The carbon tax will increase from the present €30.50 ($35.81) per ton to 44.6 euros in 2018, €55 in 2019, €65.40 in 2020, €75.80 in 2021 and up to €86.20 euros in 2022 then rise to to €100 in 2030. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 27 Sept., 2017)
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One of those districts is the Napa Valley Unified School District, which includes Napa, American Canyon and Yountville. Since 2012, PG&E and the Napa County Energy Watch teamed up on several energy efficiency projects projects at schools throughout the district including the installation of: LED lighting, fan motors for walk-in coolers, water heaters and boilers, power saving software, wireless thermostats on portable buildings, variable speed drives on pool pumps, and others that have saved more than 95,000 kWh and nearly 800 therms of gas.
California schools spend $700 million on energy annually, according to the California Energy Commission. (Source: PG&E, Currents, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com/schools; Napa Valley Unified School District, Brian Bacinett, Energy and Environmental Compliance Specialist, (707) 253-3715, www.nvusd.k12.ca.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric, PGE, PG&E, Energy Efficiency, Efficiency Rebates,
The former Texas governor and presidential wannabe said carbon capture and utilization had "exciting potential" and touted the Petro Nova CCUS project in Texas which will capture over 5,000 tpd of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery. During last year election campaign, Perry proposed the complete elimination of the agency he now heads. Now, Perry's boss has proposed slashing the DOE Office of Fossil Energy budget by 56 pct to $280 million for the next fiscal year.
Interestingly, Perry previously said "Climate change is all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight. Al Gore is a prophet all right, a false prophet of a secular carbon cult, and now even moderate Democrats aren't buying it." (Source: U.S. DOE, Sec. Rick Perry Reuters, Various Others, Sept., 2017) Contact: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, (202) 586-5000, www.energy.gov/contributors/rick-perry; National Petroleum Council, (202) 393-6100, www.npc.org
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Adding 100 MW of solar power is expected to occur over 10 years, but no costs estimates are available. One solar facility at St. Louis Lambert International Airport is slated to be completed next year.
Ameren also noted it is working to reduce its carbon emissions 80 pct by 2050 from 2005 levels.
(Source: Ameren Missouri, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.AmerenMissouri.com
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The Arauco Wind Complex project is the biggest wind power undertaking in central-northern Argentina and probably one of the biggest in the whole country. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, 25 September 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, http://www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa , Wind,
Net Power aims to license its technology to third parties -- oil and gas companies, power utilities -- and expects the first commercial plant to start its turbines as early as 2021. Net Power was formed by a partnership of 8 Rivers Capital, Exelon and CB&I, (Source: Net Power, Edgy Labs, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Net Power, (919) 667-1800, www.netpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Newt Power, CCS, Clean Coal, COs, Carbon Emissions,
Siemens Gamesa would be responsible for the design, engineering and commissioning of the new solar plant, as well as its "hybridization" with the existing wind farm. The project is set to come online by the end of this year, and will be located in the state of Karnataka.
(Source: Siemens Gamesa, ADB, CNBC, 27 Sept., 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, http://www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html
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According to Vechta, Germany-headquartered biogas plant specialist WELTEC BIOPOWER, the conditions for expanding the network of biogas plants in Ireland are very good: Firstly, the agriculture and waste sector boasts an enormous biomass potential. Secondly, with a growth rate of 4.9 pct in 2016, Ireland is the fastest-growing national economy in the EU and offers a favorable investment climate.
WELTEC BIOPOWER has constructed almost 20 biogas plants in the UK., eight of which are in Northern Ireland, where WELTEC is currently building two AD plants that primarily use will hog slurry and grass silage and half of maize silage as feedstock. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER, PR, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Ann Borries, +49 (0) 4441-999 78-220, email@example.com, www.weltec-biopower.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER, Biogas, Methane, ,
Level(s), which focuses on building performance indicators across areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, resource and water efficiency as well as health and comfort, aims to establish a "common language" around what sustainable building means in practice -- shifting the debate beyond energy performance. Each indicator in Level(s) is designed to link a building's impact with EU priorities for circular economy, and the framework effectively broadens the building agenda to deliver more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
EC Level(s) details are HERE. (Source: EU, Sept., 2017) Contact: EU Environment, http://ec.europa.eu/environment/contact/contact_en.htm
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission, Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, Building Performance,
Fenix Energy is growing a reputation among developers, municipalities and utilities for leading the delivery of thermal energy solutions. By upgrading the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems of high-rise buildings (new or old), Fenix turns developments into Thermal Energy Assets that harvest, store and trade energy. Completely scalable, our solutions work for a single building, multiple buildings within a development or across a city. Fenix Energy solutions create a win for the environment and the bottom line; making the business case for investing in renewables an undeniable one.
Source: Fenix Energy, PR, Sept., 2017) Contact: Fenix Energy, www.fenixenergy.com; Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada
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"The RFS was passed with the intent to lower our nation's dependence on foreign oil, keep our air clean, revitalize rural America, and provide consumers with more affordable fuel options at the pump. This shows a clear willingness from the EPA to reverse course and abandon the goals and promise of more renewable fuel blending in the RFS." -- Emily Skor, CEO,
Growth Energy commenting on recent EPA Renewable Fuel Standard plans. Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org
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The Bioenergy Industry Leader Award recognizes a recent innovation in bioenergy that is market competitive, ecologically sound and minimizes undesirable environmental impacts. The nominees must be producing or enhancing the application of bioenergy solutions. The judging criteria include challenges, financial results, innovation, leadership and operational excellence.
(Source: UPM Kymmene Corp., PR, September 27, 2017)
Contact: Platts Global Energy Award, http://geaweb.platts.com;
Sari Mannonen, VP, +358 45 265 1345, ww.upm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuel, Biofuel,
Japan Renewable Energy (JRE), in which Goldman Sachs has a stake, is among the companies entering the woody biomess power market with the construction of its first biomass power station north of Tokyo.
Japan wants renewables to generate 22-24 pct of its electricity mix by 2030. Of that total
biomass power is targeted to generate up to 4.6 pct by 2030, and reached 1.8 pct by March 2016. (Source: Japan Renewable Energy, Reuters, 30 Sept., 2017) Contact: Japan Renewable Energy, Osamu Toribuchi, GM, www.jre.co.jp/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Japan Renewable Energy,
The system generates fuel-free power from biomass.
The generator utilizes waste heat on applications such biomass boilers, oil and gas well flair gas, landfills, waste water treatment plants and others.
(Source: ElectraTherm, Northern Nevada Business Weekly, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: ElecttraTherm, John Fox, Managing Director, (877) 883-7101, www.electratherm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ElectraTherm, Biogas, Landfill Gas,
The plant's fuel supply will be sourced from locally abundant biomass including discarded tree tops, limbs, branches and scrap wood from local forestry operations, crop residuals such as pecan shells and peanut hulls, and lumber mill mill waste.
The plant, owned by Constellation, supplies steam to the Proctor & Gamble facility and to a 9.5-MW electric power generator at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia.
(Source: Constellation, PEI, Others, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: Proctor & Gamble, www.pg.com, www.pg.com/sustainability; Constellation, Kelly Biemer, (410) 470-9700, www.constellation.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Procter & Gamble, Constellation, Exelon, Biomass,
The €4.6 million Eolfloat project covers engineering, detailed construction studies and basin trials of a scale-model Trussfloat floating platform, using a scale model.
A commercial version is possible at end-2018, according to Dietswell. (Source: Dietswell, Sept., 2017) Contact: Dietswell, +33 1 39 30 02 60, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dietswell.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind, Offshore Wind,
The company will also tighten standards on packaging, materials sourcing, energy management, energy efficiency and other "green" projects and improvements.
(Source: LVMH, The National Middle East, 21 Sept., 2917) Contact: LVMH, +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22, www.lvmh.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Carbon Tax,
Although the attached Rutgers report is short on recommendations it could provide a blueprint for the steps -- carbon tax, RGGI participation, cleaner transportation and greater reliance on renewable energy -- needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct which will require a 76 pct reduction from today's pollution levels.
According to the report, New Jersey's emission profile differs from other states in that there is less pollution from the power sector because of the state's reliance on nuclear which comprises 43 pct of the state's electricity mix. Mobile emissions and fossil fuels used in homes and businesses, primarily for heating, account for a greater share of the emission mix.
Download the An Examination of Policy Options for
Gas Emissions Reductions
in New Jersey --
September 2017 report HERE. (Source: Rutgers University, Georgetown Climate Center, NJ Spotlight, Sept., 2017) Contact: Rutgers, www.climatechange.rutgers.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissiuons, Emission Reduction Target,
America's Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future HERE. (Source: NRDC, Sept., 2017) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org
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Canada-based Northland Power Inc. holds an 85 pct stake in the project while Innogy SE retains the remaining 15 pct. The offshore wind farm , which will be operated and serviced from a base in Norddeich, will generate sufficient energy for as many as 400,000 homes.
(Source: Innogy SE, Deutsche Winguard, Renewables, 22 Sept., 2017)Contact: Northland Power, John Brace, CEO, www.northlandpower.ca; Nordsee One, www.nordseeone.com; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122 2088, www.rwe.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordsee, Innogy SE, Offshore Wind, Wind, Nothland Power,
To date, Vestas has delivered over 4,500 turbines in India, with a total capacity of more than 3,000 MW according to the company. (Source: Vestas, Financial Express, Others, 23 Sept., 2017)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas, Wind,
The initiative is expected to make it easier for participants to find a trading partner to purchase or sell carbon allowances. It will also provide access to lower cost reduction opportunities, which will lower the cost of compliance for the companies in all three states.
California has been holding joint cap-and-trade auctions with Quebec since 2014. Ontario has been running its own cap-and-trade since January 2017, and has completed three sold out auctions.
(Source: UN Climate Action, 25 Sept., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax, Carbon Credit, Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Market,
In the EPA notice for data availability, the agency is seeking comment on a proposal to reduce the 2018 advanced biofuel volume requirement from the proposed level of 4.24 billion gallons to 3.77 billion gallons and also to reduce the 2018 total renewable fuel volume requirement from the proposed level of 19.24 billion gallons to 18.77 billion gallons. The EPA said in the notice the new proposal is based on concerns about biofuel imports. (Source: EPA, DTN, Various Media, 26 Sept., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news, Biofuel Blend news, Biodiesel news,
Heraeus, specialists in the field of thick film technology for photovoltaics, said it offers products for all solar cell architectures and photovoltaic technologies. (Source: Heraeus, IANS, 24 Sept., 2017) Contact: Heraeus Photovoltaics, www.heraeus.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Heraeus Photovoltaics,
Supported by ABB's industrial automation expertise, integrating robotics, machine and factory automation, electrification and ABB Ability™, ABB's unified, cross-industry digital offering, the Northvolt plant will supply European automotive industry customers with high quality and customizable battery solutions. The factory is expected to start production in 2020.
(Source: ABB Technology Ventures, Northvolt, PR, Markets Insider, 26 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, CEO , www.northvolt.com;
ABB Technology Ventures, +46 21 32 5000, email@example.com
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The two firms joined forces at the Singapore Biofuel Roundtable organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The roundtable comes at an opportune time in light of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 0.5 percent global sulphur cap on marine fuels which will come into effect from 2020, as well as he IMO's longer term plan to lower carbon emissions for shipping.
MPA is seeking seek collaborative partnerships with shipowners on the bio-energy front, including finding solutions to barriers to the use of biofuels.
(Source: MPA, BHP, Goodfuels, American Shipper, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.goodfuels.com/marine
MPA, Andrew Tan, CEO, +65 6375 1600, www.mpa.gov.sg; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News , Marine Biofuel, Maritime Biofuel, BHP, Goodfuels, International Maritime Organization,
CarbonX will purchase carbon credits and invest in carbon reduction projects. The offsets of these activities will then be transformed into ERC20 tokens on an Ethereum based blockchain and distributed through an open-loop style loyalty rewards programme.
Carbon X also plans to create their own CarbonX Tokens (CxTs) that will be offered by retailers, brands and businesses to incentivize people to make "carbon-friendly" decisions. CxTs can then be traded for carbon-friendly goods and services, other digital currencies or reward programme points on the CarbonX platform.
(Source: ConsenSys, Bitcoin, The Block, 25 Sept., 2017)
Contact: CarbonX, Joseph Lubin, email@example.com, www.carbonx.ca; ConseSys, Joseph Lubin www.consensys.net
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The funded projects include developing cultivation and harvesting systems, advanced components, computer modeling, aquatic monitoring and advanced genetics tools.
(Source: US DoE, Energy Live, Various Media, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: DOE ARPA-E, arpa-e.energy.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News ARPA-E, US DOE, Seaweed, Biofuel,
A recent report from ABODO, the apartment finder app looked at the square footage of USGBC LEED certified apartment buildings in various cities and found that the Chicago area topped the list
for average square footage of residential LEED projects. As a whole, the State of Illinois boasted the highest average square footage for LEED projects in the country, clocking in at 109,052, 680 of which are in Chicago. (Source: ABODO, USGBC, Chicago Agent, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: ABODO, www.abodo.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
Despite their popularity -- especially in electric vehicle applications -- li-ion batteries are not well-suited for all stationary storage applications. Many non-Li-ion battery technology providers, ranging from startups to well-established corporations, are offering alternative technologies such as flow batteries, advanced lead-acid batteries, and zinc-based batteries.
According to the report, ViZn Energy and Sumitomo Electric have become the leading vendors of non-Li-ion batteries for grid storage because of their low cost technology, the strong technical capabilities of their products, and/or their financial strength and industry experience. Additionally, Li-ion batteries have significant momentum in storage markets worldwide.
A report executive summary and details is available for free download HERE.
(Source: Navigant Consulting, Navigant Research, PR, 26 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Navigant Consulting, Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research, Energy Storage , Lithium-Ion Battery, Li-Ion, Grid Energy Storage,
The SAVE™ program is designed to allow small businesses to benefit from the technology advances already achieved by larger companies and institutions. Under the program, Lime Energy provides a free energy assessment and installs new energy-efficient equipment customized to a specific business's needs at no cost to the customer. Lime Energy guarantees monthly energy cost savings and bills the customer for only a portion of realized savings, thus allowing businesses to permanently reduce their operating costs with no out-of-pocket expenses and no burden of debt.
Details of Lime Energy's Orlando SAVE™ program are HERE. (Source: Lime Energy, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Lime Energy, Adam Procell, President & CEO ,
Lime Energy Media Relations
Christopher Maresca, (201) 416-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lime-energy.com
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Prof. Wright heads University of Florida Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC). SPARC is comprised of scientists from several Southeast U.S. universities, government agencies, Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., and Applied Research Associates Inc., and a consortium representing the commercial aviation industry.
SPARC aims commercialize carinata to produce cost-effective, environmentally friendly jet fuel while mitigating risks along the entire supply chain, according to Prof. Wright.
Wright led studies have initiated large-scale production of the crop in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, an area which has been identified as "ideal" areas for carinata production. (Source: University of Florida, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Contact: SPARC, email@example.com;
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, https://nifa.usda.gov; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, (850) 875-7116, http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/dr-david-wright
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel, Oil Seed, Carinata, Agrisoma Biosciences ,
More details on this FOA can be found HERE.
(Source: US DOE, PR, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: US DOE Media, (202) 586-4940 www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture, CO2, CCS,
According to a release, EEH would hold 51 pct of the joint venture project and be responsible for the acquisition of suitable land, permitting, licenses or approvals and identifying and supplying appropriate waste streams, as well as securing project financing.
(Source: PowerHouse Energy Group, PR, 21 Sept., 2017)
PowerHouse Energy Group, +44 (0) 203 368 6399, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.powerhouseenergy.net
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Each plant will be capitalized primarily by equity investments and debt financing from Lumino and a consortium of financial institutions. Lumino and its affiliates will also supply woody biomass feedstock that will be used in the plants and processed into CoalSwitch. Lumino will also source long-term off-take agreements with entities in Japan and South Korea, including two biomass plants currently under development by its parent, Solariant.
The two companies plan to create a vertically integrated model encompassing the key components needed for the successful commercial roll-out of CoalSwitch™. Lumino will utilise its network of finance providers, as well as source both woody biomass and long-term offtake agreements, whilst ABS will supply the technology and plant construction."
ABS will be responsible for the construction and ongoing operations, management and the maintenance of each CoalSwitch plant. (Source: Active Energy Group, PR, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com;
Lumino Capital, www.luminocapital.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy, Biomass, CoalSwitch, Advanced Biomass Solutions,
The researchers found that the chemical fingerprint of CO2 captured from power stations and industrial sites remains recognizable after it's injected underground, and can be distinguished from other sources of the gas, such as groundwater or natural emissions from plants and bacteria.
According to a University of Edinburgh statement: "The chemical fingerprint of captured CO2 varies depending on the capture technology used. This will be useful for tracking CO2 injected into storage sites and means that in most cases there is no need to add expensive artificial tracers."
(Source: University of Edinburgh, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Sept., 2017) Contact: University of Edinburgh, Dr. Stephanie Flude, http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/stephanie-flude(7fc05249-dbeb-4603-a5ec-ac2ca605d200).html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, CO2,
The new facility will produce 500 tpd of methanol and 200 tpd of formalin.
India produces just 25 pct of its domestic methanol requirement and imports the balance from the Middle East. (Source: Assam Petrochemical, Economic Times, 24 Sept., 2017) Contact: Assam Petrochemicals Ltd., +91 361 246 1470, www.assampetrochemicals.co.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News Assam Petrochemicals news, Methanol news,
Morgan Stanley has lowered its carbon footprint by 36 pct and met its previous goal for cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions earlier than planned.(Source: Morgan Stanley, Renewables Now, Other Media, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact:
Morgan Stanley, (212) 761-4000, www.morganstanley.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral, CDP, RE100,
The studies reveal that with modest infrastructure investments, building even a single pellet facility can deliver economic benefits for power producers and across farm economies.
The studies, commissioned by Larksen LLC, Trestle Energy's affiliate for biomass supply, focus on Nebraska and Iowa, two leaders in U.S. ethanol production. Nebraska's ethanol industry produces roughly 8.32 million tpy of harvestable corn stover and Iowa's industry produces around 15.6 million tpy.
The economic impacts show that building a corn stover industry to complement ethanol production in Iowa could deliver over $1 billion in additional labor income and contribute $2 billion to Iowa's GDP by 2030. In neighboring Nebraska, the analysis shows the potential to generate $840 million in labor income and $1.5 billion in GDP over the same period. What is required is modest infrastructure investments to enable coal-fired power plants to blend biomass into their fuel mix. (Source: Trestle Energy LLC, PR, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: Trestle Energy, James Rhodes, Pres., (858) 220-9529, email@example.com, www.trestleenergy.com; Larksen, LLC, http://larksen.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Trestle Energy , Ethanol, Corn Stover, Cellulosic,
The new $90 million plant will be the company’s third biodiesel production facility in the U.S. Midwest. (Source: Cargill, Powder & Bulk Solids, 22 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Cargill, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cargill, Biodiesel,