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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.deakin.edu.au: Blue Carbon, http://bluecarbonlab.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage, Blue Carbon, Carbon Emissions,
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,
"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
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"(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
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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,
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
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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
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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,
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
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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,
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,
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, email@example.com,
www.argoip.com; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ice-energy.com
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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,
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,
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,
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,
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, email@example.com, www.renewableuk.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News RenewableUK, Offshore Wind, Wind, Renewable Energy,
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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council on Renewable Energy, , Renewable Energy,
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,
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,
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
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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,
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,
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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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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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,
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 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,
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,
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,
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
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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
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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 , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.afcd.org
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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
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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, email@example.com, www.adm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland , DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Cellulosic, Enzyne,
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,
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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,
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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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.friendsofscience.org
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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
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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, email@example.com, www.avfuel.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com
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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
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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)
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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
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