Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses reached 538 million bushels in December, up 2 pct from November and 2 pct from December 2016.
The Button Up program grew out of Vermont's Renewable Energy Standard requiring electric utilities to support customers move off of fossil fuels to reach the state's goal of using 90 pct renewable energy in all areas by 2050. The cash incentive funds are from the Vermont Low-Income Trust for Energy (VLITE).
The Button Up program will grant $2,000 toward home weatherization, up to $1,000 toward cold climate heat pumps, $850 for heat pump water heaters, $1,450 for solar hot water heaters, and $3,000 for pellet boilers.
Washington Electric Co-op is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility founded in 1939. WEC delivers 100 pct renewable energy generated electric power to approximately 10,800 member-owners in 41 Vermont communities. (Source: Washington Electric Cooperative, PR 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Washington Electric Coop, Patty Richards, GM, (802) 223-5245, www.washingtonelectric.coop
More Low-Carbon Energy News Washington Electric Co-op , Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Incentives,
"Trump's steep cuts are a really ugly assault on clean energy. This is a counterproductive move that will threaten our climate, good jobs and economic progress, said Greer Ryan, renewable energy and research specialist at the Center for Biological Diversity. 'While the proposal is unlikely to make it through Congress, it's another clear signal that Trump will do anything to prop up dirty coal and nuclear power.'
"The EERE program, which includes programs to increase the generation of electricity from clean energy sources and improve the efficiency of homes, businesses and industries, has been widely successful. A third-party analysis found that $12 billion in funding yielded an estimated $230 billion in net economic benefit to the U.S.
"The administration also proposed to eliminate funding for the popular Energy Star program as part of cuts to the EPA. The budget proposes that the program's administrative costs be covered by user fees, which companies would have to pay to use the label."
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Greer Ryan, (812) 345-8571, email@example.com, www.biologicaldiversity.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, DOE EERE, ENERGY Star,
The DoI previously announced it was delaying the Obama-era rule until January 2019, arguing that it was overly burdensome to industry and the delay would allow federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) time to review the earlier rule while avoiding tens of millions of dollars in compliance costs to industry.
Methane, although shorter-lived than CO2, is far more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.
(Source: US Department of Interior, VOA, Others, AP, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: US Department of Interior, www.doi.gov; BLM, www.blm.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Methane, US Interior Department, Methane,
The key sustainable elements that contributed to the LEED platinum rating include:
HARC is a nonprofit research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air and water issues. (Source: HARC, USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding,Daily Telescope, 12 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Houston Advanced Research Center, Lisa Gonzalez, Pres., CEO, (281) 364-6000, www.harcresearch.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy, Houston Advanced Research Center, LEED Platinum, Energy Efficiency, USGBC,
The acquisition will enable Lucid to accelerate the continued development of the BuildingOS platform to integrate all facets of building data and expand the applications built on the platform. Lucid will leverage Acuity Brands' extensive investments in building sensor networks, integration, and controls to extend the capabilities of the platform.
Lucid's BuildingOS enables owners, operators, and occupants to find powerful insights in their building data to make buildings more efficient. Lucid's SaaS-based BuildingOS platform is deployed in over 500 organizations, 15,000 buildings and 1.5 billion square feet of commercial buildings to improve energy efficiency, reduce costs and help manage capital decisions.
(Source: Lucid Design Group, PR, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Lucid Design Group, Will Coleman, CEO, (510) 356-2551, https://lucidconnects.com ; Acuity Technology Group, Laurent J. Vernerey, Pres., (905) 482-2720, acuitytech.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Acuity Technology, Building Energy Management, Energy Efficiency,
Swancor and Macquarie are the principal shareholders of Formosa III, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for developing the three offshore wind farms, while EnBW will hold 37.5 pct. EnBW's investment requires approval from the EU and Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs.
EnBW has previously completed 336MW of offshore wind projects and is developing others totaling 610MW with plans for another 900MW.
Swancor Renewable Energy, Digitimes, 13 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Macquarie, www.macquarie.com;
Swancor Renewable Energy, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/swancor-renewable-energy-co-ltd; EnBW, Dirk Gusewell, Power Bus. Dir., www.enbw.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, EnBW, Taiwan Wind,
Access the Wind in Power 2017 report HERE. (Source: WindEurope, Innovators, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson,
+32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.windeurope.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope, Wind,
According to Neste, the renewable diesel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct and significantly reduces engine-out emissions, all while enhancing fleet performance.
WestCAT, which operates a network of 14 fixed routes carrying more than 1.3 million passengers annually in the San Francisco Bay area, reports dramatically cleaner operation of their bus engines and reduced maintenance for the emissions equipment and internal engine components since the switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel™.
Helsinki-headquartered Neste is the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues. (Source: Neste US Inc., 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, US VP Sales,
(713) 407-4400, www.neste.com, www.nestemy.com; Western Contra Costa Transit Authority,
Charles Anderson, GM, www.westcat.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste, Renewable Diesel,
The project's three digesters will convert 950 tpd of dairy cattle waste into 100 pct RNG that will be injected into the NIPSCO pipeline. Each of the digesters is a Mixed Plug Flow digester designed and built by DVO Inc.
Amp Americas received the first dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel pathway certified by California's Air Resources Board (CARB) and was also awarded a Carbon Intensity score of 254.94 gCO2e/MJ, the lowest ever issued by CARB, according to Amp Americas.
(Source: AMP Americas, Renewable Dairy Fuels, NGT, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: AMP Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, (312) 300-6700, www.ampcng.com; Renewable Dairy Fuels, (219) 712-3511; CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News AMP America, anaerobic-digester, Biogas, Renewable Natural Gas, RNG,
Eligible anaerobic digestion projects must have a nameplate capacity of greater than 1 MW but less than 5 FW and may include paired and colocated energy storage. According to the RFP, Class I qualified clean energy resources smaller than 1 MW may not be aggregated.
Anaerobic digestion facilities must be designed to accept a minimum of 400,000 tpy of food and/or farm waste generated in Connecticut, which is to be processed separately from any biosolids or organic materials separated from mixed municipal solid waste (MSW). Food and farm waste may include source-separated food waste, fats, oils and grease (FOG), yard waste and animal manure.
A full copy of the RFP can be downloaded HERE. A bidder conference is scheduled for Feb. 20. Proposals must be submitted by April 2, with the selection of bidders scheduled for June. (Source: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Feb., 2018) Contact: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, (860) 424-3001, www.ct.gov/deep
More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,
The Gratiot County wind farm near the village of Breckenridge, is powered by 69 General Electric turbines of 1.6 MW each. The facility has been onlione since 2012, selling its output to utility DTE Energy under a 20-year PPA through 2032. (Source: Invenergy Wind LLC, Renewables Now, Others, 13 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Invenergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400, https://invenergyllc.com/what-we-do/wind
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According to the report, about 30 pct of U.S. households have incomes at or below twice the federal poverty level. Those households use roughly 30 pct of all residential electricity, but only six percent of U.S. energy efficiency spending is geared toward them. Maximizing the potential from low-income energy efficiency could save more than $7.4 billion worth of electricity every year and cut carbon pollution by 48 million tpy -- the equivalent of taking 9 million cars off the road.
EDF partnered on the report with the Applied Public Policy Research Institute for Study and Evaluation (APPRISE).
Download the EDF report HERE. (Source: EDF, 13 Feb., 2018)Contact: EDF, www.edf.org;
Applied Public Policy Research Institute for Study and Evaluation, www.appriseinc.org;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Environmental Defense Fund ,
Sylvatex creates renewable nanoscale emulsion systems that can be used in fuels and other specialty chemical applications.
Valicor specializes in the recovery and repurposing of byproducts from a range of production facilities including corn oil extraction for ethanol production. (Source: Sylvatex, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Sylvatex,
Virginia Klausmeier, CEO, (415) 667-3835, http://sylvatex.com; Valicor,
(734) 659-0244, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.valicor.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel, Corn Oil,
CCC and RHF put together a package of carbon credits for borrowers equal to the estimated amount of carbon emitted by a similarly sized house over the course of one year, and subsequently, the life of the loan. Calculations are based on square footage and state energy data. The Carbon Neutral Mortgage is currently available in New Jersey, and is expected to expand to more states later this year.
When borrowers close a Carbon Neutral Mortgage, they receive acknowledgement, personalized certification and have a specified number of carbon offsets removed from circulation in the global carbon markets and “retired” in their name — meaning that they, and only they, can ever get credit for reducing those emissions.
The carbon credits included in each package are vetted by Gold Standard, Voluntary Carbon Standard and the Clean Development Mechanism.
Each RHF Carbon Neutral Mortgage amounts to an estimated 100 - 350 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Through the new partnership, CCC and RHF expect to deliver tens of thousands of tons of CO2 emission reductions every year.
(Source: Carbon Credit Capital, Sustainable Brands, 13 Feb., 2018)Contact: Carbon Credit Capital, (212) 925-5697, email@example.com, www.carboncreditcapital.com; Residential Home Funding Corp. of America, (888) 763-3500, www.rhfunding.com
PwC UK achieved and exceeded its 2007 sustainability goal of reducing carbon emissions by 25 pct by increased building efficiencies, holding carbon emissions from travel flat and cutting its energy consumption by half.
(Source: PwC, PR, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: PwC UK, www.pwc.co.u
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Carbon Footprint,
The Furthering Carbon Capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground storage, and Reduced Emissions Act (FUTURE Act, S. 1535) expands the federal tax credit for per-ton carbon dioxide disposal in a secure geologic storage unit, according to the legislation text of Capito's original bill.
Under the bill, the credit applies to carbon oxide storage, encompassing any of three carbon oxides: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbon suboxide.
Expanding the credit enables wider CCUS adoption by power generators not currently eligible for the 45Q tax credit and offers certainty for companies that need to use the credit for securing private funding for carbon-capture projects, such as those using certain carbon oxides for improved oil recovery and for converting carbon into usable manufactured products including fuel, carbon fiber and plastic, and others. (Source: Office of U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Rippon Advance, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-shelley
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission, Carbon Tax, CCS, Carbon Capture,
Since 1990, UK greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 41 pct while carbon dioxide -- the main greenhouse gas -- is down 36 pct, emissions from energy generation are down 57 pct from that point, transportation emissions are only down 2 pct from 1990 levels, making transportation the worst performing sector.
To address the issue, the Government has announced plans to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 as part of efforts to tackle climate change and air pollution.
(Source: The Independent, 6 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Carbon Dioxide, CO2, Transportation Emissions,
The EP also approved two funds to help foster innovation and spur the transition to a low-carbon economy. A modernization fund will help to upgrade energy systems in lower-income EU member states. MEPs tightened up the financing rules so that the fund is not used for coal-fired projects, except for district heating in the poorest member states. An innovation fund will provide financial support for renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and low-carbon innovation projects.
The law also aims to prevent "carbon leakage" , i.e. the risk that companies might relocate their production outside Europe due to emission reduction policies. The sectors at the highest risk will receive their EU ETS allowances for free. Less exposed sectors will receive 30 pct for free.
(Source: European Parliament, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, Baptiste Chatain. +32 228 40992, firstname.lastname@example.org, eurooparl.europa.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament, Carbon Emissions, EU ETS,
Renewable Properties plans to bring approximately 75 MW DC of solar capacity online in 2018, and is actively hiring in all functions across the solar development value chain. (Source: Renewable Properties, PR, Digital Journal, Feb., 2019) Contact: Renewable Properties, Aaron Halimi, Pres., (310) 430-1091, www.renewprop.com; New Energy Capital, Patrick Fox, Managing Partner , www.newenergycapital.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Renewable Properties, New Energy Capital Partners ,
The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and Conservation, Sustainable Management of Forest and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+) is a mitigation mechanism to combat climate change. The international programme operates under the principles of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and enhancing carbon sequestration through improved forest protection and management.
The REDD+ Readiness programme was established in Bhutan in 2010. In 2013, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility of the World Bank approved the REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and the project was implemented from 2015 with $3.8 million in World Bank grant funding.
In the three years, the project completed the National Forest Inventory, established heritage forests, land use and land cover mapping 2016, revised forest and nature conservation rules and regulations of 2017, build capacity for forest management, and institutionalized national forest monitoring system and forest reference emission level including the forest resource information management system. (Source: Kuensel, World Bank, 12 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News REDD+, World Bank, Reforestation, Deforestation, Climate Change,
Of the ZE verified projects, 70 pct are LEED-certified or registered with LEED, with most reaching either platinum- or gold-certification levels. The report notes that 36 pct of the ZE Emerging projects -- those either not yet verified as ZE or recently occupied -- are LEED-certified or registered with LEED.
The significant overlap between ZE buildings and LEED-certified buildings in the NBI list illustrates how LEED specifically promotes features that can help projects reach zero energy goals. Virtually all of the LEED Energy and Atmosphere credits support the advanced energy performance necessary for zero energy.
Access the NBI 2018 Getting to Zero Status Update and List of
Zero Energy Projects HERE. (Source: New Building Institute, ProudGreenBuilding, USGBC, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: NBI, www.newbuildings.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute, LEED Certification, USGBC,
The new homes will be built to an average 7 star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) rating. A higher rating means less energy goes to heating, cooling and powering appliances. The Australian government requires all new homes to have at least a 6 star NatHERS rating. However, a 7 star rating should translate into a 25 per cent cut in energy use compared with the average home.
According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, Australian households are responsible for about 20 pct of greenhouse gas emissions. The average household generates more tham 7 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Energy Matters, 9 Feb., 2018) Contact: CEFC, email@example.com, www.cefc.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Energy Efficiency ,
The funds are available to producers who want to install solar panels, convert their irrigation to low-pressure systems or add things like natural gas monitors and LED lights to improve energy efficiency.
To date, more than 300 applications are reported to be awaiting approval. Approximately $42 million is earmarked for the Farm Energy and Agri-processing program, which is designed to encourage energy management for farms and small processors.
(Source: Gov. of Alberta, Western Producer, 8 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Energy Efficiency, Alberta Carbon Tax, Energy Efficiency,
The upgrades, which are expected to cut the museum's energy consumption by an estimated 527,187 kWh per year,
include the installation of high-efficiency supply and return-fan motors, variable frequency drives and new reconfigured heating and cooling coils, digital data controls and a new energy management system, along with replacing existing evaporative pad humidifiers with a high pressure fog system on their air handling units that service galleries and art storage.
The museum is also replacing more than 350 halogen lamps in its galleries with energy saving LEDs. The project is estimated to save over 123,000 kWh per year and earn the museum an additional $9,800 in incentives through LADWP's Commercial Lighting Incentive Program .
(Source: LADWP, 8 February, 2018) Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com/cpp; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, www.moca.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Energfy Efficiency,
AT&T is also signing on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles which represent large customers' renewable energy needs and helps them stream-line solutions for buying cost-effective renewable energy. The group is led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is made up of large energy buyers working to spur progress on renewable energy and fulfill their increased demand for it. AT&T is also a member of the Business Renewables Center, an initiative that, along with the Buyers’ Principles, forms part of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.
Since 2010, AT&T has implemented over 65,000 energy efficiency projects resulting in annualized savings of $427 million. (Source: AT&T, PR, Telecompetitor, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, Mike O'Sullivan, Snr. VP Development, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com;
Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, www.buyersprinciples.org; Business Renewables Center, www.businessrenewables.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources, AT&T, Renewable Energy, Wind,
The first component of the project focuses on the dissemination of knowledge to increase communities understanding of the linkages between climate change and their current land use practices. The second component focuses on the provision of demand driven sub-grants to communities and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) to put into practice knowledge acquired by the beneficiaries for climate change mitigations.
The WB and its partners are implementing similar community projects in Mexico, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Peru, Brazil, Laos and Congo. (Source: GNA, World Bank, 9 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank, Climate Change,
Over the next 3 years, the province is investing $25 million to improve energy efficiency in social housing apartment buildings with less than 100 units,
as well as $2 billion dollars in affordable and sustainable housing province-wide.
(Source: Province of Ontario,
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, PR, February 9, 2018 ) Contact: GreenON, www.GreenON.ca
The use of Collaborative Technologies BFC in conjunction with fuels improves burning efficiency and reduces particulate matter and NOx emissions and improves combustion thus cutting maintenance costs, according to the company.
(Source: Collaborative Technologies LLC, PR, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Collaborative Technologies, (866) 337-0365, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.collaborativetechnologies.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,
The BPI program was launched by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Navy (Navy) in 2013 to provide incentive funds to companies refining biofuel in the United States from certain domestically grown feedstocks converted to drop-in biofuel for delivery to the Navy under the then "Great Green Fleet" initiative.
As we reported on Dec. 21, 2016, In 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus launched the Navy's "Great Green Fleet" of ships. In its 2012 demonstration, the Green Fleet used biofuels that cost $27 per gallon, compared to about $3.50 per gallon for conventional fuels. The Navy eventually scaled back its ambitions and the Green Fleet's 2016 Mediterranean voyage used a blend that was 95 pct conventional fuel to 5 pct biofuels at a cost of $14.60 per gallon compared to the $1.60 per gallon price of conventional fuels. (Source: Federal Record, 1 Feb., Nat. Law Review, Various Media, Bergeson & Campbell, Feb. 2018) Contact: USDA,
Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive Program, www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/energy-programs/farm-to-fleet/index
More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Green Fleet, US Navy, Drop-in Biofuel, USDA,
The project, which is being funded by Bill Gates, involves the capture of air and technology involving water electrolysis and fuels synthesis to make a liquid, carbon-neutral synthetic fuel.
Carbon Engineering's prototype plant will extract 1 tpd of pure CO2 for a year. The company is working with Greyrock Energy and directly synthesizing CO2 and hydrogen split from water with clean electricity, and a mixture of petrol and diesel, to create a process called Air-to-Fuels (A2F). (Source: Carbon Engineering, GreenerIdeal, 10 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Carbon Engineering, Geoff Holmes, Dir. Business Dev., email@example.com, www.CarbonEngineering.com; Greyrock Energy, Robert Schuetzle, CEO, Charles Nelson, VP Sales & Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greyrock.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News A2F, Carbon Neutral Fuel, Greyrock, Bill Gates, Carbon Engineering,
"We are pleased that Congress recognized the importance of biomass-based diesel and its place in the value chain and passed a retroactive extension of the biodiesel mixture excise tax credit for 2017. This credit will allow needed infrastructure investments to grow the production and distribution of these valuable renewable products. However, we are disappointed that despite strong bi-partisan support, Congress did not complete the job and continue the biodiesel tax credit into the future. Though frustrated with the partial outcome, we would like to thank all of our supporters and champions; a large group of members worked tirelessly on our behalf and we appreciate their efforts. Specifically, we would like to thank Sen. Grassley, Sen. Cantwell and their allies for their unwavering support for our industry.
"We are pleased our supporters in Congress continue to recognize the value the biodiesel tax credit brings, like lower RIN costs, continued economic development, jobs, support of our nation’s farmers and a cleaner environment. We will continue to work alongside our elected officials and the administration on a long-term extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. Doing so is not only smart energy policy, it's smart tax policy." (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc.,PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, (703) 822-1972, Scott Hedderich
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, (515) 710-6248, Scott.email@example.com, www.regi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group, , REGI, Biodiesel,
EIA estimates that global energy-related CO2 emissions rose 21 pct between 2005 and 2017 at an annual growth rate of 1.6 percent. The rate is projected to slow to 1 pct in 2018 and remain essentially flat in 2019. (Source: US EIA, Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA, Carbon Emissions,
Connecticut is a RGGI member state along with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. New Jersey, a former RGGI member state is rejoing and Virginia is seeking entry.
(Source; CT News Jumkie, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, RGGI,
According to the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA), up to 35MW in prototype turbines can be installed in Denmark.
The prototype wind turbines will help to maintain important Danish wind energy R&D activities.The new funding is subject to European Commission approval. (Source: Danish Wind Industry Association, Political Lore, 10 Feb., 2018) Contact: Danish Wind Industry Assoc., www.windpower.org/en; Danish Energy Ministry, https://stateofgreen.com/en/profiles/the-danish-ministry-of-climate-and-energy; Danish Energy Agency -- Energistyrelsen, https://ens.dk/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Danish Wind Industry Association,
With the approval, construction of the first of the four projects could get underway as early as 2019. Upon completion, the four offshore wind farms could generate sufficient green electricity for approximately 2.8 million Taiwanese households.
(Source: Orsted, Wind Power Engineering, Others, 9 Feb., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, CEO Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.orsted.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted, DONG Energy, Wind, Offshore Wind,
LONGi will invest $309 million -- about $240 million in construction costs and roughly $68 million in working capital -- to double the Andhra Pradesh plants' capacity from 500MW to 1GW respectively. Construction completion and commissioning is expected by the end of August 2019, for full production in January 2020.
The project is being operated by Lerri Solar Technology (India) Private Ltd, which is 40 pct owned by LONGi and 60 pct owned by LONGi Solar. (Source: LONGi Solar, PR, 7 Feb., 2018)Contact: LONGI Solar, LONGi Green Energy Technology, en.longi-solar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LONGi, Solar, LONGi Green Energy Technology,
According to the company website, "Organic Power plans to commercially deliver clean, competitive, dispatchable electricity by undertaking large scale projects which include intermittent generation sources, energy storage and dedicated High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) grid infrastructure to access appropriate markets which may be in a different location to the energy resource." (Source: Organic Power Ltd., Biomass Mag, Feb., 2018)
Contact: Organic Power Ltd., +353 (0) 28 51951 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.organicpower.ir; Global Water Engineering, (512) 697-1930 00 Austin, Texas office, www.globalwaterengineering.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion, Organic Power Ltd., Biogas, Waste-to-Energy, Organic Power Ltd,
According to Meridian, the US corn ethanol industry produces about 50 million tpy of distillers dried grains(DDGs) which Genarex's technology converts into a polymerized material branded as Bylox. This material is claimed to have a high value as a functional filler in numerous plastic formulations.
Attis Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., recovers lignin from the byproduct stream of biomass processing industries, such as pulp and paper and cellulosic ethanol. The recovered lignin is said to be unique in that it is a melt flowing biomaterial that is low cost and acts as a polymerized biofiller in applications such as plastics, adhesives and transportation fuels.
.(Source: Meridian, WMW, 10 Feb., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878, www.amsnt.comwww.MWSinc.com; Attis, www.attisinnovations.com; Genarex LLC, (470) 253-1616, email@example.com, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/genarex-inc, www.generex.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Genarex, Meridian Waste Solutions, Bioplastic, Ethanol, Attis Innovations,
The report outlines a business strategy that will lead to reductions in CO2 emissions from its power plants of 60 pct from 2000 levels by 2030 and 80 pct from 2000 levels by 2050 through increased investments in renewable energy and other initiatives.
Specifically, AEP plans to add 3,065 MW of solar generation and 5,295 MW of wind generation to the portfolio serving its regulated utility customers by 2030. AEP's largest planned renewable energy investment is the $4.5 billion, 2,000-mw Wind Catcher Energy Connection project in Oklahoma. If approved, Wind Catcher will be the largest contiguous wind farm in the U.S. and will deliver nearly 9 million MWh of low-cost wind energy annually to AEP customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Between 2018 and 2020, the company also plans to invest approximately $1.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage.
AEP has factored future carbon regulations into the company's evaluation of generation resource options for many years and will continue to do so. The company already has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 44 pct since 2000.
Download AEP's Strategic Vision for a Clean Energy Future 2018 HERE. (Source: American Electric Power, www.aep.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power, Carbon Emiossions, Climate Change, Renewable Energy,
Between 2018 and 2020, the company plans to invest approximately $1.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage. AEP has factored future carbon regulations into its evaluation of generation resource options and has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 44 pct since 2000.
Download AEP's Strategic Vision for a Clean Energy Future 2018 HERE. (Source: American Electric Power, Feb., 2018) Contact: AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Renewable Energy,
USC researchers used a catalyst called H-SAPO-34 derived from a class of nanoporous crystals (zeolites) to convert methane directly to ethylene and propylene, or olefin. The USC method replaced traditionally difficult, expensive and inefficient processes that add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The majority of ethylene and propylene is produced from petroleum oil and shale liquid cracking, which consumes enormous amounts of energy. Contact time is the key for this effective and simple catalyst to produce usable fuel from methane.
While similar in structure and name, methane is not directly interchangeable with methanol, although most methanol is synthetically produced from methane. The USC scientists have reduced the steps necessary to efficiently convert methane to olefins.
The research was made possible with the support of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy. (Source: University of Southern California News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute (213) 740-5962, loker.usc.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, GHG,
As part of the coalition, and under a 2015 agreement with the province of Ontario, University of Toronto has also joined UC3 and has set a goal to reduce GHG emissions by 37 pct from 1990 levels by the year 2030. Despite a 26 pct growth in floor space and an 18 pct enrollment increase, U of T lowered its total greenhouse gas emissions by 32 pct from 2008 to 2016. The university is also developing programming to engage the Toronto area community in sustainability.
In launching UC3, an initial group of universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico has committed to mobilize their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states. All UC3 members have pledged to reduce their institutional carbon footprints, with commitments ranging from making more climate-friendly investments to becoming operationally carbon neutral.
Specific to Ohio State's carbon footprint is a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and another to reduce total campus building energy consumption by 25 pct by 2025. Since 2015, Ohio State cut its emissions by 4.8 pct.
Immediate goals for each UC3 member includes convening a climate change forum in 2018 to bring together community and business leaders, elected officials and other local stakeholders. UC3 will operate in close partnership with Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network, a group of hundreds of colleges and universities that have committed to taking action on climate.
In 2016, the UC3 coalition together performed about one-quarter of the environmental science research conducted by all U.S. institutions, according to data collected by the National Science Foundation. From 2012 to 2017, researchers at UC3 member institutions were responsible for 48,518 publications on climate science-related topics, including environmental science, agricultural and biological sciences, energy, engineering, earth and planetary sciences, and more.
(Source: The Ohio State University, University of Toronto, PR, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: The Ohio State University, osu.edu/initiatives/sustainability; Second Nature, http://secondnature.org/UC3; UC3 Climate Leadership Network, http://secondnature.org/climate-leadership-network-map; University of Toronto, University Climate Change Coalition, Prof. John Robinson, (416) 946-8939, https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/profs/john-robinson
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A pioneer in Canadian biodiesel, Milligan was developed through local initiatives and technologies from the University of Saskatchewan and Agriculture Canada. The company produced more than 20 million lpy of biodiesel, using more than 50,000 tpy of canola.
(Source: Western Producer, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: Milligan Biofuel, (306) 272-6284, https://milliganbiofuels.com
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The partnership will help bring Principle Power's innovative WindFloat offshore wind floating foundations to a broader market. The WindFloat foundation allows wind turbines to be placed at offshore sites with some of the most abundant wind resources, irrespective of water depths. Installation, operation and maintenance of the WindFloat foundation lower the risks, costs and environmental impact compared with competing technology.
Aker Solutions purchased an initial 5 pct stake in Principle Power and will increase this to 10 pct by the end of this year. It has the option to increase ownership further at a later stage. Financial details of the transaction have not been released. (Source: Aker Solutions, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Aker Solutions, Luis Araujo, CEO, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.akersolutions.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com
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The city expects to meet its goal through a combination of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and optimal business practices, the possible enrollment in the DTE's MIGreenPower program or building extensive solar infrastructure in Ann Arbor. The 100 pct renewable goal covers Scope 1 emissions (directly produced by city facilities and city vehicles) and Scope 2 emissions (electricity, steam, and heating and cooling that is purchased for city government use). Scope 3 emissions (indirect emissions from commuting or travel, goods, or waste) is not included. Direct purchase of carbon offset certificates is reported to be unlikely.
In addition to this resolution, the city passed a resolution last August supporting a federal Carbon Fee and Dividend plan, such as the one proposed by Citizens Climate Lobby. (Source: Citizens Climate Lobby, WEMW 7 Feb. 2018) Contact: Citizens Climate Lobby, https://citizensclimatelobby.org; City of Ann Arbor, City Council, (734) 794-6161, www.a2gov.org; DTE MIGreenPower Program, http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-tou-MISCON_Presentation-MIGreenPower-Londo_602575_7.pdf