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France Raising Carbon Tax with Many Exemptions (Int'l Report)
Carbon
Date: 2017-09-29
Reporting from Paris, Reuters notes the French government's 2018 draft budget has set a course for higher carbon taxes on fossil fuel as part of a tax on transport and heating fuels paid by all consumers. The budget plan , however, exempts utilities and other firms with high carbon emissions which operate with greenhouse gas emissions quotas or are exposed to international competition. Agricultural, heavy transport and taxi companies are also exempted.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  France Carbon Tax,  


PG&E Rebates Boost Napa Schools Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas & Electric,Napa Valley Unified School District
Date: 2017-09-29
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reports that since 2016 it has paid over $39 million in rebates to 385 elementary and secondary school districts that have saved an estimated $45 million in energy costs annually in Northern and Central California.

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,  


Missouri Saves Over $1Mn by Cutting Energy Use (Ind. Report)
Missouri Department of Conservation
Date: 2017-09-29
In Jefferson City, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has saved $1.2 million in energy costs since 2010, including more than $250,000 in 2016 alone. To achieve savings, MDC installed: LED lighting in its largest buildings; on- and off-hour building climate-controlled systems; motion-activated lighting; geothermal heating and other upgrades and energy efficiency systems. In addition, all MDC staff are strongly encouraged to turn off lights, computers and other equipment during unoccupied periods. (Source: Missouri Dept. of Conservation, Energy Mgr., 27 Sept., 2017) Contact: Missouri Department of Conservation, https://mdc.mo.gov

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


Perry Asks National Petroleum Council Input on CCU (Ind. Report)
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry
Date: 2017-09-29
Reuters is reporting U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose department cut Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technology funding, is now asking his advisory group, the 200-member National Petroleum Council, to help find ways for oil drillers to exploit "enhanced oil recovery" technology that injects captured carbon dioxide into under producing oil wells.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


CCS Equipped Coal, Gas-Fired Power Plants Favored in UK (Int'l)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Date: 2017-09-29
In the UK, a recent survey by the London-headquartered Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has found that approximately half of the 2,000 survey participants favour the construction of coal and gas-fired power plants equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCs) technology. Thirty-two pct said the priority should be generating electricity which had the least impact on the climate while 23 pct said it should focus on the cheapest cost for consumers. (Source: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Energy Live, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: Institution of Mechanical Engineers , Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment, www.imeche.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Climate Change,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


Ameren Missouri Plans $1Bn Solar, Wind Expansion (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2017-09-29
St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri reports it plans to invest approximately $1 billion to add at least 700 MW of solar and wind power -- sufficient power for 214,000 homes -- by 2020. The new wind facilities would be located in Missouri and neighboring states.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Solar,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


Siemens Gamesa Nails 97Mw Argentinian Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-09-29
Siemens Gamesa reports receipt of an order for 28 units of its G132-3.465 MW wind turbines from the Argentine government controlled Parque Eolico Arauco SAPEM. The turbines will be installed in Phases III and IV of the Arauco Wind Complex in the province of La Rioja, in western Argentina. The turbines are slated for delivery in Q2, 2018 for commissioning in early 2019.

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 Clean Fossil Energy Demo Underway (Ind. Report)
Net Power
Date: 2017-09-29
Durham, North Carolina-based Net Power reports construction of it's first carbon capture demo facility near Houston, Texas, is underway. The 5-acre, $140 million facility will serve as a testing ground for the Allam Cycle, Net Power's technology that uses a high-pressure, highly recuperative, oxyfuel, supercritical CO2 cycle that makes emissions-free carbon capture part of the core power generation process, rather than an afterthought. Net Power's technology generates low-cost power from fossil fuels with virtually zero-emission, according to the company.

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,  


ADB Lending $50Mn for Sri Lankan Rooftop Solar (Int'l Report)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2017-09-29
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it has approved a $50 million loan to aid the funding of the Rooftop Solar Power Generation Project in Sri Lanka. The project would finance rooftop solar power projects equivalent to 50 MW of additional capacity the ADB added. The project is expected to cost a total of $59.8 million, with the private sector providing an equity contribution of $9.8 million. The ADB will also administer $1 million in technical assistance from the Asian Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility. This would be used, among other things, to help build capacity and support the implementation of the project in Sri Lanka. (Source: ADB, CNBC, 27 Sept., 2017) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank ,  Rooftop Solar,  Solar,  


Siemens Gamesa to Develop Indian Hybrid Wind-Solar Project (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-09-29
Siemens Gamesa reports it has been mandated to develop India's first large, commercial hybrid wind-solar project. The project would involve a 28.8 MW solar facility being connected to an existing 50 MW wind farm.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Hubrid Wind-Solar ,  


WELTEC BIOPOWER Expanding Biogas Operations in Ireland (Int'l)
WELTEC BIOPOWER
Date: 2017-09-29
Previously this month, the Irish Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) announced the adoption of the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS), a new subsidy scheme to promote biogas and other renewable energies. The government plans to increase the amount of green electricity from the current figure of about 23 pct to 40 pct by 2020. Prior to the announcement, Ireland was the only European country without an incentive scheme for power and heat from renewable sources.

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, presse@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  Methane,  ,  


EC Launches Sustainable Building Performance Reporting Tool (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2017-09-29
The European Commission (EC) reports it has launched the pilot phase of Level(s), a new EU-framework for sustainable buildings Europe-wide. The test phase for Level(s) will run until 2019.

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,  


Cdn. Businesses Call for Fed. Carbon Tax Commitment (Ind. Report)
Fenix Energy
Date: 2017-09-29
In Burnaby, British Columbia, Fenix Energy reports it has joined Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada, and over 160 other influential Canadian organizations in calling on the government to increase the adoption of clean renewable energy and commit to increasing the national carbon tax beyond 2022, apply the tax at the carbon source, and use border tax adjustments to protect Canadian industry. A carbon tax with these features would spur investment in renewables -- creating a triple pay-off for the "green" energy sector, the economy, and the environment.

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 www.canada.citizensclimatelobby.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  


Notable Quote
EPA, RFS,Growth Energy
Date: 2017-09-29
"For this Administration to begin taking steps backward after making so many declarations of support for renewable fuels is alarming, and our industry urges the EPA to move forward, not backward on the RFS. While these are significant reductions, they do not decrease the expected 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel in the RVO; however, we have significant concerns that this action indicates that the EPA may backpedal on the promise and growth of the RFS.

"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

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  RFS,  Growth Energy,  


UPM Biofuels Finalist for Platts Global Energy Awards (Ind. Report)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2017-09-29
In Helsinki, UPM Biofuels reports it is one of six finalists for the Industry Leadership category in Bioenergy at the 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards. UPM is nominated for its wood-based low emission advanced UPM BioVerno biofuels, and its one-of-a-kind commercial scale biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland.

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; UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP, +358 45 265 1345, ww.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Japanese Woody Biomass Power Capacity on the Rise (Int'l Report)
Japan Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-09-29
In Tokyo, Reuters is reporting a rush into wood-burning biomass projects with than 800 projects offering 12.4 GW of capacity already approved by Japanese authorities. The projects approved to date that use wood biomass fuel would need the equivalent of up to 60 million tonnes of wood pellets, compared with global output of 24 million tonnes in 2014, according to Japan's Renewable Energy Institute.

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,  


ElectraTherm Touts First Georgia Plant Shipment (Ind. Report)
ElectraTherm
Date: 2017-09-29
Reno, Nevada-based waste heat-to-power specialist ElectroTherm reports it has shipped its Power + Generator from its new Flowery Branch, Georgia, plant to the United Kingdom.

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,  


Procter & Gamble Woody Biomass Power Plant Completed (Ind. Report)
Constellation,Exelon
Date: 2017-09-29
Following on our February 13, 2015 coverage, Exelon subsidiary Constellation is reporting completion of a 50-MW woody biomass CHP plant at Procter & Gamble's Albany, Georgia paper manufacturing facility.

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,  


French Floating Wind Energy Project Secures Funding (Int'l)
Dietswell SA
Date: 2017-09-27
French engineering firm Dietswell SA is confirming receipt of €2.4 million ($2.9 million ) in financing from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) for the Eolfloat project to support the development of a semi-submersible floating platform for large-scale offshore wind turbines.

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, contact@dietswell.com, www.dietswell.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Luxuries Giant LVMH Boosting Green Credentials (Int'l)
LVMH
Date: 2017-09-27
In Paris, LVMH, the world's largest luxury consumer products group -- Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon Champagne and 70 other luxury businesses -- reports it will contribute €30 to an in-house carbon fund for every tonne of CO2 emissions they generate from 2018, up from the present €15 per tonne.

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,  


N.J. Missing GHG Reduction Target, says Rutgers Report (Ind. Report)
Rutgers
Date: 2017-09-27
According to a new report from the Rutgers University Climate Institute, the Garden State "lacks coherent, comprehensive strategy to significantly reduce carbon footprint by mid-century and is going to require much steeper reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions to reach a goal to lower carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2050." New Jersey enacted its Global Warming Response Act almost a decade ago.

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 Achieving Greenhouse 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 -- NRDC Report Attached (Ind. Report)
NRDC
Date: 2017-09-27
The attached Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) recently released America's Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future. report outlines measures the U.S. could take to increase renewable energy power generation and cut greenhouse gases 80 pct by 2050. The report aims to identify the cleanest, most cost-effective way to cut carbon pollution by 80 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 -- the necessary U.S. contribution if the world is to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Download the America's Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future HERE. (Source: NRDC, Sept., 2017) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC,  Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  NRDC,  


Offshore Nordsee Wind Turbine Installations Completed (Int'l)
Nordsee,Innogy SE
Date: 2017-09-27
Innogy SE reports the installation of all 54 Senvion 6.2M126 wind turbines at the 332-MW Nordsee One wind farm in the German North Sea has been concluded and the project is set for commissioning before the year end.

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,  


Sund & Baelt Selling 21MW Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l)
Sund & Bælt
Date: 2017-09-27
In Denmark, Sund & Baelt reports it is selling the 21MW Sprogo offshore wind farm off the Danish coast. The wind farm, which incorporates seven Vestas V90-3MW turbines and has been operational since 2009, is permitted to generate power until 2034 by the Danish Energy Agency. (Source: Sund & Baelt, RE News, Others, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Sund & Baelt , Mikkel Hemmingsen, CEO, +45 33 93 52 00 Fax: +45 33 93 10 25, info@sbf.dk, https://sundogbaelt.dk/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


Vestas Increases Indian Presence with New Delhi Office (Int'l)
Vestas
Date: 2017-09-27
Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports the recent opening of a business sales unit in Delhi, India to serve India and the Asia-Pacific market. The company also has a 200 MW blade production facility in Gujarat.

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,  


Scottish Tidal Power Station Breaks Production Record (Int'l)
MayGen,Atlantis Resources
Date: 2017-09-27
Australian tidal energy specialist Atlantis Resources reports its four-turbine MeyGen tidal power station off the coast of Scotland generated a record 700MWh of electricity, enough to power 2,000 homes, during the month of August, 2017. Since the installation of a fourth turbine in February, MeyGen has dispatched 2GWh of electricity to the grid, according to company release. A final, fifth turbine is slated for installation within the next few weeks. (Source: Atlantis Resources, Alpha, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Atlantis Resources, Tim Cornelius, CEO, +65 6248 4688, +44 131 659 9690, www.atlantisresourcesltd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlantis Resources,  MayGen,  Tidal Power,  


Ontario Joins California, Quebec Joint Carbon Market (Ind. Report)
Carbon Market
Date: 2017-09-27
The Canadian province of Ontario reports it will join Quebec and California and enter its joint carbon cap-and-trade market effective 1st January 2018. The agreement will allow the two provinces and the state of California to use carbon allowances issued by any of the participant Governments interchangeably, and to hold joint carbon auctions.

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,  


Ontario Legislation Calls for Carbon Tax Disclosure (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-09-27
At Queen's Park in Toronto, Ontario parliamentarian Monte McNaughton (PC) has tabled legislation that, if passed into law, would require natural gas companies to detail cap-and-trade costs on a separate line item on rate payer's regular monthly energy bills. The bill passed second reading in a spirit of bi-partisanship and is awaiting committee review and fine tuning.

British Columbia and Quebec have similar legislation in place. (Source: Toronto Sun, Postmedia Network, Other Media, 24 Sept. 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Ontario arbon Tax,  


EPA Calls for Deeper RFS Cut (Reg & Leg)
EPA, RFS
Date: 2017-09-27
On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it wants to further reduce the renewable volume blend requirements for advanced biofuels, biomass-based diesel volumes for 2018 and 2019 and the total renewable fuel volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposed reductions are in addition to the agency's proposal to cut those volumes already. The deadline for the final RFS is Nov. 30. The latest change will be subject to an additional 15-day public comment period.

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 Photovoltaics Opens Indian Office (Int'l. Report)
Heraeus Photovoltaics
Date: 2017-09-27
German renewable energy technology solutions provider Heraeus Photovoltaics on Sunday announced it has opened an India office in New Delhi and will bring in dedicated staff at its Engineering and Technology Centre in Singapore to help focus on the Indian solar cells market.

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,  


ABB, Northvolt Partner for Mammouth Battery Plant (Int'l)
ABB,Northvolt
Date: 2017-09-27
Following on our 22nd March coverage, ABB Technology Ventures and Stockholm-based lithium-ion battery specialist NorthVolt are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a wide-ranging supply and technology partnership that includes products and services for Northvolt's planned lithium-ion battery plant in Sweden and close collaboration on development of battery solutions and R&D activities. Under the MoU, ABB will support the initial phase of this project through an early investment.

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, contact.center@se.abb.comwww.abb.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Northvolt,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Maritime Biofuel Collaboration Announced in Singapore (Int'l)
BHP, Goodfuels,International Maritime Organization
Date: 2017-09-27
In Singapore, energy providers BHP and GoodFuels report they have agreed to collaborate on a biofuels pilot project in 2018 as part of a larger discussion on the use of biofuels as a sustainable alternative maritime shipping fuel.

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 , info@goodfuels.com, 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,  


ConsenSys Launches CarbonX Personal Carbon Trading (Ind. Report)
ConsenSys
Date: 2017-09-27
NYC-based blockchain software technology specialist ConsenSys is reporting the launch of the world's first peer-to-peer personal carbon trading company, CarbonX.

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, info@carbonx.ca, www.carbonx.ca; ConseSys, Joseph Lubin www.consensys.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News ConsenSys ,  CarbonX,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


US DOE Announces $22Mn for Seaweed Biofuels R&D (R&D, Funding)
US DOE Seaweed Biofuel
Date: 2017-09-27
The US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is reporting the availability of $22 million in funding to develop biofuels from seaweed -- microalgae -- and relevant technologies across 18 innovative projects. Seaweed can be used as a feedstock for domestic transportation fuels, chemicals and a range of other commercial products.

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,  


Chicago LEED Green Residential Construction Leader (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-09-27
Construction of both residential and commercial green buildings is increasing around the country, with developers, builders, sellers and buyers alike attracted by the lower construction costs and energy savings and faster sales afforded by green buildings.

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,  


Navigant Names Non-Lithium-Ion Batteries for Grid Storage Leaders -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2017-09-27
Navigant Research Leaderboard: Non-Lithium Ion Batteries for Grid Storage, a new report from Navigant Research examines and evaluates the strategy and execution of 13 vendors of non-lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for grid storage.

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, lindsay.funicello.paul@navigant.com, www.navigant.com www.navigantresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research,  Energy Storage ,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Li-Ion,  Grid Energy Storage,  


Lime Launches SAVE™ Powers Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Orlando (Ind. Report)
LIme Energy
Date: 2017-09-27
In the Garden State, Newark-based energy efficiency products and services provider Lime Energy Co. reports the Orlando, Florida rollout of its SAVE™ program for commercial and small business customers.

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, mediarelations@lime-energy.com, www.lime-energy.com

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


GTT Unloading Smart Home Energy Patent Portfolio (Ind. Report)
GTT Group
Date: 2017-09-27
Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the premier provider of patent analysis and transaction advisory worldwide, is reporting the availability of the Smart Home Energy Management Patent Portfolio related to energy management systems (EMS), methods and devices for local and remote management power usage, battery charging and storage, and security applications for Smart Homes and Buildings. Patents in the portfolio cover a secure EMS control interface, managing network traffic among connected devices using different protocols and controlling the charge/discharge of battery cycles, and others. (Source: GTT Group, PR, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: GTT Group, (503) 200-5168, www.gttgrp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GTT Group,  Energy Management,  


Solecco Solar Launches Interlocking Rooftop Solar System in UK (New Prod & Tech., Int'l)
Solecco Solar
Date: 2017-09-27
In the UK, Leeds-headquartered solar roofing tile specialist Solecco Solar is reporting the launch of a new "full roof" interlocking solar roof tile system. The zero-glass system has a low carbon footprint and is an eco-asset which drives energy efficiency and protects against rising electricity costs. (Source: Solecco Solar, PBC Today, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solecco Solar, James Birch, Jonathan McManus, +44 (0)113 467 8725, connect@soleccosolar.com, www.soleccosolar.com

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UF Scores $15Mn for Carinata Oil Seed Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Date: 2017-09-27
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) reports that researchers led by Prof. David Wright, have been awarded a $15 million grant by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to investigate the use of inedible carinata oil seed for aviation jet fuel production and other valuable bio-products.

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, sparc-cap@ad.ufl.edu; 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 ,  


"Bait-and-Switch" -- Notable Quote

Date: 2017-09-27
"It's outrageous that the EPA would change course and propose a reduction in renewable fuel volumes. This seems like a bait-and-switch from the EPA's prior proposal and from assurances from the President himself and Cabinet secretaries in my office prior to confirmation for their strong support of renewable fuels." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) responding to yesterday's EPA RFS announcement

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news,  Biofuel Blend news,  Biodiesel news,  


$36Mn Carbon Capture Tech. R&D Funding Announced (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2017-09-25
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office Of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced approximately $36 million in Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies financial assistance to advance carbon capture technologies. The funding will support cost-shared R&D projects that will continue the development of carbon capture technologies to either the engineering scale or to a commercial design.

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,  


PowerHouse Announces Qatar Waste-to-Hydrogen Fuel JV (Int'l)
PowerHouse Energy Group
Date: 2017-09-25
UK-based PowerHouse Energy Group reports it has entered into a MoU with Doha, Qatar-headquartered Energy & Environment Holding (EEH), an independent energy and environmental consulting firm, to jointly investigate establishment of a network of "DMG" systems for the conversion of waste-to-hydrogen and distribution of the fuel.

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) Contact: PowerHouse Energy Group, +44 (0) 203 368 6399, info@powerhousegroup.co.uk, www.powerhouseenergy.net

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Active Energy Planning Asian Biomass Plants (Ind. Report)
Active Energy, Lumino
Date: 2017-09-25
Advanced Biomass Solutions (ABS), an affiliate of Active Energy, reports has entered into an agreement with California-based Lumino Capital for the financing, development and operation of eight CoalSwitch™ plants across South East Asia.

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,  


CO2 Storage Monitoring Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech)
University of Edinburgh
Date: 2017-09-25
In Scotland, University of Edinburgh researchers report they have developed a new method of monitoring sequestered carbon by analyzing its chemical fingerprint. Designed to monitor and ensure the safe storage of industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the new method will aid the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

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,  


Assam Petrochemicals Plans Second Methanol Plant (Int'l)
Assam Petrochemicals Plans Second Methanol Plant (Int’l)
Date: 2017-09-25
In India, Assam Petrochemicals Limited (APL) reports will invest close to Rs 1337 Crore to etablish a second unit in Namrup in Upper Assam for the production of methanol and formalin .

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,  


MEM, GCube Partner on First Indonesian Wind Farm (Int'l)
Modern Energy Management
Date: 2017-09-25
Bangkok, Thailand-based Modern Energy Management (MEM), a specialist in delivering project lifecycle certainty to renewable energy developers, reports it will will carry out marine warranty surveying (MWS) services at the Sidrap wind farm in Northern South Sulawesi, on behalf of GCube Underwriting. The 75-MW Sidrap Wind Farm will incorporate 30 Gamesa turbines to be offloaded at a jetty specially-constructed for the project. (Source: Modern Energy Management, Windpower Engineering & Dev. 20 Sept., 2017) Contact: Modern Energy Management, www.modernenergy.co.th

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Morgan Stanley Plans Carbon Neutrality by 2022 (Ind. Report)
Morgan Stanley
Date: 2017-09-25
New York-headquartered multinational financial services giant Morgan Stanley reports will seek to source 100 pct of its global electric power requirements from renewable energy sources under a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2022. To that end, the company plans to cut overall energy consumption by 20 pct from 2012 levels, improve energy efficiency and consider power purchase agreements, renewable energy credits and carbon offsets. Morgan Stanley will also join the Climate Group and CDP RE100 Initiative comprised of companies committed to power 100 pct of their operations with renewables.

Since 2006, 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,  


Ethanol Crop Residue Opportunities Touted (Ind. Report)
Trestle Energy
Date: 2017-09-25
Following-up on our June 1, 2016 report, San Diego-based Trestle Energy LLC, a low carbon fuel company working with ethanol producers, and Iowa-based Regional Strategic, Ltd. in two joint studies have found that collecting, processing and delivering corn stover (stalks, leaves, stubble) byproducts of ethanol production for use in generating electricity. The stover is compressed into biomass pellets that can be burned like coal in existing power plants, reducing CO2 emissions and increasing renewable energy supplies.

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, info@trestleenergy.com, www.trestleenergy.com; Larksen, LLC, http://larksen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trestle Energy ,  Ethanol,  Corn Stover,  Cellulosic,  


Cargill Planning $90Mn Wichita Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Cargill
Date: 2017-09-25
Minneapolis-headquartered agricultural industry giant Cargill reports it will construct a new 60 million gpy biodiesel plant in Wichita, KS . Construction is slated to begin this Decembe for completion and commissioning in 2019. The site is located next to an existing Cargill oilseed processing facility.

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

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