The extension rune through 2022 and is the latest of three service contract extensions recently awarded to Siemens Gamesa -- two 10-year service agreement extensions for the London Array wind farm and the Lynn & Inner Dowsing wind farms. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, CleanTechnica, Others, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa, Wind,
The report suggests a floating wind farm placed in an area of the ocean where wind speeds are up to 70 pct higher than they are onshore could generate an "absolutely incredible amount of energy and, according to the data, could sustain human civilization on its own."
Access the report HERE. (Source: BGR, Japan Today, Various Others, 9 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, Anna Possner, www.anna-possner.com; Carnegie Institution for Science, (202) 387-6400, https://carnegiescience.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind, Floating Wind Turbine, Offshore Wind,
Energy efficient upgrades include double-glazed windows, high-efficiency chillers and boilers as well as LED lighting and light control. The upgrades are expected to deliver 25 pct energy savings per year.
FINTECC is part of a global drive towards climate technology transfer for developing countries and countries in transition.
FINTECC helps companies in participating European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) countries implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency and materials efficiency measures and other climate technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the company's website.
(Source: Aversi Pharma, Energy Manager, 5 Oct. 2017) Contact: FINTECC, www.finchannel.com; Aversi Pharma, www.aversi.ge/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
The 2017 State of Idaho Awards for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency and Commercial Energy recognize Idaho organizations that are exceptional leaders in implementing energy efficiency at their facilities. Projects implemented by these nine recipients in 2016 would save enough energy to power more than 1,200 Idaho homes for a year, the news release said.
Recipients of the Governor's recognition for energy efficiency leadership include: CTI Foods/SSI Foodservice Inc. of Wilder; Brigham Young University; J.R. Simplot Company of Pocatello; Agropur Inc. of Jerome; City of Idaho Falls Wastewater Division; City of Ketchum/Sun Valley Water and Sewer District; Boise Towne Square Mall; Boise State University Foundation, and Ada County Juvenile Probation Services. (Source: Standard Journal, 10 Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,
The ground-mounted solar projects have capacities of 15.1MWp and 5.0MWp, and were commissioned in March 2015 and March 2017. With over 62,000 solar panels installed over 41.5 ha, the projects are expected to generate sufficient power for 5,068 homes and reduce 7,716 tonnes of CO2 emissions. The projects receive revenues under the UK Renewable Obligations Certificates (ROC) scheme and under power sold via Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).
The finance package will assist Gamma Solutions to consolidate its UK solar portfolio and release funds for new projects. Triodos Bank are collaborating with Gamma Solutions on the finance of further projects including a portfolio of rooftop solar projects in Spain.
(Source: Triodos, PR, 6 Oct., 2017) Contact: Triodos, Vincent van Haarlem, Fund Manager, Triodos Renewables Europe Fund, www.triodos.co.uk; Gamma Solutions SL, +34 915 25 88 00, www.gammasg.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Gamma Solutions,
Mongolia has a power-supply capacity of 1130MW, consisting of 88 pct coal, 6 pct diesel, 6 pct renewable energy, and 2 pct hydropower, sources according to the Department of Energy, Mongolia, 2015. The country plans to increase renewable energy's share to 20 pct by 2020 and to 30 pct by 2030.
(Source: Clean Energy Asia, PR, Various Media, 9 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Clean Energy Asia LLC, SoftBank Group Corp.,
SB Energy Corp.,
Kenichi Yuasa, +81.3.6889.2300,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Asia, Wind,
The project is intended to demonstrate that co-production of high volume commodity fuels and low volume, high value co-products enables profitable biorefineries at commercial scale. ABBA integrates the biorefinery value chain by converting woody biomass to cellulose and cellulosic sugars, which are then converted to cellulosic biojet and nanocellulose.
The project received $3.7 million support from the US DOE Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower program , the scope of which includes definition engineering, permitting and financing activities. Upon completion of Phase 1, the project will be eligible for up to $45 million in additional DOE support for project construction and operations.
The project will utilize AVAPCO's AVAP technology for co-production of biomass-derived lignocellulosic sugars, cellulosic ethanol, cellulosic butanol, nanocellulose, and lignin to demonstrate the conversion of cellulosic ethanol to ethylene. The Byogy Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) processing facility has been relocated to the Thomaston site as part of the project to convert the bio-ethylene to full replacement biofuels.
Petron Scientech Inc., headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, is a Technology development, Design & Engineering and Consulting company licensing technology for the conversion of renewable ethanol to bioEthylene and further conversion of Ethylene to various derivatives including bioEthylene Oxide, bioGlycols, and other chemicals used in a wide range of day-to-day renewable plastics. (Source: AVAPCO, PR, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Byogy Renewables, Kevin Weiss CEO, (408) 800-7704, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.byogy.com;
AVAPCO, American Process Inc. ,
Kim Nelson, PhD, (4040 872-8807, ext 213, email@example.com, www.americanprocess.com; Petron Scientech,
Yogendra Sarin, Pres. & CEO , (609) 919-0204, www.petronscientech.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News AVAPCO, BYOGY, Petron Scientech, Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel,
Gevo and LANL are looking to develop a low-cost, catalytic technology that would be bolted-on to Gevo's existing isobutanol-to-hydrocarbons process to produce high energy density fuels (HEDFs). With the successful scale-up of this technology, it is believed that Gevo's HEDFs could be produced at a lower cost than the petroleum-based equivalent. If this project is successful in scaling HEDFs cost-effectively, there may be an even broader application in the general aviation sector, enabling higher energy density jet fuel that would provide superior mileage to traditional aviation fuels.
Gevo produces isobutanol, ethanol and high-value animal feed in Luverne, Minnesota, and has developed technology to produce hydrocarbon products from renewable alcohols. The company also operates a biorefinery in Silsbee, Texas, in collaboration with South Hampton Resources Inc., to produce renewable jet fuel, octane, and ingredients for plastics. (Source: GEVO, 9 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Los Alamos National Laboratory, (505) 667-5061, www.lanl.gov;
GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Alamos National Laboratory , GEVO, Alcohol Jet Fuel, Isobutanol, Ethanol, Aviation Biofuel,
For instance, in 2016, the Big Brown coal plant east of Waco, emitted 42,000 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) , 4,500 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and about 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Under the old rule, the plant was required to cut SO2 by 97 pct, bringing its yearly emissions down to 1,380 tons. The reduction would have either required the plant to install expensive scrubbers. Under the new rule, the plant can continue to emit 42,000 tons of SO2.
According to Rice University civil and environmental engineering professor Dan Cohan,"The new proposal is a sham. It does nothing. It sets a cap that's higher than what those plants have been emitting for the past few years. Texas is allowing more power plants to keep burning coal un-scrubbed than anywhere else in the country.
Rather than do nothing, which would get [the EPA] sued for violating the Clean Air Act, the strategy appears to be to issue a rule that is so weak that it accomplishes nothing. But by having the rule there, they can claim that they're doing something. It's a very cynical approach to environmental protections." (Source: Texas Observer, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Rice University, Prof. Dan Cohan, https://cohan.rice.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal, Carbon Emissions, Obama Clean Energy Plan,
ETI programme manager Geraint Evans said: "Biomass is already one of the largest and most versatile sources of renewable energy in the UK. To keep the UK on the trajectory for scaling up domestic biomass production into the 2050s, there should be a steady increase in the planting of second generation bioenergy crops on marginal arable land or appropriate grassland in the UK by about 30,000ha per year.
Steadily increasing the planting of bioenergy crops in the UK would allow the sector to develop best practices. This approach will also help the sector monitor and manage impacts on other markets and the wider environment more effectively."
(Source: Energy Technologies Institute, power-technology.com, 6 Oct., 2017) Contact: Energy Technologies Institute, Dennis Gammer, ETI CCS Strategy Manager, www.eti.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy, Woody Biomass, Energy Technologies Institute,
According to Commissioner Gelfand, "Only five of the 19 federal government departments she audited for the annual report have even figured out where the risks are from climate change, let alone how to mitigate such risks."
"It's time to move from planning to action," the commissioner added.(Source: Insurance Business Canada, Canada Press, Various Media, 6 Oct., 2017) Contact: Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, www.oag-bvg.gc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Emissions, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change Global Warming,
"There is no denying that climate change will remain a big security challenge not only in Somalia but also in other Horn of African countries. Communities will continue fighting over over-stretched natural resources such as land, pasture and water," Solheim remarked.
"Massive investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation is key to promote sustainable development and stability in the East and Horn of African region" he added.
(Source: UN Environment Program, Xinhua, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: UN Environment Program, Erik Solheim, Exec. Dir., +254 20 7621 234, email@example.com, www.unep.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
A key hurdle to claiming carbon neutral status will be proving reduction in use of energy, through the attainment of at least a 4 Star NABERS Energy rating or a 4 Star Green Star Performance rating. The average NABERS Energy rating is now 4.4 stars.
Buildings can either go for a base building rating or whole building rating, with the base building rating seen as a "stepping stone" towards whole building certification. The draft standard had a third pathway for certification for buildings that were ineligible for NABERS or Green Star rating -- directly through the federal government's Carbon Neutral Program -- however this has been deferred.
The standard covers energy efficiency and operational energy emissions from resource consumption and waste generation necessary for a building's day-to-day operations. Embodied energy is not included, however the standard said embodied energy from construction materials and processes may be considered in future versions.
The standards offer a pathway for property owners to make carbon neutral claims for their buildings and precincts. (Source: Green Building Council Australia, Fifth Estate, 10 Oct., 2017)Contact: NABERS,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral, Low-Carbon, Net-Zero Carbon,
According to AGP VP of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs Matt Caswell, the EPA is trying to justify their proposal by the mistaken belief the U.S. biodiesel industry lacks the production capacity to provide 2.1 billion gpy of biodiesel to the market.
AGP is a major U.S. soybean processor and is owned by 148 local and regional cooperatives representing over 250,000 farmer producers across the United States. (Source: Ag Processing Incorporated, WNAX Radio, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ag Processing Incorporated,Matt Caswell, VP Corporate Affairs, Craig Pietig, (402)-492-3322, www.agp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ag Processing, Biodiesel RFS,
LEED certification was extended for the implementation practical and measurable construction and operation strategies including: the use of recycled construction products and materials;
well-insulated walls and roof; tight-fitting windows and doorways that prevent heating and cooling losses; LED lighting; energy efficient plumbing fixtures; rooftop solar; and an energy monitoring system.
(Source: St. Mary's Bank, Cabinet Press, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: St. Mary's Bank, www.stmarysbank.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Gold,
Aemetis, Inc. is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the production of fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by conversion of first-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into biorefineries. The company produces approximately 60 million gpy of ethanol in Keyes, California and operates a technology lab in College Park, Maryland. (Source: NASDAQ, Aemetis Inc. 5 Oct., 2017)Contact: Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 390-3275, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,
The city's air quality strategy calls for Londoners to make 80 pct of their trips on foot, by bicycle or public transport and all taxis and cars-for-hire to be zero emission vehicles by 2033, buses by 2037, all new road vehicles by 2040, and the entire transportation system will be zero emission by 2050. As part of its strategy, London also plans to develop a resilient, low- or zero-carbon energy infrastructure that allows the city to generate more of its own energy.
London has also joined the BreatheLife network , making it the world's first mega-city to commit to reaching the World Health Organization's air quality guidelines. (Source: Times of India, UNI, Oct., 2017) Contact: London Mayor Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk/people/mayoral/sadiq-khan
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral, Low-Carbon, Net-Sero Carbon,
Since 2013, the company's energy saving measures have resulted in a 19 pct cut in carbon intensity (kgCO2/m2). By 2030, that is expected to drop by 40 pct and set the company on an 80 pct carbon intensity reduction by the middle of the century. Landsec's tenants have also avoided energy and carbon costs of £2.9 million per year when compared to 2013/14 costs.
Elsewhere, site specific energy reduction assessments continue to find more energy reduction opportunities. In 2016, 65 Landsec projects costing a total £2.4 million are expected to save customers 7.7 million kWh of energy and £877,000 per year in reduced energy bills, with a ROI of under 3 years.
The company is also transitioning to strategic energy management programmes, rather than purely focus on operational activities. Additionally, the company's new Responsible Property Investment Policy makes carbon emissions, sustainability and energy efficiency a major consideration in new property acquisitions.
(Source: Landsec, CSR, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Landsec, Tom Byrne, Landsec’s Energy Manager.
Robert Noel, CEO, https://landsec.com
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Thunder Ranch wind farm requires $435m investment and after the tax equity agreement, the two passive investors will receive 100 pct of Class B and Class C equity share in the project. (Source: Enel Green Power, CTBR, Others, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: GE Energy Financial Services, Kevin Walsh, Managing Director Renewable Energy, http://geenergyfinancialservices.com;
Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Energy Financial Services, Enel Green Power North America, Wind,
Football fans traveling via Lyft will have their travel to and from Michigan State stadium balanced with carbon offsets purchased by Terrapass. The carbon offsets will be sourced from the South Kent Landfill in Byron Center, MI.
Just Energy specializes in electricity and natural gas commodities, energy efficiency solutions, and renewable energy options in Canada, the UK, Germany and the U.S. The company serves approximately 1.5 million residential and commercial customers. (Source: Just Energy Group. PR 6 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Just Energy Group Inc.,
Morgan Smith, (713) 881.8641,
email@example.com, www.justenergy.com; Terrapass, www.terrapass.com: Lyft, www.lyft.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Terrapass, Carbon Offsets,
This PPA builds on Microsoft's strategic partnership with GE, announced last year. The wind farm will integrate GE's Digital Wind Farm technology, which makes renewable energy outputs even more reliable.
Microsoft is also acquiring an Irish energy supply license from GE. The supply license will benefit both Microsoft and the Irish power grid, as it allows the company the flexibility to easily grow and invest in renewable energy in Ireland over time. ElectroRoute will act as trading service provider for the supply company.
Once operational, the new wind project will bring Microsoft's total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to almost 600 MW. (Source: Microsoft, PR, 9 Oct., 2017)
Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Sebastien Duchamp, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ge.com;
ElectroRoute, +353 1 687 7122, www.electroroute.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft news, General Electric news, Wind news, Energy Storage news,
The District of Houston's Climate Action Character commitments include the reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions to 33 pct of 2007 GHG levels by 2020 through the implementation of the Community Energy and Emissions plan as well as the Official Community Plan. I
Under the community plan, LED street lights were installed in 2016 and a life-cycle maintenance plan was completed for better energy management and greater energy efficiency.
The year, the District of Houston is increasing its use of renewable energy, "fine-tuning" its energy conservation and efficiency measures as well as its commitment to its Climate Action Charter commitments.
(Source: Green Communities Committee, Houston Today, 4 Oct., 2017)Contact: Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities, www.ubcm.ca; District of Houston, (250) 845-2238,
email@example.com, www.houston.ca; Green Communities Committee, www.toolkit.bc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
The project consists of five GE 2.5-120 turbines each with a 2.5MW capacity and six GE 2.75-120 machines each with output of 2.75MW. The turbines are designed for low wind sites and have 139-metre hub heights and 120-metre rotor diameters. Construction of the project started in April 2016. The wind farm is expected to generate some 63 million kWh of electricity a year.
The Wattendorf project boosts Naturstrom's wind power portfolio to 57 turbines with a combined capacity of 134MW.
(Source: Naturstrom, RENews, Oct 5, 2017) Contact: Naturstrom, Thomas Banning, 0211 77 900 100,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Naturstrom, Wind ,
The drop was led by a 4.6 pct cut from power plants to 1.88 billion tonnes from 1.97 billion tonnes in 2015. The EPA data notes that
natural gas and oil sector emissions rose to 283 million tonnes in 2016 from 233 million in 2015.
(Source: EPA Website, Oct., 2017) Contact: EPA, www.epa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Carbon Emissions, US EPA,
The dynaCERT patent-pending technology creates hydrogen and oxygen on-demand through electrolysis and supplies these additives through the air intake to enhance combustion, resulting in lower carbon emissions and greater fuel efficiency. The technology can accurately track, measure and report on greenhouse gas emissions. The data collected by the system will be used to determine the amount of greenhouse gas credits or offsets with a view to certify carbon credits.
dynaCERT Inc. manufactures, distributes, and installs Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for use with internal combustion engines. (Source: dynaCERT Inc., 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: dynaCert, Jime Payne, Pres., CEO, (416) 766-9691x2, jpayne@dynaCERT.com, www.dynaCERT.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News dynaCERT , Carbon Emissions,
According to the report, U.S. solar energy capacity is 450 pct higher than prior EIA predictions for solar energy capacity and 350 pct greater than previously predicted.
Download the full NRDC report HERE. (Source: NRDC, PR, Supra, 7 Oct., 2017) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, Renewable Energy, Clean Energy,
The school achieved more than a 50 pct reduction in water use, more than 68 pct in energy savings and a lower carbon footprint with a combination of geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floor heating, low-flow fixtures and other initiatives.
The school received LEED Platinum certification in 2016, and won the CaGBC's Excellence in Green Building for New Construction award in May 2017..
(Source: Canada Green Building Council, Oct., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, CaGBC , Thomas Mueller, CEO, Pres., , (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification, Canada Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency, Green Building ,
The Madison City Schools are committing to a 20 pct reduction within the next 10 years. To date the district has saved at least $130,000 in energy costs through the installation of
motion detection sinks, toilets and lights, and other upgrades and initiatives.
(Source: Energy Alabama, WHNT19, 7 Oct., 2017) Contact: Madison City Schools, (256) 464-8370, www.madisoncity.k12.al.us; Energy Alabama, Daniel Tait, CEO, https://alcse.org; Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge, www.nabpc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Alabama,
The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local New York State government leaders implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable development projects in their communities. The program demonstrates the importance of communities helping New York reach its Clean Energy Standard of 50 pct of the state's electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.
The Clean Energy Community designation qualifies Canton to apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share. (Source: NYSERDA, Canton NY, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: NYSERDA.
Clean Energy Communities, www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA, Clean Energy Communities,
According to Kimmo Tiilikainen, the Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy ,
Finland's technology can be used for biomass projects, energy saving projects, management and related clean energy projects.
(Source: Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy, Twitter, News18 India, 3 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Finnish Minister for Environment and Energy. www.ym.fi/en-US
More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Cities, Solar, Clean Energy,
In Q2 2017, energy production through bioenergy and waste was 2.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent. Total energy production was 2.5 pct higher than in Q2, 2016. In Q2 2017, generation from bioenergy fell slightly, 0.5 pct , on a year earlier, with increased generation from biodegradable waste offset by reduced generation from landfill gas and plant biomass.
Energy Trends covers statistics on production and consumption, in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year-on-year changes.
Download the full report HERE.
(Source: UK Dept. Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, MRW, Oct., 2017) Contact:
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Energy, Biomass, Renewable Energy,
SP3 is led by the regions of Lapland (FINLAND) and Castilla y Leon (SPAIN) and engages 14 regions committed to developing forest-based and non-food agriculture-based bioenergy as the basis for sustainable regional growth.
(Source: European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment, Oct. 6, 2017)Contact: European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment, +32 (0)2 646 82 10, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fedarene.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy, Biofuel,
Spero Energy is a Purdue University spin-out pioneer technology provider for the manufacturer of high value renewable chemicals from biomass lignin.
The company's patented renewable, biobased chelate molecules are used to bind essential micronutrients and deliver them efficiently to a variety of crops. Effective use of biobased chelates is shown to increase crop production and yields.(Source: Spero Energy, Hoosier Ag, Oct., 2017) Contact: Spero Energy,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Spero Energy, Bioproduct, Biofuel, Bioenergy, biochemical,
In Europe alone, the use of such vehicles in tandem with electrification could save 2.8 trillion kilograms of CO2 by 2050, according to Ulrich Schulmeister, Bosch's VP of engineering. Globally, CO2 emissions will have to be cut by half within the next 40 years if the Paris agreement climate targets are to be achieved, and they will have to be reduced by a minimum of 85 pct in developed countries.
According to Bosch, synthetic diesel and gasoline fuels commercialization pilot projects are underway in Norway and Germany. Since even classic cars can run on synthetic gasoline and current infrastructure can be used for refueling, it would take far less time to achieve a high degree of market penetration. (Source: Robert Bosch GmbH, PR, Tires & Parts News, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Robert Bosch GmbH, Ulrich Schulmeister, VP Engineering, www.bosch.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Robert Bosch GmbH, Synthetic Fuel, Carbon Neutral,
AMP Americas' Fair Oaks Farms facility began production in 2011 and produces over 1.5 million gpy of renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste. The facility is the first, and to-date only, U.S. EPA Renewable Fuel Standard-certified dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel project in the U.S..
Construction is currently underway for a second RNG project using dairy digester methane gas, according to AMP.
(Source: AMP Americas, Fleet Owner, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: AMP Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, (312) 300-6700, www.ampcng.com; CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, AMP Americas, California Air Resources Board ,
The plan, which focuses on specific actions including a greater reliance on renewable energy, covers building codes, energy production, energy management and efficiency, as well as significant measures to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and clean transportation.
Download Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement
HERE. (Source: City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City, Carbon Neutral, Carbon Neutrality, Mayor Bill De Blasio,
MID secures most of its renewable energy credits (RECs) from wind farms in northwestern states and expects to meet California's 33 pct from renewable sources threshold in 2020, but would fall behind a higher mandate by 2023 without the new solar purchase.
MID will spend about $7 million a year buying solar power from NextEra Energy's Blythe IV solar farm in Riverside County near the Arizona border. MID will pay another $5 million a year for power from Recurrent Energy's Mustang Two Barbaro solar farm in Kings County near the Lemoore Naval Air Station. (Source: Modesto Irrigation District , Modesto Bee, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Modesto Irrigation District, (209) 526-7337, www.mid.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Renewable Energy Credit,
The acquisition was made from Windcollectief Wieringermeer, a joint venture between ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands), Nuon and partners, and Windcollectief Wieringermeer. ECN will retain ownership of 17 the remaining turbines.
(Source: Vattenfall, WindTech, 29 Sept., 2017)
Windcollectief Wieringermeer, www.nuon.com/activiteiten/energieopwekking/windenergie/windpark-wieringermeer; Vattenfall, Valentin Voigt, Project Manager, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall, Wind,
"Gutting biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard would bring an Iowa manufacturing success story to its knees, deal a blow to an already struggling farm economy, and shake the state economy. This is a major issue for the Midwest and U.S. agriculture, and we implore President Trump to stop his EPA administrator (Scott Pruitt) from forsaking this driver of American jobs, all in an apparent move to appease the oil industry.
"The market is already reacting to this impending blow. Commodity prices crashed on the news of EPA's indicated plans to cut biodiesel. We were already in the midst of a downturn in the ag economy, with many farmers in the red for the fourth year in a row. We have excess feedstock capacity due to a surplus of corn and soybeans on the market, which has lowered commodity prices. Gutting the RFS would exacerbate farmer struggles and could push us deeper into an agriculture recession. It could also cost thousands of Iowans their jobs as plants are forced to make cutbacks and even shutter their doors. We do not believe this is what President Trump wants for rural communities.
"Here in Iowa, many of us feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football as Lucy pulls it away. We have stood on the edge of expansion. Many of our plants have already spent millions of dollars on expansion, based on the promise of a growing RFS, and others have had further growth planned. This would mean more jobs, more dollars circulating through Iowa's communities, and more American manufacturing. We have the capacity to achieve this, but it is at a standstill."
(Source: Iowa Biodiesel Board, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Iowa Biodiesel Board, Grant Kimberley, Director, (866) 683-4172, www.iowabiodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Biodiesel Board , RFS, EPA,
In 2018, the lab plans to install a moving bed torrefaction reactor increase the output of briquettes. Another methodology, hydrothermal carbonization, will convert processed materials and agricultural products to an "energy mud" that can be used alone or "with other torrefied products to form solid fuels."
The NRRI bio-energy lab is partially funded by Xcel Energy, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Power, Heetway, K.R. Komarek, Inc. and the Consortium for Advanced Wood to Energy Solutions, which was launched in 2014.
Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energfy Solutions (CAWES) is an open-platform collaboration of public and private sector institutions representing green energy, forest management, research,
philanthropy, and private industry committed to advancings
sustainable, scalable, distributed wood-to-energy
solutions that stimulate forest restoration and rural economic development through research and application
of advanced wood-to-energy solutions.
(Source: UMD, Business North,4 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota Deluth, (218) 726-8000, www.d.umn.edu; NRRI, Dr. Rolf Weberg, Exec. Dir., (218) 788-2694, www.nrri.umn.edu; CAWES, www.usendowment.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet, torrefaction, Biofuel ,
The Neste report discusses key changes taking place in the energy, transport and chemicals markets. As global commitment to tackle climate change requires major efforts to reduce emissions, the use of fossil raw materials will inevitably need to decline in all of these sectors.
Neste estimates approximately 10 pct of the global car fleet will be electric cars by 2013 and that renewable diesel will remain a competitive solution for reducing transport emissions. By 2021, renewable diesel demand is expected to have doubled in North America, the Nordic countries and Europe. The company also believes that the problem of emissions from diesel vehicles can be solved, and that diesel technology will remain competitive for a long time to come.
Neste is also developing new business operations from bioplastics, a market that is expected to grow by more than 40 pct by 2021. About 80 pct of this growth is expected to come from durable biobased plastics, such as Neste's bioplastics solution, the demand for which is growing faster than for biodegradable plastics. Neste also expects 20 pct of its renewable business sales volume to come from from renewable jet fuel, renewable chemicals and bio-based plastics, according to a company release.
Download Neste's Taking Action on Climate Change report HERE.
(Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Neste Corp., Sam Holmberg, VP Marketing & Services,
Director, Corporate Communications, +358 50 458 4078, www.neste.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste, Biofuel, Bioplastic, Climate Change, Renewable Diesel,
The IEA expects global renewable electricity capacity to rise by more than 920GW -- 43 pct -- by 2022, due to supportive policies for low-carbon energy and cost reductions for solar PV and wind.
In 2016, net additions to renewable energy capacity -- including hydropower, solar, wind, bioenergy, wave and tidal -- set another world record and grew by 165GW, 6 pct more than in 2015, the IEA said.
Renewable energy will account for 29 pct of the global energy mix in five years with China leading the charge, followed by
the US, India and the European Union. (Source: IEA, Reuters, Others, 4 Oct., 2017) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
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The planned facility, which is expected to begin commercial operations by December 31, 2021,
is estimated to 5,000,000 MWh per year.
(Source: Solar Wind Energy Tower, PR, 5 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Solar Wind Energy Tower, Inc.
www.solarwindenergytower.com; Arizona Green Power, www.arizonagreenpower.com
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Upon completion by the end of December, 2018, the Los Hercules wind farm will see a total rated output of 97,2 MW. The wind farm will be built by Senvion on a full EPC basis. The wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 64,000 homes per year.
Senvion has South American offices in Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires.
(Source: Senvion, Oct., 2017) Contact: EREN,
Fabienne Demol, VP Bus. Dev., +33 (0)1.40.69.05.00,
http://eren-groupe.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
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When completed, the 55-turbine, 330-MW Oriel Wind Farm will be the first fully operational commercial wind farm developed in Irish waters and the ninth-largest power plant in Ireland.
To date, Parkwind has developed, constructed and now operates three offshore wind farms located in the Belgian concessions zone in the North Sea,and plans to have more than 1000MW of offshore wind production capacity in operation by 2020.
(Source: Oriel Windfarm , Parkwind, Business Irish, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Oriel Windfarm, +42 9322952, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.orielwind.com; Parkwind, Francois Van Leeuw, CEO, +32 16 24 07 90, www.parkwind.eu
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The order comes as the Department of Interior (DoI) is moving to delay the rule until 2019, on the grounds that it is too burdensome to industry. The DoI tried earlier to postpone part of the rule set to take effect next year. The ruling found the DoI failed to give a "reasoned explanation" for the changes and offered no details on why an earlier analysis by the Obama administration was faulty.
The rule forces energy companies to capture methane that's burnt off or "flared" at drilling sites on public lands during production because it pollutes the environment. An estimated $330 million a year in methane is wasted through leaks or intentional releases on federal lands, enough to power about 5 million homes a year.
(Source: DoI, Various Media, 4 Oct., 2017)
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