MHI licensed its CO2 capture technology to Mitsubishi Chemical Engineering Corporation, which handles engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the new liquefied carbonic acid gas production facilities. MHI oversaw the basic design of the CO2 capture unit and supplied its core components.
MHI's CO2 capture technology, which utilizes the KM CDR Process, uses an advanced absorption solvent (KS-1) jointly developed with Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. The carbon capture technology has been adopted at 12 plants worldwide, capturing CO2 from the flue gas of boilers fired by coal or natural gas. (Source: MHI, PR, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: MHI, +81-(0)3-6716-2168, www.mhi-global.com; Kansai Electric Power, www.kepco.co.jp/english
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2, Carbon Capture, Kansai Electric Power ,
According to the CCTI website: "CCTI's process is designed to reduce moisture in coal and still leave it stable and safe, while also increasing its energy output above that of untreated coal. Dried coal can self-combust when it reabsorbs moisture; solving that problem has been key to making the technology commercially viable. CCTI says its refined product is safe and produces fewer emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2), when burned."
(Source: Clean Coal Technologies, Power, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: Clean Coal Technologies Inc., Robin Eves, CEO, www.cleancoaltechnologiesinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal, Carbon Emissions,
The grant funds will help streamline existing and new energy efficiency programs and work to educate neighborhoods with high energy consumption rates on basic energy efficiency and related construction skills needed to perform simple residential energy efficiency upgrades.
Chattanooga utility EPB has also announced it plans to extend its Home Energy Upgrade (HEU) pilot as well as undertake a feasibility study for Green and Healthy Homes, a health outcomes based funding mechanism. The utility will also expand its energy efficiency outreach and supporting workforce development and education initiatives which are also being funded by the same grant.
(Source: SSCF, Chattanoogan, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact:
Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund, www.southeastsdn.org; EPB, https://epb.com
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The measures include installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, heating distribution plant improvements, numerous solar PV power arrays, and upgrades on lighting to enable new, light-emitting diode (LED) technology.
The Siemens ESPC energy efficiency contract will be financed in Euros by DZ Bank and United Financial of Illinois. ESPCs provide an alternative financial mechanism which allows federal agencies to reduce their energy intensity and costs by accelerating investment in energy conservation measures at no additional capital cost.
This project, combined with U.S. Army ESPC projects already in Germany, is expected to deliver over $46 million in savings.
(Source: Siemens Government Technologies, GovCon Wire, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., Barbara Humpton, Pres., CEO, (703) 483-2000, www.siemensgovt.com
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The offering is being co-led by CIBC Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets, together with BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc., as joint bookrunners, and National Bank Financial Inc., GMP Securities L.P., Raymond James Ltd. and HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., as underwriters.
The company, which produces industrial wood pellets used by global utilities and large-scale power generators, operates six wood pellet production facilities, a port terminal, and is developing new production facilities in Entwistle, Alberta and Smithers, B.C.. Pinnacle has entered into long-term take-or-pay contracts with utilities in the UK, Europe and Asia that represent 100 pct of its production capacity through 2021 and nearly 80 pct of production capacity through 2026.
(Source: Pinnacle Renewable Holdings, Private Capital Journal, 18 Dec., 2017) (Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com
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The solar wing fabricated with SolAero's advanced, high efficiency solar cells integrated onto a composite structure is a direct form, fit, function and mass equivalent to the standard, non-solar wing currently available on the Puma. Flight testing and field validation will be performed in early 2018.
SolAero and its subsidiary Alliance Spacesystems (Alliance) developed the prototype solar wing, achieving mass parity with the standard, non-solar Puma wing under a joint Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with APL and a DoD customer.
(Source: SolAero Technologies, PR, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: SolAero Technologies, Maddie Smith, Marketing, (505) 559-2685,
Johns Hopkins/APL, www.jhuapl.edu
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Electric power generated by the project will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) under the terms of a 20-year PPA.
(Source: Samsung C&T America, Business Korea, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: Samsung C&T American Inc., (201) 229-4000, www.samsungcntamerica.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung C&T, Wind,
In addition to Egypt's Orascom Construction, which holds a 20 pct stake in the wind project, the consortium includes Japan's Toyota Tsusho Corporation/Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation, and France's Engie.
Project financing is from Japan Bank for International Cooporation (JBIC), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Societe Generale.
(Source: Orascom Construction, National, 18 Dec., 2017)Contact: Orascom Construction, www.orascom.com
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Phoenix intends to enter into a sub-license agreement with the Company once they finalize the logistics of their initial site based on the reports purchased from the Company. Phoenix intends to build a plant capable of processing 1,000 tpd of agricultural waste to be located in the southeastern U.S.
The CTS process is a patented, dry mechanical process that converts cellulose material into sugars and other products in a matter of minutes with no liquid acids, no applied heat, pressure or hazardous materials of any kind. The CTS process when used in the production of ethanol is clean, less expensive to build and operate than traditional ethanol plants or other cellulose ethanol technologies and is environmentally friendly.
(Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., PR, Dec., 2017)
Contact: Alliance BioEnergy, Inc., Daniel de Liege, President and CEO, (888) 607-3555x1106, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alliancebioe.com
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The community will be planned as a replicable model that optimizes a variety of energy options, including solar, wind and renewable natural gas. It will also consider the capability of storing wind- and solar-generated energy with power-to-gas technology.
SoCalGas is providing $150,000 in co-funding for the Huntington Beach project, which was proposed in response to a California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) solicitation. The EPIC program funds clean energy research and demonstration and deployment projects that support the state' energy policy goals and promote greater electricity reliability, lower costs and increased safety. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, 13 Dec., 2017)SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com; University of California-Irvine, https://uci.edu
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SERIS' proprietary monoPoly cell technology, applicable on both p-type and n-type silicon wafers, features homogenous junctions and standard fire-thorough screen-printed metal contacts with grids on both sides,
SERIS expects to achieve monoPoly cell efficiencies of above 23 pct through implementation of advanced grid designs, material improvements and fine-tuning of processes at our industry partners' production lines.
(Source: Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), , 13 Dec., 2017)
Contact: SERIS, Prof. Armin Aberle, CEO, +65 601 1356,
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New Energy Risk, an affiliate of global insurance giant XL Catlin, provided performance insurance to support the project's financing. The insurance complemented Fulcrum's patented technology, industry-leading development team and process, as well as feedstock and off-take strategies, in order to increase project attractiveness to investors. Fulcrum's existing investors include US Renewables Group, Rustic Canyon Partners, United Airlines, Waste Management, BP, and Cathay Pacific.
(Source: XL Catlin, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: New Energy Risk, Tom Dickson, CEO, www.newenergyrisk.com; XLCaitlin, www.xlcatlin.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum Bioenergy,
The first inland navigation vessel with zero emissions is expected to be certified in 2018. Platinum label comes in addition to the existing Bronze, Silver and Gold certification levels within the Green Award programme.
The Green Award Foundation is a neutral, independent foundation, established 1994 on the initiative of the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport. Since 1 January 2000 Green Award is completely independent.
(Source: Green Award Foundation, Dry Bulk, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Green Award Foundation, +31 10 21 70 200
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The Energy Transition Platform enables these governments to share experiences and successful initiatives, and helps them overcome barriers and adopt innovative clean energy policies. Innovation Labs accelerate this work by facilitating workshops, group calls and best practice case studies. The London School of Economics Grantham Institute -- Climate Change and the Environment is the knowledge partner for the Innovation Labs, providing research tailored to each government.
This policy briefing outlines some of the key learnings from the Energy Efficiency Innovation Lab, as well as recommendations for state and regional governments seeking to enhance energy efficiency in the built environment as part of their clean energy transitions. Government partners of the Energy Efficiency Innovation Lab are Alberta (Canada), the Basque Country (Spain), California (US), Lombardy (Italy), North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), Silesia (Poland) and Wales (UK).
Download the policy briefing :
HERE. (Source: Climate Group, Website, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: The Climate Group,www.the climategroup.com; Grantham Institute, www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute
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Vestas will initially invest €10 million towards joint R&D and product development, as well as the establishment of Northvolt's demonstration line and research facility which will be used to test and qualify products and processes. (Source: Vestas, WindTECH, Others, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, CEO, www.northvolt.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com
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The PV plant, which is being developed by Eight Rivers Energy Co Ltd (EREC) at an expected cost of $60 million, will be the largest in the Caribbean when fully commissioned in Dec, 2018. The plant is also expected to save Jamaica approximately $250 million in oil purchases over it expected 20-year service life.(Source: Eight Rivers Energy, Renewables Now, Others, 14 Dec., 2017)Contact: Eight Rivers Energy, https://8rivers.com
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Along with transport, agriculture, buildings and waste -- which are not covered by the EU's Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) -- the LULUCF sector is required to contribute a 30 pct emissions cut by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, as part of the EU-wide commitment to cut overall emissions by 40 pct by 2030.
The 2000-2009 period has been set as the reference point for comparing carbon emissions, after MEPs had arbitrarily set this to 2009-2012 under pressure from Sweden, Finnland and other countries with large forestry sectors.
The lack of linkage between the European accounting from LULUCF and other continents' methods of forest management means that under the current proposal for the post 2020 Renewable Energy Directive, the EU counts burning biomass (pellets and wood) as renewable energy but does not take into account the net increase in emission if this wood is imported.
(Source: EURACTV, 14 Dec., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS, EU, Carbon Sink, Forest Carbon, CO2, Deforestation, Reforestaion,
Even low-carbon energy technologies like solar cells and wind power plants have associated greenhouse gas emissions, but those impacts pale in comparison with the emissions prevented by the displacement of fossil fuel sources, the study finds.
The study calculates the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions for a range of power sector technologies, and integrates energy, economic, and climate models to estimate the most cost-optimal strategies to combat climate change. The study finding refutes an argument made by some critics that even low-carbon sources of energy have "hidden" GHG emissions that would negate their climate benefits.
Access the study HERE.(Source: Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale News, Dec., 2017) Contact: Yale University, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Kevin Dennehy email@example.com; www.yale.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Wind, Solar, Renewable Energy,
Access the ICCT U.S. Domestic Airline Fuel
Eefficiency Rankink, 2015--2016 White Paper
HERE. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Dec., 2017) Contact: The International Council on Clean Transportation, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theicct.org
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According to the report, aviation presently accounts for about 2.5 pct of global greenhouse gas pollution, and emissions are rising steeply.
Access Up in the Air -- How Airplane Carbon Pollution Jeopardizes Global Climate Goals HERE
(Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 14 Dec., 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Vera Pardee, (858) 717-1448, email@example.com, www.biologicaldiversity.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon International Council on Clean Transportation, Emissions, Airline Emissions, Aviation Emissions,
The plant incorporates six digesters using cattle slurry, corn stover and corn silage to produce 13.5 million Nm3 per year of raw biomethane to be used used as compressed natural gas (CNG) for transportation fuel.
(Source: EnviTec, Others, Bioenergy Int'l, 16 Dec., 2017)
Contact: EnviTec Biogas AG, +49 (0) 44 42 / 8016 - 8100, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.envitec-biogas.com
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With the designation, Livonia is now eligible to apply for up to $50,000 in state grant funding which it will use for the conversion of tradition street lighting to energy efficienct LED models.
(Source: NYSERDA, Various Media, ec., 2017) Contact: NYSERDA. Clean Energy Communities, www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec; Livonia, www.livoniany.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA, Energy Efficiency, LED Light, Energy Benchmarking,
Tendril initially rolled out the platform in 15 states, including the territories of AEP's Indiana Michigan where it initially cut overall energy consumption by as much as 20 pct. (Source: Tendril, Utility Dive, Dec., 2017) Contact: Tendril Inc., Adrian Tuck, CEO, (720) 921-2100,email@example.com, www.tendrilinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tendril, Energy Management, Energy Efficiency,
The new project will assist in the design, supply, installation, and provide operational support for solar power generation, battery energy storage, and grid management equipment in the capital Majuro, as well the replacement of existing generators to ensure lower emissions and improve operational and energy efficiency in Majuro and Ebeye.
The project will also provide technical and operational training and workshops and other assistance to reduce energy consumption by improving the efficiency for both the use and supply of electricity from the country's two public sector utilities. The project will also promote energy efficiency through public information campaigns. (Source: Voxy.com.nz, World Bank, 18 Dec., 2017)
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As a result of these energy efficiency projects, Kettering Health Network is expected to save approximately 10 million kWh annually which accumulates to a yearly cost savings of $591,486.
(Source: Dayton Power and Light, PR, 15 Dec., 2017)
Contact: Dayton Power and Light,
Mary Ann Kabel, (937) 224-5940, firstname.lastname@example.org ; ; Kettrering Health, www.ketteringhealth.org; AES Corp., www.aes.com; AES Corporation, www.aes.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Dayton Power and Light, AES Corp, Energy Efficiency Rebate, Energy Efficiency Incentive,
According to NB Power, it generates power at 12 hydro, coal, oil and diesel-powered stations which together have an installed net capacity of 2,853 MW. This includes 1,439 MW of thermal, 889 MW of hydro and 525 MW of combustion turbine capacity.
The Belledune facility is a baseload unit with 467 MW of capacity. Construction on the facility began in 1991. (Source: NB Power, Various Media, Dec., 2017)
Contact: NB Power, Marc Belliveau, Communications, (506) 458-4203, www.nbpower.com
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To meet the 40 pct below 1990 levels emissions target, half of the state's electricity must come from renewable energy, and emissions of methane and other short-lived climate pollutants must be slashed by 50 pct. Buildings must be twice as energy efficient, and the state must be well on its way toward electrification of its transportation sector. Measures in the plan also aim to move the state toward its ultimate goal of a low-to-zero carbon economy economy by 2050.
Download the California 2017
HERE. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Dec., 2017)Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
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In Alberta, the city of Lethbridge will receive $101,200 for a Landfill Gas Collection System feasibility and landfill gas utilization assessment. Depending upon the study outcome, the city could qualify for federal grants and funding for
landfill gas methane capture and utilization systems and infrastructure to capture and produce electricity.
The Lethbridge study is expected to get underway in Jan. 2018. (Source: Lethbridge News Now, 17 Dec., 2017)
Contact: Canada Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, https://fcm.ca
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The demo plant will produce Biobutanol from draff -- the sugar-rich kernels of barley which are soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process necessary for whisky production -- and pot ale, the copper-containing yeasty liquid that is left over following distillation.
Construction of the demo plant is expected to get under early in 2018. (Source: Celtic Renewables, PR, Renewable Energy, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Celtic Renewables, Martin Tangney, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 141 548 4417, www.celtic-renewables.com
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The wind farm will be built in three 90MW phases, and is slated to commence commercial operations in 2018.
Theparak is owned by Thai corporation KPN Group's subsidiary Wind Energy Holding.
Thailand has 40 pct renewable energy by 2036 target. (Source:
GE Renewable Energy, Smarter Analyst, Others, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact:
GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com
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The Bundle-Based Energy Efficiency Technology Solutions for California (BEETS) is a 42 month project that upon completion will improve energy efficiency at the SCAQMD facility by over 20 pct. The project has $4 million in CEC EPIC funding and $2.3 million in matching funding, for a total project budget of $6.3 million, along with several subcontractor donations of time and equipment.
As part of the BEETS project, Willdan developed three bundles of pre-commercial technologies for the following spaces: laboratory and critical environments, office and exterior spaces, and chilled water plants. Technologies will include chillers using a new refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer; LED fixtures with integrated, advanced controls; an advanced building management system; direct current lighting systems; advanced ventilation and laboratory fume hood exhaust systems; wirelessly integrated plug load controls; and a platform capable of demand response. (Source: Willdan PR, 15 Dec., 2017)Contact: Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, Pres., CEO, Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (720) 940-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.willdan.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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If the project proceeds, production would begin by 2022 and would extend capacity in the Singapore refinery by 1 million tonnes, Neste says. The additional capacity would be used for production of diesel, aviation fuel and raw materials for biochemical uses, all of them biofuels which can be made from feedstocks such as waste and animal fats.
Neste presently produces biofuels in Singapore and Rotterdam with a total production capacity of 2.6 million tonnes, and operates two conventional refineries in Finland. (Source: Neste, Jakarta Post, 13 Dec., 2017)Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
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Advanced Biofuels Canada and other advocates have called on Ottawa to develop a Clean Fuels Strategy to ensure the success of the CFS. This multi-year initiative would support domestic production and distribution of low carbon fuels to allow the economic benefits of clean fuels to be realized by all Canadians. It would also address the effectiveness of complementary measures that, if well designed, will drive growth across the low carbon economy. Carbon pricing and fuel taxation are two areas where legacy policies and emerging rules can inadvertently discourage the production and use of clean fuels in Canada, according to the release.
Download the Canada Clean Fuel Standards regulatory framework HERE. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson,
(604) 947-0040, www.advancedbiofuels.ca; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html
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The winning bids came from Edmonton-based Capital Power with a 201-MW project, Madrid-based EDP Renewables with a 248-MW project and Enel Green Power Canada, a division of a Rome-based global power company, with projects of 115 MW and 31 MW.
The province will subsidize the plants if the power price falls below the bid price --if the price is higher, the difference will be paid to the province. (Source: CTV News, Canada Press, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Capital Power, www.capitalpower.com;
Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com;
EDF Renewables, www.edf-er.com
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All CWI engines offer the choice of using compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).
(Source: Cummins Westport, PR, NewsWire, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Cummins Inc., Rob Neitzke, President of Cummins Westport Jon Mills
Director - External Communications, (317) 610-4244, email@example.com
Westport Fuel Systems Inc., Caroline Sawamoto,
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LaSalle BioEnergy is the company's third pellet plant, following Morehouse BioEnergy in Bastrop, Louisiana and Amite BioEnergy in Gloster, Mississippi. The wood pellet plant can produce approximately 450,000 metric tpy of wood pellets .
(Source: DRAX Biomass, PR, IHB, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet, DRAXBiomass, DRAX,
The rule, which came into effect in January, covered drilling on federal and Native American lands, and was to be fully operational by Jan. 17, 2018. The rule forces energy companies to capture methane that's burnt off or "flared" at drilling sites on public lands during production because it pollutes the environment. An estimated $330 million a year in methane is wasted through leaks or intentional releases on federal lands, enough to power about 5 million homes a year.
(Source: BLM, Kallanish Energy, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov
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The association will use expertise and knowledge within the industry to advance best practices, innovations and technologies that lower emissions. The voluntary plan comes into play January 1, 2018.
By the means of the ONE Future Coalition, Apache has pledged to target 0.36 pct or less of methane released by 2025, and has already cut methane emissions by 12 pct from 2015 levels. The Environmental Partnership plan includes a program to retrofit, replace or remove high-bleed pneumatic controllers, a plan for manual liquids unloading targeting natural gas production sources and a leak detection and technology plan for production sources.
(Source: Apache Corp., Financial Trends, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: ONE Future Coalition, www.onefuture.us; Apache Corp., www.apachecorp.com
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Until 2016, global offshore wind accounted for less than 5% of annual capacity additions each year and was 3.1% in 2016. Higher turbine running times, high logistics costs, and a lack of skilled manpower combine to make offshore wind service more challenging. This scenario is expected to change during 2017–2025 with more offshore capacity expected to be added in the UK, Germany, the US and China. The share of offshore capacity additions is set to rise to 12.3 pct in 2020, and offshore installations are expected to contribute a share of 14.5% capacity additions during 2020–2025. By the end of 2025, 76 GW of offshore wind power is set to be operational and represents a 7.4% share of the cumulative wind power capacity in that year compared with the current 2.8% share, according to the report.
(Source: Power Tech., Dec., 2017)
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Eraring, which supplies 25 pct of NSW's total power, has had a historical emissions intensity of 0.92 tonnes of CO2e perMWh. Brown coal-fired power stations typically have emission intensity levels of between 1.2 and 1.3 tonnes of CO2e per MWh.
Origin's announcement follows on the National Australia Bank's announced intention to drop thermal coal from its investment portfolio. (Source: Origin Energy, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Dec., 2017)
(Contact: Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, www.originenergy.com.au
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The new 63,500-square foot, three-story Core Performance Center, which features a fitness center, modern dance studios, classrooms, athletic locker rooms, offices and a climbing wall, was awarded the highest points on the USGBC scorecard "for innovation and regional priority." It also won top scores in energy and atmosphere, indoor environmental quality and water efficiency, which is provided by a closed-loop, central cooling plant.
The CPC is the college's first LEED Platinum-rated building, with two others -- the Information Technology Building and the Humanities and Social Services Building (HSS) -- holding LEED Silver status. (Source: Santa Monica Lookout, 12 Oct., 2017) Contact: Santa Monica College, www.surfsantamonica.com; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, USGBC,
"The environment-friendly project at Razi is aimed at reducing the discharge of gases that can otherwise be used to feed petrochemicals. We have plans to purchase and install a compressor similar to that of Razi, which is specifically designed to capture carbon dioxide emissions," according the company. Razi is one of the oldest petrochemical complexes in Iran, which is majority-owned by a consortium of Turkish companies.
According to the Iranian Department of Environment, plans are in place to equip all petrochemical plants in Iran with online pollution control systems.
Over 1,800 large-scale industrial units, including petrochemical plants, are in line to be equipped with the system.
(Source: Razi Petrochemical Company, Iran Financial Review, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact:
Razi Petrochemical Company, www.razip.com/en/home
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The CEC also approved a nearly $2 million low-interest loan to the City of Clovis to convert interior and exterior lighting at city buildings to energy efficient LED lights that are expected to save the city more than $125,000 per year in electric utility costs. Funds for the projects came from the Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act program, which provides low- and no- interest loans and technical support for energy efficiency projects.
Additionally, the CEC approved the adoption of building energy efficiency standards for the City of Davis that require single-family homes to be 30 pct more energy efficient than state standards. It also requires multi-family homes to be 25 pct more energy efficient than the state standards. The city will require a combination of efficiency measures and installation of solar panels.
With these actions, the CEC has approved 14 local ordinances that provide greater energy savings than the current state building energy efficiency standards. (Source: California Energy Commission, PR, 13 Dec., 2017)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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To meet its energy reduction goals, the airport upgraded mechanical systems and added advanced LED lighting and lighting controls controls throughout the terminal. The airport also installed exterior LED lighting that to date has delivered a 63 pct energy savings.
The airport is a Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partner. The Challenge has more then
345 member organizations from diverse sectors nationwide who have shared energy performance results for nearly 38,000 properties. On average, the partners are saving more than 2 pct per year and are on track to meet their energy savings goals of 20 pct over the next 10 years. (Source: US DOE, Energy Manager, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: US DOE Better Buildings Challenge, https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/challenge
More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Building Challenge, Energy Efficiency, LED Light,
Two different evaluations -- In Operation and As Designed -- can be used independently to compare a candidate building to similar buildings in the same climate zone or together for an assessment of a building's design potential compared to actual operation. The portal delivers the following: