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Green Ideas Seeking Approvals for Irish CCGT Projects (Int'l)
Greener Ideas partnership
Date: 2018-06-11
In Ireland, the joint venture Greener Ideas Ltd. partnership reports it is seeking approval to construct to construct a 100MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) electric power plant with energy storage capacity at Monksland, in Athlone, Co., Roscommon. The plan is thought to reflect the growth in renewable energy and renewable energy storage technologies over the past decade. (Source: Greener Ideas Ltd, Independent Ireland, 10 June, 2018) Contact: Greener Ideas Ltd.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Turbine,  Energy Storage,  

India Planning National Li-Ion Battery Production (Int'l Report)
Central Electro Chemical Research Institute
Date: 2018-06-11
In New Delhi, the Hindustan Times is reporting the Indian government has signed a memorandum of understanding for the transfer of technology developed by Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, in partnership with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and others for the country's first locally developed lithium-ion cells. Indian manufacturers at present rely on imports.

CSIR-CECRI has a demo facility in Chennai that manufactures prototypes of the cells. Indigenously manufacturing the batteries will also bring down the cost. The low cost could also help replace the hazardous lead-acid batteries that are currently in use in many applications. (Source: IOndia Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, HindustanTimes, June, 2018) Contact: Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Vijayamohanan K. Pilla, Director, +91 4565 241 241,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage ,  

NYSERDA Recognizes Westport for Cutting Energy Consumption, Increasing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,Clean Energy Community
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has designated the Town of Westport as a Clean Energy Community in recognition of its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.

The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative provides grant funding to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, The Town of Westport:

  • Adopted a Benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the town's municipal buildings.
  • Streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects through adoption of the New York State Unified Solar Permit.
  • Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices in energy code enforcement for the town's code officer:
  • Installed an electric vehicle charging station at Westport Town Hall, and other upgrades and initiatives.

    Program funds are provided through the NY Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: NYSERDA, Town of Westport, June, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Town of Westport,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  Clean Energy Community,  

  • S.Africa Drafts National Climate Change Legislation (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-11
    In Johannesburg, South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is touting a draft National Climate Change Bill intended to "build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term just transition to a climate resilient and lower carbon economy and society." This would be done within the context of sustainable development for South Africa and would provide for all matters related to climate change. The legislation is intended to:
  • Provide for a co-ordinated and integrated response to climate change and its impact by all spheres of government in accordance with the principles of co-operative governance;
  • Provide for the effective management of inevitable climate change impacts through enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience, and reducing vulnerability to climate change with a view to building social, economic, and environmental resilience and an adequate national adaptation response in the context of the global climate change response; and
  • Make a fair contribution to the global effort to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that avoids dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system within a timeframe and in a manner that enables economic, employment, social and environmental development to proceed in a sustainable manner.

    The bill sets timelines for the establishment of a national environmentally sustainable development framework for achieving the goals of the proposed act, sets out national adaptation objectives to guide adaptation to climate change impacts, and to determine a national greenhouse gas emissions trajectory for South Africa, and the greenhouse gas thresholds that will determine carbon budget liability, the department said. (Source: South African Ministry of Environmental Affairs, African News Agency, 10 June, 2018) Contact: South African Environmental Affairs , Edna Molewa, Minister,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

  • Seoul Tops World's Carbon Footprint List (Int'l Report)
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Date: 2018-06-11
    According to researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, the South Korean city of Seoul's air quality and carbon footprint are among the worst in the world. Of the 13,000 cities worldwide included in the study, Seoul had the highest carbon dioxide out put of 276.1 metric tpy as of 2015. The results were published Thursday in the international science journal Environmental Research Letters.

    Seoul and the metropolitan area often see the daily average of air quality hit "extremely bad" levels, with airborne particulate matter categorized as harmful by the World Health Organization, as it can penetrate the respiratory system. The country's average concentration levels of particulate matter last year marked 44 micrograms per cubic meter and 25 for fine dust, two times higher than other advanced cities, including Paris, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo, during the same period, according to the National Institute of Environmental Research. Nearly 35 pct of the country's particulate matter originates from China, while 9 pct comes from North Korea and the rest stems from within the country, the Institue notes. (Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Korea Herald, 10 June, 2018)Contact: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Daniel Moran, +47 7359 50 00,

    LanzaTech, Shougang Launch Chinese Sustainable Ethanol Refinery (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-06-11
    New Zealand-founded LanzaTech and China's Shougang Group are reporting the launch of an ethanol plant at the Jingtang Steel Mill in Caofeidian, Hebei province, China -- the commercial facility converting industrial emissions to ethanol globally.

    The plant utilizes LanzaTech's technology which relies on anaerobic bacteria to ferment stell mill waste emissions. The installation has an ethanol production capacity of 46,000 tpy and has been operational since early May, this year.

    According to LanzaTech, the performance of this type of sustainable ethanol in fuel blending applications is indistinguishable from sugar-derived ethanol and meets the ASTM International D4806 standard. (Source: LanzaTeck, Renewables, 11 June, 2018) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,; Shougang Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Biofuel ,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blending,  

    Cielo's Alberta Renewable Diesel Refinery Permitted (Ind. Report)
    Cielo Waste Solutions
    Date: 2018-06-11
    Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered Cielo Waste Solutions reporting receipt of it's permit from the Ministry of Environment and Parks (Alberta) allowing the operation of its commercial refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta.

    The company strategic plan calls for the construction of multiple modular renewable diesel refineries around the world, offsetting landfills and other feedstock supplies. Input and output numbers will be disclosed once Cielo's Aldersyde Refinery is up and running on a continuous-flow basis. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions, PR, FSC Wire, 11 June, 2018) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions,  Renewable Diesel,  

    Tianjin City Announces Ethanol Blended Gasoline Plan (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-06-11
    In China, Reuters is reporting that by the end of Sept. the port city of Tianjin -- pop 15,000,000 -- will use ethanol-blended gasoline in most vehicles, according to the city government's website.

    Tianjin is expected to use 260,000 tpy of fuel ethanol produced from approximately 780,000 tpy of corn. China is currently sitting on huge stocks of corn estimated to be at about 200 million tonnes, following a now discontinued government stockpiling scheme to support farmers. Although China currently produces under 2.5 million tpy of ethanol the new policy could increase demand to 15 million tpy by 2020, according to a Reuters estimate.

    As previously reported, in 2017, China announced plans to roll out E-10 ethanol blended fuel on a national scale by 2020. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 11 June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  Ethanol,  China Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  

    China Aims to Optimize PV Power Development (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In Beijing, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Finance and the National Energy Administration have announced that although there are no plans for new distributed PV projects for the remainder of 2018, a quota of around 10 million kilowatts will be maintained.

    China cut the national feed-in-tariff by 0.05 yuan (approximately $0.008 U.S.) per kWh at the beginning of June, but there was no change to the subsidy for county-level poverty alleviation PV projects.

    China is taking the lead in PV development globally, with an internationally competitive and complete industrial chain. By the end of 2020, renewable energy will supply 1.9 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, 27 pct of total power generation, according to the NDRC 2016-2020 plan for renewable energy, according to the NDRC. (Source: NDRC,, June, 2018) )Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission,  Solar,  China Solar,  

    Serbia's First Large-Scale Wind Farm Financing Announced (Int'l)
    Green for Growth Fund
    Date: 2018-06-08
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) Green for Growth Fund (GGF) reports it will provide €32 million for the 158 MW Cibuk windfarm, Serbia's first large-scale wind farm which will be constructed near Belgrade.

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have already pledged to provide €215 million for the project, partially through a syndicated loan.

    The wind farm is being developed by Vetroelektrane Balkana, owned by Tesla Wind, a joint venture between an Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy developer Masdar and Cibuk Wind Holding, a branch of the U.S.-based wind energy developer Continental Wind Partners.

    The GE 57 turbine park will generate sufficient energy for approximately 113,000 households. (Source: Business Insider UK, Reuters, 5 June, 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank, Green for Growth Fund,; EIB,; Vetroelektrane Balkana,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  Wind,  EIB,  

    Arkansas Electric Coop, Wildhorse Wind Energy Ink PPA (Ind. Report)
    Arkansas Electric Cooperative
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Little Rock-headquartered Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. reports the inking of a 20-year PPA with Wildhorse Wind Energy LLC for up to 100 mw of power produced by the Wildhorse Mountain Wind project in Pushmataha County, Okla.

    The 100-mw project, about 100 miles southwest of Fort Smith, is expected to consist of 29 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas and Roaring Fork Wind, a co-development partnership between Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. and Vestas.

    Wildhorse Mountain is expected to reach commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2019. Wildhorse Wind Energy is owned by Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Co. (Source: Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Arkansas OnLine, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., Duane Highley, CEO,; Wildhorse Wind Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arkansas Electric Cooperative,  Wildhorse Wind Energy ,  

    SDG&E 83.5 MW Calif. Energy Storage Projects Approved (Ind. Report)
    San Diego Gas & Electric
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Following up on our March 7th coverage, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) reports the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the utility's addition of 83.5 MW of energy storage facilities. The utility will now contract the for the installation of lithium-ion battery storage facilities in San Diego and south Orange counties.

    A 30-MW/120-MWh storage system will be constructed in San Diego by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) America, while Advanced Microgrid Solutions will construct a 4-MW/16-MWh lithium-ion battery in San Juan Capistrano. Both facilities are expected to be online by December 2019.

    The CPUC approval includes a 40-MW/160-MW energy storage project in Fallbrook, proposed by Fluence, and a 6.5-MW/26-MWh facility in Escondido, to be installed by Powin Energy. For the fifth storage project, Enel Green Power will complete a 3-MW/12-MWh facility in Poway by December 2021. (Source: San Diego Gas & Electric , Renewables, 7 June, 2018) Contact: San Diego Gas & Electric,; California PUC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News San Diego Gas & Electric ,  California PUC,  Energy STorage,  

    Engie Acquiring Renewables Developer Langa Group (Int'l M&A)
    Engie SA
    Date: 2018-06-08
    French electric utility Engie SA reports it is acquiring Brittany-based renewable energy producer Langa Group to meet its goal of developing 3 GW of wind and almost 2.2 GW of solar by 2021.

    Langa is active in solar, wind, biogas and biomass projects and is involved in the entire value chain of its projects. Its portfolio of operating assets is expected to reach 215 MW of installed capacity by the end of the year, including 165 MW of solar power and 39 MW of wind energy. (Source: Engie SA, Renewables Now, 7 JUne, 2018) Contact: Langa Group, Gilles Lebreux, Founder, CEO,; Engie SA, Isabelle Kocher, CEO,

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

    Siemens Gamesa Opens Cuxhaven Nacelle Plant (Int'l Report)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is reporting the opening of its $236 million offshore nacelle production facility in Cuxhaven, Germany.

    Nacelles developed at the 5,000 square-meter site will be designated for assembly at offshore wind energy facilities. The plant is the first production facility for offshore wind turbine components in Germany. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PEI, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,

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

    3i Infrastructure Taking Stake in Dutch Waste-to-Energy (M&A)
    3i Infrastructure,Attero
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In the UK, Jersey-headquarteered 3i Infrastructure reports it will invest €201 million in the acquisition of a 50 pct stake in Dutch waste management and energy recovery operator, Attero, from Waterland, a Dutch private equity fund, subject to certain third-party approvals.

    Attero owns two energy-from-waste plants, two sorting and pre-treatment facilities, six anaerobic digestion facilities, seven composting facilities and ten landfills.

    3i Infrastructure plc invests across mid-market economic infrastructure and greenfield projects in developed markets, with a focus on the UK and Europe, according to the company's website. (Source: 3i Infrastructure, WMW, June, 2018) Contact: 3i Infrastructure,; Attero, +31 (0)88 550 10 00,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Attero,  Waste-to-Energy,  anaerobic digestion ,  

    VLS Decarbonization Partners Planning UK CCS Trials (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In London, Very Large Scale Decarbonization Partners LLC (VLS Decarb) reports it is planning field trials of its large scale capable CO2 sequestration system in several UK and EU locations.

    VLS Decarb's major-market patented and globally patent pending suite of technologies hold the potential to sequester atmospheric CO2 at the levels stipulated by the Paris Climate Change Accord of December 2015. Specifically, it could remove volumes of CO2 sufficient to arrest the progression of climate change and potentially reverse harmful effects being experienced from unmitigated CO2 emissions of human origins.

    During the past five years, VLS Decarb's technology has been advanced by an R&D collaboration involving the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University and an international array of academic and governmental institutions and funding agencies. This research and development partnership, funded by Innovate UK, has led to the development of novel materials that are key to enabling the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) concept.

    Download the VLS Decarbonization -- Confidential Permanent CO2 Sequestration in Shale Reservoirs Restored to their Pre-Production State report HERE. (Source: VLS Decarbonization Partners, LLC, PR, 7 June, 2018) Contact: ESRI, Prof. Andrew R Barron,;; VLS Decarb, John Francis Thrash MD,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Climate Change,  ,  

    "I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Notable Quote)
    Date: 2018-06-08
    On Wednesday in Washington, under pressure from US corn interests and farming state legislators, President Donald Trump abandoned an overhaul of biofuels policy aimed at reducing costs for the oil industry, sending US renewable fuel credit prices soaring more than 40 pct on Wednesday.

    The White House had been poised to announce proposed changes to the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week after hosting months of difficult negotiations between representatives of Big Oil and Big Corn but delayed the announcement indefinitely. Even so, Trump brashly tried to sugar-coat defeat by exclaiming to his "base" -- "I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Source: devdiscourse, Various Media Sources, 6 June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Ethanol,  Trump,  Biofuel,  

    Fife Biomass CHP Plant Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
    RWE, iGlenrothes Energy Network
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In Fife, Scotland, RWE AG reports ground breaking for the Glenrothes Energy Network, a £24 million, state-of-the-art Energy Centre at RWE's Markinch CHP biomass plant the will provide heating to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Fife House complex.

    The project is a collaboration between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish government. RWE will own the Energy Centre and provide the heat required for the network from its biomass plant and Fife Council will own the network and act as service provider. The Scottish government is supporting the development through its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition "matching funds" Programme. The project is expected to be operational by the end of January 2019. (Source: RWE, Fife Council, Construction Index, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Glenrothes Energy Network,; RWE AG,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biomass CHP,  RWE,  

    World GBC Calls for Net-Zero Building Sector by 2030 (Int'l)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In London, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is reporting the launch of its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment calling on built environment sector to set ambitious targets that eliminate carbon emissions, track, verify and report on commitments to eliminate operational carbon emissions from their building stocks.

    The initiative is intended the help the building and construction industry meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The building and construction industry accounts for around one-third of global emissions and will need to play a crucial role in keeping the global temperature at sustainable levels. Energy consumption levels in the sector are set to be exacerbated in the next 35 years, with the global building stock expected to double to 415 billion square metres, according to the World GBC.

    In November 2017, the UK Government struck an agreement with the construction industry to halve emissions in the built environment over the next eight years. (Source: World Green Building Council, edie, 7 June, 2018) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Building,  Green Building,  World Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

    WPS, MG&E Partnering on $390Mn Wisc. Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
    Madison Gas and Electric
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In the Badger State, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) reports it is teaming up with Madison Gas and Electric (MG$E) to operate two proposed solar energy facilities in the towns of Two Creeks and Two Rivers, just south of the Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Manitowoc County.

    Together, the two projects are projected to cost $390 million. (Source: Wisconsin Public Service, Fox6 News, June, 2018) Contact: Madison Gas and Electric , Gary Wolter, CEO, (608) 252-7222,; Wisconsin Public Service,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Madison Gas and Electric ,  Solar,  

    Stationary Battery Storage Market to Hit $35Bn by 2030 (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-06-08
    According to the Stationary Battery Storage Market report from Delaware-headquartered Global Market Insights, the Stationary Battery Storage Market is expected to reach $35 billion by 2030. Increasing investments toward integration of sustainable energy technologies coupled with growing deployment of enhanced storage units with high power output will foster the stationary battery storage market. Favorable regulatory framework toward the expansion of grid infrastructure will further propel the industry growth.

    Increasing R&D spending toward the development of efficient system along with improved shelf life will positively drive the stationary battery storage market. High discharge rate, reduced weight, comparative efficiency, longer life cycle, reducing cost and high voltage output and some of the key imperative parameters which will boost the product demand, the reports says.

    The report identifies notable players across stationary battery storage market as Samsung SDI, Exide Technologies, A123 systems, Johnson Controls, Durapower, Toshiba, GS Yuasa, Tesla, BYD co, Hitachi Chemical, Duracell, Hitachi Chemical, Valence Technology, Uniper, LG Chem, ACDelco, Hitachi Maxell, Panasonic and Roofer Technology.

    Download Stationary Battery Storage Market report details HERE. (Source: Global Market Insights, Inc , 7 June, 2018) Contact: Global Market Insights Inc, Arun Hegde Corporate Sales, USA, (302) 846-7766,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stationar Battery,  Battery Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  

    Neshoba Miss. Scores TVA Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In Mississippi, the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors is reporting receipt of almost $78,000 in energy efficiency rebates from the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Rebate Program.

    The rebate was thin recognition of the county's Energy Efficiency and Reinvestment Project which included LED energy efficient lighting and other upgrades. The county plans to apply the rebate cash to other county facility energy efficiency improvements. "We are already seeing savings of over our 35 percent estimate. With us seeing savings over that, I think the project is going very well,” explains Mayo. The board plans to reinvest the check by continuing this project at the Neshoba County Coliseum. The county-wide facility improvements include: Interior and exterior LED lighting in the buildings, a new roof on the courthouse and new HVAC systems. (Source: Neshoba County,Miss., WTOK, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Neshoba County, Jeff Mayo, County Administrator, (601) 656-6281,; TVA, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  LED Light,  

    USAID, CDB Partnering on Caribbean Energy Efficiency, Management Training (Int'l Report)
    USAID, Caribbean Development Bank
    Date: 2018-06-08
    The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Programme (CARCEP) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are reporting the launch of the Caribbean Energy Manager (CEM) Training and Capacity Building Programme in Bridgetown, Barbados.

    The training will delivered by the Jamaica Society of Energy Engineers and was made possible with help from the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean Fund and the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA).

    The CEM designation is a US-based international certification offered through the Association of Energy Engineers and has become the international industry standard for practitioners operating as energy managers. (Source: USAID, Jamaica Gleaner, 4 June, 2018) Contact: USAID CARCEP, John Marcocchio, Energy Efficiency Promotion Specialist, (202) 712-0000,; Caribbean Development Bank,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Caribbean Development Bank ,  USAID,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NCGA Commends Efforts to Protect RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Following White House postponement of potential damaging changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, NCGA President and North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes thanked those who stood up for America's corn farmers.

    "The nation's corn growers thank Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for their advocacy and steadfast support for farmers, rural communities and renewable fuels. We greatly appreciate their efforts.

    "With the expectation that the Administration was preparing to take drastic actions to unravel the RFS, farmers are very pleased those actions have been set aside and strongly encourage the Administration to keep the President's commitment to America's farmers and (leave) the RFS intact." (Source: NCGA, Wisc. AgConnection, 7 June, 2018) Contact: National Corn Growers Association, Kevin Skunes, Pres., (202) 326-0644,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuels,  NCGA,  

    Pennsylvania Set to Adopt C-PACE Financing (Reg & Leg)
    Pennsylvania DEP
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania DEP reports Gov. Tom Wolf (D) will sign a new, bipartisan bill under which the Keystone State will become the first Northeaster US state in six years to enable Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE).

    The legislation is aimed at helping commercial and industrial property owners finance upgrades for energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy systems.

    The voluntary program allows municipal governments to set up energy improvement districts, where private lenders can give money to commercial, industrial, or agricultural property owners for eligible improvements to buildings. The money is repaid in the form of an additional tax payment, which remains attached to the specific, upgraded building if it is sold.

    The Pennsylvania legislation does not proscribe how the C-PACE program will ultimately be administered. (Source: Pennsylvania DEP, Energy News, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Pennsylvania DEP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Xcel Plan Closes Coal Plants, Slashes CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
    Xcel Energy Colorado
    Date: 2018-06-08
    According to a Xcel Energy Colorado filing with the Colorado PUC, the utility's new power plan, which includes the closure of two coal-fired power plants, could save customers an estimated $215 million, cut carbon emissions by half and lift renewable energy sources to 55 pct of its electricity portfolio by 2026.

    The plan would retire 660 mw of coal generation from the Commanche 1 and Commanche 2 plants in Pueblo and add 1,100 mw of new wind capacity, 750 mw of solar generation, and 380 mw of flexible gas sources. The plan reduces the utility's coal power production from 44 pct in 2017 to 24 pct by 2026. (Source: Xcel Energy Colorado, Denver Post, 6 June, 2018)Contact: Xcel Energy Colorado, David Eves, Pres.,; Colorado Public Utilities Commission, (303) 894-2000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy Colorado,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  

    New "Direct Air" Carbon Capture Technology Touted (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Scientists from Harvard University and Squamish, British Columbia-based, privately held Carbon Engineering are reporting they have cut the cost of an existing "direct air capture" technology for the capture of CO2 from the atmosphere. The new technique would reduce the cost of direct air capture from about $600 per ton of carbon dioxide to as little as $94 per ton, according to Carbon Engineering.

    If the new technique proves commercially viable, it could "transform how humanity thinks about the problem of climate change", according to Carbon Engineering. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Harvard Univ., CBC News, Examiner, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Carbon Engineering,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  

    Caesars Commits to 95 pct Carbon Emissions Cut (Ind. Report)
    Science Based Target initiative
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corporation reports it has set "science based" company-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets aligned with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

    The SBTi is a collaboration among CDP (f.k.a. Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered "science-based" if they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below two degrees C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

    Caesars Entertainment has committed to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions 30 pct by 2025, and 95 pct by 2050 from a 2011 base year. Since 2011, Caesars has reduced its total GHG emissions by 22.9 pct. (Source: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Hotel Business, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Caesars Entertainment Corporation,; Science Based Target initiative,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Target initiative,  Carbon Emissions ,  

    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-08
    "Decarbonization is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be one of the first countries in the world to accomplish it, if not the first. "We have the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies." -- Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado,May, 2018

    Costa Rica presently generates more than 99 pct of its electric power with renewable energy sources. (Source: The Independent, 10 May, 2018)

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

    Notable Quote
    Date: 2018-06-06

    DuPont Launches New Products for Fuel Ethanol (New Prod & Tech)
    DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont™ XCELIS™,Wilmigton, Delaware-based DuPont Industrial Biosciences has unveiled three new products designed to increase yields, speed fermentation and reduce energy and chemical consumption:
  • DuPont™ SYNERXIA® THRIVE GX: Next Generation in Yeast for the Fuel Alcohol Industry;
  • DuPont DISTILLASE DXT: Advanced Glucoamylase Blend;
  • DuPont OPTIMASH AX: Xylanase for Enhanced Liquefaction

    The new XCELIS platform also will feature an online partner community for the industry, GRAIN CHANGERS. This online community and innovative product offerings represent a new age for DuPont's XCELIS biorefinery team. By improving performance, efficiency and fuel ethanol yields, XCELIS helps ethanol producers reach their goals with new products, tools and technologies. "These three products are -- quite simply -- game-changers for the fuel ethanol market. Our team has done it once again -- listened to customer needs, engineered cutting-edge enzyme and yeast technologies and worked hand-in-hand with ethanol producers to bring products to market that provide the best possible yields and new options for efficiency," the release says. (Source: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, PR, June, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences , Judy Underwood, Global Marketing Leader Grain Processing, Wendy Rosen , (650) 284-6429,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont Industrial Biosciences ,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  

  • Vistra's 180-MW Texas Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Vistra Energy ,Luminant
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Irving, Texas-headquartered Vistra Energy Corp. is reporting its 180-MW, 718,000-panel Upton 2 Solar Power Plant in West Texas is now online. The facility, touted as the largest operating photovoltaic (PV) park in Texas, is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 56,700 average homes.

    The Upton 2 project is owned and operated by Vistra subsidiary Luminant. (Source: Vistra Energy, Renewables, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan,Pres., CEO,; Luminant, (214) 812-4600,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar ,  PV,  Luminant,  

    Greenko Acquiring Orange Renewables Singapore (Int'l, M&A)
    Greenko Energy Holdings
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Htderabad, India-based renewable energy company Greenko Energy Holdings reports it will acquire Orange Renewables Singapore for $922 million. With the purchase, Greenko will hold approximately 907 MW of operating or new completion wind and solar assets along with 500 MW or more of pipeline assets.

    Greenko has also announced announced an equity fundraising of $447 million.

    Greenko is one of India's leading Renewable Energy companies, replacing fossil fuels with integrated decarbonized energy and grid assets enabling sustainable and affordable energy, with a net installed capacity of 3.2 GW across 13 States in India, and over 2 GW in pipeline soon to be operational, according to the company website. (Source: Greenko Energy Holding, Renewables, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Greenko Energy Holdings, +91 40 40301000,,; Orange Renewables Singapore,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenko Energy Holdings,  

    Cathay Pacific Delivering Aircraft on Jet Biofuel Blend (Ind. Report)
    Cathay Pacific,Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Hong Kong-headquartered air carrier Cathay Pacific reports it will use a 10 pct blend of alternative jet biofuel to deliver new of 20 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to Hong Kong over the next 4 years. The first A350-1000 will depart Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on 19 June. A further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018.

    In 2014, Cathay Pacific became an equity investor in US-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which focuses on turning municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel. As previously reported, Fulcrum broke ground on its first commercial-scale plant last month in Nevada. When fully operational in 202, the plant is expected to produce approximately 10 million gpy. (Source: Cathay Pacific, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Cathay Pacific, Rupert Hogg, CEO,; Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cathay Pacific,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Fulcrum BioEnergy ,  

    Mass. Releases Climate Change Vulnerability Cash (Funding)
    Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In the Bay State, the city of Gloucester will receive $107,044 as part of the state's new $5 million Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness action grant program to help municipalities deal with the effects of climate change. Gloucester will use the money to assess the vulnerabilities of the city's watershed and freshwater supply system and develop a strategy to combat climactic risks.

    Over the past two years, the state grant program has provided $7 million to Massachusetts communities looking to mitigate the destructive effects of climate change. (Source: Glouster Daily Times, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program,

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

    15MWh UK Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Opens (Int'l Report)
    Highview Power
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In the UK, London-headquartered Highview Power reports the startup of its liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant in Bury, greater Manchester. The development, in partnership with energy from waste firm Viridor, is capable of delivering 15MWh of power.

    Hihview's technology stores air as a liquid then converts it back to gas. The expansion process releases stored energy, which is used to drive a turbine to generate electricity. The LAES plant at Bury also converts waste heat to power using heat from the on-site landfill gas engines.

    According to Highview, LAES could ultimately scale to hundreds of megawatts, potentially storing enough energy to power entire towns. The company is in discussions with several utility firms to build 150MWh units. The Bury development was partially tax-payer funded with an £8 million government grant. Now Highview plans to export the technology, it said. (Source: Highview Power, energyst., Others, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Highview Power CEO Gareth Brett, +44 (0) 207 484 5600

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Stoage,  Highview Power ,  

    Rocky Mountain Power Seeking Renewables Project Bids (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports it is seeking bids for new solar, wind and geothermal projects in Utah as part of an effort to increase renewable power generation on the PacifiCorp system.

    The company is seeking proposals for 308,000 MWh of power generation -- approximately 40 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 100 to 126 MW of wind or solar capacity -- sufficient power for about 34,000 typical Utah homes.

    Customers sponsoring the request for proposal include Park City, Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Valley University, which are all working with Rocky Mountain Power to meet their clean air and sustainability goals through renewable energy. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Sun Advocate, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Renewable Energy,  

    NorthWestern Energy Snares Montana Two Dot Wind Farm (M&A)
    NJR Clean Energy Ventures
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Wall, New Jersey-headquartered New Jersey Resources (NJR) subsidiary Clean Energy Ventures (CEV) reports completion of the previously announced $18.5 million sale of its 9.7-MW wind farm in Two Dot, Montana, to NorthWestern Energy.

    Since 2009, CEV has invested approximately $241 million in onshore wind and nearly $590 million in solar projects, and plans to invest $500 million in solar projects over the next four years, according to the company.

    CEV has over 6,700 residential solar lease customers and 32 commercial installations totaling 192.7 MW of installed capacity, in New Jesey, according to the company. (Source: NJR Clean Energy Ventures, PR, Windpower, June, 2018) Contact: NJR Clean Energy Ventures , Stephen Westhoven, COO; NorthWestern Energy,; NJR, Christopher Savastano, MD Business Dev., (732) 938-1004,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NJR Clean Energy Ventures ,  NorthWestern Energy,  

    World Bank State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018 - World Bank Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-06-06
    "Since it was first launched more than a decade ago, the annual State and Trends report has established itself as perhaps the most important reference document -- first on carbon markets and, later, on carbon pricing more broadly -- by providing up-to-date information on developments in initiatives and policies around the world. Previous editions also included analytical discussions on issues that related to these developments.

    "The 2018 edition of the report focuses exclusively on data and information on the evolving initiatives that put a price on carbon, in terms of their most current status and emerging trends. It includes an expanded discussion on what the trends are telling us about the underlying motivations of and the direction the world is moving in when it comes to carbon pricing.

    "The growing momentum for carbon pricing and the increasing prevalence of the topic in climate change discussions in recent years take us in a new direction for the report. More national and sub-national jurisdictions and private sector entities are adopting carbon pricing.

    "This report also includes a reflection on the engagement of non-state actors on climate action and carbon pricing -- a development that characterizes the implementation phase the world has embarked on since the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The inclusion of internal carbon prices in business operations, and how this is incentivizing action on climate change, has raised the need to expand the focus to include an important discussion on how carbon pricing is considered in other economies and the indirect measures taken to provide a carbon price signal."

    Download the World Bank Group State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018 report at

    Download an online dashboard to complement the publication HERE. (Source: World Bank Group, May, 2018)Contact: World Bank Group,

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    UNL Setting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals (Ind. Report)
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In the Corn Husker State, University of Nebraska-Lincoln UNL) emitted 182,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2016, according to data reported to the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System -- a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. According to STARS, UNL has maintained the smallest carbon footprint among Big Ten Conference institutions.

    UNL electric power consumption has dropped from 240,000 Btu in 1997 to 146,000 Btu last year, even as square footage was added to campus, student enrollment grew, and more faculty conducted research. Much of the energy reduction is the result of investments in higher-efficiency heating and cooling units, lighting and heating room occupancy sensors, the shuttering of the school's coal fired coal-fired power and central heating plant, a push for greater use of renewable energy and other improvements and initiatives. (Source: UNL, Journal Star, 5 June, 2018) Contact: UNL, Lalit Agarwal, Director Utility and Energy Management, (402)472-4375,, Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System,

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

    Cadenza Funded for NY Grid Energy Storage Demo (Funding)
    Cadenza Innovation,NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Wilton, Conn.-based energy storage specialist Cadenza Innovation is reporting receipt of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funding for a demonstration project to further the Empie State's clean energy goals and support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's energy storage target of 1500 MW by 2025.

    The demonstration, which will be located at the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) headquarters in White Plains, will be a stand-alone system that includes a rack-mounted 200kWh, 50kW battery storage unit featuring Cadenza Innovation's Li-ion supercell technology. The project is expected to be completed by fall, 2019.

    Cadenza Innovation plans to initially license its technology platform to utility/grid storage and electric vehicle (EV) markets. The company's recently patented multicore Li-ion battery cell structure provides unparalleled simplification in battery pack design, reduces production and manufacturing costs, overcomes safety issues and improves the energy density of Li-ion batteries.

    , Cadenza Innovation is backed by more than $10 million in oversubscribed Series A funding led by Golden Seeds with additional funding from the U.S. DOE and the states of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. (Source: Cadenza Innovation, PR, June, 2018) Contact: Cadenza Innovation, Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud,CEO, Founder,; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Li-Ion,  

    Targray Opens Minneapolis Biodiesel Distribution Center (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-06
    North American biodiesel supplier Targray is reporting the opening of its B20-ready turnkey biodiesel distribution center in St. Paul. The new facility will help address the increasing demand for biodiesel in the Twin Cities area, stemming from recent updates to Minnesota's Biofuels mandate.

    As of May 1st, 2018, Minnesota requires all diesel fuel sold in the state from April to September inclusively contain at least twenty percent Biodiesel (B20). The minimum content for the remainder of the year is five percent (B5).

    Targray is a certified BQ-9000 marketer and distributor of high-quality B99.9 biodiesel with over 40 tank locations throughout California, Florida, and the Midwest. (Source: Targray, PR, June, 2018) Contact: Targray, Dan Murray, VP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Targray,  Biodiesel,  

    Indian Bamboo Biofuel Biorefinery JV Announced (Int'l Report)
    Numaligarh Refinery,Fortum
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In India, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) is reporting a JV -- Assam Bio-Refinery Pvt Limited (ABRPL) -- with equity participation of Finland's Chempolis Oy and Fortum 3 B.V. of the Netherlands, to construct and operate a bio refinery in India. NRL will hold 50 pct of the new venture. Fortum 3 B.V. will hold 28 pct and Chempolis Oy will hold 22 pct, according to a press statement.

    The new JV will produce 62 million lpy of bio-ethanol from approximately 0.5 million mtpy of locally sourced bamboo. Bio-coal will be used for production of steam and green power to the bio-refinery. (Source: Numaligarh Refinery, Shillong Times, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery, +91-03776-265493,; Chempolis Oy, +358 10 387 6666,; Fortum Oyj, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum ,  Chempolis ,  Bamboo Bioethanol,  Biofuel,  

    PPL Acquires Safari Energy Solar Projects Developer (M&A)
    PPL,Safari Energy
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In the Keystone State, Allentown-based PPL Corp. is reporting the acquisition New York-based solar energy energy solutions provider Safari Energy LLC.

    Safari Energy develops turnkey solar solutions managing projects through all phases of development, from inception to financing, design, engineering, permitting, construction, interconnection and asset management. The company has completed more than 200 solar projects in 19 states, with more than 80 projects underway. (Source: PPL, Reading Eagle, NASDAQ, June, 2018) Contact: PPL Corp.,; Safari Energy LLC, (212 935-2500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PPL,  Solar,  Safari Energy,  

    Turboden Touting 300th Biomass Plant Sale (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Brescia, Italy-headquartered Turboden SpA is reporting the sale of its 300th Organic Rankine Cycle biomass plant.

    The Rankine Cycle is a thermodynamic cycle that converts heat into work. The heat is supplied to a closed loop, which typically uses water as working fluid. The Organic Rankine Cycle's principle is based on a turbogenerator working as a conventional steam turbine to transform thermal energy into mechanical energy and finally into electric energy through an electrical generator. Instead of generating steam from water, the ORC-system vaporizes an organic fluid, characterized by a molecular mass higher than that of water, which leads to a slower rotation of the turbine, lower pressures and no erosion of the metal parts and blades. (Source: Turboden, PR, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Turboden, Brescia - Italy tel +39 030 3552001

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Turboden,  Biomass,  Rankine Cycle ,  

    Geo. Fox Univ. Lands USDA Renewable Energy Grant (Funding)
    George Fox University
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In Newberg, Oregon, George Fox University is reporting receipt of $100,000 in grant funding from the USDA Rural Development Assistance agency to develop ways to help small farmers and vintners improve their energy efficiency and adopt renewable energy technology.

    The university is collaborating with Spark Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to renewable energy development. Funding will be provided by the USDA over two years, beginning this fall. The grant positions the university for future USDA funding at the "energy-food-water-climate nexus" including precision agriculture, field drones and sensors and digitizing data. ((Source: George Fox University, Capital Press, 5 June, 2018) Contact: George Fox University, Bob Harding, Dean of the College of Engineering , (503)538-8383,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  

    Ameren Missouri Proposes Energy Savings Programs (Ind. Report)
    Ameren MIssouri
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri reports it has submitted a proposal to the Missouri PSC to invest $550 million over 6 years in 26 programs aimed at helping customers save energy and money by recycling old, inefficient appliances; educating those in low-income communities on how to lower energy use; and promoting smart thermostats to reduce electricity costs during the high energy consumption that happens in the summer.

    Together, the programs are projected to save 2 billion kWh of energy -- sufficient energy for about 166,000 homes.

    The energy-efficiency proposal would also help Ameren reach it goal of cutting its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. If approved, the energy-efficiency programs could get underway in 2019. (Source: Ameren Missouri, St. Louis Public Radio, June, 2018) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Shell, SkyNRG Collaborating on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Shell Aviation,SkyNRG
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Shell Aviation and Geneva, Switzerland-based SkyNRG are reporting a long term strategic collaboration aimed at promoting and developing long-term opportunities for low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel. The two firms will jointly fund the effort, according to the release.

    SkyNRG, which blends and distributes sustainable aviation fuel as well as developing regional supply chains, has supplied sustainable aviation fuel to more than 25 airlines worldwide, according to the release.

    Shell Aviation is a leading aviation fuel and lubricants supplier, delivering fuel to around 850 airports in 32 countries, according to the release. (Source: Shell Aviation, Bifuels Int'l, June, 2018) Contact: SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, CEO. Shell Aviation, Anne Anderson, VP, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505,,; Shell Aviation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Shell Aviation,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  

    Leclanche Investor Increases Stake to $76Mn (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Swiss vertically-integrated battery and energy storage system and equipment maker Leclanche is reporting receipt of a CHF25 million investment from its main existing investor FEFAM. With this additional CHF25 million, FEFAm has invested a total of CHF75 million in the energy storage company to date, according to Leclanche.

    FEFAM is aggregated from four 'sub-funds': AM Investment SCA, SICAV-SIF, a liquid assets sub-fund; Finexis Equity Fund's multi-asset strategy sub-fund, its renewable energy sub-fund and Finexis' E-money strategies sub-fund, aka Energy Storage Invest. (Source: Leclanche, Energy Storage News, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Leclanche, Anil Srivastava, CEO, +41 (0)24 424 65 00, Fax: +41 (0)24 424 65 20,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Leclanche ,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  

    Paris Climate Goals Reachable Without Carbon Capture Tech, IIASA Study Finds (Ind. Report)
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
    Date: 2018-06-06
    A recently released study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Nature Energy is the first to map a pathway to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels without relying on negative emissions technologies that suck carbon dioxide from the the atmosphere.

    The study found that the Paris agreement target can be reached through innovations in energy efficiency -- hanges to heating, cooling, transport, appliances and technological devices could both limit climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    "Our analysis shows how a range of new social, behavioral and technological innovations, combined with strong policy support for energy efficiency and low-carbon development can help reverse the historical trajectory of ever-rising energy demand," IIASA acting program director and lead study author Arnulf Grubler said in the press release.

    The report focused on innovations that were currently available and calculated what would happen if they were applied at scale. It found that doing so could reduce the energy required for transportation, heating and cooling and meeting the physical needs of the world's population by two to four times.

    The paper further explained that the success of its scenario relied on the willingness of populations, governments and businesses to make the changes it advocates. "The global community from world leaders and multinational corporations down to individual consumers and citizens need to act in concert to avoid dangerous climate change while improving human wellbeing. Our scenario offers a roadmap as to how this can be achieved," Grubler added.

    Markers on that roadmap included ride-sharing fleets of electric vehicles that could reduce transport energy demand by 60 percent by 2050. Increased energy standards for new buildings and renovations for old ones could reduce energy demand from heating and cooling by 75 percent by 2050. The report further found that changing individual habits on a global scale could make a huge difference. The expanded use of smartphones to do the work of what would have previously been several devices, accompanied by a shift in the younger generation from owning material goods to accessing services as needed could limit the growth in global energy demand to 15 percent by 2050. And following a healthy diet that replaced red meat calories with something else could lower agriculture energy demand and lead to increased forest cover the combined size of Bangladesh and Italy by 2050. The report concluded that reducing overall global energy demand 40 pct by 2050, combined with projected renewable energy growth, would succeed in limiting warming 1.5 degrees without the need for negative emissions. (Source: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, PR, 4 June, 2018) Contact: IIASA , Arnulf Grubler, Report Author, +43 (0) 2236 807 470,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Paris Climate Agreement,  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis,  

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