CAMS undertakes scientific studies addressing methane emissions along the natural gas value chain, from production through end use. Studies will focus on detection, measurement and quantification of methane emissions with the goal of finding opportunities for reduction. CAMS' first project is to develop an open access oil and gas operations emissions calculator that will estimate methane emissions at a basin level and enable operators to evaluate effectiveness of mitigation strategies. (Source; CAMS, Green Car Congress, 19 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science, www.methanecollaboratory.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methan, GHG, Greenhouse Gas,
The voyage was completed by the car carrier Aries Leader which is equipped with the latest energy-saving technologies, which the company claims reduces CO2 emissions per unit by 30 pct compared with existing large pure car carriers, comparing emissions on a per car basis. In this initiative, the remaining CO2 emissions not yet eliminated by technology were offset by carbon credits.
(Source: NYK, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: NYK Line, www.nyk.com › english
More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions, Carbon-Neutral,
Other maritime shipping firms, including Maersk and Finnish shipowner Meriaura , have recently undertaken similar biofuels tests and limited use. (Source: Van Oord, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Van Oord, Ronald Schinagl, Director Business Unit Netherlands, www.vanoord.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Van Oord, Marine Biofuel, Biofuel,
To that end, China will unveil national standards and endeavor to launch local climate financing pilot zones, and guide local governments to explore tailored development paths and modes to deal with key climate issues, according to the Ministry.
The Ministry also called for greater international cooperation in climate financing to promote the implementation of climate-friendly projects abroad.
China introduced a market mechanism to control carbon emissions with a nationwide trading system in December 2017. (Source: Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Peoples Republic of China, PR, Xinhua, 19 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News China Climate Change, CO2, Climate Change Mitigation,
The full amount will be invested in advanced equipment and technologies to increase the use of low-carbon fuels and recycled materials in the company's processes and products.
Additional funds are to be earmarked in the future for the introduction of new carbon-efficient materials and services, according to the release. LafargeHolcim's project scope will cover more than 80 projects across 19 European countries over the next three years.
(Source: LafargeHolcim, PR, 19 Dept., 2019)Contact: LafargeHolcim, Rene Thibault, www.lafargeholcim.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint, LafargeHolcim, Carbon Emissions, Cement, Climate Change,
According to the Ministry, the building sector is "one of the major energy-consuming areas in Morocco, it represents 33 pct of the final energy consumption and records a strong growth of the annual energy consumption."
Morocco's energy efficiency strategy aims to achieve energy savings of around 20 pct. (Source: Morocco World News, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: NAMA Facility, www.nama-facility.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
100 pct of the 10-acre, NorCap South solar array's power will be delivered to the electric grid and distributed through a virtual net metering agreement to 10 municipal accounts in the town of South Windsor and other locations.
(Source: South Windsor. CT Mirror, Sept., 2019)
Contact: Town of South Windsor, www.southwindsor-ct.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
The extended service contract for 290 MW covers 70 pct of the wind capacity installed in Portugal by the Nordex Group. The first Nordex wind turbines for Iberwind were installed in 2001.
To date Iberwind has been responsible for the installation of 31 wind farms since 1998. The company operates more than 300 wind turbines with an installed capacity of around 730 MW -- sufficient power for roughly 600,000 households. (Source: Iberwind, PR, reve, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Iberwind,
Rui Maia, COO, www.iberwind.pt;
Nordex Group, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101, email@example.com, www.nordex.com
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The New Energy Storage System Standard will inform designers, builders, facility managers, manufacturers, responders and others about potential fire hazards relative to energy storage siting, technologies, products and installations.
The NFPA release notes that according to industry expert Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewable, "global deployment of ESS will expand 13 times in size over the next six years (2018-2024), with the greatest growth occurring in the United States and China." (Source: NFPA, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: NFPA, Christian Dubay, P.E., VP, www.nfpa.org/ESS
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, NFPA,
Researchers from Illinois State University, the Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and the University of Minnesota will join Phippen's team.
The integrated pennycress crop program will focus on improving pennycress genetics for plant breeding and preservation, agronomic management, ecosystems and supply chain management for post-harvest seed control, with the goal of commercially launching pennycress as a cash cover and biofuels crop in 2021. St. Louis-based CoverCress Inc. is working closely with Phippen and his team for some of the breeding and post-production side of the research.
The end goal is to produce 50 billion gallons of biofuel in the next 25 years. (Source: Western Illinois University, Journal-Courier, 18 Sept., 2019) Contact: Western Illinois University, Prof. Win Phippen, (309) 298-1251, WB-Phippen@wiu.edu; CoverCress Inc., Funded for www.covercress.com; USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, https://nifa.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennycress news, Biofuel news,
The basic evaluation is intended to help business owners asses how much of their operations costs are going to maintaining room temperatures, meeting hot water needs, lighting and other power consumption needs and services.
An enhanced in-depth evaluation includes estimated savings and recommended contractors to make energy improvements within the next year.
Businesses will also be provided with no-cost and low-cost tips to minimize energy consumption, along with learning about what equipment may need upgrades to help save on operational costs.
(Source: FortisBC, PR, Rossland News, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Danielle Wensink, Director of Conservation and Energy Management, Douglas Stout, VP External Relations and Market Development, (604)576-7000, www.fortisbc.com; GreenStep Solutions, 800-469-7830, www.greenstep.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC, Energy Efficiency,
More than 45 cities and counties are considering adopting reach codes that require building and transportation electrification. Nineteen cities in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont, have adopted similar ordinances.
(Source: City of San Jose, San Jose Spotlight, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of San Jose, www.sanjoseca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Building Energy Efficiency,
For every 20 Danish kroner (€2.70 or $3.00) donation one tree is to be planted, and 20 pct of the total donations will be earmarked for forest conservation efforts in Denmark. (Source: DW, 15 Dept., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Reforestation,
Currently, most hydrogen production is derived from fossil fuel, and its production involves processes that emit carbon dioxide (CO2) -- which accelerates global warming. The main alternative so far is water electrolysis, where two electrodes -- anode and cathode -- are placed in alkaline or acid enriched water that increases conductivity. In response to passing an electrical current between the electrodes, the water molecules (H2O) are broken down into their chemical elements, such that hydrogen gas (H2) is produced near the cathode and oxygen (O2) is produced near the anode.
The energy efficiency of electrolysis is only about 75 pct and requires high electricity consumption. The new Technion E-TAC water splitting technology, improves hydrogen production efficiency to 98.7 pct and significantly reduces CO2 emissions.
Worldwide, about 65 million tpy of hydrogen is produced worth about $130 billion. (Source: Israel Institute of Technology, China.org.cn, Xinhua, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: Israel Institute of Technology, www.technion.ac.il
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen, Alternative Fuel,
The plant's potato chip production yields 22,000 tpy of leftovers and sludge. Potato and starch leftovers and other production waste account for about half of the substrate, with the rest is made up of the sludge from the washing process.
Over the last 18 years, WELTEC BIOPOWER has installed and commissioned more than 300 biogas plants in 25 countries, according to the release. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, PR, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Ann Borries +49 (0) 4441-999 78-220 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.weltec-biopower.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER, Biogas,
The project -- the Aloha State's first community solar project -- is being developed by Honolulu-based Tritium3 Renewable Ventures and is fully subscribed with participants who will receive bill credits once the project is sending energy to the grid.
Six other Hawaiian community solar projects are still under review in the first phase of community solar
which allows for a total of 8 MW capacity across the Hawaiian Electric service
territory. More projects like Mililani Tech Solar I are expected to be approved in 2020. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Tritium3 Renewable Ventures, Ryan McCauley, CEO, (808) 377-4408, email@example.com,
www.tritium3.com; Mauii Electric, www.mauielectric.com/communitysolar; HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hawaiianelectric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar, Hawaiian Electric Company, HECO, Solar,
To meet increasing customer demand for solar energy, DOER proposes adding 800 MW to the SMART incentive program, bringing the total to 2.4 gigawatts. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) supports this expansion but, in comments to regulators, is calling for even more capacity to be added to the program. To that end, DOER has proposed the dollowing regulatory clarifications and fixes:
According to SEIA, the most troubling aspects of DOER's plans involve the treatment of community solar projects, including a proposed five-fold increase in penalties for larger scale solar projects on certain lands. DOER calls for the new penalties to apply to a broader swath of community solar projects and for changes to apply to projects already in development.
These proposals would have a negative impact on the community solar market. Increased penalties will halt solar development, with penalties ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to many millions, according to SEIA.
(Source: Mass. DOER, Solar Energy Industries Assoc., 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, email@example.com, www.mass.gov/doer; SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.seia.org
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CO2 Solutions' technology lowers the cost barrier to Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) positioning it as a viable CO2 mitigation tool, as well as enabling industry to derive profitable new products from these emissions. The company has an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low-energy aqueous solvents. (Source: CO2 Solutions, Inc., PR, CNW/Telbec, Sept. 16, 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions Inc., Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, email@example.com, www.co2solutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions Inc., Carbon Capture, CO2, CCUS,
The Council will be commissioned to create a report advising Walz -- chairman of the national Governors' Biofuels Coalition -- and his cabinet on to how to expand the use of biofuels and increase their carbon efficiency. The Council will also look at using biofuels as part of the state's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transportation.
Walz's executive order mandates that the biofuels report be completed by November 2020. (Source: Office of Gov. Tim Walz, Star Tribune, 16 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Office of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, 651-201-3400, https://mn.gov/governor
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The closure resolves a six-year old federal lawsuit filed by environmental groups, which documented various power plant owners failure to install modern pollution-control equipment. Four other Illinois coal-fired power plants -- Coffeen Power Plant, Duck Creek Power Plant in Canton, Havana Power Plant, and Hennepin Power Plant -- will be closed by the end of the tear in order to comply with the Illinois Pollution Control Board's (IPCB) recently approved revisions to the Multi-Pollutant Standard rule.
(Source: Various Media, Chicago Tribune, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, www.vistraenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vistra Energy, CO2, Carbon Emissions, Coal,
According to TEIAS, Turkey's total installed power capacity was 90.39 GW as of Sept. 15. Wind power installed capacity was 7.27 GW in the same period.
Turkey has announced plans to boost its wind and solar capacity by 10,000 MW) each in the coming decade through renewable energy resources zone (YEKA) tenders. (Source: Electricity Transmission Corporation, Daily Sabah, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Electricity Transmission Corporation, www.teias.gov.tr
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The 68-turbine Baron Winds project will connect with the state's electrical grid through New York State Electric & Gas transmission lines.
The project will be built and operated by a subsidiary of the German energy company Innogy.
The project will generate sufficient electric power for roughly 94,000 residences.
Regulators note there are 44 existing wind turbines within a five-mile radius of the proposed project.
(Source: Innogy, Star Gazette, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Baron Winds Project, iam.innogy.com/en/about-innogy/innogy-innovation-technology/renewables/onshore/innogy-onshore-construction-projects/baron-winds
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Leyline provides development capital for early- to mid-stage renewable energy developers, which accelerates their development process and the growth of their project pipelines. (Source: EncoreRenewableEnergy, PR, 16 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Leyline Renewable Energy, Erik Lensch, 919.636.8320, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.leylinecapital.com; Encore Renewable Energy, 802-861-3023, www.encorerenewableenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Encore Renewable Energy, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy,
The research is aimed at strengthening and improving the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the electric energy grid by addressing infrastructure challenges, security issues and working to create a highly trained and flexible workforce to support the future of the industry.
(Source: New Mexico State University, PR, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: NMSU, Prof. Enrico Pontelli, Principal Investigator, Computer Science, (575) 646-6239; (575) 646-1002 - fax, email@example.com, www.nmsu.edu; NSF Public Affairs, (703) 292-8070, www.nsf.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation, New Mexico State University, Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency,
The Unleaded 88 Expansion Program provide funds for duel dispensing, piping, hardware and signage for distribution of blended of Unleaded 88 E15 or higher.
(Source: North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, KFGO Radio, 16 Sept., 2019)
Contact: North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, Jerry Wehlander, Chairman, www.ndcorn.org; North Dakota Ethanol Council, Jeff Zueger, Chairman, 701-355-4458, www.ndethanol.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Ethanol Council, Ethanol, E85,
The facility would utilize forestry waste and wood "slash" to produce sustainable fuels. The result would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by the American Society of Testing and Materials.
Delta expects the study to be completed by the middle of 2020, at which time it will "evaluate the next steps in moving forward with the project's development" with the expectation that the project would be in production by the end of 2023. Biofuels produced at the facility could provide around 10 pct of the airline's annual jet fuel consumption in the West Coast region.
As previously reported, Delta operated its first carbon-neutral delivery flight, using biofuels on a new A321. The airline also purchases offsets for domestic flights into and out of seven high-traffic airports. (Source: Delta, Air Travel, Sept., 2019) Contact: Delta, Graeme Burnett, VP Fuel Management, www.delta.com; Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels,
Dave Smoot, www.nifa.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel, Delta Air Lines,
The 247Solar system uses mirrors (heliostats) to focus sunlight onto a solar receiver to heat air flowing through it, which is then used to drive the Capstone microturbines to produce electricity. That heated airflow can also be directed to a thermal storage system, and then transferred back into the Capstone microturbines at night when solar irradiance is not available.
The first installation is slated for mid-2020 in Ouarzazate, Morocco, in collaboration with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN). Morocco is aiming to secure 52 pct of its energy mix from renewable sources by 2030.
(Source: Capstone Turbine, Street Insider, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Capstone Turbine, www.capstoneturbine.com; 247Solar Inc., www.247sola.com; Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, www.masen.ma
More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine, Solar ,
According to the filing, Trump's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule undermines efforts already under way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in renewable energy, electric vehicle infrastructure and energy efficiency and other clean technologies.
ACE allows states three years to devise their own plans to cut emissions mainly by encouraging coal-fired power plants to improve efficiency.
The coalition members include: Con Edison, Exelon Corp, National Grid, PG&E Corp, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Seattle City Light, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and New York Power Authority.
(Source: Con Edison, Guardian, Reuters, 16 Sept., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Companies Climate Coalition, Obama Clean Power Plan, Affordable Clean Energy Plan ,
Download the Climate Restoration: Solutions to the Greatest Threat Facing Humanity and Nature Today White Paper HERE.
Climate Restoration is the global movement to return the Earth's climate systems to the safe and healthy state in which humanity and our natural world evolved. This requires returning atmospheric CO2 to safe levels of less than 300 parts per million (ppm) and restoring sufficient Arctic ice to prevent permafrost melt and the resulting disastrous methane emissions. Over the course of the last 100 years, CO2 levels have already increased by nearly 50 pct, exceeding 415 ppm in 2019, and continue to climb.
(Source: Foundation for Climate Restoration , PR, 17 Sept., 2019) Contact: Foundation for Climate Restoration, Rick Parnell, CEO, (347) 741-1503, www.f4cr.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Foundation for Climate Restoration, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions ,
Huron Capital formed Albireo in 2014 with the goal of building an industry leader in the fast-growing U.S. market for energy efficiency, building automation and energy management.
Albireo Energy provides building automation and integration solutions and energy services to commercial and institutional buildings nationally, helping building owners and managers improve efficiency and reduce operational costs while improving occupant comfort.
(Source: Huron Capital, PR, Cision Newswire, 17 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Huron Capital, Jim Mahoney, www.huroncapital.com; Albireo Energy, www.AlbireoEnergy.com; Environmental Energy Corp., 631-243-1116, www.eecny.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Albireo Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
The SimpliPhi AccESS Energy Storage System combines cobalt-free, non-toxic LFP PHI batteries with the DC transformerless Sol-Ark hybrid inverter and built-in dual integrated charge controllers in a NEMA-3R indoor/outdoor-rated cabinet
Available with 15.2 or 22.8 kWh of PHI storage, the AccESS can scale up with additional cabinets for more power storage and greater output with the introduction of Sol-Ark's 12K in Q4 2019. Units can be safely installed indoors or outdoors and can be charged with solar, wind, grid or generator power and comes pre-wired and pre-programmed. (Source; SimpliPhi Power, PR, 17 Sept., 2019) ; Contact: Sol-Ark, www.sol-ark.com; Simplifi Power, Catherine Von Burg, CEO, (805) 640-6700, www.Simpliphipower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SimpliPhi Power, Energy Storage, Sol-Ark,
The GSA program give large energy users flexibility in selecting and negotiating all contract prices and terms directly with a renewable supplier of their choice, including the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by that renewable facility. The GSA program will be available until the total capacity of 600 MW is fully subscribed. Of this 600-MW capacity, 100 MW will be set aside for military installations and 250 MW set aside for University of North Carolina institutions, according to North Carolina's Competitive Energy Solutions legislation. The remaining 250 MW will be reserved for large nonresidential customers -- 160 MW for Duke Energy Carolinas and 90 MW for Duke Energy Progress. Facilities that are used for the GSA program will be owned and operated by eligible renewable energy developers.
Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program for residential, commercial and nonprofit customers in North Carolina has helped 3,000 customers go solar in its first two years. Duke Energy will continue offering these rebates over the next three years.
In 2018, Duke Energy launched a competitive bidding process for new solar capacity and connected over 500 MW of new solar capacity. To date in 2019,
Duke Energy has contracted for more than 600 MW of new solar capacity. The company also offers a solar leasing program.
(Source: Duke Energy North Carolina, , PRN, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy North Carolina, , Solar, Renewable Energy Rebates,
The shutdown is being blamed on the Trump Administration's waivers so ethanol doesn't have to be blended in gasoline produced at what the board said were "many large oil refineries." According to Siouxland Energy, the actions have "unfairly" benefited the oil industry at the expense of farmers and, "if not addressed soon, will impact the livelihoods of many."
(Source: Siouxland Energy, Des Moines Register, 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Siouxland Energy Cooperative, 712-722-4904, www.siouxlandenergy.com; Plymouth Energy, 712-938-2373, www.plymouth-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siouxland Energy, Plymouth Energy, Ethanol,
Formosa 1 has a total 128MW total capacity with two 4MW offshore wind turbines already installed in the first phase in October 2016 and another 20, 6MW turbines being installed in the second phase. Orsted has so far installed 10 of the project's 20 SiemensGamesa-manufactured offshore wind turbines.
Formosa I is expected to be fully operational by the year end. (Source: Orsted, DIGITIMES, Taipei, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Swancor Renewable Energy, +886 49 2255420, +886 49 2251534 - fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.swancor.com.tw; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Macquarie Capital, www.macquarie.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie Capital , Formosa I, Orsted, Offshore Wind, SiemensGamesa,
Commenting on the President's logic, Alex Young of Consequences of Sound Radio noted: "So to recap, we're killing the environment to suffice the fragile ego of a man who made himself orange because he used a garbage tanning bed and now he can't handle being called a Cheeto." (Source: Consequences of Sound Radio, 14 Sept., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump, Light Bulb Efficiency Standard,
When fully operational in 2020, the
£2.5 billion, 300 km2 project will be the worlds largest wind farm, with an installed capacity of 714 MW supplying energy to 630,000 British homes.
(Source: Iberdrola, reve, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: East Anglia One, www.iberdrola.com/conocenos/lineas-negocio/proyectos-emblematicos/parque-eolico-marino-east-anglia-one, www,iberdrola.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola, Offshore Wins,
To qualify for the program, customers must more than 300,000 KW per year of electric power. Since its launch, governmental, industrial, and retail customers have expressed interest in the program.
(Source: Black Hills Energy, KOTA TV, 11 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Black Hills Energy, www.blackhillsenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Energy, Renewable Energy,
By bringing together behavioral energy efficiency, digital customer experience, and advanced analytics, utilities can drive greater engagement across all classes of their customer base and usher in a new era of customer relationships. Moreover, the joint solution will provide faster time to value for utilities as they can accelerate the deployment of a unified data integration platform with Opower as the central hub.
Opower delivers one of the world's most widely deployed utility customer engagement platform -- spanning more than 60 million households globally. When used together, utilities will be able to use Opower's data platform to execute engagement programs for both businesses and residential customers that help reduce the cost-to-serve, enhance customer satisfaction, and generate energy efficiency savings.
(Source: Agenitis, PR, Yahoo, 16, 2019) Contact: Agentis Energy, John Lux, Pres., www.agenitisenergy.com; Oracle Utilities, Opower Group, Scott Neuman, VP, www.intel.com
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RGGI member states include Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulled the Garden State out of the group whicg caps carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to reduce air pollution. Companies then purchase allowances at auctions that allow them to emit a certain amount of CO2 gas from power plants generating over 25 megawatts of electricity.
RGGI generates revenue for all nine states, which had reduced CO2 emissions by over 50 pctsince 2007.
Maine Public Utilities Commission Administrative Director says the latest auction reached the milestone of selling the one billionth emission allowance.
Maine has received $108.6 million in revenue since 2007 that's financed rate relief, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. (Source: Maine Public Utilities Commission, WABI
Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, 207-287-3831, www.maine.gov › mpuc; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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The first phase supported the creation of 262 MW of renewable power-generation capacity across the country, attracted four private international investors and supported a grid-strengthening project.
In addition to the EBRD funding, the Framework will be supported by concessional finance from the Green Climate Fund and benefit from a comprehensive technical cooperation programme, which will support competitive tendering for wind projects and the development of a carbon market in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan's renewable energy target aims for 3 pct of power generation by 2020 and 50 pct by 2050.
To date, the EBRD has invested over €8.3 billion ($9.1 billion) through 262 projects in the economy of Kazakhstan. Over €2 billion of this funding has supported Green Economy Transition projects. The Bank is the largest international investor in the country's economy outside of the oil and gas sectors and has a wide presence in Kazakhstan. (Source: EBRD, kazinform, 15 Sept., 2019)Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD, Renewable Energy,
The government's plans are expected to include a broad range of issues such as extending grants for electric car buyers, expanding a network of charging stations, raising road taxes for polluting vehicles, improving building energy efficiency, raising a green surcharge on air travel and a possible carbon tax.
The proposed renewable energy power parks averaging 2,000 MW apiece, are intended to help developers achieve economies of scale, further reduce solar and wind power tariffs,
and bolster India's image as a clean energy developer and industry leader. Clean energy presently account for more than 20 pct of India's installed power generation capacity.
(Source: Livemint, Financial Tribune, 14 Sept., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy, Wind, Solar,
The 2019 U.S. Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity Report shows 102 operating biodiesel plants with 2.6 billion gpy in biodiesel production capacity, or 167,000 bpd. More than half of the nation's biodiesel production capacity is in the Midwest region, led by Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. Of the top 15 biodiesel-producing states, 9 are located in the Midwest.
U.S.biodiesel production topped 1.8 billion gallons (119,000 bpd) in 2018, implying a 72 pct utilization rate based on the nameplate capacity level recorded at the beginning of 2018.
In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that U.S. production of biodiesel will reach about 2.0 billion gallons (128,000 bpd) in 2019, resulting in 77 pct utilization of reported nameplate capacity as of January 1, 2019.
Respondents report the biodiesel production capacity data to EIA on Form EIA-22M, Monthly Biodiesel Production Survey, and EIA publishes the data in the Monthly Biodiesel Production Report. All entities that produce biodiesel that meets ASTM D 6751-07B specifications and is used for commercial purposes within the United States submit Form EIA-22M. Additional data collected on Form EIA-22M include production, sales, stock changes, and feed stock inputs to production. (Source: US EIA Release, Sept., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov/petroleum/ethanolcapacity
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, U.S. Energy Information Administration,
These FOAs further the (Trump) Administration's commitment to strengthening coal while protecting the environment. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is increasingly becoming widely accepted as a viable option for coal-fired energy sources or gas-fired power plants and other industrial sources to lower their CO2 emissions.
Under the first FOA award, Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies for Carbon Capture Systems on Coal and Natural Gas Power Plants, DOE has selected nine projects to receive $55.4 million for cost-shared R&D. The selected projects will support FEED studies for commercial-scale carbon capture systems.
Under the second FOA award, Regional Initiative to Accelerate CCUS Deployment, DOE selected four projects to receive up to $20 million for cost-shared R&D. The projects also advance existing R&D by addressing key technical challenges; facilitating data collection, sharing, and analysis; evaluating regional infrastructure; and promoting regional technology transfer.
Under the new FOA, , DOE is announcing up to $35 million for cost-shared R&D projects that will accelerate wide-scale deployment of CCUS through assessing and verifying safe and cost-effective anthropogenic CO2 commercial-scale storage sites, and carbon capture and/or purification technologies. These types of projects have the potential to take advantage of the 45Q tax credit for each ton of CO2 sequestered or utilized. The credit was recently increased to $35/metric ton for enhanced oil recovery and $50/metric ton for geologic storage.
Projects selected under this new FOA shall perform the following key activities: complete a detailed site characterization of a commercial-scale CO2 storage site (50 million metric tons of captured CO2 within a 30 year period); apply and obtain an underground injection control class VI permit to construct an injection well; complete a CO2capture assessment; and perform all work required to obtain a National Environmental Policy Act determination for the site.
DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory NETL) will manage the selected projects.
(Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 13 Sept., 2019)Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy. www.energy.gov/fe/foa-2058-front-end-engineering-design-feed-studies-carbon-capture-systems-coal-and-natural-gas, www.energy.gov/fe; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov
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Under the plan, the EPA will calculate a three-year rolling average of total biofuels gallons exempted under its Small Refinery Exemption program and add that figure to its annual biofuel blending quotas each year -- about 1.35 billion gallons in 2020. That would come in addition to a tentative agreement to boost 2020 blending volumes by 1 billion gallons, including 500 million gallons for conventional biofuels like corn-based ethanol and 500 million gallons for advanced biofuels like biodiesel, according to the Reuters report.
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 16 Sept., 2019)
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The Bjorkvattnet Wind Farm project was developed by Vindparken and WindSpace, with support from GE Renewable Energy, and sold to InfraVia Capital Partners, a Paris-based infrastructure investor.
The project is expected to come on line by the end of 2020. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, 11 Sept., 2019) Contact: WindSpace A/S, www.windspace.dk: GE Renewable Energy,
Peter Wells, CEO , European Region Onshore Wind, www.ge.com/renewableenergy
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The Strategy contains 31 individual adaptation actions covering governance and support, critical infrastructure and buildings, natural and cultural capital, water resources, flood risk management, and community services. These adaptation measures will be implemented over the next ten years to help cope with climate change.
The adoption of the Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024 is mandated under the National Adaptation Framework, requiring all Local Authorities to have such a plan in place by the end of September 2019. (Source: City of Galway,
www.galwaycity.ie; National Adaptation Framework, www.dccae.gov.ie
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