The state set a minimum price per permit of $13.57 and the final auction price was $15.06. All available permits were purchased. The cap-and-trade program is set to run through 2030. California aims to slash GHG emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030. (Source: California ARB, MML News, Various Others, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board, California Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Credits,
SirajPower, which delivered the project under a fully financed leasing scheme, is a 2016 joint venture between Akuo Energy of France and Corys Environment of Dubai. (Source: RSA Global, Construction Week OnLine, 26 Nov., 2017) Contact: RSA Global, Abhishek Shah, CEO, /www.rsagroup.com; SirajPower, +962 580 569 406, www.sirajpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Rooftop Solar,
The sale net proceeds are expected to be used for debt reduction puposes. (Source: Noble Group, Strait Times, Others, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office, www.thisisnoble.com; Zeeland Farm Services, (800) 748-0595, email@example.com, www.zfsinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Noble Group, Ethanol, Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol,
"The latest news comes from the European Environment Agency, which reported this month that GHG emissions have risen for the third year in a row in the EU. Everyone from European Commission VP, Maros Sefcovic, to environmental lobby groups, is warning that we need to do more.
"By proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.
"Yet, at the same time, they are proposing policies that would achieve less. The EC wants to reduce all crop-based biofuels -- even the ones like renewable European ethanol that deliver high GHG savings with low risk of adverse impact to almost nothing by 2030. And by proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.
The European Parliament's various committees have been weighing in with their opinions over the last couple of months. The environment committee, the lead panel on the biofuels file, wants to go even further than the Commission, and phase out crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030.
"The transport committee could not find agreement on the environment committee language and ended up rejecting its own draft opinion on the legislation. This week the industry, research and energy committee and lead on the entire Renewable Energy Directive, will vote. Even traditional political groups are divided on the issue.
"The swirl of differing opinions means the RP may not have a clear line on this important issue going into plenary vote in January (2018). But it is not too late for MEPs to find common ground and move closer to what EU Member States want and have articulated coherently in their draft position: build on the success of the existing framework, leave in place the 7 percent cap on crop-based biofuels, and promote advanced biofuels and renewable electricity in addition to, not at the expense of, existing solutions."
(Source: ePure, Politico, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE, Biofuel, EU,
Ethtec is developing advanced biofuel production technology for the commercial-scale production of ethanol and other high-value fermentation products from crop stubbles, cotton gin trash, timber residues and sugar cane bagasse, and other lignocellulosic materials.
Ethtec has partnered with Apace Research Limited, the University of Newcastle's Institute for Energy and Resources and School of Environmental and Life Sciences as well as with Muswellbrook Shire Council to complete the project.
(Source: Ethanol Technologies, Prime Mover, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ethanol Technologies, Dr. Russell Reeves, Chief Scientist and Managing Director, +61 423 770 264, +61 2 49 923 033,
email@example.com, www.ethtec.com.au; ARENA, +61 2 6243 7773, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://arena.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic, Ethanol Technologies , Cellulosic Ethanol, ARENA,
During the 12-hour flight, Hainan Airlines invited passengers to participate in informative interactive activities designed to promote a "green travel-carbon offset" public interest project the airline jointly launched with the China Green Carbon Foundation. (Source: Hainan Airlines, Travel Daily News Asia, 24 Nov., 2017)
Contact: Hainan Airlines , www.hainanairlines.com; China Green Carbon Foundation, www.thjj.org/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel,
The approximate $53 million project would be overseen by the Estonian Ministry of Environment and partially funded by Momentum Capital and other venture capitalists and financial institutions. The European Union will provide a production-output based grant of about $30 million.
The bio-coal plant, which will utilize torrefaction technology developed by Netherlands-based Clean Electricity Generation, is expected to produce approximately 160,000 tpy of torrefied bio-coal pellets from Estonian sourced woody biomass.
(Source: Clean Energy Generation, Momentum Capital, Mining.com, Nov., 2017)
Contact: Clean Energy Generation, +31 (0) 20 560 08 07, email@example.com,
http://cegeneration.com; Momentum Capital, www. momentumcapital.nl; Baltania OU, Mika Hassinen, CEO, +31 6 1261 6414,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Bio-coal, Wood Pellet,
According to the company the project is well underway. Construction of civil works on boundary fencing, access and internal roads has been completed while significant structural work on frames and piling installation is progressing, the company says.
A total of 72,000 solar panels will be installed over the coming months. When fully operational, the facility will generate sufficient electric power 7,200 homes. the solar farm will have the capacity to generate electricity to supply the equivalent of approximately 7,200 average NSW homes.
White Rock Solar is Goldwind's second wind-solar hybrid project following the 10MW Gullen Solar project, also in New South Wales. (Source: Goldwind Energy, Nov., 2017) Contact: Goldwind Energy, +61 (2) 9008 1715,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind Energy, Wind, Solar,
With the help of local residents, Wilson is distributing solar panels, batteries and Bluetooth speakers to poor and rural communities and hopes to develop a solar-powered microgrid as a localized backup power system.
Solar for Puerto Rico is funded through a mix of crowdfunding efforts and organizations including The Solar Foundation, which is connected to the Clinton Foundation.
(Source: St.Louis Public Radio, 26 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
According to the ADB release, Afghanistan is reliant on imported energy from neighbouring countries to meet its domestic demand, despite only 32 pct of the population having access to grid-connected electricity.
The site and substation will be constructed to accommodate an additional 10-20MW of solar as needed. (Source: ADB, PV Mag., 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank, Solar,
ACP helps member cities implement greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions strategies that take into account the cities' development pressures and local context while emphasizing the importance of citizen engagement and working with relevant national ministries.
ACP is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative program. (Source: International Climate Initiative, ICLEI, PR, Rappler, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact:
International Climate Initiative, www.international-climate-initiative.com/en; Ambitious City Promises, www.iclei.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, GHGs, International Climate Initiative,
Premier Smith met with the Clinton Foundation at a high-level pledging conference at the UN in New York last week.
Attending nations offered more than $2 billion in pledges and loans to countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. (Source: BVI News, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Clinton Foundation, www.clintonfoundation.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,
"Worse, finance for sustainable forestry and agriculture aligned with climate goals -- approximately $20 billion since 2010 -- is dwarfed by the $777 billion pumped into the sectors that drive deforestation.
" For many developing countries, forest conservation represents the main contribution they can make to the global climate effort. While all tropical forest countries have committed to reduce forest emissions as part of their national climate plans, many have pledged further reductions on the condition that they receive international support. And more than 50 developing countries have been running programmes to prepare the ground for REDD+, including establishing social and environmental safeguards and forest monitoring systems that will enable them to access payments for verified carbon savings."
Progress on the New York Declaration on Forests report
HERE. (Source: Climate Focus, New York Declaration on Forest Assessment
Partners, Climate and Land Use Alliance, Ecosystem Marketplace, Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News REDD, Deforestation, Carbon Sink, Forest Carbon,
Ventient is the UK's third largest onshore wind energy generator and the country's largest non-utility owner of onshore wind
with 34 windfarms incorporating 507 turbines totaling 690MW of installed capacity.
Approximately two-thirds of Ventient Energy's power is generated in Scotland. (Source: Ventient Energy, Energy Voice, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ventient Energy,
Scott Mackenzie, CEO , +44 131 243 1380, www.ventientenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, UK Wind, Onshore Wind,
The turbines are planned to be delivered in May 2018 and commissioned towards the end of the year. Siemens Gamesa will also operate and maintain the windfarm which is being developed by
Bangkok-based Energy Absolute. (Source: PEI, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Energy Absolute, www.energyabsolute.co.th; Siemens Gamesa, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Absolute, Siemens Gamesa, Wind,
The survey was launched as China prepares to upgrade its current pilot carbon trading programs in seven regions to a national one within the year with prices expected to rise from about 38 yuan ($5.74) per ton of carbon dioxide emitted in 2017, to 74 yuan per ton in 2020 and 108 yuan per ton in 2025, the survey showed. Most survey respondents expect the ETS will be fully functional around 2020.
The Energy Saving Performance Contract (ESPC) was awarded to Ameresco under the ESPC ENABLE program -- a streamlined process for small federal agency projects to leverage third-party financed energy technologies in six months or less.
Ameresco will finance, build, own and operate the solar system for a period of 20 years and will also
upgrade more than 1,400 inefficient interior and exterior lighting fixtures to high-efficiency LEDs. The entire ESPC is expected to save the DEA more than $9.2 million in energy costs over 20 years.
(Source: Ameresco, PR, 27 Nov., 2017)
CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso, www.dea.gov/divisions/elp/elp
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco , Energy Efficiency, Solar, LED Light,
Perkins + Will senior associate and architect Doug Pierce developed the standard as the principal investigator for the Washington, D.C.-based Capital Markets Partnership, which promotes the incorporation of green building practices into the standard real estate underwriting processes.
Like the USGBC's LEED program, RELi is a point-based system in which buildings gain recognition and certification through hazard preparedness, disaster recovery, crisis communications, energy efficiency and other practices.
Buildings seeking RELi certification must fulfill LEED prerequisites regarding sustainability practices.
(Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Finance & Commerce, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact:
Perkins + Will's Resilience Research Lab, http://research.perkinswill.com/labs/resilience; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
The Green Communities Designation and Grant program is intended to help Bay State towns and cities reduce municipal energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. DOER Green Communities receive grant funding for energy efficiency initiatives and projects and are eligible for additional similar grants. The city of Medford received $235,935 in 2017 from Green Communities grants.
Medford is also part of the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge and a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors, a UN effort to support the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: City of Medford Website, Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Medford,
Alicia Hunt, Director Office of Energy and the Environment, (781) 393-2137, email@example.com, www.medford-ma.gov; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources
More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources , Energy Efficiency,
The EU's ETS operates in 31 EU countries -- plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway -- and covers approximately 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions and works on a cap-and-trade principle.
The Swiss ETS is also based on the cap-and-trade principle. The agreement will enter into force at the start of the year following ratification by both parties.
(Source: Tax News, Others, 27 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS, Carbon Markets, Carbon Emissions Trade,
In 2009 the program was transferred to the EPA, a move that AHAM says created complications -- including the verification of testing requirements and EPA specifications on energy regulations that differ or depart from the DOE's for the same products -- that ultimately undermine the program's efficiency.
The House of Representatives is currently reviewing the ENERGY STAR Reform Act which would permanently transfer administration of the program from the EPA to the DOE, among other changes aimed at strengthening the program. (Source: AHAM, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: AHAM, Joseph McGuire, CEO, Pres., www.aham.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR, Energy Efficiency,
Sprint initially implemented Yardi Proliphix in 2012 to reduce energy costs in its retail locations by 15 pct with an anticipated 18-month return on investment.
Sprint's new Yardi Proliphix implementations will cost Sprint less than a conventional standard programmable thermostat. Because Yardi Proliphix can function as a lighting control system, Sprint will not need to install a second system.
(Source: Yardi, Business Wire, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: Yardi, Matt Eggers, vice president of Yardi Energy.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
The initiative is intended to encourage electric power producers to move away from coal in favor of solar PV and other renewable energy sources. The country is aiming at carbon neutrality by 2050.
Under the Powering Past Coal Alliance, of which Portugal is a member, countries commit to taking action such as setting coal phase-out targets and ending further investments in coal-fired electricity domestically and abroad.
(Source: Portuguese Environment Minister, Kallanish Energy, Others, 21 Nov., 2017)
Contact: Powering Past Coal Alliance, www.e3g.org/library/powering-past-coal-at-cop23; Portuguese Environment Minister, www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/ministerios/mamb.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Powering Past Coal, Coal, Carbon Emissions, Climate NeutralCoal,
In 2016, the Weatherize Roanoke program undertook free energy efficiency assessments for 101 Roanoke homes and provided residents with energy efficiency recommendations provided by Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified auditors. The homeowners also received a package of products to improve efficiency such as hot water heater covers, LED light bulbs, and light insulation, as well as other products to save homeowner's money and energy, resulting in instant savings for participants.
The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is a 501c3 organization that provides a platform for stakeholder engagement while assessing and supporting programs, innovation, best practices, and policies that advance energy efficiency in Virginia. (Source: City of Roanoke, Roanoke Environmental News, Nov., 2017)
Contact: City of Roanoke, Nell Boyle, Sustainability & Outreach, (540) 853-5430, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.roanokeva.gov; Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, www.vaeec.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Council,
Subject to Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission approval, the initiative aims to develop a "green tariff" for projects that would increase renewable energy generation, improve grid capacity for renewables and lower energy costs for the university. If approved and successful, the new green tariff would be made available to other similar institutions in the future.
A joint university-utility working group will develop a model tariff, eligibility requirements, cost structure and other details.
The working group will also evaluate sites for possible renewable energy development, concentrating first on utility-scale projects that would offset energy use at the Manoa campus. The group will also consider currently available energy storage technologies such as combined solar-photovoltaic systems with energy storage.
(Source: University of Hawaii News Community, HECO, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, email@example.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com; University of Hawaii, www.hawaii.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy, Hawaiian Electric Companies,
The MOU, highlights a range of activities over the next five years designed to reduce GHG emissions, including: boosting Renewable Natural Gas supply and use as a clean transportation fuel in Vancouver; improving air quality and reducing GHGs in transportation; developing a deep energy retrofit pilot project for commercial buildings; increasing investment in Low Carbon Energy Systems; increasing access to energy efficiency and conservation rebates for new buildings; and improving safety and efficiency of gas furnace retrofit installations.
To support the increased investment in energy-efficient buildings and Low Carbon Energy Systems, the City of Vancouver will be making several changes to its Green Building policies including an alignment with the B.C. Energy Step Code, a new province-wide standard for energy efficient buildings. This enables FortisBC to provide incentives to make new buildings more energy efficient in the City. In addition, the changes will create opportunities for more projects like FortisBC's Marine Gateway low carbon energy system, which uses waste heat recovery to heat homes and hot water in an efficient, low carbon manner.
The MOU supports Vancouver's commitment to improving air quality and reducing GHG emissions in the region by 80 pct below 2007 levels before 2050. (Source: FortisBC, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: FortisBC,
Roger Dall'Antonia, Exec. VP Technology, www.fortisbc.com;
City of Vancouver, vancouver.ca/green-vancouver.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Vancouver, FortisBC, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency,
The easement would prohibit the land from being converted into "tilled crop land" and thus each acre will sequester approximately half of a metric tpy of carbon for a 20-year period.
In other words, it will keep that amount of carbon per acre in the ground, rather than release it into the atmosphere, according to Pinhead Institute Exec. Dir.
(Source: Pinhead Climate Institute, Tellerude Daily Planet, 26 Nov., 2017) Contact: Pinhead Climate Institute, Sarah Holbrooke, Exec. Dir., (970) 369-5190, sarak@http://www.pinheadinstitute.org, www.pinheadinstitute.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,
Since 2003, the province has invested $70 billion in its electricity system and has boosted energy efficiency, demand response and renewable energy.
The province is reforming its wholesale electricity markets to help spur innovation and competition. The reformed market will use competitive auctions to secure supply needs. Generators, demand response providers, importers and emerging new technologies could all vie to fill the need, with the most cost-effective resources winning out.
In its decision released Wednesday, EPA said "a change in the point of obligation would unnecessarily increase the complexity of the program and undermine the success of the RFS program."
Iowas Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) said "Keeping the point of obligation where it is now, with refiners and importers, has worked and makes sense. Moving the point of obligation from a handful of refiners to hundreds or thousands of small fuel retailers would undermine the integrity and viability of this successful program."
The EPA is slated to announce the volume requirements -- the amount of biofuels that must be blended with the nation's fuel supply -- by the end of the month.
In July, EPA proposed volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel that are lower than 2017 requirements.
(Source: EPA, The Des Moines Register, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley, https://twitter.com/ChuckGrassley
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard, Biofuel Blend, RFS EPA, Point of Obligation,
The new plan would allow the company to replace up to 85 pct of its fossil fuels with alternative fuels and thus significantly cut the plant's carbon emissions.
More than 200 European cement plants presently use solid recovered fuel (SRF). (Source: Irish Cement, SemNet, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: Irish Cement, +353 41 987 6000, www.irishcement.ie
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement, Carbon Emissions,
UPS previously signed a five-year agreement with an AMP Americas unit for 1.5 million gpy equivalents of RNG from the Fair Oaks dairy farm in Indiana. UPS has a sustainability goal of fueling by 2025 40 pct of its ground transportation fleet from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel. UPS used 61 million gallons of natural gas in its ground fleet, which included 4.6 million gallons of RNG in 2016 and is now on track to use 14 million gallons of RNG in 2017.
Since 2009, UPS has invested over $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally. (Source: UPS, NGI, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: United Parcel Service, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/united-parcel-service-inc
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane, Renewable Natural Gas,
Announcing approval for the bigger tender on Wednesday, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said that the competitive prices are encouraging distribution companies (discoms) to purchase wind power to meet their non-solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO).
According to the ministry, projects of at least 50 MW and up to 400 MW will be awarded per bidder. The off-take contracts will be for 25 years. (Source: SECI, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: India MNRE, www.mnre.gov.in; Solar Energy Corporation of India, www.seci.gov.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy, India Wind,
Electricity production from French wind turbines was at 15.5 terrawatt-hour (TWh) in the first three quarters of 2017 - about 4.5 percent of electricity consumption in France.
France has a target of producing 23 pct of its total energy needs from renewable energy by 2020 under its commitment to the renewable energy directive. This figure breaks down to renewable energy providing 33 pct of energy used in the heating and cooling sector, 27 pct of the electricity sector and 10.5 pct of the transport sector's demand. By year end 2014 renewable energy provided France with 14.3 pct of its total energy requirements, a rise from 9.6 pct in 2005. France plans to increase installed wind capacity to 15 GW by the end of next year from 12.3 GW as of June, and double that capacity to 26 GW by 2023.
French solar power production dropped 6 pct to 7.2 TWh representing around 2 pct of consumption during the first three quarters of the year. (Source: France Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Reuters, Energy World, 25 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Wind,
The agreement allowed for future expansion of the solar array -- a project Heritage is now ready to undertake with the installation of additional panels capable of producing up to 2.25 more MW of solar power in spring 2018. Under the terms of the agreement, TCL&P can purchase all of that power at an estimated cost of 9.95 cents per kWh.
The arrangement would allow the city to take advantage of federal renewable energy credits and bring the city nearly 43 pct closer to meeting its 2020 goal.
In addition to offering to sell more solar power to TCL&P, Heritage is also proposing selling more wind energy to the city-owned utility. TCL&P already purchases 10 MW of power produced by five wind turbines. Heritage is offering to add two more wind turbines to the mix to sell TCL&P an additional 5 MW, and could begin supplying the additional wind power in January, 2018. (Source: Traverse City Light & Power, Ticker, 25 Nov., 2017) Contact: Traverse City Light & Power, (231) 922-4431, www.tclp.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Traverse City Light & Power, Renewable Energy,
(Source: Acciona Energia, renews, Others, 24 Nov., 2017)Contact: Acciona Energia, ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, Miguel Angel Alonso, Dir., Mexico, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energía, ACCIONA, Wind, Mexico Wind,
When fully operational, the 100MW/129MWh battery will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage plant in the world. The installation is being constructed adjacent to Neoen's Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 24 Nov., 2017)Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla, Lithium Ion, Battery, Energy Storage,
As previously reported Ontario will link its cap-and-trade program with California and Quebec ,effective January 1, 2018, after which California, Quebec and Ontario will hold joint quarterly allowance auctions.
The most recent auction brought in around $862-million in revenue, setting record highs in consecutive quarters. The state set a minimum price per permit of $13.57 and the final auction price was $15.06. All available permits were purchased. The cap-and-trade program is set to run through 2030. The California Air Resources Control Board reports that carbon emissions dropped by nearly 5 pct in 2016 compared to 2015. California aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030.(Source: MML News, Various Other Media, Mondaq, 24 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Allowance Auction, Cap-and-Trade,
The proposed changes were widely opposed by farm-state legislators and ethanol producers.
The EPA's formal declaration satisfies EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's pledge to retain the current structure of the RFS requiring refiners and importers to blend biofuels into petroleum transportation fuels.
Refiners are reportedly affected unevenly by the current mandate -- those without sufficient infrastructure to blend in biofuels themselves must instead buy credits to comply while other companies that blend transportation fuels, but do not own refineries and therefore are not required to satisfy annual biofuel quotas, can sell those tradable credits.
(Source: EPA, Industry Week, Bloomberg, 23 Nov., 2017)
Contact: Valero Energy, (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, EPA, Scott Pruitt, Valero, Point of Obligation,
The Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) issued its inaugural climate bond of $2.1 billion this October, to be invested in renewable energy, low carbon transportation, energy efficiency and sustainable water management.
According to Climate Bonds Initiative, the top countries for 2017 are China, with more than $16 billion green bonds issued, France with $15 billion, and the US with approximately $14 billion in green bonds.
(Source: Climate Bonds Initiative, UN Climate Action, 24 Nov., 2017)
Contact: Climate Bonds Initiative, www.climatebonds.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Bonds Initiative, Green Bonds,
The National Parks Association disagreed on the grounds that evidence from Europe showed the adoption of biomass power was driving deforestation in Russia, Canada, the USA, Slovakia, Italy, Spain and Finland. "Given what we know, that biomass use overseas is driving deforestation, and the evidence that burning forests for power is driving climate change, this is reckless in the extreme," Dr Sweeney said.
On the other hand, a report from DPI research scientist Fabiano Ximenes finds that "Biomass from forestry residues has great potential for large-scale electricity generation, industrial heat, biofuels and valuable natural chemicals. So you're taking more sustainable biomass from the forest, reducing wastage, but also looking at areas for growth for the bioenergy industry in general. In doing so [you are] reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the state, but also quite importantly contributing to regional economic growth for the north coast as well."
Download the full DPI report
(Source: NSW Department of Primary Industries, DPI Research, ABC North Coast, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact:
NSW Department of Primary Industries, Research, Fabiano Ximenes, www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Forest Waste, Biomass-to-Energy,
Sunbird plans to expand the Kingtom plant from 10 to 25 MW which will be supplied to the Sierra Leone national grid. The Kingtom project, which began in 2008, includes the Greenfield sugarcane plantation, an ethanol refinery and a biomass fuel power plant. (Source: Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, Nov., 2017)
Contact: Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, Richard Bennett, CEO, +44 (0) 1603 59 2190, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sunbirdbioenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunbird Bioenergy , Biomass, Sugarcane Bagasse,
Thank you and have a safe holiday weekend.
bio-bean collects and dries waste coffee grounds and works with biodiesel producer Argent Energy to process oil from the waste coffee grounds into a B20 biofuel. If used as a pure-blend for the bio component and mixed with mineral diesel to form a B20, 6,000 litres of coffee oil could power the equivalent of one London bus for a year.
This Shell-bio-bean collaboration is part of Shell's energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs turning bright energy innovations into a positive impact for communities around the world.
(Source: Shell, bio-bean, BusinessWire, Various Media, 19 Nov., 2017)Contact: bio-bean, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640, email@example.com, www.bio-bean.com; Argent Energy, +44 0 1698 863 000,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell, B20, Biofuel, bio-bean,
According to University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning Assist. Prof. Leila Tolderlund, "There really are a lot of pre-made modular green roof systems that meet EPA minimum requirements. Green roofs are more expensive to build than conventional roofs, but they tend to last four to five years longer than conventional flat roofs."
(Source: Denverite, 21 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,
The following are the top 13 renewable energy companies in the world, according to Thomson Reuters' inaugural Energy 100 list:
Canadian Solar, Crop Energies, First Solar, GCL Poly, Guodian Technology and Environment Group, Green Plains, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, Inox Wind,
Jiangsu Akcome Science & Technology Co.,
Motech Industries Inc.,
Pacific Ethanol, and
Renewable Energy Group Inc
(Source: IEA, Business Insider, 19 Nov., 2017)
Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency, Renewables, Renewable Energy,
Fernhill Corporation is a holding company focused in the energy and technology sector. Incorporated in Nevada with operations in North America, Fernhill Corporation is focused on acquisitions and or partnerships in energy based sector businesses.
(Source: Fernhill Corporation, PR, Markets Insider, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Fernhill Corp., Adam Kovacevic, CEO, (858) 381-5740,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,
The city partnered with Samsung Renewable Energy Canada and its electrical utility Maritime Electric on the $3 million project which Samsung sees using as a testing ground for operating solar energy storage at an industrial scale.
The city of Summerside and the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA) each invested $1.5 million in the project while Samsung contributed in-kind support. (Source: City of Summerside, CBC, 17 Nov., 2017)
Contact: Maritime Electric, www.maritimeelectric.com; Samsung Renewable Energy Canada, www.samsungrenewableenergy.ca; City of Summerside, https://summerside.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Samsung Renewable Energy Canada,
CGE Energy says it makes it easy for businesses, local governments, and non-profits to receive the benefits of sustainable energy projects with no upfront cost. CGE selects the best facilities to partner with and turns their wasted energy into immediate and continuous savings by uniquely selling sustainability-as-a-service. CGE's proprietary Sustain business model delivers an exclusive combination of today's best energy efficiency and sustainable energy generation technologies, according to the company's release. (Source: CGE Energy, Nov., 2017) Contact: CGE Energy, Paul Schneider, (248) 445-1344, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cgeenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CGE Energy, Wind, Vertical Axis Wind,