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Growth Opportunities for Bio-based Chemicals and Materials in Europe and North America -- Frost & Sullivan Report Available (Ind. Report)
Frost & Sullivan
Date: 2018-04-09
Santa Clara, California-based Frost & Sullivan's latest analysis, Growth Opportunities for Bio-based Chemicals and Materials in Europe and North America forecasts the market to reach $25.90 billion by 2024, driven by government initiatives, proactive efforts from market participants to develop environmentally friendly products, and consumer preferences for adopting greener and safer products. The establishment of regulatory standards will be critical to ensure consistency and increase market transparency toward bio-degradability, recyclability, sustainability, and bio-based content of products.

The analysis provides an assessment of disruptive trends, drivers and restraints, market share, unit shipment, revenue forecast, analysis by chemistry, competitive environment, and pricing trends for key bio-based segments such as paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, and plastics. To position products competitively in the marketplace the report suggests:

  • Implementing optimization strategies for sourcing raw material, streamlining production processes, and managing logistics and transportation of materials to address higher average price challenges;
  • Strengthening technological competence to obtain stronger expertise in formulation and production activities that will help develop investor and consumer confidence;
  • Bringing bio-based products on par with synthetic counterparts in terms of functionality, performance, price, and familiarity of production processes to accelerate adoption of bio-based materials; and Increasing scale of production to substantially reduce average prices of bio-based products, thereby boosting customer adoption rates.

    Further information and report details are HERE. (Source: Frost & Sullivan, PR, 6 April, 2018) Contact: Frost & Sullivan, Jaylon Brinkley, Corporate Communications, (210) 247-2481, Jaylon.Brinkley@frost.com, ww2.frost.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  Frost & Sullivan,  


  • ClimeCo Awarded Project Developer of the Year Honors (Ind. Report)
    Climate Action Reserve
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Philadelphia-based ClimeCo Corporation reports it has been selectd as Project Developer of the Year by the Climate Action Reserve, in recognition for the Most Registered Carbon Offset Projects in 2017. The Climate Action Reserve (CAR), North America's premier carbon offset registry, presented the 2017 Project Developer of the Year Award for the Most Registered Projects, to ClimeCo Corporation during CAR's Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) annual conference. Award recipients were recognized for leadership to advance climate solutions and strengthen carbon markets through the development of successful carbon offset projects and permanent emissions reductions.

    ClimeCo has registered more than 15 million carbon offsets across 172 reporting periods. The company's offset volume stems from reducing greenhouse gas emissions through several project types, to include N2O Abatement, Destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances, Agricultural Methane Capture, and Organic Waste Composting.

    ClimeCo is a developer, broker and advisor of both voluntary and compliance grade environmental commodity market products across numerous project types, with specialized expertise in California cap-and-trade, voluntary market advisory and transactional services, and project financing of internal CO2 abatement systems. (Source: ClimeCo, PR, 6 April, 2018) Contact: ClimeCo, Bill Flederbach, President & CEO (484) 415-0501, nmarshall@climeco.com, www.climeco.com; Climate Action Reserve, www.climateactionreserve.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClimeCo,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Action Reserve,  Carbon Offsets,  


    Energy Inspectors Named 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner (Ind. Report)
    Energy Inspectors Corporation
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Las Vegas-based Energy Inspectors Corporation, part of Ei Companies servicing the U.S. Construction Industry, reports it has been named a 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award winner for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The company, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1999, is being honored for its national work in residential construction energy efficiency. The company has certified the energy efficiency of tens of thousands of new homes for standards ranging from Federal, State and Municipal programs to programs sponsored by Utilities, USGBC LEED, Build It Green, and others. and private above code construction organizations such as LEED and (Source: Energy Inspectors Corp., PR, Scratch, 6 April, 2018) Contact: Energy Inspectors Corp., John Gillett, Pres., Kelsey Mullen, VP (760) 761-3695, www.energyinspectors.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Cypress Creek Reports BEMC Solar-plus-Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Cyprus Creen,Lockheed Martin
    Date: 2018-04-09
    California-headquartered Cypress Creek Renewables reports the use of Lockheed Martin's GridStar Lithium energy storage solutions for 12 projects totaling $1.5 billion in communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC), primarily in North Carolina.

    The BEMC project includes development, construction, financing and commissioning, and is Cyprus Creek's first foray into solar-plus-storage. (Source: Cyprus Creek Renewables, Energy Storage, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Cypress Creek Renewables, Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299, info@ccrenew.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com; Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, (910) 754-4391, www.bemc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cyprus Creek,  Locheed Martin,  Energy Storage,  


    States Act Against EPA's Methane Standards Delays (Reg & Leg)
    EPA,Methane Leak
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Reuters is reporting 14 states have filed suit against the U.S. EPA for delaying or failing to expeditiously issue regulations for curbing emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from existing oil and gas operations as required under the Clean Air Act. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is accused of putting the interests of oil and gas companies ahead of the EPA's obligation to protect air quality, including the control of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is seeking a court order compelling the EPA to devise and issue the emissions standards in question.

    The legal challenge includes New York State, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Vermont and Iowa, as well as the District of Columbia and the city of Chicago. (Source: Guam Daily Post, Reuters, Others, 6 April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Emissions,  EPA,  Pruitt,  


    Apple Opposes Repeal of Obama Clean Power Plan (Ind. Report)
    Apple
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In response to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's announced plan to cancel the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) , communications giant Apple issued the following "public comment" in opposition to the Trump administration's proposed rule changes:

    "Apple is committed to leaving the world better than we found it. Part of our commitment is to reduce our own impact on climate change by using renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency in our products and facilities. However, we believe that governments, as well as industry leaders, must take a lead role in the global battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. For a number of reasons, EPA should not repeal the Clean Power Plan."

    According to Apple, adopting the plan would help the US become a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Apple adds that its own efforts have shown that the CPP's targets are achievable without negatively impacting reliability or resiliency.

    In 2016, Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft filed a joint brief to the Supreme Court supporting the CPP and its goals. (Source: Apple, April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  


    Sun Pacific Touts New Non-Glass Solar PV Panel (New Prod & Tech)
    Sun Pacific Holding
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Manalapan, NJ-based Sun Pacific Holding Corp reports it has developed an innovative photovoltaic (PV) light weight, non-glass solar panel that can be utilized in residential rooftops, solar fields and commercial rooftops. The non-glass panels are made in America, weigh less than traditional glass panels and are less expensive to manufacture than traditional glass panels. According to Sun Pacific CEO Nicholas Campanella, the company plans to grow its renewable energy business by combining solar projects and manufacturing.”

    Zion Market Research reports the global Solar Panel Market accounted for $30.8 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $57.3 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 10.9 pct between 2017 and 2022. (Source: Sun Pacific Holding Co., PR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Sun Pacific Holding Corp., Nicholas B. Campanella, CEO, (888) 845-0242, ir@sunpacificholding.com, www.sunpacificholding.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sun Pacific Holding news,  Solar news,  Solar Panel news,  


    Chinese Cement Maker Invests in CCU R&D (Ind. Report)
    Anhui Conch Cement
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Chinese cement producer Anhui Conch Cement Co. Ltd, is reporting a CNY50 million ($7,929,000 US) investment in Carbon Capture and Utilization research in 2017. Part of the investment will be used to construct a Carbon Capture and Purification demonstration project at the company's Baimashan cement plant. The demonstration project is due to go into operation in Q4, 2018. The project is part of China's commitment to reduce its carbon emissions under the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the company's 2017 Social Responsibility Report. (Source: Anhui Conch CementWorld Cement, April, 2018) Contact: Anhui Conch Cement, english.conch.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCU news,  


    $8.5Mn Akron Energy Efficiency Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-04-06
    he Buckeye State, the Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA) reports work is underway on an $8.5 million project to improve the energy efficiency of the 23-story PNC Center in downtown Akron.

    The project, which includes new chiller, boiler replacements, upgrades to LED lighting and other energy-efficient upgrades, is being funded by bonds issued by the Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA) with state and local support. The bonds will be repaid over the next 18 years at an average rate of about $477,000 annually attached to the skyscraper's property tax bill. (Source: Development Finance Authority of Summit County Akron Beacon Journal, 5 April, 2018) Contact: the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, (330) 762-4776, www.developmentfinanceauthority.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Mertiage Wins ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award (Ind. Report)
    Meritage Homes,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-04-06
    For the sixth consecutive year, Scottsdale, Arizona-based builder Meritage Homes reports it has received the US EPA's 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its leadership in protecting the environment by advancing energy efficiency in home building. The company has built more than 40,000 homes that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR requirements since 2010.

    In 2017 alone, Meritage Homes completed more than 7,500 ENERGY STAR certified homes estimated to save more than 68 million kilowatts of electricity, eliminate over 100 million pounds of CO2, and reduce homeowner utility bills by about $8 million annually. (Source: Meritage Homes, PR, April, 2018) Contact: Meritage Homes, www.meritagehomes.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meritage Homes,  ENERGY STAR ,  


    Sauer WindCutters® Destined for Fogo Island, NL (Ind. Report)
    Sauer Energy,North Wind Power
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Oxnard, California-based small vertical axis wind turbine specialist Sauer Energy is reporting the forthcoming order for 300 of its WindCutter® vertical axis wind turbines from North Wind Power Inc.

    The turbines will be installed at the Fogo Island Producers Cooperative Seafood Processing Plant on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. (Source: Sauer Energy, Renewables Now, Others, April, 2018) Contact: NorthWind Power Inc., +63 2 815 9521, wind@mozcom.com, www.northwind-power.com; Sauer Energy, www.SauerEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sauer Energy,  North Wind Power,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    Veolia Confirms Georgia, NC Biomass Power Deals (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Renewable Power,Veolia Energy
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Georgia Renewable Power LLC (GRP) reports the selection of Boston-based Veolia Energy Operating Services LLC to operate and maintain three biomass-to-energy facilities located in North Carolina and Georgia -- the 25-MW Lumberton facility in North Carolina and two 66-MW plants in Georgia slated to come into service by mid-2019.

    The Lumberton site uses both biomass and poultry litter for fuel and sells its output to Duke Energy under a long-term PPA. The Georgia plants in Carnesville and Colbert will be selling their generated electricity to Georgia Power. Each of them will use approximately 500,000 tpy of biomass and/or poultry litter.

    Veolia Energy Operating Services is a division within the North American business unit Veolia Environment SA. (Source: Georbia Power, Veolia, Renewables Now, 4 April, 2018) Contact: Georgia Renewable Power, www.georgiapower.com; Veolia Energy, www.veoliaenergyna.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Renewable Power,  Veolia Energy,  Biomass,  


    Strata Solar Confirms 28-MW Washington State Project (Ind. Report)
    Strata Solar
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina-headquartered Strata Solar LLC reports it will commence construction of the 28-MW Adams-Neilson photovoltaic (PV) park in the town of Lind, Washington state next month.

    Upon completion, the 81,000 solar panel installation is expected to generate sufficient power for 4,000 average households per year. Commissioning of the plant is slated for mid-December, this year.(Source: Strata Solat, Renewables, April, 2018) Contact: Strata Solar, Markus Wilhelm, CEO, (919) 960-6015, www.StrataSolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Strata Solar ,  Solar,  


    Brookfield Renewable,Bord Gais, Greencoat Capital
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Brookfield Earns €7m on Bord Gáis wind farm sales Brookfield Renewable Partners, the Canadian company that acquired Bord Gáis's wind farms for about €700m in 2014, made a $9m (€7.3m) profit selling 20pc of the assets last year, it has revealed. Brookfield sold 137 megawatts of wind farms in Munster last year to Greencoat Capital for an undisclosed sum. The farms were the Knockacummer facility in Co Cork, which has 100MW of generation capacity, and the 37.6MW Killhills wind farm in Co Tipperary. The assets were spun out by Greencoat Capital as a seed portfolio to Greencoat Renewables, which floated on the Irish Stock Exchange last year. Greencoat is backed by AIB and the Irish Strategic Investment Fund. The two wind farms were part of the Bord Gáis Energy portfolio sold by the State three years ago to meet targets set by the Troika. They were bought as part of a larger portfolio of wind assets and projects in development by Brookfield Renewable Partners in a €700m deal.

    Brookfield has a total of 76 wind facilities North America, Europe, Brazil, and Asia. The wind farms have a total of 3,529MW of installed capacity. Its total wind farm and solar farm assets were valued at $8.6bn at the end of 2017, which included property, plant and equipment of almost $6.9bn. (Source: Brookfield Renewable, independent.ie, 3 April, 2018) Brookfield Renewable Greencoat Capital Bord Gais

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewable news,  Bord Gais news,  Wind news,  Greencoat Capital news,  


    IMO Wrestling with Maritime Shipping Emissions Accord (Int'l)
    International Maritime Organization
    Date: 2018-04-06
    In March, the International Transport Forum (ITF), an autonomous intergovernmental body within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD )reported that the international shipping industry could cut carbon emissions by between 82 pct and 90 pct by 2035 using currently available options such as clean-burning fuels like methanol, hydrogen and ammonia, implementing electric propulsion, hull design improvements and slower sailing speeds, all of which would cost the industry far in excess of an estimated $40 billion.

    The biggest concern to shipowners is that if the IMO fails to come up with a solid "voluntary" plan, the European Union will include shipping in its Emissions Trading Scheme, where a cap is set on permissible greenhouse gases and amounts that can be emitted.

    Shipping was excluded from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement with governments entrusting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to find a consensus on carbon, sulfur and other emissions and air pollutant reduction measures from ocean going vessels. According to the IMO, shipping contributed about 3.1 pct of total annual CO2 emissions in the period from 2007 to 2012. Vessel emissions are projected to jump between 50 pct and 250 pct by 2050 if no action is taken. (Source: IMO, Others, WSJ, April, 2018)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Transport Forum, www.itf-oecd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Transport Forum,  International Maritime Organization ,  Maritime Emissions,  


    25 Refineries Exempted from RFS Obligations (Ind. Report)
    RFS,ANdeavor
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Following up on the widely reported US EPA's granting Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) "extreme hardship" waivers to the recently bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES Solutions) refinery, it is interesting to note that of the total 141 operating gasoline refineries in the US (EIA Jan. 2017 data) 25 have received "extreme hardship" waivers, including 3 smaller unites of one of the nation's largest oil refining companies Andeavor -- fka Tesoro Corporation -- which reportedly earned net profits of about $1.5 billion in 2017, according to Reuters coverage. So where's the "extreme hardship"?

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: WHTC Radio, Reuters, 3 April, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor,  RFS,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  Andeover,  


    BHP Quits World Coal Assoc. Over Climate Change Policies (Int'l)
    BHP Billiton
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Following-up on our Dec. 22, 2017 coverage, Australian global mining giant BHP Billiton is reporting its final decision to leave the World Coal Association (WCA) over differences on climate change. Although largely out of mining coal for power plants, BHP is the world's largest exporter of coal for steel-making.

    BHP came under pressure from Australian green groups last year to leave any industry associations with policies that fail to match the company's support of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. The company indicated it will continue to work with the Minerals Council of Australia in relation to its updated energy and climate policy position. (Source: BHP Billiton, Various Media, Business Day, 5 April, 2018) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com; World Coal Alliance, www.worldcoal.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BHP Billiton,  World Coal Association,  Coal,  


    Denver Apartment Complex Awarded LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    LEED Gold
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Denver-based KTGY Architecture + Planning is reporting that Vita, a LEED Gold-designed 55+ mixed-use residential rental apartment community in the Denver Metro area is nearing completion. The sustainable 159-unit apartment community developed by Denver-based Zocalo Community Development in Downtown Littleton, Colorado.

    The Vita apartment complex incorporates: a photovoltaic solar array to generate power that is given back to the energy grid; water conserving sink faucets, showerheads, and dual-flush toilets, which use 34 percent less water; low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, adhesives, sealants and carpets with no added urea-formaldehyde; low-E, high STC (sound transmission class) windows to reduce noise pollution and heat gain; high-efficiency LED lighting, and others. (Source: Multifamily Biz, 5 April, 2018)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Obama-Era Methane Waste Rule on Hold in Wyoming (Reg & Leg)
    BLM
    Date: 2018-04-06
    In the Cowboy State, the Casper Star-Tribune reports federal Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled Wednesday that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Obama administration regulations curbing the flaring of excess methane gas from wells, as well as more labor-intensive checks for accidental leaks, make "little sense" because those requirements will soon disappear under the Trump EPA. Although the court didn't comment on the Obama era methane regulations, the judge claimed his decision "will provide certainty and stability" while BLM completes its rule making process. The Environmental Defense Fund, which favors methane rules, vowed to appeal. (Source: Wyoming Public Media, Casper Star Tribune, 5 April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Waste,  Methane,  Obama Methane Rule,  


    SoftBank Supports $930Mn Indian Solar Initiative (Int'l Funding)
    SoftBank,GCL System Integration Technology
    Date: 2018-04-06
    SoftBank Group Corp reports it will launch a $930 million Indian joint solar PV energy venture with Chinese firm GCL System Integration Technology Co Ltd as part of its India solar investment roadmap.

    GCL will provide technology and SoftBank will assist in land acquisition and regulatory approvals for the 4 GW project. SoftBank will hold 60 pct of the venture's shares and GCL will own 40 per cent, according to a Shenzhen stock exchange filing.

    Funding for the project will come from SoftBank's Vision Fund with over $93 billion, making it the world's largest private equity fund. (Source: Softbank, Business Standard, 2 April, 2018) Contact: GCL System Integration Technology, en.gcl-power.com/site/integrated; SoftBank Group, www.softbank.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SoftBank,  Solar,  GCL System Integration Technology,  


    Maine Biomass Plant $1.2Mn Subsidy Approved (Ind. Report)
    Maine Public Utilities Commission
    Date: 2018-04-06
    On Wednesday, the Maine Public Utilities Commission approve a $1.2 million taxpayer subsidy to Stored Solar LLC's biomass power plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro. The PUC followed staff recommendations which found last month that Stored Solar LLC missed several contract obligations regarding feedstock supply and plant capital investments. (Source: Maine Public Utilities Commission, MPR, 2 April, 2018) Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, www.maine.gov/mpuc; Stored Solar LLC, Bill Harrington, (219) 712-4764, contact@thestoredsolar.com, www.thestoredsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stored Solar LLC,  Biomass,  


    Consumers Offers Energy Efficiency Products, Training (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the availability of free energy efficient products and training programs in the Kalamazoo area. Under Consumers' Home Energy Analysis program, a Consumers Energy energy technician inspect a homes heating and cooling system looking at the furnace, air conditioner unit, water heater, ducting and insulation then offers recommendations on features than can be improved for greater energy efficiency and energy cost savings. The technician also provides free products -- LED lighting, low-flow water conserving shower heads, water heater insulation, and others -- to immediately improve efficiency. (Source: Consumers Energy, WWMT, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Genex Touting Australian Pumped Hydro/Solar/Wind Project (Int'l)
    Genex Power
    Date: 2018-04-06
    In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based Genex Power is exploring the option of building a new 150 MW wind farm alongside its Kidston pumped hydro and solar project in North Queensland, If constructed, the $1 billion Kidston renewable hub will be the first pumped hydro/solar/wind project in the world. The $300 million 250-MW pumped hydro project has been likened to a giant battery which will have a 1500 MWh storage capacity.

    Genex will conduct a feasibility study on the new wind farm proposal -- which is expected to come in at $300 million -- while it is targeting financial close for the second solar project and pumped hydro by the end of the year. The $115 million 50 MW wind farm is presently operating under-pinned by a 20 year Queensland government PPA.

    Genex has received almost $8.9 million from the federal government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency for the first 50 megawatt solar project at Kidston and a further $9 million towards the pumped hydro and second solar stage of the project. The company has also applied to funding from the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. (Source: Genex Power, Financial Review, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Genex Power Lid., www.genexpower.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Genex Power,  Soilar,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro Energy STorage ,  


    Brookfield Renewables Confirms 137MW Irish Wind Farms Sale (M&A)
    Brookfield Renewables,Greencoat Capital
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Brookfield Renewable Partners is reporting the sale of 137 MW of wind farms in Munster last year to Dublin-headquartered Greencoat Capital for an undisclosed sum. The wind farm sale included the Knockacummer facility in Co Cork, which has 100MW of generation capacity, and the 37.6MW Killhills wind farm in Co Tipperary. The two wind farms were part of the Bord Gáis Energy portfolio.

    Greencoat is backed by AIB and the Irish Strategic Investment Fund. Brookfield Renewables holds 76 wind facilities totaling 3,529MW of installed capacity in North America, Europe, Brazil and Asia. valued at $8.6bn at the end of 2017. (Source: Brookfield Renewable, independent.ie, 3 April, 2018) Contact: Brookfield Renewable Partners, (888) 327-2722, enquiries@brookfieldrenewable.com, https://renewableops.brookfield.com; Greencoat Capital, Bertrand Gautier, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewables,  Greencoat Capital,  Wind,  


    San Antonio Rises in Shining Cities Solar Rankings (Ind. Report)
    Environment America
    Date: 2018-04-06
    According to the 2017 Shining Cities report from Environment America, San Antonio , Texas, is now No. 6 in the U.S. for installed solar power, leapfrogging over larger cities in the Midwest and East Coast. The Alamo City -- which was in eighth place last year -- now has 161 MW of DC solar power installed. The growth is a 37.6 pct increase over the 117 MW of solar that San Antonio had installed by the end of 2016. (Source: Environment America, San Antonio Express News, 4 April, 2018) Contact: Environment America, Andrea McGimsey, (202) 461-2455, https://environmentamerica.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment America,  Solar,  


    ITM Power Mass. P2G Feasibility Study Funded (Ind. Report, Funding)
    ITM Power,Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre
    Date: 2018-04-06
    London-headquartered energy storage specialist ITM Power reports it has been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre (MassCEC) to undertake a multi-MW Power-to-Gas (P2G) feasibility study for the Massachusetts region.

    The study will assess the potential for P2G energy storage and hydrogen (H2) fuel for the Massachusetts region in collaboration with Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E), a local gas and electricity utility. It will also determine the technical and economic feasibility for P2G and H2 fuel derived from renewable energy sources. The project is slated to get underway in Q2 2018 and has a duration of 12 months.

    In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) adopted a 200 MWh energy storage target for electric distribution companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by 1st January 1 2020. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, ITM Power, GasWorld, 5 April. 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources; ITM Power, +44 (0) 114 244 5111, Geoff Budd, NA Office, (604) 620-8525, www.itm-power.com; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315, www.masscec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  ITM Power,  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center ,  


    A Blast from the Past (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Shell Oil
    Date: 2018-04-06
    "Man-made carbon dioxide, released into and accumulated in the atmosphere, is believed to warm the earth through the so-called greenhouse effect. The gas acts like the transparent walls of a greenhouse and traps the heat in the atmosphere that would normally be radiated back into space. Mainly due to fossil fuel burning and deforestation, the atmospheric CO2 concentration has increased some 15 percent in the present century to a level of about 340 ppm. If this trend continues, the concentration will be doubled by the third quarter of the next century. The most sophisticated geophysical computer models predict that such a doubling could increase the global mean temperature by 1.3 to 3.3 degrees C. The release of other trace gases, notably chloroflurocarbons, methane, ozone and nitrous oxide have the same effect, may amplfy the warming by predicted factors ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 degrees C..

    "Mathematical models of the earth's climate indicate that if this warming occurs then it could create significant changes in sea level, ocean currents, precipitation patterns, regional temperatures and weather. These changes could be larger than any that have occurred over the last 12,000 years. Such relatively fast and dramatic change would impact on the human environment, future living standards and food supplies, and could have major social, economic and political consequences." -- Shell Oil "Confidential" Internal Report, 1988 (Source: Shell, De Correspondent, E&E News, April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  CO2,  Shell Oil,  


    RFA Demands EPA Answers on Refinery RFS Waivers (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Fuels Association,RFS
    Date: 2018-04-06
    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reports it has submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)requests to both the U.S. EPA and the DOE seeking more information and transparency regarding the recent issuance of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance exemptions to dozens of oil refineries. The FOIA request follows a January letter to EPA in which RFA asked for data and documents regarding small refiner exemptions and called for more openness and transparency in the Agency's process to consider exemption requests. EPA never responded to the January letter.

    "Several media reports over the past week have confirmed the fears we voiced in January about EPA's expansive and abusive administration of the small refiner exemption provision," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. 'One article even quoted a refining executive as saying EPA is 'handing out those exemptions is like trick or treat candy.' EPA's unbelievable issuance of secret compliance bailouts to refining giants like Andeavor goes far beyond the pale and stomps all over President Trump's commitment to protect the RFS and support America's family farmers, whom he called 'the backbone of our nation.' Combined with the free pass EPA handed out this week to Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) and the Agency's refusal to enforce the 2016 RFS requirements as remanded by the courts, these subversive actions are literally destroying demand for both ethanol and corn.

    "EPA's secretive actions are having real impacts on the marketplace. Every new revelation about EPA's latest handout or kickback to refiners serves as yet another gut punch to markets that are already reeling from the impacts of new Chinese tariffs. Make no mistake, EPA's underhanded refinery waivers are negatively affecting the welfare of our nation's ethanol producers and the very livelihood of America's family farms. At the very least, they deserve some answers about EPA's cloak-and-dagger decision-making process on small refiner exemption petitions." (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 5 April, 2018) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


    Surrey Launches City Waste-to-Biofuel Project (Ind. Report)
    Surrey
    Date: 2018-04-06
    In British Columbia, the city of Surrey reports the launch of a program that will process discarded food scraps and garden waste "biomatter" into renewable fuel at its recently opened $68 million, Surrey Biofuel Facility.

    Under the program, food scraps and garden waste collected from residential green bins will be fermented to produce natural gas that will be used to fuel city vehicles.

    The 160,000 square feet plant is capable of producing 120,000 gigajoules of renewable natural gas annually which, according to the facility website, is enough to power 8,500 cars for a year. In addition, the program will prevent 50,000 tpy of greenhouse gases from being pumped into the atmosphere, according to a CBC report. (Source: City of Surrey, The Runners, CBC, April, 2018) Contact: City of Surrey, (604) 591-4011, citymanager@surrey.ca, www.surrey.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    Notable Quote
    RFS
    Date: 2018-04-06
    "If refineries are being allowed to retroactively get out of the renewable volume obligations the EPA assigned them in November, that fundamentally undermines the Renewable Fuel Standard. There are legitimate questions being raised about whether EPA is following the law with these exemptions." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa) Contact: Senator Chuck Grassley, (202) 224-3744, www.grassley.senate.gov/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Chuck Grassley,  


    GEVO Reports Rising Sales, Reduced Losses (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. last week reported a net loss of $24.6 million for 2017, down from a $37.2 million loss in 2016. Ethanol and related products sales accounted for $26.3 million of total revenues of $27.54 million. The company reportedly produced 15.6 million gallons of ethanol, 47,000 tonnes of animal feed, and 1,050 tonnes of corn oil in 2017. (Source: GEVO, Renewables, 3 April, 2018)Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isonutanol,  Ethanol,  


    200Mw Connecticut Offshore Wind Farm Announced (Ind. Report)
    Orsted,Eversource,Bay State Wind
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Global offshore wind leader Orsted -- fka DONG -- and New England's largest energy provider Eversource are touting plans to construct the 200 MW Constitution Wind project approximately 65 miles off the coast of New London, Connecticut.

    The Constitution Wind proposal was made by Bay State Wind, the JV created between Ørsted and Eversource to build the 800 MW Bay State Wind offshore wind farm. According to the proposal, the Constitution Wind project would:

  • deliver $80 million in savings per year in lower winter power costs;
  • commit $4 million to support the state's cornerstone programs for low-income families
  • 1nvest $600,000 in scholarships for energy-focused educational programs;
  • commit $500,000 to local environmental partnerships;
  • provide $2 million to a newly created Connecticut Economic Development Fund to spur growth in the local economy;
  • generate $16.1 million in state, local and federal taxes that will support local government functions over the operational lifespan; and
  • make $93 million in direct value-add to the Connecticut economy. (Source: Orsted, Eversource, CleanTechnica, 3 April, 2018)Contact: Orsted Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.orsted.com; Eversource, www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Eversource,  Offshore Wind,  


  • NYU Science Bldg, Recognized for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    American Council of Engineering Companies
    Date: 2018-04-04
    The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) reports it has recognized the NYC architectural firm of Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JBB) for its role in the design of the 365,000 sqare-foot New York University Langone Health Science Building in Manhattan.

    The building's energy efficiency features include: external facade sunshades to reduce solar load and glare; an innovative beam cooling system to reduce air change rates to almost half that of conventional technologies; rooftop stormwater capturing and reuse for flushing and irrigation systems; advanced meteringfor optimal utility usage; high-efficiency energy recovery devices in the central air handling equipment and other upgrades to lower energy consumption and costs.(Source: American Council of Engineering Companies, NYREJ, April, 2018)Contact: American Council of Engineering Companies, (202) 347-7474, acec@acec.org, www.acec.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Intelligent Building Solutions Make Hospital Facilities More Efficient, Productive, and Sustainable -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Navigant Research
    Date: 2018-04-04
    A new report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research examines the pressures healthcare organizations face, and how the adoption of intelligent building solutions can increase efficiencies and patient satisfaction.

    The study looks at the pressures healthcare organizations face and the subsequent adoption of intelligent building solutions that increase energy efficiency and patient satisfaction by integrating building and clinical systems. Recommendations are provided on how to communicate the advantages of intelligent building solutions and how best to benefit from these solutions.

    An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download HERE . (Source: Navigant Research, April, 2018) Contact: Navigant Research Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, lindsay.funicello.paul@navigant.com, www.navigant.com, www.navigantresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    1,000MW Aussie Wind Farm Wins NSW Regulatory Approval (Int'l)
    Epuron
    Date: 2018-04-04
    In the Land Down Under, the New South Wales state government reports it has issued approval for the proposed 1,000 MW , 267-turbine Liverpool Range wind farm which, upon commissioning would be the biggest wind farm in Australia.

    The wind project, which is being developed Sydney-based wind and solar energy developer Epuron, could break ground within a year.

    (Source: Epuron, REneweconomy, 3 April, 2018) Contact: Epuron, Martin Poole, +61 2 8456 7400, info@epuron.com.au, www.epuron.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Epuron,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


    China Joins World Green Building Council (Int'l. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-04-04
    In Beijing, China's Green Building Council (CGBC) reports it is partnering with the World Green Building Council (WGBC) in a major boost to international efforts to curb the environmental impact of the building and construction sectors.

    China is reportedly the world's largest building construction market with up to two billion square-metres of building space per year. The country is expected to account for nearly half of new global construction over the coming decade. China is one of 90 countries to include its building sector in its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the international Paris Agreement, with commitments covering energy efficiency, construction waste and low carbon urbanization. China also aims to increase the share of new green buildings in urban areas by 50 pct by 2020.

    China GBC has committed to introducing a "nearly net zero" standard for its Three Start rating system in 2018 as part of the World GBC's Advancing Net Zero project.

    China GBC is operated as part of the non-profit research organisation Chinese Society of Urban Studies. To date 523 million square-metres of buildings have been certified using its Three Star green building rating system, according to the organization. (Source: China Green Building Council, Business Green, April, 2018) Contact: World Green Building Council, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org; China GReen Buildings, http://chinagreenbuildings.blogspot.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


    UK, Germany Funding €8.3 Mn Thai Green Cooling Projects (Int'l)
    Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand
    Date: 2018-04-04
    In Nonthaburi, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) reports receipt of €8.3 million in funding from the Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (RAC NAMA) project. RAC NAMA, which is financed by Germany and the UK and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), promotes energy efficient green cooling technologies that use natural refrigerants that are about 100-1,000 times more climate-friendly than widely used synthetic refrigerants.

    €3.1 million of the €8.3 Mn total will be used on production line conversions, testing equipment and training facilities and €5.2 million will be used for market awareness to encourage the use of green cooling products, according to EGAT. (Source: Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Amonia21, April, 2018) Contact: Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Nonthaburi 11130, Thailand. Tel. +66 2 436 1416.www.egat.co.th/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Refridgerant Gas,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Siemens Gamesa Wins 120 MW Taiwan Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa,Swancor Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Wind Turbine giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it has contracted with a consortium including Macquarie Capital, Orsted and lead developer Swancor Renewable Energy Co. for 20 SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines to be mounted onb monopile foundations for the Formosa 1 offshore wind project in the Taiwan Strait. The turbine supply agreement includes a 15-year full service agreement including the provision of spare parts and tools.

    The project, which will be the first project constructed as part of the official Taiwanese Grant Scheme, is expected to get underway in 2019. The contract is subject to a final investment decision and financial close, both of which are expected later this year.

    Siemens, Gamesa currently has Approximately 2,300 offshore wind turbines in operational globally with a combined capacity of more than 11 GW. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, PR, April, 2018) Contact: SGRE Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; Swancor Renewable Energy, www.swancor.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  ,  Offshore Wind,  Swancor Renewable Energy,  


    Cdn. Pension Plan Acquiring Ontario Wind, Solar Assets (M&A)
    NextEra Energy Partners
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Juno Beach, Florida-headqartered NextEra Energy Partners reports it is selling four wind and two solar farms in Ontario totaling 396MW of fully contracted wind and solar generation assets to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for $741 million (Cdn) ($582 million US).

    CPPIB will purchase the 59.9MW Bluewater wind farm , 22.9MW Conestogo wind farm; 149MW Jericho wind farm; 124.4MW Summerhaven wind farm; 20MW Moore solar project; and 20MW Sombra solar farm. The projects, which have an average contract life of approximately 16 years, will continue to be operated by the affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources under a long-term services agreement. Subject to regulatory approval, the deal is expected to close in 2Q of this year. (Source: NextEra Energy, EBR, 3 April, 2018) Contact: CPPIB , Bruce Hogg, Managing Director Rnewables , www.cppib.com; NextEra Energy Partners, www.investor.nexteraenergypartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Partners,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    NETL Offers Carbon Capture Simulation Software (New Prod & Tech)
    NETL,Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative
    Date: 2018-04-04
    The Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI), led by the Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is reporting release of the CCSI Toolset as open source software.

    The CCSI Toolset is the nation's only suite of computational tools and models designed to help maximize learning and reduce cost and risk during the scale-up process for carbon capture technologies. The toolset is critically important to perform much of the design and calculations, thus reducing the cost of both pilot projects and commercial facilities.

    The release makes the toolset code available for researchers in industry, government, and academia to freely use, modify, and customize in support of the development of carbon capture technologies and other related technologies. The toolset is hosted on GitHub.

    The CCSI Toolset capabilities include: rapid computational screening; accelerated design & evaluation and; risk management support

    Led by NETL, CCSI leverages the the US DOE's National Laboratories' core strengths in modeling and simulation -- bringing together the best capabilities at NETL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. CCSI has more than 50 industrial partners representing the power generation industry, equipment manufacturers, technology providers, engineering and construction firms, and software vendors. Academic participants include Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, West Virginia University, Boston University, and the University of Texas.

    This critical work is being extended by the Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact project, which is using the CCSI Toolset to support the scale up of second-generation capture technologies and the development of new transformational carbon capture systems through partnerships with technology developers. (Source: NETL, April, 2018) Contact: NETL, www.netl.doe.gov; Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative, www.acceleratecarboncapture.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NETL,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative,  


    St1 Touts Thai Cassava Waste Ethanol Plans (Int'l. Report)
    St1 Renewable Energy, Ubon Bio Ethanol
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Helsinki-headquartered St1 Biofuels is reporting completion of its Etanolix® cassava ethanol pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd's starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.

    The pilot, which will be operated for a year in various starch factories to test different environments, conditions, and seasonal changes, is essential to finalize the concept for a full-scale ethanol production plant using cassava pulp into an investment proposal. To that end, St1 has formed a Thai subsidiary, St1 Renewable Energy Thailand Ltd. to run the piloting and R&D of cassava pulp ethanol production process.

    The amount of cassava waste generated by Thailand's largest starch production plants would enable the construction of units producing 10 - 30 million lpy of ethanol. The company plans to build as many as 20 Etanolix® plants in Thailand, to produce 400 million lpy of ethanol. (Source: St1, PR, April, 2018) Contact: St1 Renewable Energy, Patrick Pitkanen, Advanced Fuels Director, +358 105 574 734, patrick.pitkanen@st1.fi, www.st1.fi; Ubon Bio Ethanol, Anchisa Krisanarungkhun, Business Development, +662 273 8666, anchisa@ubonbioethanol.com, www.ubonbioethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News St1,  Renewable Energy,  Cassava,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Notable Quote
    US EPA
    Date: 2018-04-04
    "America's standards on clean cars are the country's biggest environmental success stories.

    "We should be racing toward a cleaner, healthier transportation future. Instead, the Trump administration is steering us onto a dead end road. We have solutions at hand to build the cars of tomorrow. Strong clean cars standards will move us forward" -- Fred Krupp, Pres Environmental Defense Fund, commenting on the Trump EPA's announced intention to cut US auto fuel efficiency standards and roll-back standards on greenhouse gas emissions introduced under the Obama administration. Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  Vehicle Emissions,  Clean Fuel,  Pruitt,  


    Indian Bamboo Bio-Ethanol JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Numaligarh Refinery , Chempolis
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Further to our 17 Feb., 2016 coverage, India's Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., a public sector crude oil refinery located at Morangi Golaghat district, Assam, reports it's previously announced $200 million bamboo bio-ethanol joint venture with Finland's Chempolis is advancing.

    The JV anticipates production of approximately 60 million lpy of bio-ethanol to meet the mandatory 10 pct ethanol-gasoline blending for northeastern India. More importantly, this is only a fraction of the potential market given the abundance of bamboo in the northeast. (Source: Numaligarh Refinery, The Week, 3 April, 2018) Web Desk April 03, 2018) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., www.nrl.co.in; Chempolis, Chempolis Limited, +358 10 38 76666, www.chempolis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chempolis,  Biofuel,  Bamboo,  Ethanol,  


    Whitehall Launches Warm Home Energy Efficiency Pkg (Int'l)
    Warm Home Discount
    Date: 2018-04-04
    In London, the UK Government has announced a new £6 billion Warm Home Discount package to drive innovation in energy efficiency, upgrade and install new residential heating systems and insulation, cut CO2 emissions, tackle fuel poverty and help reduce bills for thousands of families until at least 2028. The new change would allow 900,000 homes to have energy saving improvements. The scheme provides a £140 top up to energy bills of fuel poor homes.

    Under existing similar schemes, only 70 pct of beneficiaries are from low-income families -- income under £16,190 per year. The funding announcement is the latest step in the delivery of the government's Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to bring 2.5 million fuel poor homes up to an Energy Performance Certificate rating of C by 2030. (Source: Energy Live, April, 2018) Contact: UK Warm Home Discount Plan, www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Doosan Supplying Consumers Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Doosan GridTech,Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the selection of Doosan GridTech to supply a 1 MW battery energy storage system (BESS)for installation at the Colony Farm substation in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    The BESS will be controlled by Doosan's Intelligent Controller (DG-IC). Other system components include Samsung's lithium-ion batteries and Ingeteam's power conversion system. The DG-IC also complies with the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) specifications for software communications between components of a BESS as well as between the BESS and a utility's control room.

    Doosan previously worked with Austin Energy, Duke Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish Public Utility District. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 3 April, 2014)Contact: Doosan GridTech, (888) 452-7715, www.doosangridtech.com; Consumers Energy, Garrick Rochow, VP Operations, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Doosan GridTech ,  


    China Adds 15 pct Tariff on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l. Report)
    China Ethanol
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Following up on our March 30 coverage, on Monday, China added an additional 15 pct tariff on ethanol imports from the U.S. The previous duty was 30 pct. The tariffs, effective Monday, will eliminate cost savings from importing cheaper US ethanol versus domestic supply, according to a Reuters report.

    China's domestic ethanol production stands at about 2.5 million tpy. (Source: Khmer Times, Various Others, Reuters, 3 April, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Tariff,  China Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    EU ETS Emissions Rise First Time in Seven Years (Int'l Report)
    EU ETS,EU
    Date: 2018-04-04
    The European Union Newsroom is reporting GHG emissions regulated by the trading block's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose for the first time in seven years in 2017 due in part to stronger industrial output, according to European Commission data. About 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gases is regulated by the EU ETS.

    The EU ETS is expected to contribute about 65 pct of the reductions necessary to meet the EU's target of cutting emissions by 20 pct from 1990 levels.

    UE ETS caps the emissions of around 12,000 power plants, factories, and airlines, forcing them to surrender one carbon permit for every tonne of CO2 emitted annually by the end of April of the following year. (Source: European Union Newsroom, Devdiscourse, 3 April, 2018) Contact: EU Newsroom, https://europa.eu/newsroom/home_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  EU ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


    EPA Issues RFS "Extraordinary Hardship Waivers" (Reg & Leg)
    Andeavor,RFS
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Following on the heels of the EPA's exempting bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) from compliance with U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard biofuels blending regulations, San Antonio-based Andeavor, one of the nation's largest oil refining companies, has reportedly been issued a similar "hardship waiver" for three of its 10 refineries. Andeavor -- fka Tesoro Corporation -- is reported to have earned net profits of about $1.5 billion in 2017, according to Reuters coverage.

    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: WHTC Radio, Reuters,3 April, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  RINs,  Biofuel Blend,  Point of Obligation,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  RFS,  EPA,  


    BIC Approves Investment in Benefuel Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Benefuel,Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Sarnia, Ontario-based non-profit industry group Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) reports it has been advising on, and approved an investment in Benefuel's planned commercial-scale biodiesel plant in Sarnia, Ont. BIC provide critical strategic investment, advice and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies.

    Benefuel's patented ENSEL catalyst technology produces a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, that meets and exceeds the ASTM 6751 standard. The ENSEL process combines esterification and trans-esterification, into a single step. This allows Benefuel to use a broad range of low cost, low carbon feedstocks resulting, in a negative carbon intensity fuel. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, April 03, 2018) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir., www.bincanada.ca; Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, rtripp@benefuel.net, www.benefuel.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Benefuel,  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,  


    dynaCERT Touts Carbon Emissions Reduction Technology (Ind. Report)
    dynaCERT
    Date: 2018-04-04
    York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERT is touting it's HydraGEN™ Technology for diesel engines.

    HydraGEN™ Technology uses simple electrolysis to turn distilled water into H2 & O2 gases that are produced on demand. The gases are introduced into the diesel engine's air intake before the turbocharger, which then produces a homogeneous air mixture prior to combustion. Hydrogen gas mixes with diesel fuel in the engine's combustion chamber where it acts as a combustion enhancer, for a faster and more complete burn, as well as lower combustion temperature. The result is decreased NOx production and reduced carbon emissions overall. Validated through both On-Road and accredited 3rd party testing, HydraGEN™ Technology produced:

  • 6 pct to 19.2 pct reduction in fuel consumption;
  • 18 pct to 46.1 pct reduction in NOx emissions;
  • 25 pct to 48.1 pct reduction in CO emissions;
  • 6 pct to 28 pct reduction in CO2 emissions;
  • 30 pct to 50.1 pct reduction in THC emissions;
  • at least 65 pct reduction in particulate matter;
  • reduction of Diesel Emission Fuel (DEF) usage by 40 pct to 60 pct;
  • reduction of Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) replacement period by at least 33 pct; increased engine power and torque; and extended engine and oil life (lower maintenance costs).

    HydraGEN™ technology is designed for all types and sizes of diesel engines used in on-road vehicles, reefer trailers, off-road construction, mining and forestry equipment, power generation, marine vessels and railroad locomotives. (Source: dynaCERT, April, 2018) Contact: dynaCERT, (416) 766-9691, info@dynacert,com, www.dynacert.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Transporation Emissions,  NOx,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  

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