Argentina, one of the world's top biodiesel fuel producers with 1.65 million tons of biodiesel exports in 2017, has been hit by retaliatory tariffs in recent years including the U.S. International Trade Commission anti-dumping duties of 60.44 pct to 276.65 pct.
The Argentine CIARA-CEC exporters trade association reports it expects the European Union to stop importing biodiesel by imposing new tariffs in September or October. The Chamber sees exports falling to around 700,000 tons this year.
(Source: CIARA-CEC, Merco Press, 29 May, 2018)
Contact: CIARA-CEC, www.ciara.com.ar
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Argentina Biodiesel,
Large hydropower employment job markets were led by China, India and Brazil, followed by the Russian Federation, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Viet Nam, according to IRENA.
(Source: IRENA, brand-e, Others, 29 May, 2018)
Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA, Renewable Energy,
The Rampion project is the first offshore wind project on the south coast and is two-thirds the size of the 175-turbine London Array, the biggest offshore wind farm in the world.
Rampion is a JV between E.ON, which developed the project, Canadian energy company Enbridge and a consortium of US, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and Macquarie Capital. (Source: E.ON, BBC, 29 May, 2018)Contact: E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com; Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rampion, Offshore Wind,
Namibia, one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change, is committed to the implementation of the COP Paris Agreement on climate change and has
committed to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and targets in various sectors such as energy, waste, agriculture and forestry.
(Source: Namibian, 29 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Climate Change Mitigation, Paris Climate Agreement,
According to the report, rapid growth in smart home technology has bolstered the digitization of homes and the market for the smart devices within them.
This report examines the strategy and execution of 14 companies that offer software-based HEM solutions. These players are rated on: vision; go-to-market strategy; partners; technology; geographic reach; sales & marketing; product performance; product portfolio & integrations; pricing; and staying power.
Vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked to provide industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies' relative strengths and weaknesses in the global HEM market. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.navigant.com, www.navigantresearch.com;
Tendril, Adrian Tuck, CEO, 720-921-2322, www.tendrilinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, Tendril,
Front and Centered, an organization that represents communities of color fighting climate change, notes the disproportionate effects, such as higher asthma rates for children of color, in these communities. According to Front and Centered, "(Initiative) 1631 represents an opportunity to put the cost burden back onto the polluters and holds the largest corporate polluters accountable, because our communities, you know, we've been paying our fair share. And now it's time to make it more equitable, in that sense."
Thirty-five pct of the fee would be earmarked for communities of color. Fifteen-percent of the carbon tax collected would address the oversized energy burden for low-income households, 10 pct would go to Native American tribes affected by climate change, and a $50-million reserve from the fee would assist displaced fossil-fuel workers. Opponents of the measure say companies could pass the cost of the fee onto Washingtonians.
Initiative 1631 is supported by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
(Source: Washington Public News Service, 29 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Climate Change,
The Dutch government's appeal of the 2015 court ruling, challenges the "extent of judges' control over the future policies of the state". A ruling in the case is expected in the coming months.
In related news, the Dutch government has announced it intended to close two of its oldest coal-fire plants by 2025.
Three remaining coal plants will also be closed no later then by 2030. The Netherlands is committed to cut its CO2 emissions by 49 pct by 2030. (Source: Various Media, Space Daily, 28 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement, GHGs, Carbon Emissionst, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
The order includes Alfa Laval exhaust gas heat recovery units to be installed in a greenfield power plant where they will recover waste heat to be used for electric power generation.
(Source: Alfa Laval, PR, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Alfa Laval, Peter Leifland, Pres. Marine Division, +46-46-36-72-31, www.alfalaval.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval , Energy Efficiency,
The company blamed the reduction on higher sugar prices during the first half of its fiscal year and "considerable volatility" in the fuel market. (Source: Nordzucker, Various Media, May, 2018)
Contact: Nordzucker Ethanol, Boris Kuster, Bioethanol Manager, +49 39209 45-132, www.nordzucker.com/en/business/bioethanol/production.html, www.nordzucker.de/en/home.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordzucker, Sugar Beet, Ethanol,
The initiative aims to reduce business aviation's carbon-environmental footprint where it starts, as opposed to using offsets or other market-based measures. The initiative also addresses the need for for education, as industry players such as operators and fuel providers are not necessarily content with standardization body ASTM's green light and still fear fuel tank and engine damage and warranty issues potentially caused by aviation biofuel usage. The initiative centers on a guide to the use of SAJF.
The promoters of the initiative are planning a full-scale demonstration at Los Angeles Van Nuys and Paris Le Bourget airports where all aircraft would receive a blend of conventional and sustainable fuel.
Download the US DOE SAJF details and the full SAJF Value Proposition HERE. (Source: International Business Aviation Council, the National Air Transportation Association, Aviation Week, May 29, 2018)
Contact: International Business Aviation Council, www.ibac.org/Business/Aviation; National Air Transportation Association, (202) 774-1535, nata.aero
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Sustainable Fuel, Biofuel,
SGL Carbon is a technology-based company and a leader in the development and production of carbon-based solutions. Its high-quality materials and products made from specialty graphite and composites are used in the automotive, aerospace, solar and wind energy, semiconductor and LEDs, as well as in the production of lithium-ion batteries and other energy storage systems sectors.
In 2017, SGL Carbon generated sales of around €860 million. The company operates 34 locations in Europe, North America, and Asia. (Source: SGL, Inside Composites, 29 May, 2018) Contact: SGL Carbon, Dr Jurgen Kohler, CEO, www.sglcarbon.com
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The Zero Energy Ready home is a high performance home so energy efficient, all or most annual energy consumption can be offset with renewable energy. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are third-party verified and at least 40 pct -- 50 pct more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low- to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built.(Source: Sprout Tiny Homes, PR, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Sprout Tiny Homes Inc. , Rod Stambaugh, (719) 247-6195, www.sprouttinyhomes.com
Zero Energy Ready Home, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-home
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Benefuel's catalytic process ENSEL combines esterification of free fatty acids (FFA) and transesterification of triglycerides into a single process step—a long-standing technology goal of the biodiesel and oleochemical industries. Solving these challenge significantly expands feedstock options, simplifies the refining process and enables a cost structure competitive with petroleum products.
The COMM SCI project ams to support a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for a 20 million gpy biodiesel plant to be located in Sarnia, Ontario.
(Source: BIC, Benefuel, Green Car Congress, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir., www.bincanada.ca; Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, email@example.com, www.benefuel.net
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The C2CNT technology, which was developed by a team of scientists led by Professor Stuart Licht at George Washington University, uses electrolysis with a current generated by electrodes to separate the carbon from the oxygen, repurposes the carbon into a strong, useable carbon fiber (nanotube), and oxygen that is available for other uses.
Dr. Licht and his team are among five finalists competing in the natural gas track of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition.
(Source: Capital Power Corporation , PR, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Capital Power Corp, Brian Vaasjo, CEO, Michael Sheehan, Communications, (780) 392-5222, MSheehan@capitalpower.com, www.capitalpower.com; C2CNT, Stuart Licht, (571) 553-8215, SL@C2CNT.com, www.C2CNT.com; Carbon XPrize, www.carbon.xprize.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Nanotube, Carbon Fiber, Capital Power, Carbon XPrize,
The selected projects are intended to promote sustainable efforts among fossil resources and cut down on the cost of advanced fossil energy technologies -- permanent geologic storage for carbon dioxide to coincide with the predicted use of transformative carbon capture technologies beginning around 2025.
This marks the second phase of an effort which has already seen approximately $15.4 million distributed among 13 projects. The latest round will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and include projects run by the Battelle Memorial Institute, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the University of Wyoming. (Source: US DOE, Energy Insider, 29 May, 2018)
Contact: Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise, www.researchfunding.duke.edu/carbon-storage-assurance-facility-enterprise-carbonsafe-storage-complex-facility; DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Carbon Storage, DOE Office of Fossil Energy,
The proposed energy system conversion to woody biomass is being driven in part by the university's goal of virtually eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Honeywell says its project will achieve 85 pct of that goal. The university presently spends roughly $10 million a year on electricity and heat, an amount the could be slashed to $4.3 million with the new power plant and solar array, Honeywell estimates.
The on campus 6-MW central heating and power plant would burn approximately 70,000 tpy of wood chips from sustainably harvested local timber.
The CHP plant would use natural gas and oil or liquid biofuels as backups for its boilers, as well as the 40MW solar array. A similar but smaller biomass facility at the University of Maine at Farmington campus burns 4,000 tpy of locally harvested hardwood chips, and replaced nearly 400,000 gallons of oil.
(Source: Univ. of Maine Orono, Honeywell International,, Portland Press Herald, 22 May, 2018) Contact: University of Maine Orono, https://umaine.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell, Biomass Power,
The first phase of implementing building energy retrofits has been completed and they have provided energy and water savings, as well wider environmental benefits. Carleton has achieved a 2,693,298 kWh reduction in annual electricity use, a 25,247 m3 (891,589 cf) reduction in annual water use and a 19,076 m3 (673,662 cf) reduction in annual natural gas use. (Source: Carlton University, Construction, PR, 28 May, 2018) Contact: Carlton University, Darryl Boyce, Assist. VP Planning & Facilities Management, (613) 520-2600, www.carleton.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carleton University, Energy Efficiency,
Announcing the targets, Holyrood's climate change secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, Scotland will cut emissions by two-thirds without resorting to carbon offsetting to achieve our goal. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, Guardian International, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Scotland Climate Change Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, www.gov.scot/Topics/Environment/climatechange
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Credit,
The expansion marks SunCommon's second New York State solar initiative following its joining with Ontario, New York-based Sustainable Energy Developments, based in a rebranded venture known as SunCommon NY, in 2017.
(Source: SunCommon, Vermont diggers, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Sun Common, Duane Peterson, Founder and Co-President, (802) 882-8181, www.suncommon.com; Hudson Solar, (866) 452-7652, www.hudsonsolar.com
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Coleman says the RFS renewable fuel obligation rule for 2019 is expected out soon but if the waivers keep getting granted, then the numbers called for in that rule don't mean anything because refiners aren't held accountable to them. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, May, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Brooke Coleman, Exec. Dir., www.advancedbiofuels.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Business Council , EPA, Pruitt, RFS,
In February, LONGI'S announced its intent to triple its wafer production capacity to 45 GW by 2020. To that end, in April, the company inked a $787 million, 39,600MT polysilicon supply agreement with Daqo New Energy, alongside plans to invest $216.7 million in the construction of a 228 MW PV installation in China's Ningxia Hui region.
(Source: Longi, PV Mag, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Tongwei Solar, www.tw-solar.com/en;
LONGI Solar, LONGI Green Energy, en.longi-solar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tongwei, Longi Green Energy Technology, Solar, Solar Cell,
EcoStruxure Building's open, end-to-end IP architecture enables quick, connectivity of IoT devices and provides for edge control and collaboration between building systems and third-party systems and devices.
For developers, systems integrators and members of Schneider Electric's EcoXpert partner program, EcoStruxure Building enables up to 30 pct faster deployment through: Smart Connector framework for creating new system and app functionality; Enterprise Central allows for 10x more scalability to easily execute site expansions; Mobile commissioning, engineering efficiencies, and development applications for speed, repeatability and consistency.
Schneider Electric EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level, from Connected Products, Edge Control to Apps, Analytics & Services, said the statement from the company.
It has been deployed in 480,000-plus installations, with the support of more than 20,000 system integrators, connecting over 1.5 million assets, according to Schneider Electric. (Source: Schneider Electric, TradeArabia News Service, 27 May, 2018)
Contact: Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric, Energy Management, Building Energy management,
The latest analysis found that 18.8 pct of the UK's wind power over the first quarter of 2018 came from wind farms which
supplied 47.3 pct of the demand in the country. The wind peaked at more than 14 GW of electricity and gave more power than nuclear.
(Source: Electric Insights Report, Wonderful Engineering, 27 May, 2018)
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Novozymes said ethanol fuel is one of the major opportunities the company sees in China, which plans to push nationwide use of bioethanol-gasoline blends by 2020 to cut emissions and fossil fuel consumption.
With a 48-pct market share in industrial enzymes, Novozymes provides biological solutions for producers of ethanol, bread, detergent and textiles in 130 countries. (Source: Xinhua, Novozymes, 27 May, 2018)
Contact: Novozymes, Sara Dai, Asia Pacific Regional Pres., +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes, Enzymes, Ethanol,
Currently, 181 countries and the European Union are engaged in IRENA's work. (Source: International Renewable Energy Agency, Bioenergy International, Other Media 26 May, 2018)Contact: IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, Timothy Hurst, Chief of Communications, +971 2 417 9000 , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.irena.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency ,
The NGO Global Witness, known for its campaign against "blood diamonds", is calling for robust regulations to curb the excesses of financial deregulation which have driven global deforestation and other abuses that contribute to climate change.
The EC says it aims at becoming a global leader in fighting climate change and achieving the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions agreed at the COP21 Paris Climate accord meeting in December 2015. The impact of climate change already threatens financial stability and leads to major economic losses through floods, land erosion or droughts, the EC acknowledged.
To achieve the EU's 2030 climate targets, approximately €180 billion per year of additional investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy would be needed. Mobilizing private capital to fund sustainable investment is essential, the EC added. (Source: EC, Brussels Times, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Global Witness,
European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu
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DHYBRID designs, installs and operates commercial and utility-scale hybrid plants, offering cost-efficient energy solutions for remote islands and other off-grid sites that need independent, reliable and decentralized electricity. Through this partnership, the two companies will combine DHYBRID's in-house SCADA & control technology with QOS Energy's monitoring solution to successfully meet that challenge and ensure that each plant delivers energy as expected.
QOS Energy's cloud-based monitoring and analytics platform acquires data from any type of plant, data acquisition system or database, a key advantage for the effective and centralised management of large and complex PV projects. With this capability, DHYBRID will be able to increase power production, optimise maintenance processes and lower the downtime of the plants it manages.
The DHYBRID Universal Power Platform (UPP) is a modular energy management system (EMS) and smart-grid control solution that allows the client to get full transparency on the energy consumption and identify cost saving potential. Our DHYBRID UPP technology forms the basis for the future integration of different energy sources into one economic and sustainable hybrid power supply. (Source; Dhybrid, PR, 28 May, 2018) Contact: DHYBRID, www.DHYBRID.de; QOS Energy, +33 (0)2 51 89 46 00, email@example.com, www.qosenergy.com]
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,
The NDP platform says that if elected, the government would use 25 pct of cap-and-trade revenue to help low-income earners in northern and rural Ontarians adapt to a lower carbon lifestyle and $50 million to a home efficiency retrofit program.
The Progressive Conservative (PC) party says if elected it would scrap the sittingt LIberal government's existing cap-and-trade program and oppose the federal mandated minimum price on carbon emissions. The province's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system has to date contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Edmonton Sun, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax, Cap-and-Trade,
Funded by the GEF, SGP is implemented by UN Development Programme on behalf of the GEF partnership and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services.
(Source: GEF-SGP, The Eagle Online, News Agency of NIgeria, 27 May, 2018)
Contact: GEF-SGP, Ibironke Olubamise, Nigerian GEF-SGP Coordinator, www.thegef.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Environmental Facilit,
Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market by Top Vendors include: BASF; Cargill; Incorporated; DSM; INEOS; PTT Global Chemical Public Company. Other prominent vendors include: BioAmber; Braskem; DuPont; GFBiochemicals; LyondellBasell Industries; Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation; Novozymes; Prinova Group; Qingdao Langyatai (Group); Revolymer; Succinity; Yield10 Bioscience and others.
Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals market report analyses the market potential for each geographical region based on the growth rate, macroeconomic parameters, consumer buying patterns, and market demand and supply scenarios.
Report details and a sample PDF of report are HERE.
Purchase Report HERE. (Source: Market Reports World, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Markets Report World, www.marketreportsworld.com
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The contract is the company's fourth contract of 2018 with Japanese customers, Pinnacle noted. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Renewables, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Pionnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com; Hanwa Co. Ltd., www.hanwa.co.jp/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass , Pinnacle, Biomass Pellet, Woody Biomass,
While much of the emission reductions will occur in Exxon Mobil's onshore shale operations in the U.S., the most dramatic declines will be in West Africa, the company claims.
The energy sector -- including oil and coal -- is the largest source of U.S. methane emissions, which are a major contributor to the planet's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. DOE.
(Source: ExxonMobil, Houston Chronicle, Others, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon Mobil , Methane, GHGs, Greenhouse Gas, Climate Change,
In late 2015, Chine, the world's biggest emitter of climate-warming greenhouse gases, had already met several objectives it promised to fulfil by 2020, including cutting its carbon intensity by 40 pct to 45 percent three years early, Xie Zhenhua added.
China launched the first phase of its nationwide carbon market last December after months of delays. It currently covers only the power sector but will be extended to other emitters at a later stage. (Source: New Stage, Various Media, Reuters, 27 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21, China Carbon Market, China Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
The report notes there are currently 51 carbon pricing initiatives around the world, consisting of 25 emissions trading schemes and 26 carbon taxes. These initiatives cover 20 pct of all global greenhouse gas emissions.
The World Bank estimates that receipts from carbon pricing now amount to $33 billion -- a 50 percent increase on the previous year.
(Source: World Bank, Climate Action, Other 22 May, 2018) Contact: World Bank, Marcene Broadwater
Strategy and Business Development, (202) 473-1000,
firstname.lastname@example.org; John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change, www.ifc.org
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The company's £759,000 ($1 million) revenue in 2017 came mainly from the lease of catalyst to and engineering support for Envia Energy's plant in Oklahoma City, which uses the Velocys Fischer-Tropsch (FT) system, and revenues from feasibility studies, predominantly for a UK waste-to-jet fuel project, accordinb to the company.
(Source: Velocys, Renewables Now, Others, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, email@example.com, www.velocys.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Fuel, Velocys, Biofuel, Biorefinery,
The terms of the deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, were not divulged. The new entitiy will be tagged Neste Demeter BV.
The investment supports Neste's strategy to establish a global waste and residue raw material platform to secure feedstock -- raw material availability to meet its production needs, according to a statement.
IH Demeter operates 150 animal fat rendering facilities throughout Europe. (Source: Neste Oyi, PetrolPlaza, Various Media, 25 May, 2018)Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; IH Demeter, www.demeter.nl/contact
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Though it's a single project, Massachusetts will use New Bedford-headquartered Vineyard Wind to produce power for the Bay State, while Rhode Island will work with Providence-based Deepwater Wind -- the operator the Block Island wind farm. This project, however, will be about 10 times larger.
Deepwater Wind will now negotiate with National Grid, before submitting the final plan to state and federal regulators. (Source: WLNE, ABC News, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind, Deepwater Wind, Vineyard Wind,
Founded in 2017, C4Coin will reward eco-conscious activities that generate verifiable carbon offsets. Users creating these offsets will receive carbon credit tokens called CO2KNs. These tokens can be retired through an innovative consensus protocol to earn a traditional crypto-asset called C4Coin.
The company plans to launch its blockchain in Q4 2018.
The name C4Coin stems from the biological process of carbon fixation. Plants take CO2 and inorganic Carbon 4 and break them down into organic, useable carbon and oxygen.
(Source: C4Coin, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: C4Coin, Harrison Perl, CEO, www.c4coin.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset, Carbon Credits, Carbon Trading,
Indonesia is the world's largest producer of palm oil, the raw ingredient for fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) which can be used to make biodiesel. The B-25 program is expected to increase Indonesia's FAME consumption to between 5.5 million and 6 million kilolitres (kl) in 2019 -- more than double the last year's consumption of FAME.
The B25 mandate would require the additional production of 750,000 kl of FAME annually.
The move is intended to support palm oil production.
(Source: Indonesia New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation, Reuters, 24 May, 2018) Contact: New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation Indonesia, Rida Mulyana,Director General, http://indonesien.ahk.de/fileadmin/ahk_indonesien/Business_Delegations/Energy_Efficiency/Government_s_Policy_on_Energy_Efficiency_and_Renewable_Energy_in_Buildings.pdf; Indonesian Palm Oil Association , https://gapki.id
More Low-Carbon Energy News FAME, Palm Oil, Biodiesel,
The firm, which is co-owned by energy company St1 and retail giant S Group, now has 131 turbines, producing about a quarter of Finland's wind-powered electricity.
The company claims it has invested more than €650 million euros in wind power in less than a decade, and is planning to expand operations into other Nordic countries. (Source: TuuliWatti, Yle, 23 May, 2018) Contact: TuuliWatti Ltd., www.tuuliwatti.fi
More Low-Carbon Energy News TuuliWatti, Wind,
The project secured funding from four banks:
the European Investment Bank (EIB); MUFG Bank, BNP Paribas and AIB. will finance the wind farm with long-term debt. The EIB is in for half of the project's expected total cost of €160 million. It is the EIB's largest ever investment in renewable energy generation in Ireland and the largest financing in the country to date under the EIB Investment Plan for Europe. (Source: Bord na Mona, Irish Farmers Journal, May, 2018) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie; Investment Plan for Europe, www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/investment-plan
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Bord na Mona, EIB,
Sonnen provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels in Germany, Europe's biggest solar market, in the areas of charging infrastructure and battery storage.
(Source: Shell, Handelsblatt Global, 24 May, 2018)
Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP, www.sonnen-batterie.com
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The joint venture, to be known as intelliHUB, will be the country's leading smart meter operator, with long-term cash flows and substantial growth options underpinned by a long-term agreement to deploy and manage digital smart meters for Origin's 4.2 million electricity customers.
Smart meters are becoming crucial as the electricity grid shifts to more decentralised energy resources such as solar panels, batteries and smart appliances. (Source: Landis+Gyr, Australian Financial Review, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Landis+Gyr, Adrian Clark, CEO Australia and NZ, www.landisgyr.com;
Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, www.originenergy.com.au;
Pacific Equity Partners, www.pep.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Origin Energy, Landis&Gyr, Smart Meter,
The €400 million ($469 million) Bjerkreim cluster will supply 1,000 GWh of electricity per year, enough to help offset the power used by Facebook's Nordic data centers in Odense, Denmark, and Lulea, Sweden.
The Bjerkreim cluster incorporates 70, 4.2-MW Siemens wind turbines and is operated by Luxcara of Germany. Swedish utility Vattenfall will integrate the output into the Nordic grid, provide balancing services, and supply Facebook.
The Bjerkreim deal is Facebook's largest single purchase of renewable energy and is Norway's largest wind project to date.
(Source: Facebook, DataCenter Dynamics, 24 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Facebook, Wind,
In the report, the EIA defines subsidies as funds a government expends, or revenue it foregoes, to encourage or support certain activities. EIA's report includes the following financial activities: direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research and development (R&D), and credit subsidies to recipients of federal loan guarantees.
Tax expenditures provided 80 pct of FY 2016 renewables subsidies. Renewable electricity-related tax expenditures provided nearly 70 pct of FY 2013 renewable electricity subsidies, falling to about half that share in FY 2016. Most of this amount went to commercial wind and solar installations from the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provided an inflation-adjusted tax credit worth 2.4 cents per kilowatthour (kWh) in 2016, while the ITC provided a deduction equal to 30 pct of facility installation costs. EIA estimates the PTC and ITC credits taken in FY 2016 at $1.4 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively.
Nearly all renewable energy direct expenditures for FY 2010, FY 2013, and FY 2016 resulted from provisions of ARRA -- a broad-based set of programs designed to expedite economic recovery, including energy infrastructure. Under ARRA, DOE has invested more than $31 billion since 2009. Much of this funding supported renewable energy projects, but by FY 2016, most provisions of ARRA energy programs had expired. Direct expenditures for renewable energy decreased 90 pct, from nearly $9 billion in FY 2013 to about $1 billion in FY 2016.
Although R&D expenditures are small compared with tax expenditures and direct expenditures, R&D provides the foundation for many energy technology advancements and cost reductions. Federal R&D expenditures for renewable energy were estimated at about $850 million for FY 2010 and FY 2013, but they dropped to about $450 million in FY 2016. Another $296 million in federal loan guarantees was distributed to recipients in FY 2010, but in both FY 2013 and FY 2016, federal loan guarantee subsidies were zero. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, May, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, US EIA,