According to a statement, the unit's ethanol production will have approximately 30 pct lower well-to-wheel carbon footprints per mega joules of energy produced as compared to gasoline production and conventional 2G ethanol production processes respectively.
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has approved a partial grant for the project. (Source: Indian Oil Corp., Outlook, 5 June, 2018)Contact: Indian Oil Corp., www.iocl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Indian Oil Corp,
Minnesota moved to using a 20 pct blend of biodiesel in May this year until Sept. 30 when the blend will go back to 5 pct during the winter months.
The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is the elected board of soybean producers from Minnesota who direct investments of the state's checkoff dollars in programs designed to increase profitability to Minnesota soybean farmers.
(Source: Kittson County Soybean Growers Association , Kittson County Enterprise, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Minn. Soybean Growers Assoc., https://mnsoybean.org; Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, https://mnsoybean.org/msrpc
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,
In an open letter sent to the House Energy Committee, the association noted water shortage concerns on the Mediterranean island and recommended feedstocks requiring leas water should be found for the production of biofuels, such as bushes and trees.
The association also claimed that using potatoes or kolokassi for biofuel production would dramatically drive up the prices for all fuels, as well as water, food and other products commodities. (Source: Cyprus Consumers Association, Cyprus Mail, 3 June, 2018)Contact: Cyprus Consumers Association, www.cyprusconsumers.org.cy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,
According to the latest projections, Ireland will only achieve a 1 pct reduction in emissions despite a targeted 30 pct reduction of emissions compared to 2005, with binding annual limits over the 2021-2030 period. These latest projections indicate that Ireland will exceed the allowable carbon budget implied by those limits by between 47--52Mt over the period, even assuming the allowed-for flexibilities are fully used.
The latest EPA projections show that increasing fossil fuel consumption and an expanding dairy and agriculture sector are leading to increased emissions. In particular:
EV ARC products are ideally suited for prisons or secure locations because they require no onsite construction thus cutting security risks and associated costs when compared to typical grid-tied EV chargers. The California-manufactured EV ARC fits inside a parking space and generates enough clean solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day. The system includes the company's EnvisionTrak™ sun tracking system which allows for more than 25 pct more power production than a fixed array, and EV ARC™ energy storage system. (Source: Envision Solar, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Envision Solar Int'l. Inc., Desmond Wheatley, CEO, (858) 700-4583, www.envisionsolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Solar, Solar,
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "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. Contact: Senator Joni Ernst, (2020 724-3264, https://contactsenators.com/iowa/joni-ernst
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Hardship Waiver, Pruitt,
S-1217 requires the BPU to accept an application from Fishermen's and review it within 90 days. The company's two previous proposals were rejected by the BPU as being too expensive for the state's ratepayers, who will pay for the electricity from the wind turbines.
Since the Fishermen's project was last before the BPU, the company reached a preliminary agreement earlier this spring to be acquired by EDF Renewable Energy, a global developer of clean-energy projects. EDF has developed 400 MW of offshore wind capacity in Europe.
Orsted, U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind are planning to develop an offshore wind project in a joint venture with the Public Service Enterprise Group about 16 miles from Cape May.
The BPU is currently working on developing a funding mechanism to have ratepayers subsidize offshore wind along the coast. (Source: Fishermen's Energy, NJSpotlight, Various Others, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Fishermen's Energy, http://www.offshorewindhub.org/tags/fishermens-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Fishermen’s Energy , Offshore Wind, New Jersey Offshore Wind,
In Denver, younger workers are gravitating towards employers who provide a healthier work environment and lifestyle beyond just offering competitive compensation and employers are scrambling to respond and landlord likewise, are moving forward with green upgrades and environmentally friendly practices, according to Greenberg Traurig.
Denver's young workforce values proximity to public transportation, first-rate bicycle facilities, on-site gym facilities, vehicle charging stations and prime parking spaces for fuel-efficient vehicles. They also want a location that is convenient to their lifestyle, so that they can ride-share to work and walk out of their office and be only a few steps away from restaurants, bars, shopping and other modern amenities, Greenberg Traurig adds.
(Source: Greenberg Traurig, Denver Business Journal, 4 June, 2018) Contact: Greenberg Traurig, www.gtlaw.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency,
The new goal is atop the company's previous 2014 goal of hitting a 16 pct improvement in carbon emissions from 2020 business-as-usual levels, according to the company's latest sustainability report. It is also in line with Singapore's national target of cutting carbon emissions by 36 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.
KEPPEL's total direct emissions from the use of fuels and waste-to-energy plants fell to 1.07 million tonnes of CO2 from 1.21 million t-CO2 in 2016. The decrease is being credited to a combination of green initiatives such as the replacement of diesel generators at its shipyards with electricity or renewable energy, increased energy efficiency and reduced overall yard activities,
KEPPLE Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) is a global leader in offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion, and specialized shipbuilding. It integrates and harnesses the experience and expertise of 20 yards and offices worldwide to be near customers and markets.
(Source: KEPPLE, Singapore Bus. Times, 31 May, 2018)
Contact: KEPPEL Corp., +65 6270 6666,
+65 6413 6391 - fax.,
When combined with MidAmerican Energy's other projects, the Wind XII project will allow the company to provide renewable energy each year that is equal to 100 pct of the energy consumed by the homes and businesses in MidAmerican Energy's Iowa service area. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Composites World, Others, June, 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy , Wind,
For the project, UW, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), and other partners aim to demonstrate that over 50 million metric tons of CO2 could be stored underground near Basin Electric's 385-mw Dry Fork Station near Gillette.
The grant for the project comes from the DOE's Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative, which seeks to help mitigate CO2 emissions from consumption of fossil fuels.
(Source: University of Wyoming, 25 May, 2018) Contact: University of Wyoming, Carbon Management Institute , Scott Quillinan, Project Manager,
(307) 766-1121, www.uwyo.edu; Basin Electric Power, Paul Sukut, CEO, Matt Greek, Snr. VP Technology R&D, (701) 223-0441, www.basinelectric.com;
DOE Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise , www.instrumentl.com/grants/carbon-storage-assurance-facility-enterprise-carbonsafe-storage-complex-facility
DOE CarbonSAFE details, www.ieaghg.org/docs/General_Docs/Publications/Information_Papers/2017-IP47.pdf
More Low-Carbon Energy News Basin Electric, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Storage, CarbonSAFE, CCS, Basin Electric,
The BEA project is a global initiative led by World Resources Institute (WRI) under the UN program Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), which aims to double the global rate of building energy efficiency by 2030. Dubai is the first and only city in the Middle East committed to the BEA, and EmiratesGBC is serving as the BEA City Liaison in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) to measure energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai across hotels, schools and malls.(Source: Emirates Green Building Council, ME Construction News, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, email@example.com, www.emiratesgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency, Energy Benchmarking,
Landmark Tower, which was designed and constructed as a high-performance building, is now among 16 buildings in Dubai who have received Gold LEED Certification under LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C): New Construction, Ver 3.
The tower's energy efficiency feature include: an overall carbon footprint savings of approximately 1,332 metric tpy -- typical buildings power consumption ranges between 160 Kwh/sqm to 200 Kwh/sqm compared to Landmarks consumption of 113 Kwh/sqm/year; water consumption is 40 pct lower than International Plumbing Council standards; double layered clinical grade MERV 13 filters improve air quality as they remove bacteria, allergens and odour used to maintain the Tower's indoor air quality; automated lighting controlling systems with daylight harvesting and intelligent elevators with energy regenerative motors; toilets with dual flush system and water taps with sensors are also used in the building to avoid water wastage; automated BMS (building management system) throughout the day, and others.
There are 15 LEED Platinum and 86 LEED Gold projects in the UAE under various LEED rating systems. (Source: Landmark Group, USGBC, Various Mewdia, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Landmark Group, +971-45174000, www.landmarkgroup.com/int/en/home;
USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council , Energy Efficiency, LEED Certification,
The directive includes specific incentives for EU member countries developing their use in aviation which essentially give it twice as much credit against national targets as alternative fuels in other sectors. The directive, which followed European Commission proposals, now awaits the European Council agreement.
The IATA notes
that since the first biofuels flight in 2008 there have been more than 100,000 commercial flights using some blend of alternative fuel.
(Source: IATA, Flight Global, 3 June, 2018)Contact: IATA, Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment, +41 22 770 2967, www.iata.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IATA, Jet Biofuel, Aviation Bifuel,
To date, the EC has financed more than 4,500 projects and contributed €5.9 billion (£5 billion) climate change and environmental protection projects.
The EC aims to increase its focus on clean energy, nature and biodiversity as well as continue support for the circular economy and climate change mitigation.
For the next EU budget between 2021 and 2027, the Commission is proposing €1.95 billion of support under its LIFE program.
According to Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, "A stronger LIFE programme will play an important role in expanding investments in climate action and clean energy across Europe. By continuing to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, LIFE will also continue to help the EU deliver on its climate goals and commitments under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals." (Source: EC, Various Media, EnergyLive News, June, 2018)
Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu
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First Solar, Inc provides photovoltaic solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. (Source: JPMorgan Chase, Ledger Gazette, 3 June, 2018)
Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.firstsolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar, Solar, Renewable Energy, ,
The facility, which is being relocated from from Brazil, will convert natural gas to methanol as feedstock for the chemical industry in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. (Source: US Methanol, Bradenton Herald, Various Media, AP, 3 June, 2018) Contact: US Methanol, Frank Bakker, CEO, (681) 205-8511, email@example.com, www.usmeoh.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Methanol , Methanol,
An article on the public WeChat account of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association said Friday that while the sector's growth momentum might not be sustained, PV power will remain a key force in the nation's energy revolution and will still receive State support. The association said the fact that PV installations can generate power at a lower cost than other power sources in many countries is the Chinese PV industry's greatest strength.
According to a report by the Xinhua News Agency, China is taking the lead in PV development globally, with an internationally competitive and complete industrial chain. The central government is aiming for 27 pct of total power generation to come from renewable energy sources by the end of 2020, according to the 2016-20 plan for renewable energy.
(Source: China National Development and Reform Commission,, Global Times, 3 June, 2018) Contact: National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Development and Reform Commission, China Solar, Solar Subsidies,
The program, if approved, would include a significant increase in the utility's energy efficiency investments and provide an opportunity for annual growth of 8 pct to 10 pct in PSE&G's rate base. The proposal includes:
PSEG estimates that the energy efficiency program will over the six-year life of the program, reduce CO2 emissions by 24 million tons and reduce energy use by 40 million MWh of electricity and 675 million therms of natural gas.
PSEG expects to file its clean energy plan with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities later this year. (Source: PSEG, PR, 31 May, 2018)Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, www.pseg.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, PSEG, Energy Efficiency,
The report notes that energy efficiency jobs in manufacturing, trade and professional services all increased and is projected to grow by 9 pct annually through this year.
(Source: USEER, May, 2018) Contact: Energy Futures Initiative, www.energyfuturesinitiative.org; National Association of State Energy Officials, www.naseo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Futures Initiative, National Association of State Energy Officials,
CF's data-driven ESO platform enables the organization to instill proactive measures for sustainability, achieve internal energy reduction targets as set by CF's pioneering Green at Work® sustainability program, extend equipment life, reduce both energy costs and tenant issues, and improve overall energy efficiency performance on building certifications.
CF also reports its Yonge Corporate Centre and Simcoe Place buildings in Toronto, and Tour Deloitte in Montreal have been awarded Natural Resources Canada ENERGY STAR certification from for superior energy performance. CF is one the first organizations in Canada to receive LEED and ENERGY STAR certification.
Valued at around $29 billion, CF's Canadian portfolio includes over 38 million square feet of leasable space at 67 properties.
(Source: Cadillac Fairview Corp, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Cadillac Fairview, Karen Jalon, Senior Director, Sustainability and Energy Management, (416) 598-8246, www.cadillacfairview.com; ENERGY STAR Canada, www.energystar.gc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management, Energy Efficiency, ENERGY STAR Canada,
The LBNet report identifies the top ten green alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals and urges the UK government to invest in specific plant-based chemicals to replace environmentally harmful plastics and petroleum products.
The LBNet is one of 13 collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy set up by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC NIBB) to boost interaction between academia and industry, and promote the translation of that research into benefits for the UK.
Download highlights from the
HERE. (Source: LBNet, May, 2018) Contact: LBNet,, Veronica Ongaro,
+44 (0) 1904 328 761, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://lb-net.net;
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, https://bbsrc.ukri.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic, Biochemical, Biofuel, Lignocellulosic,
The latest funding round will be used to support Voltaiq's growth in international markets, including further development of a software platform and hiring of new people.
Previously the startup, which launched in 2012 as Subway Labs, had secured finance from a number of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program grants.
These included a $150,000 Department of Energy Phase I SBIR package in 2013, a further $150,000 from the National Science Foundation in 2014 and another $1 million from the DOE that same year.
(Source: Voltaig, GTM, May, 2018) Contact: Voltaiq, Tal Sholklapper, CEO, (646) 586-3062, www.voltaiq.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltaiq, Energy Storage, Battery,
The solar farm is projected to come in at $120 million, if built.
(Source: Next Phase Energy Services, Bangor Daily News, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Next Phase Energy Services, David Fowler, CEO, (207) 461-0666, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
When fully operational in 2019, the plant will supply PERC modules to the US rooftop and ground-mounted solar markets. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells Korea Corp, Renewables Now, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Hanwha Q Cells Korea Corp, www.hanwha-qcells.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells,
The project, which incorporates more than 350,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 13,000 homes serviced by Entergy Arkansas. (Source: NextEra Energy, Renewables Now, Others, 30 May, 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Entergy,
More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy, Entergy, Solar, Renewable Energy,
The new Engie Lab Brasil, which is expected to open before the year end, will be similar to the company's research facility in Chile.
ENGIE is Brazil's largest private-sector electricity producer, operating 10,290 MW in installed capacity from 32 plants nationwide, equivalent to 6 pct of the country's capacity. Ninety percent of the Group's Brazilian installed capacity comes from clean, renewable sources with low greenhouse gas emissions, a position that is being reinforced with the construction of new wind farms in the Brazilian Northeast. ENGIE is currently building one of Brazil's biggest hydro plants, the Jirau hydropower plant (3,750 MW) under commissioning on the Madeira river, in the state of Rondonia.
(Source: Engie Brasil Website, Various Media, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Engie Brasil, Mauricio Bahr, CEO, +55 21 397 45400, www.engie.com.br
More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie, Renewable Energy,
According to EPA projections, Ireland will only achieve a 1 pct reduction by 2020 compared to the 20 pct reduction target – and will struggle to meet 2030 targets on key sectors that are not part of the EU's emissions trading system which covers heavy industry. Contributing factors noted by the EPA include:
In relation to 2030, Ireland's target calls for a 30 pct reduction of carbon emissions compared to 2005, with binding annual limits over the 2021 to 2030 period. The latest projections indicate Ireland "will exceed the allowable carbon budget implied by those limits by between 47 to 52 million tonnes of over the period, even assuming the allowed-for flexibilities are fully used."
The Irish EPA Greenhouse Gas Emission Projections 2017 to 2035 report is available on the EPA website www.epa.ie. (Source: Ireland EPA, Irish Times, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Ireland EPA, Dr. Eimear Cotter, Director Office of Environmental Sustainability, www.epa.ie
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The demo included the firing of the 50 MWth Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation commercial-scale combustor. Firing of the combustor involves the integrated operation of the full NET Power process. Following rigorous testing, the combustor will be integrated with the turbine and power will be generated.
The plant is designed to demonstrate NET Power's Allam Cycle technology which uses a new turbine and combustor developed specifically for the process by Toshiba.
Using CO₂ as a working fluid to drive a combustion turbine, the Allam Cycle eliminates virtually all emissions from natural gas power generation without expensive, efficiency-reducing carbon capture equipment.
(Source: NET Power, McDermott, Gas World, 31 May, 2018) Contact: NET Power, Charlie Bowser, Pres. Contact: Net Power, (919) 667-1800, www.netpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NET Power, CO2, Carbon Dioxide ,
A VPP is a distributed rooftop solar and battery system that collects energy, which can be described as being similar to that of a centralized power station. It can also link rooftop solar panels with energy storage devices and load control systems in a web-based network to create a single energy supply.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will work hand in hand with relevant agencies, such as the Public Utilities Office, Western Power, and Lands agencies. (Source: OpenGov Asia, 31 MAY, 2018) Contact: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, https://dpird.wa.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Solar, Renewable Energy, Solar,
The CCUS initiative will seek to support and accelerate existing CCUS projects such as those undertaken by the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the IEA's Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, Mission Innovation, and the Global CCS Institute.
The US, Saudi Arabia and Norway will lead the project, with international partners including Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.
The technologies are predicted to play a key role in global decarbonization efforts, with nuclear set to make energy-intensive processes such as desalination, hydrogen production and energy storage carbon neutral.
Following the Paris Agreement, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and IEA predicted that CCUS would be essential to limiting global warming to 2 degree C. (Source: US DOE, Power Tech, 31 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS, Carbon Capture, CO2,
SUMMETH also concluded that there are no barriers to bunkering the ferries, since this is already carried out by truck and could easily be switched from diesel to methanol, enabling the ferry operator to immediately reduce particulate emissions and progressively reduce carbon emissions as renewable methanol becomes available.
The SUMMETH research programme was conducted by SSPA, ScandiNAOS, Marine Benchmark, Lund University, the Swedish Transport Administration Road Ferries, Scania, SMTF and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland with the support from the MARTEC II network and co-funding by the Swedish Maritime Administration, Region Vastra Gotaland, Oiltanking and the Methanol Institute.
(Source: SUMMETH, Bunkering, May, 2018) Contact: SUMMETH, +46 31 772 90 66, www.summeth.marinemethanol.com/?page=home; Swedish Maritime Administration, www.sjofartsverket.se/en; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, www.vttresearch.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Methanol, Methanol, Biofuel, Maritime Fuel,
In the upcoming June 7 Ontario provincial election, the Progressive Conservative candidate, Doug Ford, is calling for the abolition of the sitting Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne's carbon cap-and-trade program which, according to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, generated an estimated $471 million for the province in the first joint Ontario, Quebec, California cap-and-trade program auction held February 21, 2018. The funds will be invested in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the province's Climate Change Action Plan.
(Source: Green Party of Canada, MyWestNippisingNow, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada, www.greenparty.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Tax,
The acquisition is expected to increase Enefit Green's renewable energy production capacity from the existing 0.4 terawatt hour to more than one terawatt hour.
Enefit Green intends to make additional investments in Nelja Energia for expanding renewable energy production in the Baltic Sea region.
Enefit Green currently owns four wind farms with a total capacity of 111MW, three cogeneration plants in Estonia and Latvia, one hydroelectric power plant, and one solar power plant.
(Source: Enefit Green, Power Tech, 31 May, 2018)Contact:
Eesti Energia, www.energia.ee; Nelja Energia, www.4energia.ee
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,
in their action, the plaintiffs claim the federal agency, led by the increasingly controversial Trump appointee Scot Pruitt, awarded the waivers to two refineries owned by HollyFrontier Corp. and the Wynnewood Refining Co., a subsidiary of Carl Icahn's CVR Refining, without publishing the actions in the Federal Register and that the refineries were profitable and did not qualify for the waivers.
As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance.
(Source: Various Media, NewsOK, 31 May, 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; National Corn Growers Association, Kevin Skunes, Pres., (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hardship Waiver, National Corn Growers Association, RFA, EPA Scott Pruitt, RFS,
The Ajman Municipality and Planning Department "is keen on implementing sustainability standards in all of the emirate' vital sectors in order to establish building sustainability for the future of Ajman," said Ajman Municipality and Planning Department head Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid.
(Source: Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Salam Al Amir, UAE National, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, www.am.gov.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Green Building,
SEM is a long-term, holistic approach to energy management that increases energy and cost savings for customers year-over-year through goal setting, progress tracking and reporting of results. This program design includes a whole-facility approach that uses Normalized Metered Energy Consumption (NMEC) and a baseline model to help identify and measure energy savings opportunities from all program activities at participating facilities.
CLEAResult is North America's largest provider of energy efficiency programs and services tailored to an individual clients' needs. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: CLEAResult, www.clearesult.com; PG&E, www.pge.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric, CLEAResult, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
The Biofuel Facility is expected to divert more than 115,000 tpy of residential and commercial organic waste from the landfill and produce approximately 120,000 gigajoules of renewable natural gas (RNG) -- sufficient to fuel the city's entire waste collection and service vehicles fleet , as well as provide renewable fuel for Surrey's district energy system. It will also help reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 49,000 tpy.
The facility was designed, financed and will be operated under a 25-year partnership agreement with a UK-based company, Renewi.
The Canadian federal government contributed approximately $16.9 million to the project and Renewi covered the remaining cost of the $68 million project. (Source: Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, City of Surrey, 30 May, 2018)
Contact: Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, www.camacam.ca;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Renewi,
From 1990 to 2016, the EU has reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 22.4 pct , surpassing its 20 pct reduction target by 2020. These figures include emissions from international aviation, which are covered by EU targets but not accounted in national totals under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Emissions in the residential and commercial sector also increased because the winter of 2016 was slightly colder than the winter of 2015.
EU greenhouse gas emissions have decreased since 1990 as a combined result of policies, economic factors and, on average, milder winters, the EEA analysis shows. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to energy efficiency improvements, an increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels -- more gas, less coal and oil.
(Source: European Environment Agency, May, 2018)
Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Environment Agency, EU Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
Hydrogen, which is widely considered a serious contender as a renewable fuel source, is made from natural gas via a process called steam reforming. However, significant focus is now on other methods to produce renewable hydrogen from solar power and renewable organic sources such as green waste.
Hydrogen can be used as a fuel source or raw material in a variety of applications from industrial and chemical manufacturing to transportation fuels.
(Source: Commercial Road Transport News, May, 2018)
Contact: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, www.thepremier.qld.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen, Renewable Fuel,
FLUX Carbon manages an existing engineering and licensing business, and holds the rights to several proprietary, patented, and patent-pending technologies including methods to increase the efficiency and profitability of corn ethanol production facilities by intercepting and processing corn ethanol co-products into value-added renewable offsets for fossil fuel-derived products.
About a third of the corn processed by dry mill ethanol plants is converted into ethanol. Another third is emitted to the atmosphere as a relatively pure stream of carbon dioxide. The final third is dried and sold asDDGs, a commercial animal feed, according to a release.
(Source: Attis Industries, Inc., PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisind.com; GreenShift, 770.886.2734, www.greenshift.com; FLUX Carbon, 770-886-2734
More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Oil, Ethanol, Attis Industries, GreenShift ,
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "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. Contact: RFA, Bob Dineen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA, RFS, Hardship Waiver, Bob Dineen, RFA,
The EOWDC is scheduled to generate its first power in the summer, producing the equivalent of more than 70 pct of Aberdeen's domestic electricity demand and displace 134,128 tpy CO2.
LC Energy report readers will no doubt remember now president Donald Trump's war with the EOWDC project in opposition to which he claimed "offshore wind will destroy Scotland" because he thought it would spoil the view from his Aberdeen Bay golf resort that was then under construction. Trump took legal action to kill the EOWDC project but lost on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: EOWDC, Vattenfall, 29 May 2018)
Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc
More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump, European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Offshore Wind, EOWDC ,
According to Vestas,
"With carbon fibre composite innovations, we can increase the performance of turbine blades. Stronger carbon fibre will allow us to reduce the required amount of carbon fibre used in the blade, so the blade will be lighter and cheaper. This makes renewable energy cleaner and more affordable, and supports the development of Australia's growing wind energy sector." (Source: Architecture & Design, May, 2018)
Contact: Deakin University, www.deakin.edu.au; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Blade, Wind, Vestas,
The MBR Solar Park consists of two operational PV plants -- Phase 1 at 13 MW, and the 200 MW Phase II -- plus an 800 MW facility and a 200 MW CSP plant, both of which are under development.
MW Phase III began in January 2017 with an expected completion scheduled for the end of this year.
A 200 MW section of phase III came online in May and at the time, French project developer EDF said the following two 300 MW units would be commissioned in 2019 and 2020, according to PV Magazine.
The 200 MW CSP section is due to be operational by 2021 and another 1 GW CSP section may be included in the final 5 GW solar park, according to DEWA. (Source: MiddleEast Utilities, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA, CSP, Solar,
The The paper proposes changes to Green Star that would provide credits to projects for:
The paper has identified five principles with which a new approach to biodiversity and ecology would be based:
The GBCA expects new requirements to be adopted from 2020. (Source: GBCA, Fifth Estate, 29 May, 2018) Contact: GBCA, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au
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The three companies will assess the potential for utilization of utility and industrial scale battery storage solutions in new projects and at existing renewable and thermal generation plants across their collective areas of operation. On those projects to which the companies commit, Lyon will act as project developer, JERA as investor and Fluence as the energy storage solution and service provider.
Lyon is a leading independent developer of utility-scale battery storage and renewable generation projects.
JERA is a joint venture between Japan's TEPCO Fuel & Power Incorporated and Chubu Electric Power Company.
Fluence is a Siemens and AES company specialising in global energy storage technology solutions and services.
(Source: Lyon, JERA, Fluence, Joint PR, Various Media, Renewable Energy, 29 May, 2018)
Contact: Lyon Group, Lyon Group, + 612 8098 0213, www.lyoninfrastructure.com.au;
Fluence, (883) 358-3623, http://fluenceenergy.com
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