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Cielo's Alberta Biodiesel Project Delayed (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2019-10-02
Further to our 4th Sept. report, Vancouver-based Cielo Waste Solutionm is reporting the date to finalize an investor partnership agreement to construct renewable diesel refineries in Medicine Hat and three other locations in southern Alberta have been stalled to the end of the year.

Cielo notes it is fine tuning the project's waste wood fibre-to fuel technology and awaiting waiting equipment orders and a permit from Alberta Parks and Environment. (Source: Cielo, Medicine Hat News, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions,  Biofuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Landfill Waste,  


Diamond Green Diesel Plans $1.1Bn Expansion (Ind. Report)
Diamond Green Diesel
Date: 2019-10-02
Honeywell is reporting the Valero Energy and Darling Ingredients joint venture Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, Louisiana, will invest $1.1 billion to expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel using Honeywell UOP's Ecofining™ process technology to meet growing demand for renewable fuels in North America and Europe.

Producing 275 million gpy of Honeywell Green Diesel™, Diamond Green Diesel is the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the US. The expansion, which will increase the facility's annual production by nearly 150 pct to 675 million gpy, will also produce about 60 million gpy of renewable naphtha when completed and operational in late 2021.

Diamond Green Diesel's product is a qualified Advanced Biofuel under the US EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). (Source: Honeywell, Hydrocarbon Engineering, Oct., 2019) Contact: Diamond Green Diesel, sales@diamondgreendiesel.com, www.diamondgreendiesel.com; Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Darling Ingedients, Melissa A. Gaither, VP IR , (972) 281-4478, mgaither@darlingii.com, www.darlingii.com; Honeywell UOP, Bryan Glover, VP Petrochemicals & Refining Technologies, www,uop.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell UOP,  Diamond Green Diesel,  Renewable Diesel,  Valero,  Green Diesel,  Darling Ingedients,  


Cryo Shipping Funded for Hydrogen Marine Fuel R&D (Int'l.)
Cryo Shipping
Date: 2019-10-02
Bergen, Norway-based LNG, hydrogen and biogas bunkering services provider Cryo Shipping is reporting receipt of Norwegian government grant funding to develop infrastructure solutions for the supply of hydrogen as a marine fuel. The company notes it is cooperating with major players in the hydrogen industry, and is looking to serve Norwegian shipowners who are taking early positions in fully renewable marine fuels.

According to Cryo Shipping, "Hydrogen as marine fuel is in an early phase, and we still have a way to go with regards to developing suitable concepts, technical solutions, regulations and operational requirements." (Source: Cryo Shipping, Spalash 247, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: Cryo Shipping, Nicholai H. Olsen, Managing Director, +47 926 55 953, nho@cryo-shipping.com, www.cryo-shipping.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cryo Shipping,  Marine Fuel,  Hydrogen,  


EPA Halts RFS "Hardship" Waiver Changes (Ind. Report)
RFS,"Hardship Waivers"
Date: 2019-10-02
It is being widely reported by Fox News and others that the EPA has stalled on updates to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuels policy regarding biofuel blending "hardship" waivers (exemptions) that have been issued at near wholesale levels.

The EPA appears to be acting on instructions from Trump who is no doubt preoccupied with his own whistleblower and impeachment worries.

As previously noted, "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. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source: Fox News, Various Other Media, 2 Oct., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  Biofuel Blend,  


Shell, EDP JV Pitch Connecticut Offshore Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Shell, EDP,Mayflower Wind
Date: 2019-10-02
Mayflower Wind, a 50/50 Shell New Energies US and Portugal-based EDPR Offshore North America JV, reports the submission of bids to Connecticut regulators to develop and construct an offshore wind farm in leased waters roughly 20 miles south of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

One proposal is for a 408-mw wind project and the other is a 804-mw wind farm. Both would have an expected 20-year life span. Both Netherlands-based Shell and Portugal-based EDP have North American renewable operations based in Houston. (Source: Mayflower Wind, EDP, Shell, Chronicle, 1 Oct., 2019)Contact: Mayflower Wind, www.mayflowerwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Mayflower Wind,  Shell,  EDP,  


Tipton, Indiana Solar Farm Finally Online (Ind. Report)
Indiana Municipal Power Agency
Date: 2019-10-02
After a five year search for a site, a new 5.25-MW solar park is now online and generating sufficient energy for roughly 850 homes in the community of Tipton, Howard County, Indiana.

The 17,000 panel solar facility was constructed by the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA), an energy co-op made up of 61 communities in Indiana, including Tipton, Peru, Gas City and Anderson. (Source: Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Kokomo Tribune, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: Indiana Municipal Power Agency, 317-573-9955, www.impa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


RWE Aiming for Climate Neutrality by 2040 (Int'l. Report)
RWE AG
Date: 2019-10-02
Bloomberg is reporting the German utility giant RWE AG is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 70 pct by 2030 compared with 2012 levels and become climate neutral by 2040.

To that end, the utility is decommissioning its last remaining coal-fired power plant in the UK next year, converting two other coal-fired power plants in the Netherlands into biomass facilities, and shuttering six remaining German coal-fired power plants by 2038. (Source: RWE AG, Carbon Brief, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: RWE AG, Rolf Martin Schmitz, CEO, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE AG,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


ION Clean Energy Awarded $5.8M for Carbon Capture Tech (Funding)
ION Clean Energy,Nebraska Public Power District
Date: 2019-10-02
Boulder, Colorado-based solvent-based CO2 capture technology specialist ION Clean Energy, Inc. reports it has been selected by the U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and awarded $5.4 million to complete a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for a 600-mw equivalent, CO2 capture system designed to be retrofitted into Nebraska Public Power District's (NPPD) Gerald Gentleman Station in Sutherland, NE.

The project will provide critical data and insight into the transformative potential of ION's CO2 capture technology when deployed at existing coal-fired power plants.

ION Clean Energy is commercializing its proprietary liquid absorbent process and working with local and global partners to commercialize and deploy its CO2 capture technology. (Source: ION Energy, PR, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: ION Clean Energy, Alfred "Buz" Brown, CEO, 303.997.7097, info@ioncleanenergy.com, , www.ioncleanenergy.com; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Public Power District,  ION Clean Energy,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


German Carbon Tax Expected to Raise €19Bn by 2023 (Int'l.)
German Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-10-02
In Berlin, the German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz reports the government expects its €10 per ton CO2 pricing starting in 2021 in the buildings and transport sectors will bring in €18.8 billion by 2023 for its Climate Action Package, according to the German business publication Handelsblatt.

The Climate Action Package is an economic plan for the country's Energy and Climate Fund, which is expected to grow from €6.1 billion this year to €11.75 billion in 2023. Revenues from the European trade of CO2 allowances in energy and industry (EU ETS) are expected to raise an additional €14 billion. The Climate Action Package is intended to put the country on track to meet its 2030 climate targets. (Source: Handelsblatt, Clean Energy Wire, Other Media, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: German Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, www.bundesfinanzministerium.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  German Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  


MEG Energy Announces Alberta CCS Plans (Ind. Report)
MEG Energy
Date: 2019-10-02
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based MEG Energy reports it is seeking government support for a new carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project that aims to erase emissions from its oil sands facility and possibly from other nearby oil-producing operations.

The company is hoping to have an operational pilot project within two years but has not released costing or other details. (Source:, MEG Energy, CBC, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: MEG Energy, Derek Evans, CEO, 403-770-0446, www.megenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


ACEEE's State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2019-10-02
Massachusetts is No. 1 again as coastal or northeastern U.S. states dominated the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) just released State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Massachusetts was noted for its long-running Green Communities Act, recently approved three-year energy efficiency plan and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

California was ranked second among energy efficient states, followed by Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, Connecticut and Maryland in the top seven. Minnesota came in eighth, followed by Oregon and Washington to round out ACEEE's top 10. Wyoming, North Dakota, Louisiana and West Virginia are at the bottom of the list.

Download the 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard HERE. Contact: ACEEE, www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  


Air France Touts Climate Impact Reduction Plans (Int'l. Report)
Air France
Date: 2019-10-02
In an effort to counteract its climate impact, French carrier Air France reports it will offset 100 pct of the carbon emissions of its 500-odd daily internal flights by 2020, finance projects that support tree planting, forest protection and the global shift to low-carbon energy. The airline will also ban single-use plastics such as cutlery from local flights as from January, 2020, and start separating and recycling waste from October.

The airline industry's carbon emissions, which at 285 grammes of CO2 emitted per kilometre travelled by each passenger, far exceed all other modes of transport, according to the European Environment Agency. Heavy duty transportation -- freight trucking, shipping and aviation -- represent more then 10 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions, says the World Resources Institute, a research body. (Source: Air France, AFP, The Local, 1 Oct., 2019)

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


Praj Planning Sugar Cane Biorefinery in the Bayous (Ind. Report)
Praj Industries,Omega Energy USA
Date: 2019-09-30
Further to our 9 Sept. coverage, on the sub-continent, Mumbai-based sugarcane ethanol producer Praj Industries reports its Houston-based subsidiary Praj Americas is laying the foundation for a $100 million sugar cane bagass-to-ethanol plant in Louisiana. The project, which could still be three years out, would be developed in partnership with Miami-based Omega Energy USA.

The plant would use locally source sugar cane waste as a feed stock. In 2018, Louisiana harvested about 16.9 million tons of sugar cane. (Source: Praj Industries, Advocate, 29 Sept., 2019) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, Jayant Godbole, Pres., Praj Americas, info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Omega Energy USA, 786-245-0642, www.omegaenergyusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Omega Energy,  Praj Industries,  Ethanol,  Sugar Cane Ethanol,  


Maine Governor Calls for Carbon Neutrality by 2045 (Ind. Report)
Maine
Date: 2019-09-30
Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) announced the signing of an executive order committing the Pine Tree State to carbon neutrality by 2045.

The Governor's executive order requires the Maine Climate Council to provide recommendations no later than Dec. 1, 2020, on ways to achieve a carbon neutral economy in Maine by 2045. Under the order, the Maine state Department of Environmental Protection will develop a framework for accounting and tracking progress on greenhouse gas reduction, and reporting on such progress every other year. he order also directs that all actions taken to achieve carbon neutrality must grow Maine's economy and protect natural resources. (Source: Office of Gov. Janet Mills, The Ellsworth American, 25 Sept., 2019)Contact: Office of Gov. Janet Mills, www.maine.gov › governor › mills

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


Ameresco Begins Phase Two MUSC Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting work is underway on the second phase of a $43 million, comprehensive energy savings performance contract (ESPC) energy savings project at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Ameresco's work will include replacement of campus lighting fixtures with high-efficiency LEDs, installation of building automation and control systems, upgrading HVAC systems and chiller plant optimization, an equipment operation and maintenance training program for MUSC employees, and others. (Source: Ameresco, Bus.Wire, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


W2 Fuels Shutters Iowa, Michigan Biodiesel Plants (Ind. Report)
W2 Fuel
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Hawkeye State, Crawfordsville-based biodiesel producer W2 Fuel LLC reports the shutdown of its 10 million gpy biodiesel plant in Crawfordsville in southeast Iowa, along with a plant in Michigan.

The company cited RFS "hardship" waiver uncertainty and growing losses for the move. (Source: W2 Fuel, Des Moines Register, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: W2 Fuel, Roy Strom, CEO, 319-658-2003, www.w2fuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  W2 Fuel,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


Solar, Wind Now Cheaper Than Coal, says IPPC (Ind. Report)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-30
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) order to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees C over pre-industrial averages within this century -- the goal set by the Paris climate agreement -- the entire world would have to transition to 100 pct clean energy by the middle of the century -- a lofty goal. But up until now, clean energies haven't bee cost competitive in a market flooded with cheap natural gas, coal, and oil. But now, renewables that one needed financial incentives to be adopted at any serious scale, have fallen in price to the point that no government subsidies are required.

Download the report HERE. Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Yahoo Finance, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Wind ,  


ICAST Completes Multifamily Housing Efficiency Retrofits (Ind. Report)
International Center for Sustainable Technology
Date: 2019-09-30
The Lakewood, Colorado-based not-for-profit International Center for Sustainable Technology (ICAST) is reporting completion of energy-efficiency upgrades to nearly 1,000 multifamily buildings, for a reported savings of 7.4 million kWh, 850,000 therms, and nearly $2 million in utility cost savings.

The 3 year work contract , which was funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), was intended to spur the growth of energy efficiency in the small and medium commercial building sector -- less than 100,000 square feet in gross floor area -- but accounts for over half of the energy used in the commercial sector, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.

At the start of the project, ICAST operated in two states, improving energy in about 100 multifamily buildings per year. ICAST has eight affiliates providing energy-efficiency services to the multifamily sector in four states and seven cities. (Source: US DOE EERE, ICAST, PR, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-home; ICAST, 866.590.4377, info@icastusa.org, www.icastusa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  International Center for Sustainable Technology,  Energy Efficiency,  


City of Norman Committed to Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
City of Norman
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Sooner State, the Norman City Council and Norman Ready for 100 policy committee is touting its previously reported resolution to transition all city facilities to 100 pct wind, solar, energy efficiency measures and other renewable sources within the electricity sector by 2035, and all energy-use sectors, including heating and transportation, by 2050.

To that end, the Norman Ready for 100 is relying on the Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) utility to add sufficient new renewable energy to its system so the city can meet its self imposed program goals. The committee also wants to raise the efficiency standards in the city's building codes to 2015 levels.

The Ready for 100 is a national Sierra Club campaign with 133 U.S. city participants. Norman city facilities currently consumes about 10 MW of electricity. (Source: City of Norman, Norman Transcript, AP, 29 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Norman, Darrel Pyle, City Manager, 405-366-5402, www.normanok.gov › city-manager

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Corn Growers Praise, Plead Trump for RFS Action (Ind. Report)
Trump
Date: 2019-09-30
In a recent letter to Pres. Donald Trump, corn grower organizations in 23 states called on the President to direct his administration's EPA to account for projected waivers beginning with the pending 2020 RFS volume rule and to simply uphold the law.

"Dear President Trump,

"We are writing on behalf of the more than 300,000 corn farmers across the country who are being negatively impacted by a perfect storm of challenges in rural America. The 31 new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies, recently approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and bringing total waivers issued under your Administration to 85, could not have come at a worse time for agriculture.

"Ethanol plants in several states, including Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Mississippi have closed or idled. These closures have cost 2,700 rural jobs and impacted demand for more than 300 million bushels of corn. Corn farmers are beginning harvest and continuing to lose markets to deliver their corn. Frustration in the countryside is growing.

"Corn farmers are not asking for a special deal. We are simply asking, as we have been for the past two years, that your EPA uphold the law. To effectively stop the harm caused by RFS waivers, EPA needs to account for projected waivers beginning with the pending 2020 RFS volume rule. Accounting for waivers in the annual RFS volume process restores integrity to the RFS. It also allows your Administration to continue granting waivers, as allowed by the law, while keeping the RFS whole."

"While adding gallons and improving market access for higher blends of ethanol are all policies farmers appreciate and support, future waivers will continue to minimize the RFS, unless your Administration acts to account for waivers beginning this coming year first.

"We were pleased to see press reports indicating that, following a meeting with farm-state lawmakers, an agreement had been reached to address the harm caused by waivers. With more than 4 billion gallons waived out of the RFS, we appreciate you listening to our elected representatives about what is needed to restore meaning to the RFS. Farmers across the country are anxiously awaiting the release of more details about this agreement. Ethanol plants will continue to close if you don't act soon, creating a rippling effect throughout the rural economy.

"Corn farmers are appreciative of your past support for agriculture and ethanol. We especially appreciate your efforts to remove the barrier to year-round sales of E15, but EPA's current use of waivers undermines growth potential for higher blends of ethanol, reduces demand, lowers the value of our crop, and puts the outlook for the rural economy in jeopardy.

"Mr. President, we firmly ask that you uphold your commitment to America's farmers and the RFS." (Source: Ag Ohio, Various Trade Media, Sept., 2019)

Editor's Note: For our reader's convenience, we have underlined the few lines that actually call on Trump to honestly do his job and uphold the RFS. The remaining five paragraph's are, in our opinion, little more than flattery to the White House.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  "Hardship" Waivers,  Corn Ethanol,  


Major Steelmakers Ink MOU to Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Rio Tinto, China Baowu Steel Group
Date: 2019-09-30
London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto and China Baowu Steel Group, one of the China's largest steel producers, are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to "develop and implement new methods to reduce carbon emissions."

"The MOU will enable the formation of a joint working group tasked with identifying a pathway to support the goal of reducing carbon emissions and improve environmental performance across the steel value chain. The working group will establish a joint action plan on how to best utilize the parties' complementary strengths in research and development, technologies, processes, equipment, logistics, industry coordination and policy advisory capacities to combat climate change and improve environmental performance."

World-wide, the steel industry produced 9 pct of the world's carbon emissions, according to the Rio Tinto a news release. Rio Tinto notes it divested its coal assets last year. (Source: Rio Tinto, Xinhua, Kitco News, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: China Baowu Steel, www.baowugroup.com; Rio Tinto, www.riotinto.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rio Tinto ,  China Baowu Steel Group,  


Cambridge, All In Energy Partner for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
All In Energy
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Bay State, the City of Cambridge reports it has partnered with All In Energy, a Boston-based nonprofit, to increase and enhance energy efficiency outreach to renters and landlords in one- to four-unit buildings.

resources and renewable energy programs. The organization serves as a pipeline for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, resources and workforce development in the sector.

Through the partnership with the city, All In Energy and its partner Neeeco, a "Mass Save" home performance contractor, will offer dedicated access to a rental property energy adviser to connect renters with no-cost home energy assessments, including instant savings measures like LED light bulbs and programmable thermostats, as well as a customized list of actions to help residents save energy and money. (Source: City of Cambridge, Cambridge Chronicle & Tab, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Cambridge Energy Alliance, www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org, www.allinenergy.org/cambridge; All In Energy, www.allinenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News All In Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Soros Major Climate Strike Funder (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
George Soros
Date: 2019-09-30
According to Breitbart, last week's Global Climate Strike was partially funded by Hungarian-American investor and philanthropist billionaire investor George Soros.

Environmental groups active in the climate change issue reportedly received close to $25 million from George Soros between 2000-2017 through his Open Society Network, according to Breitart's 28 Sept. coverage. (Source: Breitbart, 28 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Infosys Lauded with UN Global Climate Action Award (Int'l. Report)
Infosys,UN Climate Change Secretariat
Date: 2019-09-30
The Indian business technology consultancy Infosys reports it has been awarded the United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the "Carbon Neutral Now", making it the only Indian corporate to be recognized for its efforts to combat climate change.

In 2011, Infosys committed to become carbon neutral through an accelerated plan focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and offsetting carbon emissions.

The UN Global Climate Action Awards are organized by the Momentum for Change initiative of the UN Climate Change Secretariat. (Source: Infosys, Economic Times, 29 Sept., 2019) Contact: UN Climate Change Secretariat, www.unfccc.int; Infosys, www.infosys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  Infosys,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quote from the Land Down Under
Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-30
"You (Australia) are the keepers of an extraordinary section of the surface of this planet, including the Barrier Reef, and what you say, what you do, really, really matters,"

"And then you suddenly say: 'No it doesn't matter ... it doesn't matter how much coal we burn ... we don't give a damn what it does to the rest of the world." -- Sir David Attenborough, an English broadcaster and natural historian commenting on Australia's attitude to addressing climate change. (Source: Business Insider Australia, Sept., 2019) Contact: Sir David Attenborouhj, www.imdb.com/name/nm0041003

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Great Barrier Reef,  Australia Climate Change,  


Dominion Energy Acquires VA. Solar Projects (M&A, Ind Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Old Dominion State, Richmand-based Dominion Energy, Inc. subsidiary Dominion Generation, Inc. is reporting acquisition of two solar generating projects from Savion LLC, a subsidiary of Macquarie's Green Investment Group.

The 15-MW Myrtle Solar project in the City of Suffolk is expected to come online in Q2, 2020. The 80-MW Greensville Solar facility in Greensville County is expected to come online in late 2020.

Power generated at the two sites, as well as the renewable energy credits, will go to telecommunications company T-Mobile USA, Inc., under long-term PPAs. {Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 28 Sept., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Aaron Ruby, (804) 771-3404, Aaron.F.Ruby@dominionenergy.com, Gary Courts, GM New Bus. Dev., www.DominionEnergy.com

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


Vestas Claims 359 MW US Wind Turbines Order (Ind. Report)
Vestas
Date: 2019-09-30
Danish global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from an undisclosed customer for 359 MW of V120-2.2 MW wind turbines for a wind farm at an undisclosed U.S. location. Including previously purchased V112-3.45 MW components, the project has a total nameplate capacity of 400 MW.

Turbine supply, commissioning and a 10-year service agreement is included in the order. Turbine delivery is slated for Q1 2020 with commissioning scheduled for Q3 2020. The project and customer are undisclosed. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Christer Baden Hansen, VP Sales, +34 689 64 83 91, www.vestas.com

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


EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2019-09-30
According to the recently released U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 report, despite renewable energy investment more than tripling globally during the current decade compared to the last 10-year period, most of the power delivered to the world's electric grids during the recent decade was from coal -- still the world's largest source of electricity, providing 38 pct of world electrical generation in 2018, about the same as 1997.

The world spent about $2.6 trillion on renewable energy projects during the decade, over three times the amount spent from 2000 to 2009. Solar PV investments totaled around $1.3 trillion, and onshore and offshore wind investment totaled around $1 trillion. Globally, solar energy capacity increased by 638 GW between 2009 and 2019, while coal-fired capacity increased by 529 GW, wind capacity increased 487 GW, and natural gas capacity increased 436 GW. In 2018, $41 billion was invested in coal worldwide.

China's spending on renewable electricity was the highest in the world at $758 billion from 2000 to the first half of 2019. The US was second with $356 billion, followed by Japan at $202 billion. The European nations spent around $698 billion on wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources, with Germany and the UK spending the most. It is expected that 330 GW of new wind power capacity will come online over the next five years, driven primarily by onshore wind power projects in the US and China. Investments in renewable power capacity in 2018, however, dropped 38 pct in China and by 6 pct in the US, while rising 45 pct in Europe.

The report predicts that electric power demand for coal will fall to 17 pct of total generation by 2050. Moody's Investors Service predicts coal will represent 11 pct of total U.S. power generation by 2030 -- down from 27 pct in 2018. The over 50 pct drop in coal demand from utilities by 2030 implies that coal demand would decline by about 7 pct per year on average over the next 10 years.

Download the US EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 -- Projections to 2050 report HERE. (Source: US EIA, Sept., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Renewable Energy,  US EIA,  


Glasgow Targets Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-09-30
In Scotland, the port city of Glasgow (pop. 600,000 +-) on the River Clyde reports it is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 -- seven years ahead of the city's initial net-zero emissions plan. The goal of carbon neutrality follows a key recommendation made by the city's Climate Emergency Working Group as part of efforts in tackling climate change.

In May, the city of Glasgow followed the city of Edinburgh in declaring a climate emergency. (Source: City of Glasgow, Clyde 1, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Glasgow, www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/statistics/council-area-data-sheets/glasgow-city-council-profile.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Pittsburgh Launches High Performance Building Center (Ind. Report)
Green Building Alliance
Date: 2019-09-30
The Green Building Alliance (GBA)T and the UN Economic Council on Europe (UNECE) are reporting an agreement to establish the city of Pittsburgh's International Center of Excellence on High Performance Buildings.

The center will focus on making improvements to the built environment through UNECE's Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings. It will work with global sustainability experts to identify and employ best practices for sustainable building design, construction and policy, and will conduct training programs for architects, engineers, planners and contractors on sustainable design and construction. The center will also provide technical and innovation assistance, and advocate for changes in local and state policies such as building codes, zoning incentives and energy regulations.

Pittsburgh is the second city in the world to participate in the program, following New York's Building Energy Exchange. (Source: Green Building Alliance, Smart Cities, Pittsburgh2030 District, Contact: Pittsburgh2030 District, Jenna Cramer, Exec. Dir., pittsburgh@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Alliance,  Energy Efficiency,  


European Energy Efficient Mortgage in Planning Stage (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-09-27
Meeting in Brussels, the European Mortgage Industry -- including 47 key lending institutions, 17 national, European and International authorities and relevant market stakeholders -- is reportedly preparing to launch an Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative (EEMI) pilot and are mobilizing European and global mortgage markets with a view to channeling private financing to "green" the building stock in the EU and beyond.

The Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative -- led by the European Mortgage Federation-European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC), Ca' Foscari University of Venice, RICS, the Europe Regional Network of the World Green Building Council, E.ON and SAFE Goethe University Frankfurt -- aims to create an energy efficient mortgage through which home purchasers are incentivized to improve the energy efficiency of their building or acquire an already energy efficient property by way of favourable conditions linked to the mortgage.

The assumption is that energy efficiency has a risk mitigation effect for banks as a result of the impact on a borrower's ability to service his/her loan and on the value of the property, a correlation which the EeMAP Initiative will seek to substantiate. (Source: Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative Luca Bertalot, Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative Coordinator , +32 2 285 4035, lbertalot@hypo.org , www.energyefficientmortgages.eu

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$350Mn Support for Energy Storage Announced (Int'l. Funding)
Climate Investment Fund
Date: 2019-09-27
The World Bank is reporting several European states have committed to bankroll various World Bank clean energy initiatives in support of renewable energy-- energy storage projects in middle-income and developing countries.

The funding comes as part of the Climate Investment Funds Global Energy Storage Program's Energy Storage Partnership aimed at financing 17.5GWh of battery storage by 2025 -- over triple the 4-5GWh installed across all developing countries. The program is expected to support middle-income and developing countries as they increase their use of renewables, improve energy security, grid stability and expand electricity access.

In addition to the UK's £200 million commitment, France and the Netherlands pledged US$55 million and US$44 million respectively for the development of solar in Sub-Saharan Africa.(Source: World Bank, Energy Storage, 24 Sept., 2019)Contact: Climate Investment Fund, www.climateinvestmentfunds.org

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ABB Unveils Solar Energy Storage System (New Prod & Tech)
ABB
Date: 2019-09-27
ABB Group reports it is collaborating with Lindin, Utah-based solar power battery storage specialist Humless Universal on a 10/4 "plug-and-play" residential energy storage system powered by 48V Universal Energy Management (UEM) and ABB's UNO-DM-TL-PLUS line of residential inverters.

The system integrates with existing residential grid-tied solar systems and works with any manufacturer's panels. Humless Universal is the first to enable simultaneous AC/DC Coupling and is very expandable. (Source: ABB, PR, BusinessWire, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: ABB, Franklin Sullivan, EVP, Market Manager US Electrification, www.abb.com; Humless Universal, 866-438-7129, www.humless.com

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W2 Fuel Iowa Biodiesel Plant Closed Amid RFS Uncertainty (Ind Report)
W2 Fuel,Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Hawkeye State, Radio Iowa is reporting W2 Fuel LLC has temporarily shuttered its 10-million gpy biodiesel plant in in Crawfordsville due to market conditions and uncertainties swirling around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, the Crawfordsville facility is one of 12 biodiesel plants in Iowa. Last year, 365 million gallons of biodiesel was produced in Iowa -- roughly 20 pct of all the biodiesel made in the U.S. (Source: RadioIowa, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, www.iowarfa.org; W2 Fuel LLC, Roy Strom, CEO, (319) 658-2003, www.w2fuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  W2 Fuel,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  


Vestas Confirms Mexican 168-MW Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Vestas
Date: 2019-09-27
Danish wind industry major Vestas Wind Systems A/S is reporting eceipt of an order to supply equipment for a 168-MW wind park in Mexico.

Under the deal, which derives from a corporate power purchase agreement (PPA), Vestas will deliver and install 42 units of its 4-MW platform turbines as well as provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services under a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) agreement.

The turbine blades will be manufactured at TPI Composites Inc's plant in Matamoro, Tamaulipas state, Mexico and the towers will be from local suppliers. (Source: Vestas, Renewables Now, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, +49 (0) 160 90141736, chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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Arlington Updates Community Energy, Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Arlington County
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Old Dominion State, Arlington County (pop. 235,000 +-) reports it has updated its Community Energy Plan to incorporate goals for carbon neutrality by 2050; increased building energy efficiency and a 38 pct drop in building energy consumption; greater building resilience; increased reliance on renewable energy; a move to efficient and low-emissions transportation; and other related initiatives.

The policy targets 50 pct renewable electricity for government operations by 2022 and 100 pct by 2025, rising to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2035.

The energy plan has specific targets for reducing the amount of per capita carbon produced each decade through 2050. The County also will produce a plan to transition away from internal combustion engines and increase the use of alternative and public transportation. (Source: Arlington Connection, 25 Sept., 2019)Contact: Arlington County, www.arlingtonva.us

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Orsted's Hornsea Offshore Wind Project Near Completion (Int'l.)
Orsted
Date: 2019-09-27
In the UK, Orsted is reporting the world's largest offshore wind farm roughly 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast of Britain is nearing completion.

The Hornsea One project incorporates 174 , 7-MW wind turbines and will generate sufficient electric power for 1 million or more homes when completed and online in 2020. (Source: Orstd, 24 Sept, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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180-MW Brazilian Wind Park Complex Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Brazil Wind,Wind
Date: 2019-09-27
The Brazilian power utility Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) reports the last three units of the 180.6-MW Cutia wind energy complex in Rio Grande do Norte state is now online. The facility consists of seven wind parks totaling 86 wind turbines. (Source: Copel, Renewables, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: Copel, (+55 41 3222-2027, +55 41 3331-3277, copel@copel.com, www.copel.com

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Biomass Residues to Fischer-Tropsch Products Validated (Ind Report)
Fischer-Tropsch
Date: 2019-09-27
The EU news agency CORDIS is reporting production of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues has been successfully validated in the EU's COMSYN project in September. The process performance was verified with bark in an 80 hour-long test run by the Helsinki-headquartered VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) -- the project coordinator.

The syngas conversion to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) products was conducted by Karlsruhe, Germany-based IneraTec GmbH. The test studied and verified the performance of the gas cleaning train and the entire synthesis process with real wood-derived gasification gas. (Source: CORDIS, EU COMSYN Project, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: EU COMDYN Project, www.comsynproject.eu; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com; IneraTec GmbH, +49 721 86484460, www.ineratec.de

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CalComTouts Ag. Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund (Ind. Report)
CalCom Energy
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Golden State, Fresno-based CalCom Energy is reporting the launch of the Agriculture Energy Infrastructure Fund, a $100 million resource to build solar and energy storage projects in California.

The fund, developed in partnership with Symbiont Energy and Live Oak Bank, will enable agriculture companies to build on-site clean energy projects over the next 24 months. The fund, which will provide long-term, lower cost energy through clean energy power purchase agreements (PPAs), is intended to assist agriculture companies and farmers hit hard by the impact of recent California wildfires, lack of grid resiliency and ever-increasing energy and water costs. With a CalCom PPA and on-site solar energy, CalCom customers can cut or eliminate their electricity costs while directly reducing carbon emissions. CalCom estimates potential savings of $250 million in utility bill savings for its customers over the life of the energy assets.

CalCom Energy develops, finances and builds solar and energy storage projects and has developed more than 200 MW of clean energy projects, including some of the largest agricultural solar farms in the West. (Source: CalCom Energy, PR, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: CalCom Energy, Dylan Dupre, Pres., CEO, David Williams, Chief Commercial Officer , 559.667.9200, Sales@CalComEnergy.com, www.calcomenergy.com

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"No Climate Emergency" says CLINTEL (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
CLINTEL
Date: 2019-09-27
Previously this wekk in New York, the newly launched Netherlands-based Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL), a global network of 500 prominent climate deniers, scientists and professionals, declared "there is no climate emergency" to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Professor Guus Berkhout of The Netherlands, who organized the Declaration, said: "So popular is the Declaration with scientists and researchers worldwide that signatories are flooding in not only from within Europe but also from other countries such as the United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand."

The group warns the U.N. that "the general-circulation models of climate on which international policy is at present founded are unfit for their purpose" and that the "models which have predicted far more warming than they should are not remotely plausible as policy tools in that in that they ... exaggerate the effect of greenhouse gases such as CO2 and ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial."

The CLINTEL letter invites the Secretary-General to work with the CLINTEL global network to organize a constructive, high-level meeting between world-class scientists on both sides of the climate debate in early 2020. (Source: CLINTEL, Sept., 2019) Contact: CLINTEL, Professor Guus Berkhout, +31 651214 737 guus.berkhout@clintel.org, www.clintel.org

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Pittsburgh Firms Support Methane Emissions Ruductions (Ind. Report)
Equitrans Midstream Corporation
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Steel City, Equitrans Midstream Corp. (ETRN) and EQM Midstream Partners LP (EQM) have come out in support of the US oil and gas industry's ongoing efforts to reduce methane emissions and therefore oppose the US EPA's proposed rollback of methane regulations.

The EPA's April 2019 inventory report showed total methane emissions are down 15.8 pct since 1990 -- insufficient to achieve regulatory compliance on methane emissions in order to address the global impacts of climate change.

ETRN and EQM currently utilize various methane mitigation methods across their operations and are evaluating additional enhancement and mitigation efforts, such as: expansion of the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programme; pneumatic controller upgrades; re-compression of pipeline gas prior to maintenance procedures; and upgrading existing stations with air or electric starts.

ETRN is a member of the Environmental Partnership -- a voluntary reduction programme offered through the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the ONE Future Coalition of natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain to 1 pct pct. (Source: ETRN, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: Equitrans Midstream Corporation, Diana Charletta , Pres., CEO, www.equitransmidstream.com; EQM Midstream Partners, www.eqm-midstreampartners.com

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Biodiesel Fueling Specialist Wins $1Mn 76West Prize (Ind Report)
Optimus Technologies,NYSERDA
Date: 2019-09-27
The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reports Pittsburgh--based truck biodiesel fueling systems manufacturer Optimus Technologies is the $1,000,000 first prize winner in the 76West Clean Energy Competition. The 76West competition supports growing clean energy businesses to foster economic development, according to the release.

A total of $2.5 million was competitively awarded to six companies. A $500,000 winner and four $250,000 winners were also named as part of the competition, which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Other winners included: Radical Plastics of Marblehead, Massachusetts; Buffalo NY-based CleanFiber; Cambridge Crops of Somerville, Massachusetts; Carbon Upcycling Technologies of Calgary, Alberta; and ProsumerGrid of Atlanta, Georgia. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Business Journal News Network, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: 76West, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All Programs/Programs/76west; Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, Ian Winner, (412) 727-8228x6, ian.winner@optimustec.com, www.optimustec.com; Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form; NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners Save $6.7Bn (Ind. Report)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2019-09-27
The US DOE is reporting the more than 220 organizations that participate in its Better Buildings, Better Plants program have cumulatively saved $6.7 billion in energy costs and more than 1.3 quadrillion BTUs of energy. These partners have more than 3,200 facilities and represent roughly 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint.

Through the Better Buildings, Better Plants partnership, managed by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE works with partners who have set ambitious energy, water and/or waste reduction goals. As of 2019, partners have now met and exceeded 60 energy goals. All partners share their energy performance data and solutions with other companies, helping to expand innovation and savings throughout the industrial sector.

Read the full 2019 Better Plants Annual Progress Update HERE. (Source: US DOE, Better Plants Challenge, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE, Better Plants Challenge, https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/better-plants/challenge

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TechnipFMC, BTG-BTL Plan Swedish Bio-oil Facility (Int'l. Report)
BTG-BTL,TechnipFMC
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Netherlands, BTG-BTL reports it has teamed up with TechnipFMC to design and construct a production facility in Sweden to convert wood residues such as sawdust into bio-oil which will then be processed into a transportation biofuel for blending with other fuels.

The facility will use pyrolysis technology to process approximately 35,000-40,000 tpy of wood residues into oil. The end fuel product will European REDII directive compliant.

TechnipFMC and BTG-BTL have already been awarded an order to construct a similar production facility in Finland, with the option to extend to four. Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin in 2019, with production slated for 2021. (Source: BTG-BTL, Biofuels Int'l, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: BTG Bioliquids BV, +31 (0 )53 486 2287, office@btg-btl.com, www.btg-btl.com; TechnipFMC, +31 (0)79 3293 600, tpbenelux@technipfmc.com, www.technipfmc.com

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JinkoSolar Joins the RE100 and EP100 Green Initiatives (Int'l.)
JinkoSolar
Date: 2019-09-27
Shanghai-headquartered Solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has committed to the RE100 and EP100 initiatives which are led by the international not-for-profit Climate Group.

The RE100 initiative and its partner companies are committed to 100 pct renewable power and a low carbon economy. Accordingly, JinkoSolar will power all of its solar plants and global operations with 100 pct renewable power by 2025. By 2030, the Company will deploy an energy management system across its operations and improve its energy productivity by 30 pct when compared to 2016. JinkoSolar has also signed up for the EP100 Cooling Challenge to increase the energy efficiency of its cooling operations. (Source: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., PR, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: Climate Group's global EP100 initiative, www. theclimategroup.org/EP100; Jinko Solar Holding Co. Ltd., Ripple Zhang, +86 21-5183 3105 pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com; CDP, RE100, www.RE100.org

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Intersect Power Plans 1.7GW Solar Portfolio in 2020 (Ind Report)
Intersect Power
Date: 2019-09-27
US-based renewable energy projects developer Intersect Power is reporting plans to develop a 1.7GW solar power plant portfolio in 2020. The portfolio will include five shovel-ready solar projects, which will be located in California and Texas.

Out of the five projects, three will be developed in Texas. Juno, a 425MW project is scheduled to begin construction in February 2020, while Titan, a 375MW project is slated for Culberson County with an expected expected ground-breaking in March 2020. The Aragorn project will have an installed capacity of 250MW will be built at Culberson Country, with construction works expected to begin in June 2020.

In California, the company will develop Athos I and Athos II in Riverside County in June and October 2020 respectively.

First Solar will supply more than 3.7 million thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules for these projects. Signal Energy will handle engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities. (Source: Interstate Power, Power Tech., 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: Interstate Power, Sheldon Kimber, CEO, www.intersectpower.com

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DTE Energy Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Motor City, DTE Energy reports it is committing to achieve net carbon neutrality by the year 2050. To that end, the Detroit utility plans to work on carbon capture and sequestration CCS), energy storage storage technologies, and even "advanced modular nuclear" technology, according to DTE COO Trevor Lauer. (Source: DTE, Michigan NPR, 26 Sept., 2019)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

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Global Carbon Credits Index Launched in UK (Int'l Report)
IHS Markit, Climate Finance Partners
Date: 2019-09-27
London, UK-headquartered information and analytics provider IHS Markit reports the launch of its Global Carbon Index, the first benchmark for the global price of carbon credits.

The Index tracks the performance of the largest, most liquid and most accessible tradable carbon markets -- the European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS), the California Cap-and-Trade Program, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The index is calculated using OPIS data and carbon credit futures pricing in those markets.

The IHS Markit Global Carbon Index was developed in consultation with Climate Finance Partners, a specialist in climate finance. IHS Markit is also well known for its daily OPIS Carbon Market Report, national carbon policies database and for developing industry standard methodologies for greenhouse gas accounting and disclosures. Its research and expertise on carbon policy impact, low-carbon and cleantech technologies and carbon risk management guide companies in energy, petrochemical, automotive, shipping, agriculture and other sectors critical to the global economy. (Source: IHS Markit , 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: IHS Markit, www.ihsmarkit.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  EU ETS,  IHS Markit Carbon Market,  Carbon Credit,  


Melting Arctic Permafrost Impact Costs Pegged at $70tn (Int'l)
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Date: 2019-09-27
As previously reported, a study of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) in Espoo has found that the release of methane and CO2 from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70 trillion to the worlds climate bill.

The study authors contend their study is the first to calculate the economic impact of permafrost melt and reduced albedo -- a measure of how much light that hits a surface is reflected without being absorbed -- based on the most advanced computer models of what is likely to happen in the Arctic as temperatures rise.

The study notes that on the current trajectory of at least 3 degree C of warming by the end of the century, melting permafrost is expected to discharge up to 280 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide and 3 gigatonnes of methane, which is 10 to 20 times more damaging to the the afmosphere than carbon dioxide. This would increase the global climate-driven impacts by $70 trillion between now and 2300, the report concludes. (Source: VIT, Weekened Leader, 22 April, 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, +358 20 722 111, +358 20 722 7001 - fax., www.vttresearch.com

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