Before a deal last July between Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers to extend the program, it was set to expire in 2020, and businesses were hesitantly buying the program's credits -- the August 2016 cap-and-trade auction generated just $8.4 million. Following that auction,
the state has sold out of every current-year credit offered and generated nearly $3 billion for the state over four quarterly auctions, compared to less than a billion dollars over the previous year.
(Source: CARB, Capital Public Radio, 24 May, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Emissions, Jerry Brown, California Air Resources Board,
EESI aims to improve energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and help the country hit its goal of reducing carbon intensity by up to 35 pct by 2030 from 2005 levels
The money will be used to create sustainable markets for LED lights and energy efficient ceiling fans, facilitate investments in public street lighting and develop sustainable business models for emerging markets such as efficient air conditioning and agricultural water pumping units.
(Source: World Bank, Energy Live, 24 May, 2018)
Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services Limited, India Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, World Bank,
At the three data centers Fairbanks Energy installed building management systems(BMS) integrating all of the power and cooling systems, heat exchangers, automated valves and new pumps, dynamic airflow management, optimized hot aisle/cold aisle design with physical best practices to ensure air was being delivered to the racks with minimal mixing of hot and cold air streams. Temperature sensors were also installed, enabling the monitoring of the environment and control of CRAC units in real-time as the data center load and environmental conditions change.
The energy efficiency impact includes 4.4 million annual kWh of savings . The data centers also reclaimed over 45 pct of stranded mechanical capacity and now has the ability to scale to over 150 watts per square feet while being N+1 compliant.
(Source: Fairbanks Energy, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Shannon Shea, (781)658-3266 x1006, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fairbanksenergy.com; Zayo Group, Jenny Gerson, Senior Director of Sustainability and Strategy, (800) 830-3305, www.zayo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Data Center Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Fairbanks Energy Services,
Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. Closing is expected in Q3 of 2018. Enlighted will be managed as an independent legal entity and wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens Industry, Inc.
Enlighted's IoT platform for commercial real estate consists of multi-function sensors, distributed computing, its own network, and software applications that enables reduced energy use, improved space utilization, better environmental management and greater asset utilization. These sensors can be installed in every light fixture with the ability to collect data 65 times per second to detect environmental and occupancy changes and react to lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) needs in real-time.
The Enlighted platform can cut lighting costs of a building up to 85 pct when combined with advanced LED fixtures and, when combined with Siemens solutions, can optimize the energy efficiency of HVAC systems. (Source: Siemens AG, PR, 24 May, 2018)
Contact: Enlighted Inc., (650) 964-1094, www.enlightedinc.com; Siemens Building Technologies, www.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Building Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
"We're pleased the USDA is taking up the president's call to action and pressing for an immediate E15 fix, before the start of the summer driving season. As Secretary (Sonny) Perdue has noted, a flood of illegitimate waivers from the EPA has resulted in 'demand destruction' for U.S. farmers at a time when rural communities can least afford it. Even petroleum giants like Marathon are now expecting 'small refinery' handouts.
"Regulators should, instead, focus on the president's plan to reallocate lost biofuel gallons that were siphoned away by EPA waivers. President Trump promised to protect statutory targets under the Renewwable Fuel Standard (RFS), and we support Secretary Perdue's efforts to ensure the EPA upholds that commitment to rural families.
"There is no reason to delay action or attach unrelated gimmicks designed to benefit a few refinery owners. EPA Administrator (Scott) Pruitt should stand by his word in 2017, when he vowed not to pursue an export scheme that would cannibalize demand for U.S. biofuels, destroy farm income, and spark retaliatory tariffs against the entire fuel and farm supply chain." (Source: Grwoth Energy, SCD, 24 May, 2018)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy, Biofuel,
The report, which was produced by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), examined employment in the energy efficiency, electric power generation, fuels production, and motor vehicles sectors.
According to the report, energy efficiency employment was projected to have a growth rate of 9 pct through 2018, the highest of the four sectors studied. Construction employers expect energy efficiency job growth of 11 pct by the end of 2018, while manufacturing will grow 9.9 pct. In all, the energy efficiency sector added 67,000 net jobs in 2017.
Construction firms in the energy efficiency sector saw an increase in the number of workers who spend at least half of their time on energy efficiency-related work, rising from approximately 797,500 in 2015 to nearly 1.024 million in 2017. Energy efficiency professional services, such as architects or product designers, added 63,000 jobs. Manufacturing jobs producing ENERGY STAR-certified building materials and other products rose by 9 pct, or roughly 27,000 jobs.
(Source: National Association of State Energy Officials, USGNN, 24 May, 2018) Contact: National Association of State Energy Officials, www.naseo.org[endlink[; ENERGY STAR, [strartlink]www.energystar.gov
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On land, forests capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Forests release their carbon every few hundred years, due to fire, tree mortality or human harvesting. By comparison, coastal marshes maintain their carbon for thousands of years. Coastal ecosystems do the same -- but they're much better at it, according to McGill University "Blue Carbon" authority Assoc. Prof. Gail Chmurain. Coastal ecosystems can hold three to five times more carbon than the equivalent area of forest, according to a federal government report.
The financial value of blue carbon comes from its potential for carbon emission credits which the Canadian federal government is introducing.
According to government documents, "carbon stored in tidal salt marshes in the Bay of Fundy could have an estimated value of $202 million." That would equal $1 billion in 2022.
In terms of Canada's national carbon emissions strategy, blue carbon could be used as an offset to meet international targets and
coastal communities could protect or rehabilitate wetlands to generate carbon credits.
(Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, CBC, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.htm;
McGill University, Assoc. Prof. Gail Chmurain, (514) 926-6854, email@example.com, www.mcgill.ca
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The 8.2 MW project, which will incorporate four turbines in near proximity to an existing 9-turbine Enerkiekontor wind far, is expected to come online in the first half of 2019.
(Source: Energieknotor, UN Environment, Others, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Energieknotor, Peter Szabo, CEO, +49 421 3304-0,
+49 421 3304-444- fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.energiekontor.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energieknotor, Wind,
"Looking ahead, this trend is set to continue, as indicated by some of the jurisdictions which are planning carbon price increases," the World Bank report says. "This includes emerging carbon pricing initiatives, which are launching at relatively low price levels, with the intention of scaling up over time," the report added.
Governments raised around $33 billion in carbon pricing revenues in 2017, compared with $22 billion the previous year, the report said. (Source: World Bank, Economic Times India, 22 May, 2018) Contact: World Bank, John Roome, (202) 473-3373, http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/people/j/john-roome
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Climate Change, CO2, GHG, World Bank,
The new biofuel plant will process tall oil and rely on feedstock supplied by SCA's kraft pulp mills in Ostrand, Obbola and Munksund. Capacity expansion at SCA's pulp mill in Ostrand will reportedly double tall oil production at the site.
(Source: SCA, St1, EUWID, 22 May, 2018) Contact: SCA, Ulf Larsson, President and CEO, +46 60 19 46 46, www.sca.com; St1, Patrick Pitkanen, Advanced Fuels Director, +358 105 574 734, email@example.com, www.st1.fi
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, St1, Tall Oil,
NYSERDA's RTEM Program prequalifies vendors who can help commercial customers analyze energy usage data and provide, enable, and/or implement actionable items on the basis of the data. Blue Pillar's Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform provides real-time energy data that helps keep major C&I energy systems within NYSERDA's operating region online with greater resiliency and energy efficiency.
Aurora's greatest competitive advantage has been its ability to utilize a cloud-based and/or local network approach to connecting any Distributed Energy Resource (DER) or legacy asset that generates, stores, consumes, switches or measures electricity. These devices include energy storage, solar panels, building automation systems, and others.
(Source: Blue Pillar Inc., PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Blue Pillar, Tom Willie, CEO, (317) 723-6136, www.bluepillar.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA, Blue Pillar, Energy Storage, Energy Management, Energy Efficiency,
The company is developing a breakthrough technology to increase the storage capacity, lower the cost and extend the life of lithium-ion batteries. With the goal of creating the company's next generation super battery technology, BioSolar is currently investigating high capacity anode materials recognizing the fact that the overall battery capacity is determined by combination of both cathode and anode.(Source: BioSolar, PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: BioSolar, Dr. David Lee, CEO,
Tom Becker, IR, (877) 904-3733, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News BioSolar, Energy Storage, Battery, Lithium-Ion,
According to the Prime Minister, by cutting the energy use of new commercial and residential buildings, the UK could reduce energy bills for occupants by as much as 50 pct. The PM noted that the government would also aim to halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings.
The government's Clean Growth Grand Challenge is calling for a minimum 50 pct reduction in all new building energy consumption by 2030.
(Source: Impact4All, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Clean Growth Grand Challenge, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-strategy-the-grand-challenges/industrial-strategy-the-grand-challenges
With the addition of these these 200 MWs, Azure Power's total portfolio now exceeds 2 GW. (Source: Azure Power, PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Azure Power Global, +91 11 4940 9800, www.azurepower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Azure Power, Solar,
"GE Renewable Energy will now add to the state's remarkable base of renewables by helping local utility Alliant Energy erect 190 turbines at two new sites -- Upland Prairie in the state's northwest corner and English Farms further southeast -- to contribute additional 470 megawatts to Iowa's renewables capacity, enough power to supply the equivalent of 180,000 American homes.
"Those two new projects will also propel GE Renewable Energy to break a record of its own: The business unit's onshore wind capacity in North America now exceeds 40 gigawatts. Its 25,000-plus turbines now have the capacity to power the equivalent of 11 million U.S. homes.
"Worldwide, the stats are even more impressive. GE Renewable Energy has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe -- enough to theoretically supply all of Indonesia.
"Since entering wind energy 15 years ago, GE Renewable Energy has provided turbines for some of the largest sites in the U.S, including the 845 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon and the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas. The company also supplied five 6 MW turbines for America's first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island.
"GE's own contributions speak to a larger truth: Wind is blowing up. In the last decade, U.S. wind capacity has tripled to 54,000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of nearly 90,000 MW housed in 41 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. Wind power is now the largest source of renewable generating capacity in the U.S., according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)."
(Source: General Electric, May 21, 2018) Contact: GE, www.ge.com/contact/general
More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Wind, General Electric, Wind,
According to Prof. Mikkola, "If we consider how ethanol is made, it's simply sugar, and that is the most common form of biomass these days. You can use food waste, agricultural waste, old newspapers -- almost anything which contains sugars that can be fermented into ethanol, and that's how we get what's needed."
The fermentation process results in the fuel equivalent of gasoline or diesel, as well as flammable gas. The new fuel can be used in any engine because it is like an exact copy of a fossil fuel, without itself containing a single fossil-fuel molecule, says Mikkola.
Prof. Mikkola argues that the petroleum industry's current practice of adding ethanol to petrol is foolish and politically motivated.
"First of all, automobile catalytic converters aren't able to handle [ethanol] because they were designed for pure petrol. The ethanol by-products get converted into carcinogenic materials, and on top of that ethanol's specific energy content is half that of petrol. So it's better to make petrol out of the ethanol and drive on pure petrol," he says.
(Source: Umea University,
Svenska Yle, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Umea University, Prof. Jyri-Pekka Mikkola, +46 90 786 52 84 , +46 70 620 03 71, email@example.com, www.chemistry.umu.se
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Marathon's smallest refinery is a 93,000 bpd facility in Canton, Ohio. 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: Reuters, Seeking Alpha, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Marathon Petroleum, Corporate,
(419)421-3070, (419) 425-7040,
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, RFS, Hardship Waiver,
Under the legislation, the funds could either be taken by a school system in cash, or applied to offset some of the cost of operating other facilities.
The legislation, which was supported by several school systems and by Dominion Energy, passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate unopposed.
The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Northam in March, gives the state Corporation Commission until Dec. 1 to set up the guidelines for administering the the pilot program. It is slated to run for six years (Source: InsideNova, Various Media, 22 May, 2018)
Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CE, Power Delivery Group, www.dominionenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy , Feed-in Tariff, FITs, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Rebate,
The plant, which will produce corn oil, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, DDGs for livestock feed is slated to open next spring.
(Source: Wichita Eagle, AP, ICM, Others, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Elements LLC, (316) 796-0900,
www.icminc.com; The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, www.andersonsethanol.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Element LLC, The Andersons, ICM Holdings,
The software can be accessed from the Open Telekom Cloud without NZR's proprietary software, thus reducing IT and other costs.
(Source: NZR, Deutsche Telekom, telecompaper News, 22 May, 2018) Contact: NRZ, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nzr.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,
As in Germany, E.On will be the first energy company in Britain to offer its customers a digital assessment of the PV potential of their homes.
Ultimately, Sunroof "translates" the determined amount of light into energy and the potential cost savings. Based on this data, customers in Germany can request a complete package consisting of a photovoltaic module and the E.ON SolarCloud, optionally with Aura battery storage. E.On also provides a "sunshine guarantee" to ensure that the solar system achieves the calculated yields, with lower values met with financial compensation by the company.
The two firms are also preparing a market launch in Italy, while the one-year programme in Germany will now be extended until the end of the year.
Google launched Sunroof in the United States in 2015. The platform is currently covering approximately 60 million buildings. According to Google, around 79 pct of the roofs covered by the application were suitable for the installation of a solar power generator, while in the south of the country, their percentage reached 90 pct.
(Source: E.ON, Google, PR, Impact4All, 22 May, 2018) Contact: E.ON, www.eon-solar.de;
More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON, Google, Sunroof,
The fund's initial 18MW portfolio will include three lithium-ion battery projects sites worth approximately £11.2m.
The seed portfolio will include the operational 6MW Boulby plant in North Yorkshire and a 49 pct share of the online 4MW Cenin facility in Wales and the pre-construction 10MW Lower Road development in Essex. (Source: Gore Street, renews, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gore Street Capital, Battery, Energy Storage,
Based on Ideol's shallow-draft Damping Pool concept and designed to operate in the world's most extreme environments, the universal floating substation will remain flexible to client demands and/or specific certification requirements and accommodate both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms starting at depths of 30 meters.
The solution aims at being market-ready for France's upcoming floating commercial tenders, accoring to a statement.
(Source: Ideol, STX, Windpower Eng., May, 2018) Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en
STX Solutions Europe, www.offshore-technology.com/contractors/design-engineering, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/stx-europe-offshore-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News STX Europe Offshore Energy, Offshore Wind, Offshore Energy, Ideol, Offshore Wind, Floating Wind,
In keeping with the agreement, Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan has mothballed plans to submit more than 350,000 signatures they collected in support of a clean energy initiative that would have called for an increase to the state's renewable portfolio standard. DTE and Consumers Energy intend to achieve their 50 pct by 2030 green goal through increased energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.
Michigan legislation requires utilities to source 15 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2021. (Source: Healthy Michigan, DTE, Energy Insider, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan, www.cleanenergyhealthymichigan.com; DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE, Consumers Energy, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy,
The completed solar project will be owned and operated by IGS Solar. Cleveland Public Power will purchase all of the plant's generated electricity which is expected to exceed 5 million kWh, according to the release.
(Source: Conti Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 22 May, 2018) Contact: IGS Solar, Hugh Scott, www.igssolarpower.com; Conti Solar, (732) 860-4660, www.contisolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News PV, Landfill Solar, Conti Solar, Solar, IGS Solar,
The initiative part of Governor Cuomo's target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 40 pct by 2030. The state also aims to source 50 pct of its power from renewable energy by 2030. It also follows through on a pledge he made in 2016 to restrict coal use across the state.
The new rulings limit all coal plants to producing no more than 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour of electricity generated.
The regulations remain open to consultation for the next two months and three public hearings on the matter. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Various Media, 23 May, 2018)
Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo
More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo, Coal, Climate Change, CO2, Carbon Emissions,
According to the release, eEnergy experts assume that by 2030 France will be able to meet one-third of its gas requirements with biomethane. An essential prerequisite for the implementation, however, is the application of efficient and practice-proven processing technologies.
ETW and its French partner GASEO, have integrated ETW SmartCycle technology into a compact, flexible and energy-efficient container concept that reduces space requirements, assembly times and without losses in biomethane quality. The "smart" process control reacts automatically even to large volume flow fluctuations and changing raw gas qualities with loss in yield or quality of the biomethane produced.
(Source: ETW Energietechnik PR, 22 May, 2018)
Contact: Dr. Oliver Jende,
+49 2841 9990 203,
+49 173 418 6052
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The company recently narrowed its list of potential sites down to a few locations in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota, after evaluating offerings from various state governments and proposals of targeted land owners, site developers, contractors, feedstock suppliers, and supply chain partners.
Attis is planning to select at least two sites in 2018. (Source: Attis Industries, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 23 May, 2018)
Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisinnovations.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Renewable Fuel, Biofuel,
The funding will be targeted towards innovations which could reduce the cost of CCUS technology and make the process more commercially viable at scale. There are currently 22 plants in operation, working to capture industrial carbon dioxide emissions.
The government will issue a call for CCUS innovation projects lasting up to 28 months and worth £15 million in grants. Projects will be able to apply for grants of up to £5 million each. An additional £6.5 million has been committed to the Accelerating Carbon Technologies research programme, on which the UK partners with nine other European countries to innovate in the carbon emissions sector. (Source: UK Ministry of Energy & Clean Growth, Government Europa, 23 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, CCUS, CO2 Emissions, Climate Change,
When fully operational the project is expected to generate approximately 50GWh of power -- equal to nearly 39kt of avoided CO2 emission annually.
(Source: Vortx Energy, Power Technology, Others, 21 May, 2018)
Contact: Vortex Energy Windpark Linda, vortex-energy-group.com/en/next-milestone-reached-at-wind-farm-linda
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Stora Enso's bio-composites, which can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials, can be used to make a wide range of goods, from car parts to kitchen utensils and bottle caps.
In 2018, Stora Enso invested €12 in bio-based material production, and claims it will be able to produce 15,000 tpy of DuraSense material at its Hylte Mill in Sweden. (Source: Stora Enso, Business Green, May, 2018) Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com
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The wind farm, the Show Me State's largest, will incorporate 175 American-made wind turbines that will generate sufficient electric power for an estimated 120,000 homes. Groundbreaking is expected in summer 2019 for commissioning and power production in 2020.
The transaction is subject to various conditions and regulatory approvals and an acceptable Midcontinent Independent System Operator transmission interconnection agreement.
Ameren Missouri expects to add 100 MW of solar-generated energy over the next 10 years, 50 MW of which is targeted to come online by 2025.
(Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Ajay Arora, VP Power Operations and Energy Management, www.Ameren.com/Missouri
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According to the Financial Times article, unless government rigs the market in favor of clean energy investments it cannot meet its legally binding climate change targets.
But, as the Guardian recently noted, to boost clean energy's market share government must also penalize or ban fossil fuel investments. Such penalties can come in many forms, not only the obvious ones like carbon taxes and cap-and-trade, but also interminable environmental reviews and permitting delays.
The UK Department for Business, Investment and Industrial Strategy recently published a proposal to weaken the grip of "under-performing local planning authorities that repeatedly fail to determine oil and gas applications within statutory time frames." The Department seeks to expedite environmental reviews of onshore hydraulic fracturing projects.
Thanks in part to offshore natural gas production, which is now declining, the UK has "had competitively-priced energy since 1990 whilst reducing carbon emissions across the economy by 49 pct." (Source: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy Competative Enterprize Institute, 20 May, 2018)Contact: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Carbon Tax,
The strategy includes a proposal on carbon budgets, aimed at reducing London's greenhouse gas emissions -- a 40 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels in 2018-2022, which is in line with with the Paris climate agreement to limit global climate change to 1.5 degrees. In addition, the mayor will fund thousands more trees and improvements to community green spaces. Since assuming the mayor's chair, Khan has directly funded the planting of over 70,000 trees and committed £4 million to support additional plantings. (Source: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Fleet News, Iran Financial Tribune, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Transportation Emissions,
According to the restoration project leader Morag Angus, of South West Water, "The peatlands of South West England are very important for water quality, carbon storage, biodiversity, cultural history, recreation and farming but they are the most vulnerable in the UK to the impacts of climate change, due to their southerly position. For this reason, they need to be prioritized nationally and restored for the benefit of all and future generations."
Peatlands store vast amounts of carbon in their soils -- about 60-times the amount of carbon that is released annually from fossil fuel burning. One-third of all the soil carbon in the world is in peatland ecosystems even though they cover only 3 pct of the terrestrial land surface, according to a 2015 joint study from Chapman University in California, University of Oregon and Purdue University .
(Source: DEFRA, Cornish Times, 20 May, 2018)Contact: DEFRA, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs
More Low-Carbon Energy News DEFRA, Peatland, Carbon Storage,
Japanese firms have lagged efforts across global finance to align their businesses with climate change goals. Sumitomo Mitsui and its two main domestic rivals remain among the world's biggest funders of coal power projects, according to transparency advocacy group BankTrack. Other financial institutions cutting funding in the coal power sector include HSBC Holdings, Societe Generale and Deutsche Bank. (Source: Sumitomo Mitsui, Australia Financial Review, Others, 16 May, 2018) Contact: Sumitomo Mitsui, www.smbc.co.jp/global
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sumitomo Mitsui, Coal, Coal-Fired Power,
Xcel Energy's proposal consists of two new wind farms, which will generate most of the new power, but also includes a 30-year PPA with NextEra Energy Resources through which the company will acquire energy from other wind facilities in Texas.
The two new farms are estimated to cost $1.6 billion to construct and are anticipated to save Texas and New Mexico customers $2.8 billion over a 30-year period. The two new facilities, which are expected to come online in 2023, will generate sufficient electric power for more than 360,000 homes annually.
The pumped hydro-power storage scheme involved using excess -- off-peak wind power -- to pump seawater into a reservoir in a flooded coastal valley. The water could then be released during peak times to drive large turbines in order to generate electricity.
Statkraft generate approximately €5 billion in annual revenue from hydro, wind, solar and gas power at 370 installations and is the Nordic region's second largest power firm. The project is as yet unfunded.
(Source: Statkraft, Independent Ireland, 20 May, 2018)Contact: Statkraft, +47 91370572, www.statkraft.com
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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency, said the creation of 1,600 MW of offshore wind power should create over 3,000 "job years" over the next ten years.
(Source: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 1420 WBSM, 20 May, 2018)
Contact: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; Deepwater Wind, www.dnwind.com; Bay State Wind, www.baystatewind.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Offshore Wind, Bay State Wind, Deepwater Wind,
Barclays is advising EDF on the sale which would be the largest in a series of EDF transactions intended to expand into other energy sectors. To that end, in November 2017, EDF sold an 80 pct stake in five of its onshore wind farms totaling 100 MW to Greencoat UK Wind. It continues to run the sites and provide maintenance and operational services.
(Source: EDF, Financial Times, 20 May, 2018) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Matthieu Hue, CEO, www.edf-er.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy Renewables, Wind, Renewable Energy,
APICORP notes that MENA's major energy-importing companies are working to improve renewable energy legislation and infrastructure, while most exporting countries have "done little to incorporate renewables."
According to APICORP large oil and gas reserves and cheap extraction costs mean that hydrocarbons continue to meet rising demand in countries like Kuwait and Algeria. Legislative factors such as "policy uncertainty" and the lack of an efficient and supportive regulatory framework, are also contributing factors to the slow uptake of renewable energy. Even so, the UAE and Dubai are "on track” with their renewable energy targets and the introduction of competitive bidding, feed in tariffs (FiTs), tax exemptions, and power-purchase agreements (PPAs) to encourage renewable energy projects.
The MENA countries typically include: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Ethiopia and Sudan are sometimes included.
(Source: APICORP, Construction Week, 20 May, 2018)
Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation, www.apicorp-arabia.com
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The report calls for a 30 pct reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Other recommendations include: mitigation of the state's carbon footprint; adaptation to a changing environment; climate change research; and responses to climate change related natural disasters. The commission also recommends the state move to 50 pct renewable electricity sources and increase its overall energy efficiency by 15 pct.
Download the Draft Plan HERE. (Source: Office of the Governor, KTVA, 19 May, 2018)Contact: Office of the Governor, https://gov.alaska.gov/contact
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Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, acknowledged the resolution was instrumental in Shell's plan to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Follow This, The Guardian, 29 May, 2018)Contact: Follow This, https://follow-this.org; Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company
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"For years, we have been researching cost-effective ways to break down lignin and convert it into valuable platform chemicals," Sandia bioengineer Seema Singh said.
"We applied our understanding of natural lignin degraders to E. coli because that bacterium grows fast and can survive harsh industrial processes," she added in the work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America,.
(Source: Sandia National Laboratories,
IANS, Quint, 19 May, 2018) Contact: Sandia National Laboratories, Seema Singh, Bioengineering, (925) 294-4551, www.jbei.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Seema-Singh_CV_JBEI.pdf
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EQUATE's 16,500 square-meter headquarters building conserves energy consumption by reducing water usage by 36 pct, utilizing solar energy to generate around 8 pct of the total building consumption, and achieving energy cost savings of 26 pct.
(Source: Equate, PR, albawaba, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Equate, www.equate.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The program, which quickly grew into the largest LED distribution programme in the world, has led to energy savings of over 38,952 million kWh, annually, amounting to Rs 15,581 crore in energy savings, according to an EESL statement.
In its commitment to reduce carbon intensity by 33 to 35 pct between 2005 and 2030, India has recognized energy efficiency as a key mitigation strategy, with the UJALA scheme serving as the government's flagship programme for efficient domestic lighting. India's share in the global LED market has increased to 12 pct cent from 0.1 pct, with the penetration of LED in the domestic market rising to 10 per cent from 0.4 per cent, according to EESI.
(Source: EESL, PTI, 19 May, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org
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Enogen is classified as an "identity preserved crop" and must either go to the ethanol plants that contract for it or be used as livestock feed.
The product is presently being used or tested in over 30 ethanol plants nationwide, including Tharaldson Energy at Casselton, N.D., and Midwest AgEnergy Group plants at Spiritwood, N.D., and Underwood, N.D.
(Source: INFORUM, AgWeek, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Syngenta, Jack Bernens, Enogen Technology Leader, (202) 737-6520, www.syngenta.com; Enogen, (877) 436-0436, www.enogen.net;
Tharaldson Energy, www.tharaldsonethanol.com; MidwestAgEnergy Group, www.midwestagenergygroup.com
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BECCS is important to the climate change fight because the technology will remove the greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere at the same time as electricity is produced and not contribute to climate change.
A 2016 report by the Energy Technology Institute (ETI) suggests that by the 2050s BECCS could deliver roughly 55 million tpy of net negative emissions in the UK -- almost half the nation's emissions target.
(Source: DRAX Power, The Business Desk, 21 May, 2018) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; C-Capture, Chris Rayner, founder of C-Capture and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Leeds, www.c-capture.co.uk
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Mesa Canyons will be located on 50,500 hectares of land in Lincoln County and connect to the 345kV AC Western Spirit line that will run for about 225km from the wind farm to Public Service Company of New Mexico's transmission system near Albuquerque.
Pattern Development also plans to start work this summer on the 221MW Grady wind farm in New Mexico. The project is slated to enter commercial operations in spring 2019. (Source: Pattern Development, PR, renews, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, email@example.com, www.patternenergy.com
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