campaign aimed at spurring $1 trillion in new US private sector investment by 2030 for the renewable energy sector and enabling grid technologies.

ACORE is a US business group made up of companies that finance, develop, manufacture, and use all forms of renewable energy. Its aim is to accelerate the investment and deployment of renewable power in the US. The $1T 2030 campaign will be managed by the Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF), a senior-level ACORE member program for educational renewable energy finance resources.

ACORE's plan to spur $1 trillion in renewables investment is based on: a long-term federal policy commitment providing support for carbon-free electricity generation; federal, state and regional policies to promote modernization of the nation's electrical grid; continued expansion of state renewable portfolio standards to support increasing deployment of renewable electricity; and reforms to facilitate siting and permitting processes for renewables and transmission and allow for accelerated renewable energy growth.

The $1T 2030 campaign hinges upon the findings of ACORE's The Future of U.S. Renewable Energy Investment: A Survey of Leading Financial Institutions report. The report, which is based on a survey of banking institutions, asset managers, private equity firms, and other financial firms, identifies several key findings that point to the fact that, "with sustained demand, US renewable energy will continue to be an attractive asset class with strong potential for investment growth." (Source: ACORE, June, 2018) Contact: ACORE, Gregory Wetstone, CEO, www.acore.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council on Renewable Energy,  ,  Renewable Energy,  


Mongolia Increasing Renewables Capacity by 120 MW (Int'l Report)
Mongolia Ministry of Energy
Date: 2018-06-25
Four renewable energy power plants totaling 120 MW is slated to be put into operation in Mongolia's southeast province of Dornogovi within this year, the provincial governor's office reports. The new plants include wind farms totaling 55 MW to be commissioned in late 2018 nearby Sainshand city.

Landlocked Mongolia, which enjoys over 250 days of sunshine a year, nearly doubled its renewable energy capacity to 155 MW in 2017, according to the Ministry of Energy. Even so, Mongolia sources under 5 pct of its power from renewable energy, including solar and wind. The government aims to make renewable energy use account for 20 pct by 2020 and 30 pct by 2030. According to Mongolia's Ministry of Energy, the country has a potential wind capacity of 1,100 GW. (Source: Xinhua, Mongolia Ministry of Energy, 23 June, 2018) Contact: Mongolia Ministry of Energy, energy.gov.mn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Empire State Gov. Announces Energy Storage Roadmap (Ind. Report)
New York State,Energy Storage
Date: 2018-06-25
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced an Energy Storage Roadmap to guide the state toward its energy storage target of 1.5GW by 2025 -- equivalent to the electric power demand of 20 pct of the state's homes -- and if achieved, would deliver approximately $2 billion in lifetime benefits, including electricity distribution system savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. It would also boost the resiliency of the electric grid by reducing the impact of adding more energy storage into the system as well as maximise the benefits of renewable energy sources. (Source: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Various Media, EnergyLive, 24 June, 2018) Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  Energy Storage,  New York Energy Storage,  


Nat. Gas Methane Leaks Surpass Previous Estimates (Ind. Report)
NOAA
Date: 2018-06-25
A 10-year National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Monitoring Division study of the U.S. oil and gas industry has found that leaks of potent greenhouse gas methane -- the main ingredient in natural gas -- amounting to 13 million metric tpy. is 60 pct higher than the EPA's previously estimated 8 million metric tpy.

In comparison, the environmental effect of methane leaks in 2015 reached the same level of the climate impact of carbon dioxide emissions from all U.S. coal-fired power plants combined in the same year.

Essentially, the amount of methane loss due to leakage would have been enough to power 10 million homes, and calls into question claims that natural gas is friendlier to the environment than the use of coal fuels.

Methane is as much as 80 times more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide and can contribute about 25 pct to global warming, and its effect can last over the first 20 years after being released. The study was published in the journal Science on June 21. (Source: NOAA, Inosurhoy, 23 June, 2018)Contact: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHG,  NOAA,  Natural Gas,  


Puerto Rico Seeking Energy Storage Project RfQs (Ind. Report)
Puerto Rico
Date: 2018-06-25
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello and the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3 Authority) have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for utility-scale energy storage systems at various critical substation locations of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

The RFQ is an open qualifications process by which the Government of Puerto Rico seeks to identify qualified companies interested in participating in a competitive procurement for the project pursuant to the Public-Private Partnership Act to allow private investment in public infrastructure projects.

The storage systems will provide grid stability and peaking capacity, which will enhance the efficiency and reliability of the current energy and electric service in Puerto Rico.

Interested parties need to download the request for qualifications at www.p3.pr.gov. The due date for the responses to the request for qualifications is August 17, 2018. (Source: Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico, 22 June, 2018) Contact: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, www.aeepr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


Pentiction Touts Ongoing Carbon Neutrality Initiatives (Ind. Report)
Pentictopm
Date: 2018-06-25
In British Columbia, Canada, the City of Penticton reports it was certified "greenhouse gas neutral" in 2017 for the second-straight year.

To be certified carbon neutral, the city worked towards provincially-mandated carbon emission targets, installed energy efficient cooling units at Leir House and City Hall, removed invasive species along Ellis Creek and installed five "rain gardens" that reduce the load on the storm water system while filtering contaminants from the water. In a further effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the city plans to install four new energy efficient Rooftop HVAC units at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, and is developing city park lands with a major tree planting program, as well as other initiates. (Source: City of Penticton, June, 2018) Contact: City of Penticton, David Kassian, Community Sustainability Co-ordinator, (250) 490-2400, www.penticton.ca

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


EU Finalizes 2030 Renewable Energy, Climate Targets (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2018-06-25
After 18 months of negotiations, the European Union last week finalized new climate targets increasing the present 17 pct share of renewable energy to 32 pct, and setting an energy efficiency target of 32.5 pct by 2030.

Germany reportedly blocked a previous effort to set an even higher renewables target of 35 pct called for by the European Parliament and member states including Spain and Italy, saying it is unrealistic. The country, which still relies on coal to generate much of its electricity, announced last week that it would not meet its 2020 emissions target due to economic and population growth.

In addition to the newly agreed targets, the EU set a wider goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 pct below levels in 1990. Member state governments will now devise their own plans to meet these goals, in line with the Paris Agreement.

Green Group MEPs and environmental campaigners, however, said the new targets are not sufficient to meet goals set by the Paris Agreement, particularly limiting warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. The final deal allows the EU to revisit climate goals in 2023 and increase the agreed targets if so desired. (Source: EU, European Scientist, 23 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  Renewable Energy Targets,  Climate Change,  Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


Global Landfill Gas-to-Energy Market Research Report Available (Ind. Report)
Lanfill Gas
Date: 2018-06-25
A new Questale Global Landfill Gas-to-Energy Market research report is a detailed and in-depth analytics of Global Landfill Gas-to-Energy (LFGE) Market.

The report includes LFGE details related to the market share, historical data, opportunities, profitability, growth rate, sales, key players, product types, regions, revenue distribution,and others.

Access sample market research report and details HERE. (Source: Questale, NB Post, 22 June, 2018) Contact: Questale, (201) 555-0123, www.questale, com

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Wisc. County Climate Action Plan Wins Support (Funding)
Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change
Date: 2018-06-25
In the Badger State, the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change is reporting receipt of $29,500 in grant funding from the Minneapolis-based Carolyn Foundation. The grant will support Dane County's efforts to model various polices, programs and projects to be included in a Dane County Climate Action Plan.

The Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change (OECC) has convened a 37 stakeholder member Council on Climate Change to help the county develop a Climate Action Plan that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To that end, the OECC contracted with Sustainable Energy Economics, the proprietary owner of the Framework for Analysis of Climate-Energy-Technology Systems (FACETS) model. (Source: Dane County Wisc., Sun Prairie Star, 23 June, 2018)Contact: Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change, https://climatechange.countyofdane.com

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ArcelorMittal Cleveland Steel Mill DOE 50001 Ready (Ind. Report)
ArcelorMittal
Date: 2018-06-25
ArcelorMittal USA, a US Department of Energy (DOE) Better Plants partner, attained the US DOE's 50001 Ready designation for the energy management system at its large steel mill in Cleveland, Ohio. This achievement is helping the plant meet long-term corporate energy goals established in partnership with the Better Plants program and sustain its energy savings over time.

The DOE 50001 Ready program is a self-guided approach for facilities to establish an energy management system and self-attest to the structure of ISO 50001, a voluntary global standard for energy management systems in industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. The program does not require external audits or certifications. ArcelorMittal USA was the first steel company to join DOE's Better Plants program with 17 of its US plants.

ArcelorMittal USA produces 3.8 million tpy of steel. (Source: ArcelorMittal USA, Green Car Congress, 23 June, 2018) Contact: DOE 50001 Ready, https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/50001Ready; ArcelorMittal USA, usa.arcelormittal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  Energy Efficiency,  DOE 50001 Program,  


Electrix Wins Aussie Smart Street lighting Lighting Project (Int'l)
VINCI Energies
Date: 2018-06-25
In the Land Down Under, VINCI Energies's Australian subsidiary Electrix, reports it has secured a 7-year, €37 million streetlight network management contract for the Canberra Region (population 400,000) awarded by the Australian Capital Territory Government.

It contract includes the renovation, operation and maintenance of more than 80,000 streetlights, 50,000 of which will be replaced with LEDs to achieve a target of 47 pct energy saving. In addition, a smart monitoring system will be installed to track the streetlight network in real time.

Under this contract, VINCI Energies will implement the CityApp application to support maintenance and operation and the BIMCity hypervisor to ensure better customer service, network reliability and safety and track performance indicators.

This is the first contract in Australia to combine smart LED streetlight installation, smart city network implementation and overall infrastructure management. It is also the first streetlighting project to be carried out under an Energy Performance Contract. (Source: VINCI, NewsWire, 22 June, 2018) Contact: VINCI Energies, www.VINCI-Energies.com; Electrix, www.Electrix.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  LED,  Street Light,  


Brazil's 61st Biodiesel Auction Tops 264Mn Gallons (Int'l Report)
Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels
Date: 2018-06-25
The Rio de Janeiro-headquartered Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) reports 1.01 billion litres (264.17m gallons) of biodiesel totaling $700 million from 38 producers were contracted in the 61th biodiesel auction last week. Almost 90 pct of the total bear the Social Fuel Seal, which gives producers incentives to source raw materials from small farms, ANP said.

Brazil's biodiesel auctions are designed to meet the legal requirement for the 10 pct minimum blend of biodiesel in diesel sold at the pump. The 61th tender will ensure the biofuel supply in the domestic market from July 1 to August 31, 2018, the agency noted.

Brazil's National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) is the regulatory agency that oversees activities undertaken by the oil, natural gas and biofuel industries in the country. It is in charge of issuing non-statutory regulations (resolution, norms) for these sectors, awarding exploration, development and production licenses and concessions, and conducting regulatory inspections, directly or through other state entities. The agency also defines interests for the government and third parties, as well as taxes -- such as royalties -- that oil companies are obliged to pay by contract. (Source: Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, Renewables, Others, 25 Fune, 2018) Contact: Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, +55-21-21128100

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  


160 Biomass Processing Plants Planned for Punjab (Int'l Report)
National Thermal Power Corporation
Date: 2018-06-25
Aiming to use "paddy" straw and agriculture waste to produce animal feed and biocoal, the Punjab government reports it is seeking to attract private investment to establish 160 "paddy" straw biomass processing plants. The Punjab finance minister confirmed the state would invest Rs 10,000 crore in the 160 biomass plants which could directly and indirectly employ approximately 50,000 people.

The plants will purchase straw and agriculture waste from farmers and convert it into biocoal which will be sold to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

In related Indian clean fuels news, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited Is reported to be working on supplying CNG gas for vehicles and Erika, an English firm, is working on production of bioethanol from straw. (Source: Times of India, TNN, 25 June, 2018) Contact: National Thermal Power Corporation, www.ntpc.co.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass news,  Straw Biomass news,  


EPA Stalls Biofuel Blend Quota Announcement (Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2018-06-25
Bloomberg and others are reporting oil industry criticism has caused the Trump Administration to reconsider a proposal to require large refineries to blend more biofuel to make up for "hardship" exemptions granted to smaller refineries. Accordingly, the EPA has put a planned announcement on proposed biofuel quotas for 2019 on hold.

Ethanol producers and farm-state lawmakers say that recent waivers granted to small refiners have undercut the Renewable Fuels Standard. The Trump administration's plan to make up for the lost biofuel gallons would have put the burden on non-exempted refineries, prompting an outcry from the two top oil industry trade groups.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Various Media, Bloomberg, HoosierAg Today, 24 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  Ethanol Blend,  Pruitt,  


EU Palm Oil Biofuel Ban Stalled Until 2030 (Ind. Report)
EU, Palm Oil
Date: 2018-06-25
A recent meeting between the European Parliament, Commission, and European Council has suspended the implementation of a policy that would have banned the use of crude palm oil as a basic material for biofuel in 2020 and instead set a target of 2030 for the complete ban of palm oil.

The EU's new policy will start reducing crude palm oil imports gradually in 2023 before the complete banning effective in 2030. Until then, the percentage of palm oil in EU biofuel will be kept at 2019 levels.

Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for 85 pct of the world's palm oil supply, reportedly expressed relief in response to the EU decision while the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) said that although the EU decision was "very welcome" the upcoming ban would cause it to aggressively seek new markets.

Under current EU law, palm oil must come from certified sustainable plantations. Even so, environmentalists note that palm oil diesel still produces three times the carbon emissions of fossil diesel. Environmental organizations and green activists accuse the palm oil industry of causing massive deforestation and rainforest destruction, thus hastening climate change. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Citizen Truth, 24 June, 2018)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, www.mpoc.org.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


Boralex Completes Kallista Energy Cash Acquisition (M&A Report)
Boralex , Kallista Energy
Date: 2018-06-22
Montreal-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc. reports it has completed its €129 million ($149.5 million) cash acquisition of the Paris headquartered wind power firm Kallista Energy Investment SAS from Ardian Infrastructure.

Kallista Energy's portfolio includes 163 MW of wind farms in operation, 10 MW under construction, a 158-MW project in the pipeline. The acquisition will increase EDF's French installed wind capacity to 799 MW. (Source: Boralex, Renewables, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, Patrick Decostre, VP-GM Boralex Europe, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com; Kallista Energy, 01 58 22 21 85, http://kallistaenergy.website

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex ,  Kallista Energy,  Wind,  


Americans for Carbon Dividends Carbon Tax Advocacy Group Launched (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax, Exelon, First Solar, AWEA
Date: 2018-06-22
The newly launched bipartisan Americans for Carbon Dividends, which follows on an unsuccessful attempt last year from Republicans George Shultz and James Baker to push a price on carbon, would place a $40 per ton tax on CO2 that would increase over time. Some money would be returned to the public through a carbon dividend of approximately $2,000 per year for a family of four.

Supporters of the policy include Exelon Corp., First Solar and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and the former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, say it's a climate policy that makes economic sense. Exelon has reportedly contributed $1 million to the initiative and AWEA is offering financial support, according to Americans for Carbon Dividends. (Source: Americans for Carbon Dividends, GTM, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Americans for Carbon Dividends , info@afcd.org, www.afcd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Exelon,  First Solar,  AWEA,  


Global Offshore Wind Portfolio at 105 GW, says RenewableUK (Int'l)
RenewableUK
Date: 2018-06-22
According to the UK renewable energy trade group RenewalUK, the global portfolio of offshore wind projects in operation, under construction or in development currently stands at 104.8 GW -- up 10 pct since June, 2017's 95 GW. The UK remains the largest offshore wind market with a portfolio of 35.2 GW, followed by Germany with 23.4 GW, Taiwan with 8.3 GW, China 7.7 GW and the US with 7.5 GW. The top five countries account for nearly 80 pct of the global market, according to RenewableUK. (Source: RenewableUK, Renewables Now, 21 June, 2018) Contact: RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, Jennifer Webber, External Affairs, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300, info@renewableuk.com, www.renewableuk.com

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


AEP's $4.5Bn Wind Project Wins Another Approval (Ind. Report)
AEP Corp,Invenergy
Date: 2018-06-22
In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based utility American Electric Power (AEP) is reporting its proposed $4.5 billion Wind Catcher Energy Connection project has landed required approvals from Louisiana and Arkansas -- two of the four states it will ultimately serve. Texas and Oklahoma have not yet approved the proposed 2,000-MW wind farm to be constructed in Texas and in Cimaroon County on the Oklahoma panhandle.

The project would be developed by Chicago-based Invenergy LLC and will incorporate about 800 wind turbines supplied by GE Renewable Energy. Invenergy would sell the farm upon completion, expected in in 2020. AEP's Southwestern Electric Power Co. will own 70 pct of the project and Public Service Company of Oklahoma will hold the remaining 30 pct. Southwestern Electric Power Co. says the project will save customers $4 billion over its 25-year life, compared to what it would cost to buy the power on the open market, noting no fuel costs, tax credit benefits and cost-efficient delivery thanks to the dedicated power line. It serves 231,000 customers in Louisiana. AEP serves 5.4 million customers in 11 states. It has 33,000 megawatts of energy generation capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of solar energy as well as 224,000 miles of distribution lines. (Source: AEP, Columbus Business First, 20 June, 2018)Contact: AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com Southwestern Electric Power, www.swepco.com; Invenergy, Invenergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400, https://invenergyllc.com/what-we-do/wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy ,  AEP,  American Electric Power,  Wind,  


ADM, DuPont Collaborate on Cellulose Enzymes (Ind. Report)
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Date: 2018-06-22
Chicago-headquartered Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) and DuPont Industrial Biosciences report they are collaborating to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for grain-based ethanol production.

Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn kernel fiber which, broken down, releases more sugars to be fermented into ethanol.

Ethanol from corn kernel fiber may qualify for D3 RINS under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which encourages producers to utilize non-starch components of grains and other waste products in the production of biofuels. Initial product prototypes have proven successful in both laboratory and ethanol plant scale testing, and more evaluations are planned, the companies say. (Source: ADM, DuPont, World-Grain, 21 June, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Troy Wilson, www.biosciences.dupont.com; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, media@adm.com, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland ,  DuPont Industrial Biosciences,  Cellulosic,  Enzyne,  


EDF Renewables, PGGM Ink US Wind, Solar Projects Deal (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2018-06-22
In the Golden State, San Diego-based independent power producer EDF Renewables reports it has sealed a Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) that will see Dutch cooperative pension fund manager PGGM Infrastructure Fund acquire 50 pct ownership in: Red Pine Wind, Rock Falls Wind, Switch Station 1 Solar and Switch Station 2 Solar with a total capacity of 588 MW. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent. EDF Renewables will remain involved in the projects as a co-owner providing management services and provider of operations and maintenance services.

EDF Renewables is one of North America's largest renewable energy developers with with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. (Source: EDF Renewables, BusinessWire, 21 June, 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables, Raphael Declercq, Exec. VP Strategy, Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525, Sandi.Briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com; PGGM, +31 (0)30 277 1500, www.pggm.nl

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Growth Energy Predicts 2,800 New E15 Retailers by 20121 (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy,Prime the Pump
Date: 2018-06-22
According to the biofuel trade association Growth Energy, over 2,800 retail sites will sell 350 million gpy of E15 by 2021.

The Growth Energy release credits the not-for-profit Prime the Pump market development campaign for: doubling the number of E15 stations four years in a row to include 1,400 stations across 30 states; securing commitments of more than 2,800 retail sites that will offer E15 by 2021 generating approximately 350 million new gpy of ethanol; and adding three major new retailers to the program in 2017, including a game-changing partnership with Kwik Trip which successfully rolled out E15 at 300 sites in just four months.

Both Growth Energy and Prime the Pump are arguing for relief from the current Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limitations to further spur the growth of E15 sales. Volatility defines its evaporation characteristics of a liquid fuel; RVP -- expressed in pounds per square inch (psi) -- is a common measure of and generic term for gasoline volatility. The RVP of gasoline can range from 7 to 15 psi. Ethanol itself has a very low volatility: -2 psi RVP. The higher the RVP of a fuel the worse its emissions are. (Source: Growth Energy, Green Car Congress, 21 June, 2018)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; Prime the Pump, http://primethepumpfund.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Ethanol Blend,  E15,  Biofuel,  Prime the Pump,  


New Internet-Based Biomass Feedstock Supply System Touted (Int'l)
Valmet,Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto
Date: 2018-06-22
Finland-based engineering company Valmet and Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto Oy (TSE) are reporting the development of DNA Fuel Chain Management, an internet-based system to support the delivery of woody biomass, straw, peat, coal, refinery gas and refuse-derived feedstock.

The system is being implemented at utility company TSE's new €240 million multifuel plant in Naantali, which became operational at the end of last year. The facility will process up to 1.2 million cubic metres per year of woody biomass an generate 146 MW of electricity and 250MW of heat.

The DNA system creates the fuel purchasing plan and distributes it to suppliers. This includes the exact amount, type of fuel and delivery time slot desired from each supplier. (Source: Valmet, Ends Waste&Bioenergy, 19 June 2018) Contact: Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto Oy, Tapani Bastman, CEO, +358 40 5778122, www.tset.fi; Valmet, Bertel Karlstedt , Pres. Pulp & Energy, +358 (0) 10 672 0000, www.valmet.com

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Friends of Science Society Challenges Cdn. Carbon Tax, Climate Change Policy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Friends of Science Society
Date: 2018-06-22
The Canadian carbon tax and climate change policy revolt gained strength as Conservative Premier-elect Doug Ford gave notice he would scrap the present cap-and-trade deal with California and Quebec, as reported by CBC News on June 15, 2018. Ford also has stated he is willing to go to court to challenge the Liberal Canadian federal government's intention to impose a carbon tax on provinces.

The scientific justification for carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and the Paris Agreement took another hit on June 20, 2018, when the Financial Post published an article by economist Ross McKitrick laying out flaws in climate simulations (models) upon which carbon taxes and climate policies are based. The article noted: "It also means that greenhouse gas emissions do not have as big an impact on the climate as has been claimed, and the case for costly policy measures to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions is much weaker than governments have told us. For a science that was supposedly 'settled' back in the early 1990s, we sure have a lot left to learn," the McKitrick article said.

The Friends of Science Society, an independent group of earth, atmospheric and solar scientists, engineers, and citizens, says CO2 from human industrial emissions has nominal impact on climate, there is no significant climate risk and no need to phase out fossil fuels or enact related climate policies.

Download the Friends of Science Society Challenging the Canadian Federal Government's Carbon Pollution Pricing System Results Report HERE. (Source: Friends of Science Society, PR WEB, June, 2018) Contact: Friends of Science Society, (888) -789-9597, contact@friendsofscience.org, www.friendsofscience.org

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NEC Commissions Europe's Largest Energy Storage System (Int'l)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-06-22
Boston-based smart energy storage solutions specialist NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) is reporting the completion and commissioning of a 48 MW, 50 MWh energy storage system in Jardelund, Germany, for EnspireME -- joint venture between Netherlands headquartered Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation.

Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation will investigate connecting the storage system battery to local wind farms, providing further value for wind farm owners by storing excess electricity generated during periods of curtailment.

NEC provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services which included its GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution and its AEROS® proprietary energy storage controls software. The system, Europe's largest, incorporates approximately 10,000 lithium-ion battery modules that are enough to store power for about 5,300 German households for 24 hours. (Source: NEC Corp, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Corp., www.mitsubishicorp.com; Eneco Group, www.enecogroup.com; NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508), 497-7261 rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

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GEVO, Avfuel Ink Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2018-06-22
Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO Inc. reports it has inked an agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to global aviation fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018. Avfuel services over 3,000 locations worldwide. The Supply Agreement with Avfuel is GEVO's first long-term commercial supply agreement for its ATJ.

Iniially, GEVO will supply Avfuel from its 70,000 gpy hydrocarbon processing facility in Silsbee, Texas. GEVO expects to construct a larger-scale hydrocarbon facility at its existing ethanol and isobutanol production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota, subject to financing. Upon completion of the Luverne Hydrocarbon Facility, GEVO would supply Avfuel with larger volumes of ATJ, ramping up to 1,000,000 gpy of unblended ATJ which, when blended with conventional jet fuel, would produce many millions of gallons of finished ASTM D1655 jet-fuel product.. (Source: GEVO, PR, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Avfuel Corporation , Craig Sincock, Pres., CEO, Marci Ammerman, VCP Marketing, (734) 663-6466, mammerman@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Jet Biofuel,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


Notable Quotes
RFA
Date: 2018-06-22
"(The) EPA is trying to undermine the RFS program under the cover of night. And there's a reason it has been done in secret -- it's because EPA is acting in contravention of the statute and its own regulations, methodically destroying the demand for renewable fuel." -- RFA Pres. Bob Dineen discussing the EPA's recent granting of numerous RFS "hardship" waivers. Contact: RFA, Bob Dineen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard news,  Hardship Waiver news,  RFA news,  


Capstone Microturbine Customers Realize Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Capstone Turbine
Date: 2018-06-22
Van Nuys, California-based microturbine energy systems specialist Capstone Turbine Corporation is reporting that Capstone end-use customers saved an estimated $194 million in annual energy costs and 314,000 tons of carbon last fiscal year.

Capstone's high efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) Signature Series product line-up is making significant progress in the CHP market, which is specifically focused on growing the energy efficiency market. In fiscal 2018, the energy efficiency market vertical accounted for 47 pct of product revenues, followed by the natural resource at 38 pct and renewable energy at 9 pct. The critical power and microgrid market verticals combined for 6 pct of annual product sales, according to the company release. (Source: Capstone Turbine Corporation, PR, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Capstone Turbine, www.capstoneturbine.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine,  Microturbine,  


Aloha State Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2045 (Reg & Leg)
Hawaii
Date: 2018-06-22
The Hawaiian State Legislature has inked legislation committing to 100 pct renewable energy and to becoming carbon neutral by 2045. The legislature also committed to eliminate fossil fuels in ground transportation by 2045, and that the rise in sea levels be considered when proposed developments projects are being scrutinised. Hawaii reportedly could be hit by $19 billion in damage due to rising sea levels, according to the Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation report. The legislation has been described as "just plain common sense."

Hawaii is the ninth lowest producer of energy-related CO2 emissions among the 50 US states, according to the US Energy Information Administration. It is also a member of the United States Climate Alliance, a group of state governors that have agreed to abide by the 2015 Paris climate agreement. (Source: Various Media, Compelo, June, 2018)

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


Ga. Schools Expect $9.4 Mn Savings with Upgrades (Ind. Report)
ABM
Date: 2018-06-22
ABM Industries Inc. reports it has has initiated an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program for Georgia's Oglethorpe County Schools that is projected to save over $9.4 million in energy and operating costs over 20 years. The project is scheduled for completion in April 2019.

Energy-efficiency enhancements will include: retrofitting lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting: upgrading all HVAC systems, including replacement of 7 roof top units, 6 split systems, 17 packaged terminal units, 3 mini split units and 71 wall-hung pump units; installation of HVAC control systems to maximize energy and operational efficiency; ventilation systems at each of the school system's buildings will be upgraded, and each building will be sealed; and water conservation systems will be installed. (Source: ABM, PR, NewsWire, 20 June, 2018) Contact: ABM, ABM's Energy Performance Contracting Program , (212) 297-9721, www.abm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM,  Energy Efficiency,  

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