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Moventas Consolidating in Texas (Ind. Report)
Moventas
Date: 2017-10-11
In the Lone Star State, Big Spring's City Council has agreed to lease Building 9 at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark to Moventas, a Finnish company that repairs wind turbine gear boxes. The company is closing facilities elsewhere in the U.S and consolidating operations in Texas. (Source: City of Big Springs, Various Media, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Moventas, Arto Lahtela, CEO, +358 20 184 7000, moventaswind@moventas.com, www.moventas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Moventas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Siemens Gamesa Inks UK Offshore Wind Farm Service Agreement (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-10-11
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it has inked an extension of its service agreement for the 504 MW Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Suffolk, in the UK.

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,  


Open Ocean Winds Could Power the Planet, says Report (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-10-11
New research into open ocean wind speeds and reliability for wind power generation has found they could power the entire world, if they could be harnessed. The research, led by Anna Possner at the Washington, DC headquartered Carnegie Institution for Science, also found that such a project could dramatically alter the climate in potentially dangerous and unpredictable ways. Even so, the study found the overall outlook for using ocean winds for power to be "extremely positive."

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,  


FINTECC Finances Aversi Pharma Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l)
Aversi Pharma
Date: 2017-10-11
Aversi Pharma, a privately-held pharmaceutical company in the country of Georgia, is reporting receipt of $245,000 in financing from Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change (FINTECC) for the installation of energy efficiency upgrades in its hospitals and clinics.

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,  


Idaho Governor Honors Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-11
In Boise, the Idaho Governor's Office of Energy and Mineral Resources reports Governor C.L. Otter has recognized nine organizations across the state for their implementation of energy efficiency measures and reducing their environmental impact.

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,  


Triodos Bank Finances Gamma Solutions' UK Solar Farms (Int'l)
Triodos Bank,Gamma Solutions
Date: 2017-10-11
Triodos Bank, Europe's leading sustainable bank, reports it has provided £17.9 million of loans to Madrid-headquartered developer Gamma Solutions SL for the Stokes Marsh and Stoneshill solar farms in the UK.

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,  


Mongolian Gobi Desert Wind Farm Goes Online (Int'l. Report)
Clean Energy Asia
Date: 2017-10-11
In Mongolia, Clean Energy Asia LLC and its its shareholders Newcom LLC and SoftBank subsidiary SB Energy Corp., are reporting commercial opereations are underway at ite 50MW Tsetsii Wind Farm located in the Gobi Desert. The Tsetsii Wind Farm is SB Energy's first power generation project in Mongolia.

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, sbpr@softbank.co.jp, www.sbenergy.co.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Asia,  Wind,  


AVAPCO, BYOGY, Petron Tout Biorefinery Partnership (Ind. Report)
AVAPCO, BYOGY, Petron Scientech
Date: 2017-10-11
The US DOE reports Phase 1 of the American Process Company (AVAPCO) Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts project to co-produce full replacement renewable jet fuel, gasoline, diesel and Bioplus® nanocellulose from woody biomass in an integrated biorefinery at AVAPCO's site in Thomaston, Georgia, is underway.

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, admin@byogy.com, www.byogy.com; AVAPCO, American Process Inc. , Kim Nelson, PhD, (4040 872-8807, ext 213, knelson@americanprocess.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, LANL Collaborate on Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel (Ind. Report)
Los Alamos National Laboratory , GEVO
Date: 2017-10-11
Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. reports it is partnering with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) on a project to improve the energy density of certain Gevo hydrocarbon products, such as its alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ), to meet product specifications for tactical fuels for specialized military applications such as RJ-4, RJ-6 and JP-10, which are currently purchased by the US Department of Defense (DoD). The DOE Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio) funding is supporting the project.

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, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Alamos National Laboratory ,  GEVO,  Alcohol Jet Fuel,  Isobutanol,  Ethanol,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Climate Change -- Notable Quote
Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth
Date: 2017-10-11
"Climate change is a global, long-term issue so we've been sustaining a platform to tackle that problem for many years. We should keep as many options as possible to tackle this issue, to make the general public know about it and for each government to support and promote measures." -- Dr Kenji Yamaji, Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth , Tokyo. 7 Oct. 2017, www.rite.or.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


New EPA Rule OKs Texas Coal Plant Pollution Increases (Reg & Leg)
Obama Clean Energy Plan
Date: 2017-10-11
The Texas Observer is reporting that a new EPA air pollution rule will allow Texas coal plants to emit almost twice as much sulfur dioxide than an earlier proposal by the Obama administration. Aside from being a key component in forming haze, sulfur dioxide exacerbates respiratory illnesses such as asthma and contributes to acid rain.

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,  


Bioenergy Could Help Secure UK's Energy Future, says ETI (Int'l)
nergy Technologies Institute
Date: 2017-10-11
In the UK, new research published by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) reports that bioenergy could meet around 10 pct of the country's future energy requirements and help reduce 55 million tpy of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, if used in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS). ETI's research also noted that by planting nearly 1.4 million hectares of second generation, non-food bioenergy crops by 2050, the UK could achieve a cost-effective, low-carbon energy system, as well as create new farming and forestry jobs.

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,  


Cdn. Government's Climate Change Readiness Questioned (Ind. Report)
Canadian Environment commissioner
Date: 2017-10-11
In Ottawa, the Canadian Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand's annual report questions the federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's readiness and ability to protect over $66 billion in federal assets like bridges, roads and airports, while still providing services when disasters and the impacts of climate change strike.

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,  


UNEP Warns of Horn of Africa Climate Change Social, Economic Strife (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
UN Environment Program
Date: 2017-10-11
Speaking in Nairobi, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), Erik Solheim, noted the Horn of Africa region could become an epicenter of violent political and economic conflicts as climatic shocks intensify and global warming becomes the main driver of civil strife, terrorism and forced migration.

"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, executiveoffice@unep.org, www.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Aussies "Officially" Define Carbon Neutral Buildings (Int'l)

Date: 2017-10-11
The Australian federal government has released standards for what officially constitutes a carbon neutral building or precinct, with the clear definition expected to help spur the transition to a net zero sector.

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, www.nabers.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Low-Carbon,  Net-Zero Carbon,  


AGP Opposes EPA's Proposed Lower Biodiesel RFS Levels (Ind. Report)
Ag Processing Incorporated
Date: 2017-10-11
Omaha-headquartered Ag Processing Incorporated reports it opposes a recent EPA proposal to reduce the biodiesel requirements of the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biodiesel requirement by up to 315 million gallons and the 2019 requirement by over 1 billion gallons from current levels.

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,  


New Hampshire Bank Wins LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-10-11
In Manchester, New Hampshire, St. Mary's Bank reports its headquarters building has been awarded the US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

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 Risks Loosing NASDAQ Listing (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2017-10-11
NASDAQ reports that on October 5, 2017, its Listing Qualifications Department advised Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. that based upon the closing bid price of the Company's common stock for the last 30 consecutive business days, the Company did not meet the minimum bid price of $1.00 per share required for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Market. Aemetis will have 180 calendar days, or until April 3, 2018, in which to regain compliance to Nasdaq Listing Rules or risk being de-listed.

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, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  


London Environment Strategy calls for Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l)
London
Date: 2017-10-11
London Mayor Sadiq Khan's office has released a draft of the London Environment Strategy outlining the city's strategy to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The city's plan is backed by serious science and stakeholder consensus, according to the Mayor's office.

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,  


Landsec Touts Science-Based Carbon, Energy Efficiency Targets (Int'l)
Landsec
Date: 2017-10-11
In London, the UK's largest commercial property company Landsec, with a portfolio of assets, including shopping centres and offices valued at £14.4 billion, reports that rather than making incremental improvements in the operational energy efficiency of each of its 120 assets, it is adopting a science-based target for reducing costs and corporate carbon emissions.

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

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


Enel Inks $330Mn Wind Farm Tax Equity Deal (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2017-10-09
Enel Green Power North America, acting through Thunder Ranch Wind Farm Holdings, reports the signing of a $330m tax equity agreement with Goldman Sachs' Alternative Energy Investing Group and GE Energy Financial Services for its 298MW Thunder Ranch wind farm in Oklahoma. The wind farm is expected to begin operations before the year end.

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,  


Terrapass, Lyft Partner on Transport Carbon Offsets (Ind. Report)
Terrapass,LYFT
Date: 2017-10-09
Houston-headquatered Terrapass, a member of the retail energy provider Just Energy Group, reports it is partnering with Lyft, the fastest growing ride-share on-demand transportation service in the US, to offset carbon emissions associated with travel for all University of Michigan football games for the 2017/2018 season.

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, mpsmith@justenergy.com, www.justenergy.com; Terrapass, www.terrapass.com: Lyft, www.lyft.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Terrapass,  Carbon Offsets,  


Microsoft Adding 37 MW of Wind Energy to Irish Grid (Ind. Report)
Microsoft,ElectroRoute
Date: 2017-10-09
In Dublin, Microsoft Corp. reports it is entering into a 15-year PPA with GE for purchase 100 percent of the wind energy from its new, 37-MW Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland. As part of the deal, Microsoft also signed an agreement with Dublin-based, Mitsubishi-controlled energy trading company ElectroRoute which will provide energy trading services to Microsoft.

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, sebastien.duchamp@ge.com, 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,  


BC Dist. of Houston Lauded with Climate Leader Award (Ind. Report)
Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities
Date: 2017-10-09
In Canada, the Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities Green Communities Committee (GCC) reports it has recognized the District of Houston with its Climate Leader of 2016 "Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments Award." The Green Communities Committee was established under the Climate Action Charter to support local governments in achieving their climate goals.

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, doh@houston.ca, www.houston.ca; Green Communities Committee, www.toolkit.bc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Naturstrom Comissions Wattendorf Bavarian Wind Farm (Int'l)
Naturstrom
Date: 2017-10-09
Dusseldorf, Germany-based wind energy developer Naturstrom reports the commissioning of its 29MW Wattendorf wind farm in Northern Bavaria.

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, www.naturstrom.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Naturstrom,  Wind ,  


U.S. GHG Emissions Drop 2 pct in 2016, EPA Reports (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-09
In Washington, the US EPA website reports the nation's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from major industrial facilities declined 2 pct in 2016 to 2.99 billion tonnes, The decline was led by a large cut from the power sector during the initial phase of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

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,  


dynaCERT Touts Proprietary GHG Tracking System (New Prod & Tech)
dynaCERT
Date: 2017-10-09
Toronto-headquartered dynaCERT Inc. reports the filing of a U.S. Provisional Patent Application for its "Systems and Methods for Tracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated With an Entity."

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,  


America's Clean Energy Revolution (Ind. Report)
Natural Resources Defense Council
Date: 2017-10-09
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released its Fifth Annual Energy Report America's Clean Energy Revolution highlighting the increase in capacity of both solar and wind energy over the past 10 years.

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,  


Amber Trails Tagged Canada's Greenest School (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2017-10-09
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools named the newly-constructed,, 78,000 square-foot Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the winner of the annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition. The CaGBC Greenest School jury is comprised of green building industry experts from across the country.

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 ,  


Trump's Obama Clean Power Plan Repeal Effort Expected (Reg & Leg)
EPA,Clean Power Plan
Date: 2017-10-09
According to Bloomberg, CNN and others, the US EPA still plans to propose the repeal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan meant to curb primarily coal-burning lower generation plant greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed repeal effort is in line with Trump's string of executive orders seemingly aimed at discrediting the Obama administration and challenging the legality of the Clean Power Plan itself. The proposed repeal -- see attached -- is widely expected to be launched this week.

Review the full EPA proposal HERE. (Source: EPA, CNN, Various Others, Oct. 7, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA Pruitt,  Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  


Schools Join Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge (Ind. Report)
Madison City Schools
Date: 2017-10-09
In Alabama, the Madison City Schools system reports it is expanding its commitment to Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge and will add additional building square-footage to its existing 20 million square foot commitment.

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,  


Canton NY Wins Clean Energy Community Designation (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2017-10-09
In the Empire State, the community of Canton has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in recognition of its leadership in cutting energy consumption and costs and driving the adoption of clean energy locally.

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

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Finland, Uttar Pradesh Explore Smart City, Solar Power Projects Partnership (Int'l)
Clean Energy
Date: 2017-10-09
In Lucknow, India, the government of Uttar Pradesh reports it is in talks with a group of 23 Finnish companies regrading the development of renewable energy, biofuel, electric vehicles, smart grid and smart cities technologies and projects. The Uttar Pradesh government is aims to build partnerships to work on smart city and solar energy projects in the state.

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

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UK Waste-to-Energy Production Increases -- Report Attached (Int'l)
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Date: 2017-10-09
In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Energy Trends is reporting Q2 bioenergy production from waste rose 3 pct compared with the same quarter in 2016.

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,  


EU Launches Smart Specialization Platform on Bioenergy (Int'l)
European Union, Bioenergy,Biofuel
Date: 2017-10-09
The European Union (EU) is reporting the launch of the Smart Specialization Platform on Bioenergy (S3P), a tool to improve inter-regional cooperation on biofuels, biogas and bioenergy related knowledge transfer. The S3P-bioenergy is intended to coordinate, rationalize and plan their bioenergy strategies, developing a shared vision on knowledge-based bioenergy policy development, and set a collaborative strategic agenda in regions where bioenergy is an important economic driver.

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, fedarene@fedarene.org, www.fedarene.org

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Spero Energy Scores Bio-Based Products R&D Grant (Funding)
Spero Energy Inc.
Date: 2017-10-09
Purdue Research Park-based Spero Energy Inc. is reporting receipt of $100,000 in USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant funding for R&D to increase the availability and competitiveness of biobased products within the agricultural market.

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, info@speroenergy.com, www.speroenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Spero Energy,  Bioproduct,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  biochemical,  


City leaders warming to energy efficiency idea

Date: 2017-10-08
Officials considering $1.6 million LED lighting project in pursuit of future savings Logansport, Indiana city and utilities officials continue to consider upgrading local street and building lighting, which an energy firm estimates would lead to over $1.4 million in savings over 15 years. The consideration stems from an energy audit representatives from Siemens' Indianapolis office discussed with officials in March. That audit explored options for increasing energy efficiency for the more than 3,000 streetlights throughout town and at nine municipal properties, including the City Building, the two fire stations and a garage rented out to the local ambulance service. A guaranteed energy savings contract would help pay for the project, through which public entities work with companies like Siemens to plan a project that guarantees energy savings. Those savings can be used to help fund the project, allowing public entities to avoid a large investment. The $1.6 million project would be finished in six months or less and start out by resulting in annual savings of about $145,000. The city's principal and interest payments along with an annual service contract of about $10,000 for Siemens to measure and verify the savings for three years would mean the city would pay more on the program for the first four years than it would be saving on energy costs, he said. (Source: Loganport, Pharos-Tribune, 6 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  LED Light news,  SIemens news,  


Carbon Neutral Fuels Could Cut Emissions, says Bosch GmbH (Int'l)
Robert Bosch GmbH
Date: 2017-10-06
Gerlingen, Germany-headquartered automotive components, engineering and electronics company Robert Bosch GmbH reports it has developed the concept of carbon neutral engines that could neutralize CO2 and other related emissions emissions by using these emissions as the input from which diesel, petrol and substitute natural gas can be created to run vehicles with the use of electricity from renewable resources. When these synthetic fuels are used, vehicles become carbon neutral.

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

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AMP's Dairy Waste-to-Fuel Pathway CARB Certified (Ind. Report)
AMP Americas,California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-10-06
Chicago-headquartered CNG and RNG producer and marketer for heavt transport vehicles AMP Americas reports its RNG operation at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana has received the first dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel pathway certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB awarded the company a Carbon Intensity (CI) score of -254.94 gCO2e/MJ, which the company noted is the lowest ever issued by CARB.

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, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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Big Apple Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2017-10-06
In the Empire State, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's office has released a plan that aligns the city with with the Paris Climate agreement limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C. The Mayor's plan calls for the city to cut emissions by 80 pct below 2005 levels by the middle of the century and for the city to offset all remaining carbon pollution by 2050.

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 Buying Solar to Meet Calif. Renewable Mandate (Ind. Report)
Modesto Irrigation District
Date: 2017-10-06
In the Golden State, the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) reports it will purchase approximately $230 million-worth of Southern California-generated solar power over the next 20 years to meet the state's renewable energy mandate. The power will be purchased at a fixed price and sold st the market rate at time of sale.

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

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Vattenfall Grows Windcollectief Wieringermeer Holdings (M&A, Int'l)
Vattenfall
Date: 2017-10-06
Vattenfall is reporting the acquisition of an additional 32 turbines in the Wieringermeer wind farm project which upon completion will be the largest windfarm on the Dutch mainland. With the latest qcquisition, Vattenfall will own 82 out of 100 at the future Wieringermeer wind farm.

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

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Iowa Biodiesel Board Urges Trump to Stop EPA Gutting of RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Iowa Biodiesel Board
Date: 2017-10-06
The Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) has sent the following message to the Trump Administration urging the President to stop the U.S. EPA from slashing biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program which was intended to stimulate renewable fuel growth, not hinder it:

"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

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NRRI Touts Refined Woody Biomass Solid Biofuel (Ind. Report)
University of Minnesota Duluth
Date: 2017-10-06
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is touting the launch of its Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) Coleraine Lab. The facility can convert 3-4 tpd of woody biomass waste to solid briquette biofuel that "replicates the energy output and durability of traditional coal" and can be used as an alternative to coal. A further processing could to create syngas or liquid fuels, according to the Lab.

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.

The 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

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Neste's Taking Action on Climate Change Forecasts Renewable Diesel, Bioplastics Growth -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2017-10-06
Helsinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues,, has published a business environment outlook called Taking Action on Climate Change.

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, Kaisa Lipponen Director, Corporate Communications, +358 50 458 4078, www.neste.com

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IEA Raises Renewable Electricity Forecast (Int'l Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-10-06
The Paris-headquartered International Energy Agency (IEA) reports it has raised its forecasts for renewable energy over the next five years following a record 2016, mainly driven by a surge in solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in China, India and the US.

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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Solar Wind Energy Tower Pre-Certified for Ariz. Project (Ind. Report)
Solar Wind Energy Tower
Date: 2017-10-06
Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered Wind Energy Tower, Inc., developer of the patented Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, reports the California Energy Commission has reviewed and approved its application for the planned 1750 MW San Luis Energy Tower submitted on behalf of Arizona Green Power LLC.

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. (410) 972-4713, info@SWETower.com, www.solarwindenergytower.com; Arizona Green Power, www.arizonagreenpower.com

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Senvion Scores 97 MW Argentine Wind Turbine Deal (Int'l)
Senvion,EREN Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-10-06
Hamburg-headquartered Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has secured an agreement for its first partnership in Argentina with Paris-headquartered EREN Renewable Energy for the supply and delivery of 27 Senvion 3.6M114 NES turbines.

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, contact@eren-re.com, http://eren-groupe.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EREN Renewable Energy ,  Senvion,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  


Parkwind Announces Oriel Wind Farm Agreement (Int'l Report)
Oriel Windfarm,Parkwind
Date: 2017-10-06
Belgian offshore wind farm developer Parkwind reports has agreed on a significant but undisclosed investment to become a strategic partner in Oriel Windfarm, an Irish sustainable energy company established in 2005 to develop offshore wind farms in Ireland.

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, info@orielwind.com, www.orielwind.com; Parkwind, Francois Van Leeuw, CEO, +32 16 24 07 90, www.parkwind.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oriel Windfarm,  Wind,  Parkwind,  


Court Orders Reinstatement of Obama Methane Rule (Reg & Leg)
Obama Methane Rule
Date: 2017-10-06
In San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte on Wednesday ordered the Interior Department to immediately reinstate an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.

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)

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

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