The redevelopment implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The redevelopment included the repurposing of a parking deck; low-flow water fixtures, creating an open-air atrium to allow for sunlight, recycling 17 pct of building materials, diversion of 65 pct of construction waste from a landfill, and various other energy effic iency features and upgrades.
(Source: USGBC, Alabama NewsCenter , 29 April, 2018)
Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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According to the RFA, "The EPA data strongly implies that small refiner exemptions have effectively lowered the 2017 required volume of renewable fuels by 1.1 billion gallons, or six percent." (Source: US EPA, NAFB, Others, 28 April, 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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Fuel ethanol exports to Brazil hit 450 million gallons in 2017 and accounted for nearly one-third of all U.S. fuel ethanol exports.
Canada remained the second-leading destination of U.S. fuel ethanol at nearly 330 million gallons in 2017, followed by China as the third-largest importer of U.S. fuel ethanol in 2016. (Source: EPA,Various Media, MAREX, 28 April, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, USDA, US Ethanol Export,
The Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program allows state agencies to treat utility savings as revenue that can be used to pay off capital improvement bonds as long as qualified energy efficiency firms, as certified by the Arkansas Energy Office in the Department of Environmental Quality, are contracted for the work.
Under the contracts for the Department of Community Correction prison at Brickeys, Entegrity will build and install a composting facility to turn food wastes food into fertilizer for prison farms, transition more than 17,000 light fixtures to high-efficiency LED lights and add approximately 2 acres of solar panels to provide reliable on-site energy to supplement purchased power.
The Correction Department predicts 20 pct reduction in baseline energy consumption and a 40 pct drop in baseline water consumption at the contracted facilities.
(Source: Entegrity Energy Partners, Arkansas Non-Profit News Network, 28 April, 2018) Contact: Entegrity Energy Partners, Rob Guthrie, Bus. Dev., (800) 700-1414, email@example.com,
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EIA defines subsidies as funds that a government expends or revenue it foregoes to encourage or support certain activities. EIA's report includes direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research and development (R&D), and credit subsidies to recipients of federal loan guarantees.
Tax expenditures provided 80 percent of FY 2016 subsidies for renewables. More than half (51 percent) of the $5.6 billion in renewable tax expenditures went to biofuels which accounted for 77 pct of tax expenditures in FY 2010, but only 31 pct in FY 2013.
(Source: US EIA, Grand Island Independent, 28 April, 2018)
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The research team estimated the cost of new transmission lines required could be hundreds of billions of dollars, while storing electricity with the cost of today's batteries would likely cost more than a trillion dollars, although the prices of solar and other renewable energy as well as energy storage are expected to continue to fall.
The study notes that meeting 100 pct of U.S. electric power demand with solar and wind alone would be impractical as it would require the ability to store several weeks' worth of electricity. (Source: UC-Irvine, Energy & Environmental Science, Design News, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, Ken Caldeira, (650) 704-7212, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carnegiescience.edu;
UC-Irvine, Assoc. Prof. Steven Davis, Professor of Earth System Science and study co-author, www.ess.uci.edu/~sjdavis/group.html
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The state budget of Ukraine is providing the Energy Efficiency Fund with $61.5 million in funding in 2018.
(Source: 112 UA, 12 April, 2018)
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As required by state legislation, Texas utilities contract with Project Sponsors -- independent, third-party service providers, responsible for implementation of residential and commercial energy efficiency measures. Project Sponsors receive incentive payments from the Transmission & Distribution Utilities (TDUs) for the measures that result in peak demand reductions and energy savings. Project Sponsors include energy service companies, contractors, retail electric providers, national or local companies that provide energy-related products, and product retailers who provide installation services.
The programs are funded through a systems benefits charge on transmission and distribution services and are administered by the utilities. Altogether, several hundred million dollars are available for energy efficient programs in Texas.
(Source: Renewable Energy and Power, Inc., PR, Nasdaq, 11 April, 2018)
Contact: Renewable Energy and Power, Inc., (702) 685-9524, email@example.com, www.reappower.com
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Vineyard Wind will compete against proposals announced this week by Deepwater Wind and Baystate Wind, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said Wednesday. Vineyard Wind, joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, would inject 190 MW of power into Connecticut from a proposed windfarm 14 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.
All three proposals are flexible depending on the results of similar bidding processes ongoing in Massachusetts.
Environmental groups and labor leaders have backed DEEP's request for offshore wind proposals, saying the region has the workforce and logistics to play a major role in a growing market in New England.
But supporters of wind power say Connecticut is playing catch-up to Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Maryland — each seeking proposals from private developers for wind farms producing between 400 and 1,100 megawatts of power.
(Source: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, The Day, 5 April, 2018)
Contact: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection
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The survey also found that a majority of companies overall have board oversight of climate-related issues, only 10 pct provide financial incentives for directors to manage the risks and opportunities. The largest percentage of companies offering incentives was found in Germany. Companies in the UK, France and Germany lead in giving information across three of the four areas of governance, risk management, metrics and targets stated by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. In North America, the US had the lowest proportion using and preparing to use carbon pricing, 15 and 9 pct respectively, and, at 66 pct, the lowest percentage of companies with board oversight. Canada had the lowest percentage offering the incentives, at 2 pct, and the second lowest proportion providing low-carbon products or services enabling avoided emissions, at 54 pct.
CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.
(Source: CDP, TriplePundit, 9 April, 2018)
Contact: CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cdp.net
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Green Globes is a leading sustainability rating system for commercial and multi-family buildings. Recognized for its ease of use, inherent flexibility, and customization, Green Globes can be applied to virtually every building type and use. To ensure diversity among the building types and geographic locations participating in the pilot program, GBI offered subsidized involvement for a select number of participants. Current pilot projects include: Federal government warehouse in West Virginia; K-12 school in Florida; Mixed use property in New York; Federal government office in Texas; and Multifamily residential property in Georgia . The pilot is open to all new construction and major renovation projects.
The GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building best practices. Founded in 2004, the organization is the sole provider of the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building assessment programs. (Source: Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Green Building Initiative, (503) 274-0448, info@TheGBI.org , www.TheGBI.org
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The Vivergo plant is the UK's largest and Europe's second largest bioethanol producer and the country's largest single producer of DDGs animal feed.
Vivergo Fuels is a joint venture between AB Sugar and DuPont, with ANB Sugar the majority shareholder. (Source: Virgo Fuels, Various Media, 11 April, 2018)Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo, Ethanol, Bioethanol, Wheat Ethanol, DDGs,
"Production of biofuels can also be done efficiently under searing temperatures and without relying on Qatar's arable land," said SDC director and Qatar Biofuel Project manager Hareb al-Jabri. In a statement, he said the first phase of the project witnessed SDC’s research team producing biodiesel, bioethanol and bio-crude oil. These fuels should provide an additive source of energy, specifically for use by the airline industry.
According to Al-Jabri, the project adds value to the country's oil and gas sector as it aims to support the vision of Qatar Airways to use environmentally-friendly fuel in the airline industry, reducing the negative environmental effects of conventional fuel.
He added that the project will also contribute to carbon dioxide sequestration by recycling it to produce biofuels.
(Source: SDC Qatar University, Gulf Times, April, 2018)Contact: SDC Qatar University, www.qu.edu.qa
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According to an Apple statement, the company and its partners are building renewable energy projects around the world, including solar arrays and wind farms, as well as emerging technologies like biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems and energy storage technologies.
The company added it has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity.
It also has 15 more projects in construction. Once built, over 1.4 gigawatts of renewable energy generation will be spread across 11 countries. (Source: Apple, AFP, 10 April, 2018)
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MAKE predicts that the outlook in Europe will depend more and more on the success of the offshore wind energy sector, which it predicts will account for more than a quarter of new capacity added between 2018 and 2027. Specifically, offshore wind will expand to account for 50% of new capacity in Northern Europe, with the UK unsurprisingly accounting for the majority of this capacity, although Denmark will contribute in the near-term, and Sweden and Ireland will contribute in the long-term.
Offshore wind will be less important in the rest of Europe, however, contributing only 10% in Western Europe over the next ten years, with France, Germany, and the Netherlands each expected to add more than 5 GW. As for onshore, Germany and France will dominate here. In Southern Europe, a total of 40 GW of new wind capacity is expected. Spain and Turkey will together add more than 13 GW worth of wind power capacity over the next ten years, and Italy will similarly contribute thanks to its new energy plan. Markets in Eastern Europe will contribute annual additions in excess of 1 GW from 2019. China’s wind industry will take a little time to get its motor running following the National Energy Administration’s warning mechanism, but as curtailment levels drop and wind power consumption increases, annual capacity levels will begin to rise. Specifically, MAKE predicts that annual capacity additions will exceed 3 GW between 2022 and 2027. Australia will see two good years of over 1 GW each in 2018 and 2019 before a considerable drop-off due to government apathy. India, on the other hand, will see annual growth through 2022.
The forecast for wind in North America is much less impressive, however, after the US narrowly avoided “complete disaster through tax reform negotiations at the end of 2017” which resulted in modified timelines and pushing some capacity into the 2019-20 growth bubble. Annual capacity additions will drop off “considerably” post 2021, to the tune of nearly a threefold decrease in average annual capacity additions between 2022 and 2027 compared to the four years prior.
Near-term growth in Latin America is heavily reliant upon a small number of countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. Sustained long-term growth is expected with the addition of new markets from 2020.
Annual capacity additions are expected to triple in the Middle East and Africa in 2027 compared to 2018 as a result of contributions made by emerging markets. (Source: Make Consulting, CleanTechnica, Mar., 2018)
In recent years, Sodra has invested SEK 6 billion ($718 million) in its pulp mills to increase production, which has also led to higher volumes of tall oil for distillation.
Tall oil is a by-product from the pulp and paper industry and forms the basis for the production of SunPine's renewable products in which raw tall diesel (RFD) is the chief product and which ultimately becomes green diesel. (Source: Sodra, 9 April, 2018) Sodra, Christen Gronvold-Hansen, Project Director , +46 (0)70 646 33 37, www.sodra.com/en; SunPPine, www.sunpine.se/en/tecknology
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The proposed sale notice (PSN) is expected to be published in the Federal Register today, 11 April 2018 and will include the proposed lease provisions and conditions, auction details as well as the criteria for evaluating competing bids and award procedures.
The PSN will also be issued to affirm the continued interest from developers who are already been qualified for commercial wind development off Massachusetts, as well as to gather qualification materials from potential bidders who have been qualified for a wind lease sale in the Bay State. (Source: BOEM, Various Media, EBR, 9 April, 2018) Contact:
US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov
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This jet fuel specification is a direct nexus between the global ethanol industry and the aviation sector, connecting two mature industries that could never be linked in the past. Now ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.
The new ASTM specification allows jet fuel, produced from ethanol under the ATJ process, to be sold commercially on a global basis.
The aviation sector is now subject to global de-carbonization compliance regulations beginning in 2020 under the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Given such great demand, and now with the ATJ specification in place, a full supply chain exists to effectively scale up and drive production costs down while carbon reduction policies are advanced. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., PR, April, 2018) Contact: Byogy, Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704, www.byogy.com;
ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, www.astm.org
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The project supports the Kingdom of Jordan's commitment to meeting its Vision 2025 renewable energy targets to increase the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix to 11 pct and drive domestic energy production to 39 pct.
(Source: GE Renewable Energy, SmarterAnalyst, 9 April, 2018)
Contact: Mass Energy Group Holding, www.massgroupholding.com; GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com
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The Carbon Sequestration report provides and overview of the carbon sequestration industry including growth analysis and historical and futuristic cost, revenue, demand and supply data, and a description of the value chain and its distributor analysis.
The report covers the Carbon Sequestration Market by regions, companies, type (natural, man-made disasters, application and others. It also investigates new project feasibility thorough SWOT and investment analysis of imminent Carbon Sequestration Market opportunities.
Under the new three-year partnership, Schneider Electric will focus on optimizing utility contracts and rates in addition to standardizing risk management.
The new partnership builds on earlier energy efficiency-focused efforts, which helped Albea meet its 15 pct energy consumption reduction goal. Schneider Electric also previously helped Albea to improve CDP reporting, which resulted in improving company ratings from C to B. (Source: Schneider Electric, Power Tech., 10 April, 2018) Contact: Albea SA, www.albea-group.com; Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com
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In reaching their conclusion, the researchers considered carbon taxes at $25 and $50 per ton of carbon emissions produced and two rates of increase -- 1 pct or 5 pct per year -- as well as three different approaches to dispensing the revenue: an equal rebate to every household; a tax break for individuals; or a corporate tax break.
The study showed that even the lowest taxation rates could lead to reductions sufficient to meet the U.S. near-term commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. However, the most efficient way of achieving those reductions, in terms of overall impact on the economy, is to use the revenue to reduce taxes on corporate profits or investment income. Rebating equal payments across the board was found to be the least efficient and individual tax breaks came in somewhere in between on both criteria. The researchers suggest a combination of tax breaks to corporations and rebates to the low-income families most affected by the tax could virtually eliminate the regressive aspects of the tax at very little cost in overall efficiency as well as be politically acceptable.
Their analysis indicates that starting with a $50 per ton carbon tax and increasing it by 5 pct per year would lead to a 63 pct reduction in total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
(Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PR, AAAS, 5 April, 2018) Contact: MIT, Sloan School of Management, John Reilly, energy.mit.edu/profile/john-reilly
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In terms of resources, hydro and wind accounted, for 55 pct and 42 pct of the monthly production respectively. The total March production of renewables also avoided the emission of 1.8 million tons of CO2, which translated in savings of €21 million in the acquisition of emission allowances.
(Source: Portugal Renewable Energy Assoc., Market Business News, 7 April, 2018) Contact: APREN, www.apren.pt
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The project will be financed with a combination of DTEK funds and a loan from CMEC. Detials were not immediately announced.
DTEK is Ukraine's largest energy group with assets in coal mining, electricity generation and distribution, alternative energy and gas production. The company plans to increase its renewable capacity to 1,000 MW in 2019.
CMEC, part of the China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach) group of companies, specializes in construction of power projects in generation, transmission, and distribution. (Source: DTEK, Reuters, 6 April, 2018) Contact: DTEK, https://dtek.com/en; China Machinery Engineering Corp, www.cccme.org.cn
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The Redstone project will incorporate SolarReserve's proprietary ThermaVault technology which integrates molten salt energy storage technology as well as heliostat collector field controls and tracking system.
In addition to the Redstone project, SolarReserve developed 246 MW of solar capacity already installed and operating in South Africa, 650 MW bid into expedited round 4.5 of the REIPPPP and a pipeline of over 2,000 MW. (Source: Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, SolarReserve, Power Engineering, 6 April, 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Tom Georgis, Senior VP of Development, (310) 315-2200, www.solarreserve.com; ACWA, +27 11 722 4100, www.acwapower.com; Eskom. www.eskom.co.za
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The latest data revealed that US power plant emissions averaged 967 lb. CO2 per MWh in 2017, which was down 3.1 pct from the prior year and down 26.8 pct from the annual value of 1,321 lb CO2 per MWh in 2005 The result of 2016 was initially reported as 1,001 lb/MWhr, but was later revised downward to 998 lb/MWhr.
The Index includes U.S. regional information and trends on fuel types, usage, and emissions, as well as emissions data from other North and South American countries.
(Source: Carnegie Mellon University, April, 2018) Contact: Carnegie Mellon University, Ines Azevedo, Professor, Engineering and Public Policy www.engineering.cmu.edu; Climate and Energy Decision Making Center, (412) 268-6657, www.cedmcenter.org
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Launched in 2008, Opower Energy Efficiency programs have been implemented at more than 100 electric and gas utilities globally motivating customers to save more than 17 TWh of energy through multi-channel, personalized communications.
National Grid's program started as a small implementation of Opower Home Energy Reports (HERs) in New York, and is today a multi-state engagement that touches 2.6 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2017 alone, National Grid customers received over 24 million personalized reports and 143,000 high bill alerts. In addition to driving savings, National Grid's HER reports have also improved customer awareness of, and interest in National Grid energy efficiency programs.
Over the past several years, National Grid has augmented their energy efficiency program with several other Opower solutions including Digital Self Service Energy Management web tools and segmented campaigns to improve participation in programs such as income assistance.
National Grid also deployed an innovative Oracle Utilities Opower Peak Management program called Peak Time Rewards that encourages customers to reduce peak electric load and overall electric and gas consumption with reward points.
(Source: Oracle Utilities, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Oracle Utilities, Oracle Industry Connect, Rodger Smith, Snr. VP,
www.oracle.com/oracleindustryconnect; www.oracle.com; National Grid, John Isberg, VP Customer Solutions, www.nationalgridus.com
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Constructed in 2015, the building features a concave facade of curtain wall glazing; a green roof consisting of a Sedum planting system which is designed as a wildlife habitat; a complete wet and dry waste recycling system; and other energy efficient features.
The building is being recognized as one of Scotland's greenest and most sustainable office buildings.
(Source: Project Scotland, April, 2018)
Contact: The Green Organization, +44 01933 665591, www.thegreenorganisation.info
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Investors include Seppic Inc. with which Ecovia signed a multi-year joint-development agreement. Under the deal, the two parties will co-develop a suite of biobased and biodegradable polymers for topical applications in the health and beauty markets. Similarly, Seppic will have exclusive marketing rights to products made using Ecovia' proprietary fermentation platform,
Ecovia Renewables is focused on the research and development of high-performing biobased chemicals and fuels. (Source: Ecovi Renewables, PR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Ecovia, email@example.com, www.ecovia.com
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LAPT is a 110-credit system that covers the wide range of potential performance benefits and ties into and builds upon existing rating systems such as LEED and SITES. The program aims to improve the performance of living architecture systems by ensuring that they meet minimum standards, and act as a guide for future policy making, project design, installation, and maintenance.
LAPT is designed to provide the following benefits:
Natural Energy West GmbH, which is jointly owned by German cooperative AGRAVIS, agribusiness Bunge, France's Diester International and German oilseeds crusher C. Thywissen. The company
produces about 240,000 tpy of biodiesel at its plant in Marl.
Production at the Marl plant will continue as necessary to meet existing contracts, according to a statement. (Source: Natural Energy West, Reuters, 9 April, 2018)
Contact: Natural Energy West, Detlef Volz, CEO, +49-2365-4986-554, www.chemsite.de
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It is expected that round 3 results will be known in March 2020. The criterion for round 3 is to successfully demonstrate the capture and utilization of CO2 at a minimal capacity of 2 tonnes-CO2 per day, which is a milestone that CO2 Solutions already surpassed in its Valleyfield pilot in 2015.
. CO2 Solutions has built an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low-energy aqueous solvents. (Source: CO2 Solutions, 9 April, 2018)Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.co2solutions.com;
Carbon XPrize, www.carbon.xprize.org; Carbicrete, Chris Stern, CEO, email@example.com, www.carbicrete.com
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According to the report, the United States suffers from the highest amount of power outages in the developed world. The 100 year-old electricity grid, designed for centralized electricity generation, requires investment of up to two trillion dollars. Under the old model, consumers will be forced to pay for these upgrades through higher energy bills. The U.S.' existing, aging energy infrastructure is also vulnerable to increasingly common extreme weather events and at greater risk of failure.
The report adds, technology and innovation have opened up a new generation of energy resources that reduce the need for spending on unnecessary, outdated and polluting infrastructure. Clean power can be generated where it is used -- solar power on roofs and batteries in garages. The cost of home batteries declined 84 pct over the last decade and costs are expected to cut in half again over the next decade. More local power from solar and batteries on homes and businesses will improve reliability for Americans during increasingly frequent extreme weather events, and make the energy system more resilient for everyone.
Download the Sunrun Affordable, Clean, Reliable Energy: A Better System Created by the People, For the People report HERE. (Source: SunRun Inc., PR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin
VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sunrun.com
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The first and major resolution passed by both Hanover and Silver Creek involves establishing building energy benchmarking using the EPA's internet-based Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track and assess the relative energy consumption and performance of community owned buildings of 1,000 square feet or larger. The aim is to identify energy consumption and cost cutting opportunities.
Other approved resolutions include the New York State Unified Solar Permit program; energy and building code upgrades, training and enforcement; and electric vehicle charging stations.
(Source: NYSERDA, Observer, 2 April, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov;
Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities
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Despite increasing efficiencies, direct carbon emissions from the cement industry are expected to rise by 4 pct globally by 2050 under the IEA Reference Technology Scenario (RTS), a base case scenario that takes into account existing energy and climate commitments under the Paris Agreement.
The roadmap, which explores a possible transition pathway based on least-cost technology analysis for the cement industry to reduce its direct CO2 emissions, suggests emissions savings can be achieved by taking into account the overall life cycle of cement, concrete and the built environment. This can include optimizing the use of concrete in construction by maximizing design life of buildings and infrastructures, encouraging reuse and recycling, reducing waste and benefiting from concrete’s properties to minimize energy needs for heating and cooling of buildings.
Download Low-Carbon Transition in the Cement Industry details HERE. (Source: International Energy Agency, April, 2018) Contact: International Energy Agency , www.iea.org
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The 55-MW solar park is expected to come in at approximately $50 million. Construction is slated to get underway later this year for completion in 2020.
(Source: Fotowatio Renewable, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Fotowatio Renewables, +34 91 702 64 12, www.frv.com/en;
Armenian Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, www.minenergy.am/en
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A recently introduced ballot
contemplates increasing the RPS gradually over several years --
26 pct by 2022; 34 pct by 2024; 42 pct by 2027; and 50 pct by 2030.
NV Energy has not publicly taken a position on the ballot measure, but the utility did announce plans in January to double its renewable energy delivery by 2023. In the same announcement, the utility said its long-term goal is to move toward 100 percent renewable power.
(Source: NV Energy, PR, Nevada Independent, April, 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com
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Since it's 2011 launch, HERO has financed the deployment of over 183 MW of residential solar capacity across over 30,000 homes.
The full LBNL study is available HERE.
(Source: Renovate America, PR, NBNL, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Renovate America, Roy Guthrie, CEO, Greg Frost, (619) 568-6747, email@example.com, www.renovateamerica.com/financing/hero;
NBNL, Jeffrey Deason, Sean Murphy, www.lbl.gov
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Scatec Solar will build, own, operate and maintain the solar power plants with a 42 pct shareholding. KLP Norfund Investments will hold 18 pct, the surrounding Community of Upington 5 pct and a South African investor will hold the remaining 35 pct of the equity.
Construction is expected to get underway in Q3 third of 2018 with grid connection towards the end of 2019. The plants are,projected to generate 650 GWh and avoid about 550,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.
(Source: Scatac Solar, PR, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Scatac Solar, Raymond Carlsen, CEO, +47 454 11 280
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Funds from the IPO will be used for expansion and general corporate purposes, according to the company's website.
Ningde-based CATL is a supplier to domestic carmakers like SAIC Motor Corp Ltd and Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd and has agreements with international automakers like BMW and Volkswagen. (Source: CATL, DealStreetAsia, Xinhua, 5 April, 2018)
Contact: Contemporary Amperex Technology, www.catlbattery.com/en
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Since 1995, Reinvestment Fund has invested over $115 million in projects ranging from solar installations to energy-efficient retrofits that have helped create or conserve the equivalent of 8 million MWh of electricity, cut CO2 emissions by 10.25 billion pounds, sulfur dioxide emissions by 89 million pounds and nitrogen oxide emissions by 24 million. These projects have provided environmental benefits by reducing . The clean energy lending has supported energy upgrades for 3.5 million square feet of facilities.
(Source: Reinvestment Fund, April, 2018) Contact: Reinvestment Fund, Don Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO, (215) 574-5800, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.reinvestment.com
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According to NDFU president Mark Watne, the EPA move is unfortunate, considering the low commodity prices and overall decline in farm income.
"Farmers are told to get prices from the marketplace, yet our government is creating a market atmosphere that reduces demand and causes prices to drop. "When farmers need this administration (Trump) the most, we are getting broken promises."
(Source: North Dakota Farmers Union, Bismark Tribune, 4 April, 2018) Contact: NDFU, Mark Watne, Pres., (701) 252-2341, www.ndfu.org
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Among various types of biofuels, biobutanol offers a great promise as petrol substitute because of its high energy density and superior properties. Biobutanol can directly replace gasoline in car engines without any modification. However, commercial production of biobutanol has been hampered by the lack of potent microbes capable of converting cellulosic biomass into biofuels. The current technique is costly and also requires complicated chemical pre-treatment. The novel technique developed by the NUS team could potentially be a game-changing technology for cost effective and sustainable biofuel production.
The NUS team discovered that a naturally-occurring bacterium Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum (TG57) isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of converting cellulose to biobutanol directly. The team then went on to culture the strain to examine its properties. The microorganisms in the mushroom farming waste are left to evolve naturally for more than two years to obtain the unique TG57 strain.
The research team plans optimize the performance of the TG57 strain and further engineer it to enhance biobutanol ratio and yield using molecular genetic tools.
The team published the findings of the study in the scientific journal Science Advances on 23 March 2018. HERE.
(Source: National University of Singapore, Sciences Advances, April, 2018) Contact: University of Singapore, Associate Professor He Jianzhong, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
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FPL also recently announced plans to build four solar plants in Columbia, Miami-Dade, St. Lucie and Volusia counties. In March, the utility opened new solar plants in Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Hendry counties, bringing the total number of FPL's solar plants to 14.
(Source: FP&L, PR, Sun Sentinel, 7 April, 2018)
Contact: FP&L, www.fpl.com
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The UNEP reports that renewables, excluding large hydro, made up 60 pct of net power capacity growth in 2017 and supplied a record 12 percent share of global electricity generation.
The report also shows that solar power accounted for more than a third of all electricity generated from energy sources that came online in 2017.
Even so, the UNEP report notes that fossil fuels still dominate existing capacity , with
solar, wind, biomass and other renewables generating just 12.1 pct of world electricity in 2017, up from 5.2 pct a decade earlier. (Source: UN Environment Program, April, 2018) Contact: UNEP, Erik Solheim, www.unenvironment.org
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The biofuels producers allege that EPA Administrator Pruitt has repeatedly and relentlessly sought ways to subvert Trump's RFS promises and to undermine, if not destroy, the RFS program. "His anti-RFS actions must be put to an end because today Scott Pruitt is essentially making a liar out of President Trump," the group said.
(Source: IRFA, Spokesman-Review, Various Media, 6 April, 2018)Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, email@example.com, http://iowarfa.org
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