The new research project Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) will engineer energycane, a bioenergy crop derived from sugarcane, and Miscanthus to produce the oil for the production of biodiesel and biojet fuel. Their work is guided by computer models, which project that these crops can achieve 20 pct oil content in the plant -- a dramatic increase from natural levels of less than a tenth of one percent.
Previous work, funded by the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), achieved 8 pct oil accumulation, and now ROGUE will further increase oil production and target oil accumulation in the stem where it can be accessed more easily with ROGUE's patented extraction technologies.
ROGUE will also improve the efficiency that these crops can turn the sun's energy into plant energy to fuel their biological oil production. Improving these crops' photosynthetic efficiency will ensure that the production of energy-dense oil will not lower yields or suppress plant defenses.
ROGUE is a collaboration amongst researchers from Illinois as well as Brookhaven National Lab, University of Florida, and Mississippi State University, with support from the DOE Office of Science (Office of Biological and Environmental Research).
(Source: US DOE, University of Illinois, Feb., 2018)Contact: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
Stephen Long, ROGUE Director, (217) 244-2999, www.igb.illinois.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Feedstock, US DOE, Energycane, Miscanthus , University of Illinois,
Climeworks unveiled the creation of a new market mechanism late last year, through which companies can offset their emissions by paying Climeworks to remove an equivalent amount of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere using its Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology. Unlike traditional offsetting schemes that essentially trade pollution rights, the Climeworks solution involves the direct removal of the same amount of emissions from the atmosphere as the customer is creating.
Once captured, the CO2 is then stored underground in Iceland via the company's 'CarbFix' process. Climeworks opened its Icelandic pilot CCS facility in partnership with utility company Reykjavik Energy last October.
Sited at an existing geothermal power plant, the system draws in ambient air, separates out the pure CO2 using a specially designed filter and pipes it more than 700 metres underground where it reacts with the basaltic bedrock to form solid minerals.
Climeworks, which also opened a commercial carbon capture plant in Zurich last May, aims to filter 1 pct of global CO2 emissions by 2025.
(Source: Climeworks, BusinessGreen, Feb., 2018)
Contact: Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; Reykjavik Energy, Edda Sif Aradottir, CarbFix Project Leader , www.or.is/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climeworks, Climate Charnge, Carbon Emissions, CCS, Carbon Capture,
Another FirstEnergy subsidiary Mon Power in West Virginia, had proposed acquiring the plant but the deal was rejected by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and opposed by West Virginia regulators.
(Source: FirstEnergy,Feb.21, 2018)
Contact: FirstEnergy, Charles Jones, CEO, President
www.firstenergy.com; PJM Interconnection, Andrew Ott, CEO, (866) 756-6397 - Media), www.pjm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News FirstEnergy, Coal, PJM Interconnection,
The just announced rules are needed to determine the figure that will serve as the cap on emissions and how the province will monitor compliance with the law. Those new regulations also set out which companies will need to report emissions, including: facilities generating at least 50,000 tpy of GHG emissions; per year. oil and gas suppliers that import or produce 200 litres of fuel or more for consumption in Nova Scotia; natural gas distributors whose fuel, when burned, produces 10,000 or more tpy of GHGs.
The province estimates there are about two dozen companies that will fall under the legislation. Companies will be expected to pay for this work themselves. Those costs, along with whatever they may have to pay for exceeding the as yet undetermined emission limits, which will then be passed along to consumers. (Source: NS Dept of Environment, CBC, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Mark Sidebottom, VP Power Generation and Delivery, www.nspower.ca; Nova Scotia Environment Department, Ian Rankin, Minister,
Jason Hollett, Exec. Dir., Climate Change, https://novascotia.ca/nse
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Emissions, Nova Scotia Power, GHGs,
installation of exterior and interior LED lighting and controls for classrooms;
a district-wide VoIP telecommunications system to for improved communications;
additional water-reduction technologies in multiple facilities;
HVAC upgrades and modernization;
sealing windows, doors, gaps, and cracks across all buildings;
a new district-wide building automation system;
boiler and roof upgrades and replacements in several buildings; and a
district-wide building automation system. (Source: Schneider Electric, Various Media, Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
The amount of greenhouse gas emissions saved with Neste's renewable fuels, primarily Neste MY Renewable Diesel, increased by 1.6 million tons from 2016 thanks to increased production at Neste's renewable fuels refineries in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore.
Refined from waste and residue raw materials, such as meat processing wastes, used cooking oils, and residues from vegetable oil processing, Neste MY Renewable Diesel provides up to 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Waste and residues account for the vast majority of Neste's renewable raw material usage.
In addition to significantly reducing global climate emissions, replacing conventional diesel with Neste MY Renewable Diesel can improve local air quality by reducing local exhaust emissions, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon monoxide. (Source: Neste, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, US VP Sales, (713) 407-4400, www.neste.com, www.nestemy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste, Neste MY Renewable Diesel, Renewable Diesel,
Originally, SB2019 called for a percentage of the biofuel used in the blending be produced in Hawaii and defined biofuel as ethanol and biodiesel.
The bill includes stiff penalties for distributors or others that violate the blend requirement. Violators would be subject to a fine of $2 or more per gallon of nonconforming fuel up to a maximum of $1 million per infraction.
The legislation is now awaiting state Senate approval. (Source: Biodiesel Mag, Various Media, 21 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend, B10,
The biorefinery will produce approximately 1.37 million ppy of protein concentrate and 75,000 gpy of bioethanol. The total estimated investment for the California BioEthanol Project is $3.25 million. Additional capacity will be added in the project's secomd and third phases.
Greenbelt Resources Corp. is an award-winning designer and supplier of sustainable energy production systems focused on delivering modular solutions that enable the localized processing of locally generated waste into locally consumed products. Greenbelt's small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels, animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water.
(Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, Daily Telescope, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726 x 101, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenbeltresources.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt, BioEthanol,
The plant, which was opened by Northstar Biofuels in 2012 and shuttered in 2016, was acquired by Western Iowa Energy, LLC in 2017.
The reopened plant is expected to produce an estimated 15 million gpy of biodiesel for the California market. (Source: Western Iowa Energy, 22 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Western Iowa Energy , Brad Wilson, Pres. GM, Agron Bioenergy, (831) 728-1300, www.agronbioenergy.com; Western Iowa Energy LLC, (717) 664-2173, www.westerniowaenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Agron Bioenergy, Biodiesel, Western Iowa Energy,
The Indian River Eco-District is being developed at an enviable location, in that over $200 million of infrastructure capital was recently deployed at the site to build an industrial biofuels production plant, including on-site power generation equipment and a physical interconnection to Florida's electricity grid.
Frankens Energy is an investor, owner and manager of a portfolio of renewable power generation assets, including the associated land and real estate, across the states of Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida.(Source: Frankens Energy, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Frankens Energy, David Frankens, email@example.com, www.frankensenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Frankens Energy, INEOS, Bioenergy,
POET Biorefining-Portland began operations September 18, 2007. The biorefinery processes approximately 25 million bpy of locally-grown corn to produce 68 million gpy of biofuels. (Source: POET, Hoosier Ag Today, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: POET Biorefining-Portland, Matt Tomano, General Manager,(260) 726-7154, http://poetbiorefining-portland.aghost.net/index.cfm
More Low-Carbon Energy News POET, RFS, Biofuel, Biofuel Blend, Ethanol,
The lawsuit, which was filed at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York on Wednesday, claims that an investigation last year by the International Trade Commission found Canadian products do not significantly hurt U.S. manufacturers nor account for much of the overall imports of solar cells into the U.S. and that the imposition of the tariffs is contrary to the NAFTa agreement. NAFTA.
The legal action contends that the tariffs, which the U.S. administration says were imposed to put American companies and jobs first, will inflict immediate, severe, and irreversible injuries to the companies.
The tariffs have also been challenged by the EU, China, South Korea, and Taiwan at the World Trade Organization.
(Source: thestar.com, Various Media, Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Tariff, Solar, Trump,
In 2016, Consumers Energy closed 7 of its 12 coal-fired generating plants -- more than any other investor-owned utility that year. Consumers Energy presently owns and operates two wind farms, operates two utility-scale solar projects at Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University, and uses energy from Sempra Renewables' 100-MW wind farm project in Huron County.
Additionally. Consumers Energy has introduced energy efficiency programs that it claims has helped customers save over $1 billion since 2009.
(Source: Consumers Energy, Energy Mgr., 20 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Carbon Emissions, Renewables,
Funded improvements will include upgrades to energy-efficient HVAC systems, windows, lighting and insulation. The renovations will also improve the living conditions for low-income tenants and the long-term sustainability of buildings, according to a release. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, DCN News Service, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: GreenON Fund,
GreenON Social Housing, (888) 724-8444, www.greenon.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenON Social Housing,
Prolacta's Duarte headquarters scored high marks in the LEED Energy & Atmosphere category. Lighting installed in the building uses 55.5 pct less energy than standard lighting solutions, and ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and equipment were incorporated into the building to improve efficiency. Prolacta also scored high points for water efficiency and overall water-use reduction.
Additionally, 10.5 pct of building materials were manufactured using recycled materials, and 31.8 percent of materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the building site. The building also promotes improved air quality by reducing Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions in the materials used, and established a green cleaning policy that is used throughout the facility. (Source: Prolacta Bioscience, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Prolacta Bioscience, Scott Elster, CEO, (888) 776-5228, www.prolacta.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Gold, LEED Certification,
The portfolio includes 24 facilities across the UK, most of which are accredited under the Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) regime, getting between 1.2 and 1.4 ROCs per MWh, with seven accredited under the feed-in tariff (FiT) regime.
With the acquisition, Greencoat Capital presently manages 470 MW of solar capacity in the UK. (Source: Greencoat Capital,Greencoat Capital, Renewables, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.com; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar, Greencoat, Solar,
In 2017, coal generated 7 pct of the country's electricity while fully 50 pct came from biomass, hydro, wind and solar, according to a joint report from low carbon sources, according to the Imperial College London and Drax Group Plc report.
(Source: Imperial College London, Renewables Mow, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: DRAX, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; Imperial College London, Iain Staffell, +44 20 7589 5111, www.imperial.ac.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London, DraxRenewables, Renewable Energy, UK Renewable Energy,
Energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades to the Mayo campus' 50 buildings included: reprogramming energy control systems; adjusting the heating and cooling in public areas; lab exhaust fan controls to eliminate wasted usage; motor drive replacements and upgrades; upgrading traditional to LED lighting; upgraded insulation; HVAC duct resealing; employee energy use and conservation education; and a planned energy tracking and management system at a future date.
The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group of more than 4,500 physicians and scientists and 58,400 administrative and allied health staff.
(Source: Mayo Clinic, Post Bulletin, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Mayo Clinic, Amanda Holloway, Sustainability Project Leader , Brett Gorden, Utility Operations, Energy Management, and Infrastructure Systems Engineering, www.mayoclinic.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Under The Donald's budget proposal, the EPA would administer and manage the energy efficiency certification program which would be funded through fees charged to the appliance manufacturers and other companies that use it, thus shifting the programs costs away from the taxpayer's purse.
"By administering the ENERGY STAR program through the collection of user fees, EPA would continue to provide a trusted resource for consumers and businesses seeking the most energy and cost efficient products as well as help protect the environment," according to the DOE.
As expected, manufacturers, retailers, utilities, environmentalists and others that benefit from the program are lining up against Trump's newest plan. The program's backers are also concerned that Trump's plan would erode the program's credibility for objective certifications. The Donald previous proposed to abolish the ENERGY STAR program altogether. (Source: The Hill, Various Other Media, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
Editor's Note: Keeping Wednesday, 21st February's coverage -- US Dept. of Energy Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards -- in mind, there is little reason to believe The Donald, Pruitt or the DOE have much interest in energy efficient appliances or energy efficiency in general. Here's Wednesday's coverage again:
DOE Ordered to Publish Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the Trump administration to end its hold on rules that would strengthen appliance energy efficiency standards.
At issue in the energy efficiency case were four standards -- proposed by the Obama administration in late 2016 -- that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 99 million tons over 30 years and save consumers billions of dollars on their energy utility bills over that time period.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled the DOE had "breached" its duty under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to publish the four energy efficiency standards in the Federal Register. The judge ordered the DOE to publish the standards within 28 days of the ruling. A DOE report notes that energy efficiency policies will save consumers $545 billion, but "The Donald" doesn't seem to care.
More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR, Trump,
Installations and improvements included LED lighting and controls, a combined heat and power system, controls optimization, variable speed drives and CO2 sensing, natural gas conversion, smart occupancy controls, low flow-taps and showers, building envelope improvements, and transformer tap downs.
Each college -- Edinburgh College, Borders College, Newbattle Abbey College and West Lothian College -- is expected to save nearly $370,000 each year and to cut its carbon emissions by an average of 24 pct.
(Source: Ameresco, WBJournal, 22 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ameresco.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco, Energy Efficiency,
Emissions decreased in absolute terms as well, the company said. While production volumes were 57 pct higher in 2017 than in 2008, emissions were 7 pct lower, the company claims. (Source: Heineken, European Supermarket Mag, 22 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
Seventy-three buildings on campus meet LEED standards, having been designed to save energy, use less water, generate less waste and be more cost-effective, according to the school website. The University campus has three platinum, 27 gold, 12 silver, 14 certified and 18 registered LEED buildings, as of April 2014. (Source: University of Florida, ProudGreenBuilding, 22 Feb., 2018)Contact: University of Florida, Dustin Stephany,
Sustainability Director, www.ufl.edu;
USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Florida, USGBC, LEED Certification,
Since entering the Balkans wind energy market in 2010, Siemens Gamesa has supplied 116 wind turbines totaling more than 285 MW in Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia Herzegovina for the (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Renewable Energy, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa, Wind,
The order includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a multi-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, Vestas' full-scope service package maximizing uptime and energy production.
The project and customer are undisclosed at the customer’s request. (Source: Vestas, Windpower Engineering, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, President U.S. and Canada, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas, Wind, Wind Turbine,
The funding is expected to help establish a small business renovations market worth up to €120 billion, support up to 220,000 jobs, and help lift 3.2 million European families out of energy poverty by taking some of the risk out of energy efficiency investments in the buildings sector and offering assistance with project development for households unable to finance and execute residential energy efficiency projects. (Source: Eurostat, European Commission, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank, EIB, Energy Efficiency,
The money, which includes access to $44 million in interest free loans, comes from the proceeds of the province's cap-and-trade program, an integral part of Ontario's climate change action plan that calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.
To date, the university's downtown Toronto campus has reduced reduce its carbon footprint by 50,000 tonnes over the past decade despite while adding 25 new buildings and increasing the student population by 50 pct.
(Source: University of Toronto Newqs, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: University of Toronto, www.utoronto.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint, GHGs, Ontario Cap-and-Trade,
Now the tax credits are available to any industrial facility at which carbon capture equipment is installed and which captures at least 500,000 metric tpy of CO2.
There are currently only a handful of projects that have been built to take advantage of 45Q and only 17 large scale CO2 capture projects worldwide. This expansion can help the next wave of investments in CO2 capture projects.
(Source: WV News, 18 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
According to the findings, carbon emissions in supply chains are four times greater than those of a company's direct operations. Of those responding to CDP, over 75 pct of suppliers identified some climate change risks to their business, and more than 50 pct said they have integrated climate change into their business strategies. The number of companies that address emissions in their supply chains doubled within a year, with emission reductions totaling 551 million metric tonnes of CO2.
The report also compares the efforts of suppliers in eight major economies to mitigate environmental risk. It finds that 80 pct of companies in France are likely to have climate change integrated into their businesses. Japanese companies have the highest rates of disclosure, and are the most likely to set emissions reduction targets. Of the organizations on the Supplier Engagement leader board, 33 pct are from the US, followed by 15 pct from the UK. (Source: CDP, PR, UNFCCC, Feb., 2018) Contact: CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, email@example.com, www.cdp.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP, Carbon Emissions, CO2,
The IEA says that while some oil and gas companies are beginning to tackle methane in earnest, others downplay or deny the problem while others question the oil and gas industry's role in a low-carbon future.(Source: Environmental Defense Fund) ) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news, EDF news, Climate Change news,
The energy storage facility will help reduce the Crosstown's overall emissions and operating costs and will provide emergency power to the line in the event of a power interruption.
The LRT line will comprise 25 stations and stops linking 54 bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit lines and the UP Express, beginning in 2021. (Source: RESolve Energy Storage System, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: RESolve Energy ZStorage Syste, www.res-group.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News RESolve Energy Storage System, Energy Storage,
The new lab will be used to demonstrate savings in energy consumption and in capital and operating expenses for buildings of all sizes. As Canada seeks to achieve increasingly ambitious energy- and carbon-reduction goals in alignment with the COP21 outcomes, the laboratory will assist with increasing knowledge and experience in key areas including: improved understanding of emerging HVAC systems; optimization and performance improvement of existing HVAC systems; new data analytics algorithms, predictive models, and machine learning approaches to support building performance improvement in real-time, considering both human effects as well as environmental conditions.
The Smart Building Analytics Living Lab will be used as a direct connection into the real world of building management systems and energy management. From the facility, the Ryerson team will connect to building control systems using Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Building software platform including access control, lighting control, security, energy and HVAC systems.
(Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.ca; Ryerson University, (416) 979-5000, www.ryerson.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric Canada, Smart Building, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management ,
Both of the wind farms are expected to come online by the end of 2018. (Source: Nordex, Various Media, 19 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com
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Eviva plans to increase the plant's production to 600,000 tpy by 2019 and install equipment for controlling emission levels.
Presently, Enviva has wood pellet manufacturing bases at seven locations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. Another factory is also underway in North Carolina's Richmond county. Together, the plants will be able to produce over 4 million tpy of pellets, according to a company release. (Source: Enviva, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact:
The Navigator Company SA, en.thenavigatorcompany.com; Enviva, John Keppler, CEO, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva, Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet,
The measure gives the city's Building and Safety Department and the Department of Water and Power (DWP) 90 days to recommend methods for reducing reliance on natural gas and shifting toward electricity from clean sources for heating, water heating, and cooking. The move also requires DWP to set ambitious goals for building electrification in 2028 and 2038.
The targets are in line with L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti's sustainability plan which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60 pct before 2035. Currently, the L.A. region burns more fossil fuels in its buildings than in its power plants. (Source: City of Los Angeles, Architectural Record, 6 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas Emissions, GHGs,
An Initial €9 million ($11 million) investment is expected to cover the set-up of a joint venture, engineering and permitting.
The completed plant is expected to come in at approximately €200 million. (Source: Enerkem, Platts, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem, AkzoNobel, Air Liquide, Methanol,
The study concludes that without additional regulatory action by the state, more than 5,000,000 million tons of methane pollution could be emitted in Pennsylvania by 2025.
The Pennsylvania DEP is presently finalizing methane reduction requirements for new, unconventional facilities which are expected to reduce emissions by about 3 pct. If the state regulations included existing unconventional sources, emissions would be 25 pct lower, according to the report.
(Source: EDF, Public News Service, Allegheny Front, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov; EDF, Andrew Williams, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, www.edf.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund, , Methane, GHGs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
At issue in the energy efficiency case were four standards -- proposed by the Obama administration in late 2016 -- that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 99 million tons over 30 years and save consumers billions of dollars on their energy utility bills over that time period.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled the DOE had "breached" its duty under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to publish the four energy efficiency standards in the Federal Register. The judge ordered the DOE to publish the standards within 28 days of the ruling. A DOE
report notes that energy efficiency policies will save consumers $545 billion, but "The Donald" doesn't seem to care.
(Source: DRDC, Think Progress, Others, 16 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE, Appliance Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Standard,
The program directly supports the governor's goal to reduce climate emissions 40 pct by 2030, based on 1990 levels.
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will lead the initiative in cooperation with the Department of Public Service, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Department of Environmental Conservation and other state agencies. The NYPA will provide upfront financing for the project, as well as finance the purchase of street lighting systems from a municipality's utility if needed.
Details of the BuildSmart NY program are HERE.
(Source: NYPA, Urban CNY News, Feb., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; NYPA, Gil Quiniones, CEO, (914) 681-8186, www.nypa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA, energy Efficieny, Energy Efficienct Lighting, LED Light, NYPA,
KE's proprietary process produces high-energy, water-repellent solid biofuel which burns with no residual ash and is
ideal for replacing coal in the steel and cement industries.
The company claims its patented process is a "green solution" for landfills and holding ponds, which transform the energy of decaying bio-waste into viable coal alternatives. (Source: Kitsault Energy, Power Technology, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Kitsault Energy, Krishnan Suthanthiran, CEO, Pres., email@example.com, www.kitsaultenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Fuel, Biofuel, Waste-to-Energy,
The consortia includes energy sector companies: Oceans of Energy, TNO, TAQA, TKI Urban Energy, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and ECN.
Utrecht University will conduct sustainability research, while the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands will carry out independent research for the Dutch government.(Source: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, 19 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-economic-affairs-and-climate-policy; Oceans of Energy, Allaard van Hoeken , CEO, +31-(0)850090631, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://oceansofenergy.blue
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Floating Solar,
Feed-in tariffs for residential PV systems (below 10 kW) were set in 2017 for the 2017-2019 period and will remain unchanged, at JPY 26/kWh (US$24c/kWh) for 2018 and JPY24/kWh (US$22c/kWh) in 2019 in regions where output control equipment is not required to be installed; they are set at JPY28/kWh (US$26c/kWh) for 2018 and JPY 26/kWh (US$24c/kWh) for 2019 in regions where the installation of output control equipment is required. Larger solar plants - 2 MW or higher - were shifted to the bidding system in 2017.
Source: Enerdata, AsianPower, 19 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Feed-in Tariff,
The wind farm, which went into production in November 2016, incorporates four Enercon GmbH E82 turbines. The wind farm benefits from a contract through 2031 under Ireland's renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) scheme.
Owned by European renewables investment manager Greencoat Capital LLP, Greencoat Renewables had a 173-MW portfolio of wind farms as of December 2017.
(Source: Greencoat Capital, 20 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Greencoat Capital, Bertrand Gautier, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.comGreencoat Renewables www.greencoat-capital.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables, Wind,
According to a DEED required economic impact study, the closure would have a "slightly positive net economic impact statewide" despite having a negative local effect. The closure is being widely opposed on the grounds that it would adversely affect the environment and state economy, and violate guaranteed state contractual obligations. The Minnesota Timber Association and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association are among the petitioners opposing the closure.
Download the Economic Impact of Closure:
Benson Power Biomass Facility
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Swift County Monitor, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, https://mn.gov/deed; Fibrominn Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Fibrominn, Benson Power, Biomass,
To help make use of the excess stock, China last year announced a plan for nationwide use of bioethanol gasoline by 2020.
Outlining the work priorities for 2018, the SAG said it will accelerate the use of grain stockpiles and reform grain storage mechanisms to make them more market-oriented, according to the State Administration of Grain. (Source: Chinese State Administration of Grain, Xinhua, 17 Feb., 2018) Contact: Chinese State Administration of Grain, www.chinagrain.gov.cn/english/index.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Bioethanol, China Ethanol,
In related developments, public sector power generation company National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) began using crop stubble biomass pellets to fuel its Dadri power plant with the aim of giving farmers a profitable alternative to burning crop residue and opening up a new market for rural entrepreneurship.
(Source: Rural Marketing, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions, www.tofler.in/mahindra-waste-energy-solutions-limited/company/U37200MH2017PLC296622; Indraprastha Gas Ltd., www.iglonline.net
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According to the state EPA,
cleaner fuels help improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions such as nitrogen oxide and fine particulates.
(Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The News Herald, WRAL, 19 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.state.oh.us
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The 28-member EU, which currently sources around 17 pct of its power from renewables, is likely to consume around 50 pct renewables by 2030, compared to less than 30 pct in 2015.
In terms of end-use sectors, renewables would account for 42 pct of energy in buildings, 36 pct in industry as well as 17 per cent in transport, the report adds.
(Source: EU, IRENA, The National, 20 Feb., 2018))Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org
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The wind farm will incorporate 42 Siemens Gamesa turbines and is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. (Siemens Gamesa, PR, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact:
Otary, +32 59 40 10 00, www.otary.be; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com
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