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Trump "Stands by Ethanol Industry" -- Notable Quote
Ethanol,Trump
Date: 2017-09-01
According to a tweet from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R - Iowa) "U.S. President Donald Trump told him he is 'pro ethanol' and will stand by a campaign promise to support the ethanol industry. He (Trump) assured me he's 'pro ethanol' and I'm free to tell the people of Iowa he's standing by his campaign PROMISE." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Twitter, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley, https://twitter.com/ChuckGrassley

More Low-Carbon Energy News Etanol,  Trump,  


Iceland Organizing Forestry Carbon Offset Program (Int'l)
Carbon Offset
Date: 2017-09-01
In Reykjavik, Icland's national broadcasting service RUV reports that visitor to Iceland will soon be able to offset emissions associated with their travel as part of a partnership with the Iceland Forestry Department and Landsskogar ehf., a private company that will plant and manage a forest paid for by the sale of carbon offsets. The location of the forest and the source of the trees has not yet been determined but is still in the organization stage.

Under the scheme, travelers will be able to book a flight, tour, car rental or other tourism services and be able to add on trees to offset the environmental impact. (Source: Iceland Forestry Department, Lonely Planet, Aug., 2017) Contact: Iceland Forestry Department, www.skogur.is/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Offset,  


€47Mn Available for Romanian Carbon Emissions Reductions (Int'l)

Date: 2017-09-01
The European Commission Agency for South-Eastern Regional Development reports it has allocated €47,210,000 for carbon emission reduction initiatives and projects in urban areas of Romania until March 20 2018.

Investments meant to improve public urban transport and other low-carbon or carbon emissions reduction projects may qualify for funding.

Under the offering, the European Fund for Regional Development ensures 85 pct of project value, the state budget 13 pct and the applicant's contribution must be 2 pct or more. (Source: EC Agency for South-Eastern Regional Development, ActMedia, Romanian Business News, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Romanian Agency for South-Eastern Regional Development, https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/regional-innovation-monitor/organisation/regional-development-agency-south-east-region-romania


UK Offers Waste-to-Aviation Fuel Development Funding (Int'l. Funding)
UK Department for Transport
Date: 2017-09-01
In London, the UK Department for Transport reports it has offered £22 million in funding to support the development of low carbon waste-based fuels for aircraft without requiring engine upgrades or modifications.

The funding will be used to build up to five new low-carbon waste-to-fuel plants by 2021. With waste-based fuels, aircraft will emit as much as 90 pct less carbon than fossil fuels. (Source: UK Department for Transport, airport-technology.com, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: UK Department for Transport, Jesse Norman, +44 0 300 330 3000, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Jet Fuel,  


New Biodiesel Fuel Center Open in Norfolk, Nebraska (Ind. Report)
Sapp Bros.
Date: 2017-09-01
In Norfolk, Nebraska, Sapp Bros. Inc. is reporting the acquisition and activation of a new 30,000-gallon B100 biodiesel tank located along Highway 81, north of Norfolk. The facility will handle B100 fuel made predominantly from locally grown and processed soybeans. (Source: News Channel Nebraska, 30 Aug., 2017) Sapp Bros. Inc., Andy Richard, Pres., www.sappbros.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioodiesel,  Soybean Biodiesel,  


Former Abengoa Biodiesel Plant Back in Action (Int'l. Report)
Abengoa,Cepsa Bioenergia
Date: 2017-09-01
In Spain, after an 18 month mothballing, Abengoa's former biodiesel plant in San Roque is back in business under the ownership of Cepsa Bioenergia. The upgraded plant, which produces 200,000 metric tpy of FAME along with 25,000 tpy of glycerin, has been integrated into Cepsa's Gibraltar-San Roque Refinery complex next door.

Cepsa Bioenergia purchased the facility from Abengoa in February as part of the latter's asset liquidation process during its bankruptcy and restructuring process. (Source: Cepsa Bioenergia, El Estrecho Digital, 29 Aug., 2017) Contact: Cepsa Bioenergia, +34 913 54 27 12, www.cepsa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cepsa Bioenergia,  Abengoa,  Biodiesel,  


Walmart Expects 1 Billion Tonne CO2 Emissions Cut (Ind. Report)
Walmart
Date: 2017-09-01
Arkansas-headquartered retail giant Walmart reports the launch of Project Gigaton, a new sustainability platform that will eliminate over 1 billion metric tons (gigaton) of greenhouse gases from the Walmart supply chain by 2030 -- the equivalent of removing 211 million cars from the road for an entire year. By way of comparison, in 2014 entire plant's total carbon emissions was 9.75 gigatons.

Project Gigaton focuses on limiting Scope 3 carbon emissions which are a consequence of normal business operations, but over which the company has no direct control. In order to cut down on these carbon emissions Walmart has launched an online portal where their suppliers can navigate to better manage their waste, energy use, product design, packaging, deforestation, and more. The project is also intended to make Walmart's processes and operations more transparent. (Source: Walmart, Good360, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Walmart, Kathleen McLaughlin, VP, corporate.walmart.com/contact-us

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Walmart,  Carbon Footprint,  


U.S. DOE Promoting Net-Zero Energy Schools (Ind. Report)
US DOE, NREL
Date: 2017-09-01
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports it is working with k-12 school districts around the country to break down barriers to zero energy schools and to create educational facilities that can produce enough renewable energy to meet their consumption needs.

To that end, DOE has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop a feasibility study on zero energy schools and provide specific energy usage targets to cost-effectively achieve zero energy and focused on strategies to balance energy consumption and energy supply. The pathways for managing energy consumption include optimal design of the building walls, roof, and windows, lighting systems, heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, controls, and service water heating. (Source: US DOE, NREL, ProudGreenBuilding, Aug. 31, 2017)Contact: NREL, Dr. Martin Keller, Director, www.nrel.gov; US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  NREL,  US DOE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Tougher EU Vehicle Emissions Tests Now in Force (Int'l)
Vehicle Emissions
Date: 2017-09-01
In the European Union, effective today, tougher and more realistic vehicle emissions tests, including anew laboratory test WLTP, will introduce much more realistic testing conditions for measuring vehicle pollutants and CO2 emissions.

Under a second new test to measure emissions on the road -- RDE Test -- a car will be driven on public roads over a wide range of conditions using portable measuring equipment. RDE will complement WLTP to ensure that pollutant emission levels, measured during the laboratory test, are confirmed on the road.

Together, the new tests will provide a more accurate basis for measuring a vehicle's fuel consumption and emissions. The new tests will apply only to new cars from September until the end of the year and to all vehicles from September 2018. (Source: EURACTIV, Others, 30 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


P.E.I. Willow Carbon Sequestration Study Wins Funding (Funding)
Greenhouse Gas
Date: 2017-09-01
In Canada's smallest province Prince Edward Island, (pop. 146,000; 5,660 sq. km) the East Prince Agri-Environment Association has been awarded $895,000 for a project to study willow trees planted on riverbanks can act as a carbon storage sinks to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and protect streams and rivers from nitrogen and phosphorous runoffs.

The project is one of 20 supported by the $27 million Canadian Federal Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program, a partnership with universities and conservation groups across Canada. The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm. The East Prince Agri-Environment Association is a group of 12 farm families that came together in 2015 to explore ways of building a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly agriculture industry. (Source: CBC, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Agriculture Canada Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program, www.agr.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Sink,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Carbon Storage,  


Vestas Wins 25-Turbine Mongolian Wind Farm Order (Int'l Report)
Vestas
Date: 2017-09-01
Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of a 55 MW order for the Sainshand Wind Park in Mongolia. The order includes turbine supply and installation and a 15-year Active Output Management 4,000 service contract. The Sainshand Wind Park, the country's largest, will incorporate 25 V110-2.0 MW turbines in 2.2 MW Power Optimized Mode. Long-term project financing is provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Turbine delivery and commissioning is slated for the first half of 2018. (Source: Vestas, Economic Times, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  


Duke Energy, Florida PSC Agreement Calls for $6Bn in Florida Energy Investments (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-09-01
Duke Energy reports it plans to add 700 MW of solar power capacity in Florida in the next four years under the terms of an amended agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC). The agreement, which proposes an investment of approximately $6 billion in solar energy, smart meter, grid improvement, new billing options, electric vehicle charging stations and up to 50 MW of battery storage systems, will come into force in January 2018.

Duke Energy intends to start building a 74.9-MW solar park in Jasper, Hamilton County at the beginning of next year. It will be its sixth photovoltaic (PV) facility in the state, comprising about 300,000 solar modules with an expected output sufficient for 20,000 homes. (Source: Duke Energy, RenewablesNow, Others, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Florida, Harry Sideris,Pres., www.duke-energy.com; Florida Public Service Commission, www.psc.state.fl.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  PV,  


Xcel Announces 2.4-GW Colorado Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2017-09-01
Xcel Energy and a coalition of 14 diverse groups have presented a new Colorado Energy Plan to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that includes adding 2,400 MW of clean energy capacity, mostly from renewable sources.

The clean energy proposal would entail a $2.5 billion investment in rural Colorado that could increase the state's renewable energy standard to 55 pct by 2026. Xcel intends to issue an all-source RfP seeking up to 1,000 MW of wind, 700 MW of solar and 700 MW of natural gas and/or storage capacity. The plan sets utility ownership targets of 50 pct of renewable generation resources and 75 pct of natural gas-fired, storage, or renewable with storage generation resources in the portfolio, according to an Xcel statement. The plan is subject to CPUC approval. (Source: Xcel Energy, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy Colorado, David Eves, Pres., www.xcelenergy.com; Colorado Public Utilities Commission, (303) 894-2000, www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/puc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


HERO Energy Efficiency Funding Now in Palm Beach (Ind. Report)
PACE,HERO
Date: 2017-09-01
In the Sunshine State, home owner across Palm Beach County now have access to HERO financing for residential energy, efficiency and wind-resistance improvements. Low, fixed-interest HERO program funding can be repaid over time through a voluntary additional assessment on the homeowner's property tax bill. Eligible improvements include solar panels, energy-efficient HVAC systems, roofing and windows, roof-to-wall connections, storm shutters and other products that can protect against wind damage and meet or exceed Florida Building Code requirements.

HERO, a public-private partnership between the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) and Renovate America, is the nation's largest Property Assessed Clean Energy(PACE) financing program.

HERO financing offers fixed interest rates ranging from 3.49%-7.99 pct and funds up to 100 percent of the home improvement, while the term of the financing is based on the useful life of the product, up to 25 years. (Source: Renovate America, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Renovate America, Greg Frost, (619) 568-6747, gfrost@renovateamerica.com, www.renovateamerica.com; Florida Development Finance Corp., Bill Spivey, Exec. Dir., (407) 956-5600, www.enterpriseflorida.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HERO,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Financing,  


West Milwaukee School District Borrowing $15.8Mn for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-09-01
In Wisconsin, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District reports it will borrow $15.8 million in state trust fund loans for energy efficiency and capital improvement projects at various properties.

The total $15.8 million is split between two separate loans -- one totaling $12.8 million to finance energy efficiency projects and one totaling $3 million for capital improvements of "an everyday nature."

The energy efficiency projects include adding LED lighting, boiler replacements and others are slated for completion sometime in the next 18 months. The $3 million loan for capital improvements will cover things like flooring, parking lots, and exterior facility maintenance. All those projects will be completed in the 2017-18 school year. (Source: West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, Journal Sentinal, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, (414) 604-3000, www.wawm.k12.wi.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


Increased Focus on Energy Efficiency Urged in UK (Int'l)
REMEHA,Energy Institute
Date: 2017-09-01
In the UK, following the results of a recent Energy Institute (EI) survey, REMEHA, a leading supplier of heating solutions and a pioneer in condensing boiler technology and low carbon boiler systems, is calling for a strengthening of government's energy efficiency policy and a more robust follow through on policy enforcement and delivery.

Of the respondents to the EI survey, 64 pct said that energy efficiency should be prioritized since it is considered he least expensive and lowest risk measure to reduce emissions and support the UK in seizing the economic advantages of moving to a low-carbon economy. Despite the importance of energy efficiency, only around half of those surveyed felt that government policy had been effective in this area during 2016. Without better policy instruments, nearly eight out of 10 respondents believe the UK will fall short of meeting the fifth carbon budget, which requires emissions to be 57 pct lower than 1990 levels by 2030. (Source: REMEHA, Heating & Ventilating Review, Aug., 2017) Contact: RENEHA, Paul Wilson, Nat. Sales Mgr., www.remeha.co.uk; Energy Institute, Louise Kingham, CEO, +44 20 7467 7100, www.energyinst.org

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


Fiberight's ME. Waste-to-Fuel Project Near Startup (Ind. Report)
Fiberight
Date: 2017-08-30
Following on our October 24, 2016 coverage, Maryland-based Fiberight reports its waste-to-energy plant which is under construction in Hampden, Maine, is reaching financial close and expects to begin accepting waste material from more than 100 area communities as originally scheduled. The facility may not, however begin processing biofuels from the wastre immediately and large portion of the waste may be headed for landfill sites.

Fiberight is a privately held company with operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. The company focuses on transforming municipal solid waste (MSW) and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels, with cellulosic ethanol as the core product. (Source: Fiberight, CM, 26 July, 2017) Contact: Fiberight LLC, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, (408) 390-3275, emcafee@fiberight.com, www.fiberight.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fiberight,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel ,  


Busan Opens Korean Methane Fuel Cell Power Plant (Int'l Report)
Busan Green Energy
Date: 2017-08-30
In South Korea, Busan Green Energy Co. Ltd. , a special purpose company formed by the Busan Metropolitan City government, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company, Busan City Gas and Samsung C&T Corporation, are reporting completion of a 180.8 billion won fuel cell power plant near Hauendae Shin Dosi.

The power plant will utilize the hydrogen and oxygen compound methane, a central component of natural gas, causing a chemical reaction to generate electricity. The facility will generate 250,000 MWh of energy and 240,000 Gigacalories (Gcal) of heating per year.

Busan Energy Co. Ltd. manufactures and distributes renewable energy equipment. The Company produces electricity generators, fuel batteries, and other products.(Source: Busan Green Energy, Korea BizWire, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Busan Green Energy , +82-51-703-1831

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Cell,  Methane,  Green Energy,  


EC Study Highlights Ethanol Blend Benefits (Ind. Report)
ePURE,Ethanol
Date: 2017-08-30
In Brussels, the European Commission has just released the attached report highlighting the benefits of higher ethanol blends in gasoline. The study, conducted by ICF for the Commission's Directorate-General for Climate, assessed the impact of higher levels of bio components in transportation fuels and found that increased ethanol blends would result in reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter (PM). For example, ethanol blends reduce emissions of HC/CO/PM by 5 to 20 pct compared to petrol with no ethanol. The study also found that compared to current blending levels, the use of higher ethanol blends will not result in adverse evaporative emissions impacts in petrol, a higher level of renewable ethanol in petrol boosts boosting engine performance and efficiency while cutting emissions.

Access the full study HERE. (Source: ePURE, PR, 29 Aug., 2017) Contact: ePURE, Robert Wright, Sec. Gen, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol,  


Brazilian Sugar Mills Increase Ethanol Production (Int'l. Report)
UNICA
Date: 2017-08-30
Reuters is reporting that Brazilian sugar mills cut sugar production in August while increasing ethanol production as demand and prices for the biofuel improved, Forty pct of the plants able to produce both sugar and ethanol had shifted toward ethanol production in Auigust, according to cane industry group UNICA.

The country's center-south region produced 3.16 million tonnes of sugar in the first half of August, compared to 3.41 million tonnes in the previous two-week period. Mills crushed 45.29 million tonnes of cane in the period versus 50.74 million tonnes in late July. Ethanol production fell to 1.95 billion liters from 2.08 billion liters late in July. Hydrous ethanol production jumped 14 pct in the first half of August from the second half of July. (Source: UNICA, Reuters, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: UNICA, english.unica.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  UNICA,  


Ardagh Group Wins ENERGY STAR Building Certification (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2017-08-30
Indianapolis-based Ardagh Group, Glass - North America, a division of Ardagh Group, reports its Fairfield, California plant has been awarded its second US EPA ENERGY STAR® building certification for superior energy performance.

The majority of the Fairfield facility's energy consumption is generated by lighting. The 24 hour, five-day-a-week distribution center has 64 docks, 10,000 square feet of office space, and more than one million square feet of storage and warehouse space. By installing energy-efficient, motion-sensor lighting fixtures throughout the distribution center, Ardagh Group was able to reduce operational costs, while reducing its impact on the environment.

Since 2010, 10 Ardagh Group facilities and buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR certification 32 times. Source: Ardagh Group, PR, 29 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ardagh Group, John Riordan, President and CEO, Gina Behrman, Marketing, (765) 741-7092, gina.l.behrman@ardaghgroup.com , www.ardaghgroup.com/glass; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


ReneSola Considers Assets Sale to Retain NYSE Listing (Ind. Report)
ReneSola
Date: 2017-08-30
Chinese solar manufacturer ReneSola reports it has been told for the second time in less than a year that it has fallen below NYSE listing criteria, as its average market cap has remained below $50M for 30 consecutive trading days. To regain compliance and avoid relisting, the company is considering the sale of PV production operations and its LED distribution businesses which, if sold, could could eliminate approximately $573 million in debts, according to the company. (Source: ReneSola, Seeking Alpha, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: ReneSola Ltd., Brian Armentrout, (603) 748-6933, marketing@renesola.com, www.renesola.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ReneSola,  PV,  Solar,  


Vector Ads LG Chem Energy Storage Solutions to Line (Int'l)
Vector Energy Solutions
Date: 2017-08-30
In the Land Down Under, Vector Energy Solutions Ltd. reports it will be expanding its energy storage options for residential, industrial, and commercial customers, starting with LG Chem's battery storage products. LG Chem manufactures and supplies utility scale Li-ion batteries with over 2.8GWh of renewable energy and other projects to date.

Vector Energy Solutions presently handles the Tesla Powerwall energy storage system and can finance and install the product as well as provide end-to-end service. (Source: Vector Energy Solutions, PR, 29 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vector Energy Solutions, Brian Ryan, 1800 853 945, info@vectorenergy.com.au, www.vectorenergy.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vector Energy Solutions,  ,  Energy Storage,  


RFA Calls for Hurricane Harvey Fuel Waiver (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2017-08-30
In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) asked the agency to "take immediate action to expand the scope and geographic coverage" of the fuel waiver issued by the agency Aug. 26 in response to Hurricane Harvey.

"While EPA's August 26 waiver of certain reformulated gasoline (RFG) and Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) requirements was a welcome step, it is not delivering meaningful relief from escalating gasoline prices in Texas and across the rest of the country. Specifically, RFA is asking EPA to relax the RVP limits to 10 psi for all finished gasoline blended with ethanol in conventional and RFG areas nationwide, through Sept. 15. In effect, this could be achieved by specifying that gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol by volume qualifies for the "special provisions for alcohol blends" found in 40 C.F.R. 80.27(d) (i.e., the 1.0 psi "waiver" for 9 -- 10 pct ethanol blends.

"In the days since EPA issued the August 26 fuel waiver, market conditions have worsened and supply shortages are expected to be more severe than previously thought. Gasoline futures prices have surged nearly 10 percent since August 24, 2017, the day before Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

"It is being broadly reported that at least 10 percent of the nation's refining capacity has been shuttered as a result of the hurricane, and analysts now expect further price surges in the wake of hurricane-related refinery and terminal outages. In addition, both offshore and onshore drilling rigs have been idled, leading to lower crude oil production and tighter supplies for refineries in the weeks ahead.

"The action we are requesting would significantly enhance flexibility for blenders and refiners and help alleviate the logistical challenges and shortfalls that are causing gas prices to spike. Relaxing RVP requirements to 10.0 psi nationwide would immediately allow gasoline blenders to produce fuel that complies with EPA regulations using any available gasoline blendstock on the market. It would also immediately allow blenders to use up to 15 percent ethanol by volume in all finished gasoline in all areas of the country, proving a badly needed source of additional supply and helping to offset gasoline shortfalls resulting from refinery and terminal outages.

"While the waiver issued August 26, 2017, allows gasoline with less than 9 pct ethanol by volume to qualify for the special provisions for alcohol blends requirement (i.e., the 1 psi waiver for E10), it did not allow blends containing up to 15 percent to qualify for the provision. Extending this temporary waiver to 15 percent ethanol blends would greatly assist in alleviating current price spikes and supply crunches." (Source: RFA, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  


Ohio State Energy Efficiency Projects Set to Begin (Ind. Report)
ENGIE,Ohio State University
Date: 2017-08-30
In Columbus, Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) reports it has received the Ohio State University Board of Trustee approval to begin updating the campus's energy infrastructure under the terms of a 50-year deal to manage the university's energy assets. Ohio State Energy Partners is comprised of Engie and Axium, an investment firm.

OSEP will begin replacing inefficient "near retirement" age equipment on campus with more efficient new-age technology. Some parts of the plan will happen more quickly, like replacing streetlights, but the most important way for the Energy Partners to exceed its efficiency goals is through building audits to identify specific inefficient aspects where each building could improve. Fixes could include "behavioral economics", new insulation, analyzing building usage, lighting and temperature controls. (Source: Ohio State University, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ohio State Energy Partners, Serdar Tufekci , CEO, www.osu.edu/energymanagement

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Engie,  


Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges -- NREL Report Attached (Ind. Report)
NREL
Date: 2017-08-30
The attached NREL report presents the first publicly available comprehensive survey of the magnitude of demand charges for commercial customers across the U.S. -- a key predictor of the financial performance of behind-the-meter battery storage systems. There are an estimated 5 million commercial customers nationwide who can subscribe to retail electricity tariffs that have demand charges in excess of $15 per kilowatt -- over a quarter of the total 18 million commercial customers the U.S. While the economic viability of installing battery energy storage must be determined on a case-by-case basis, high demand charges are often cited as a critical factor in battery project economics. Increasing use of demand charges in utility tariffs and anticipated future declines in storage costs may also serve to unlock additional markets and strengthen existing ones.

Download the full Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges report HERE. (Source: NREL, Aug., 2017) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  


Bluff Point Wind Center Energy Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2017-08-30
In a news release, NextEra Energy Resources LLC reports construction of its $200 million wind project in Jay and Randolph counties Indiana is well underway. The project includes construction of the 119.9-MW Bluff Point Wind Energy Center in southern Jay County and 57 General Electric wind turbines which are expected to generate sufficient power for more than 36,000 homes. the release said. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources LLC, WISHTV, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources ,  Wind,  


50 Home Depots Host Rooftop Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
Home Depot
Date: 2017-08-30
Following on our 21 August coverage, U.S. home improvement retail giant Home Depot reports the installation of solar panels on 50 of its 2,282 retail store locations.

The installations, which are part the company's expansion of its alternative energy portfolio, are expected to reduce electricity grid demand by an estimated 30 to 35 pct annually at each Home Depot location. The average Home Depot store roof, at approximately 104,000 square feet, will accommodate 1,000 panels.

The Home Depot is working with Current, powered by GE, on 20 solar installations at stores in New Jersey, as well as eight stores in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, DC. and an additional 22 stores in California and New York. (Source: Home Depot, PV Buzz, Others, 27 Aug., 2017) Contact: Home Depot, https://corporate.homedepot.com/contact-us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Home Depot,  Rooftop Solar,  Solar,  


Hokkaido Leads Japanese Prefectures in Renewables Generation (Int'l)
Japan's Natural Resources and Energy Agency
Date: 2017-08-30
In Japan, Hokkaido prefecture is the leading producer of electric power from renewable energy sources among the nation's 47 prefectures, according to data compiled by Japan's Natural Resources and Energy Agency.

In fiscal 2016, a total of 28.42 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity was produced nationwide from the five alternative sources, also including wind, geothermal, biomass and waste-to-energy power generation -- sufficient power for 9.5 million Japanese households. The agency's data also showed that on a prefecture-by-prefecture basis, Hokkaido accounted for nearly 10 pct of the nation's total, generating 2.72 billion kilowatt-hours. Among all prefectures, it was the leader in solar power and second in wind and biomass power. (Source: Japan Natural Resources and Energy Agency, Japan Times, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Japan Natural Resources and Energy Agency, www.enecho.meti.go.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Japan Renewable Energy,  


Romeo Power Raises $100Mn for Battery Facility Launch (Funding)
Romeo Power
Date: 2017-08-30
Vernon, California-headquartered battery and energy storage startup Romeo Power reports it has raised almost $100 million in financing from unnamed investors, including $65 million in contracts, with which to launch its 113,000 square-foot, fully automated manufacturing facility, scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Once operational, the plant is expected to produce 1GWh of battery capacity on a single shift, reaching 4GWh capacity per shift during 2018.

The company will produce cylindrical lithium-ion cells for mobility and a product named Powerstack for stationary energy storage based on the same battery pack design. Romeo Power says that energy density in its batteries can be 25 pct higher than competing lithium-ion providers. The product's thermal performance is good enough to improve (reduce) charging times by anywhere from 15 pct to 30 pct and have inbuilt protection against thermal runaway and is well-protected against cross cell propagation, according to the company. (Source: Romeo Power, Energy Storage, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Romeo Power, Michael Patterson, CEO, (323) 675-2180, www.romeopower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  ,  


Blatter Wraps Up Prairie Wind Farm Turbine Installations (Ind. Report)
Blattner Energy,MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-08-30
Avon, Minnesota-based renewable energy specialist Blattner Energy reports work on the second phase of the 84-turbine, 168-MW Prairie Wind Farm near Oskaloosa, Oklahoma, is near completion. Construction began on the Prairie Wind Farm in April.

MidAmerican Energy will soon purchase the project from Blattner to supply Mahaska County and MidAmerican Energy customers in Iowa with wind energy by the year end. (Source: Blattner,PR, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Blattner Energy, (320) 356-7351, www.blattnerwind.com; MidAmerican Energy, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blattner Energy,  Wind.MidAmerican Energy,  


Delaware Establishes Offshore Wind Working Group (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-08-30
In Dover, Delaware Governor John Carney on Monday signed an executive order establishing the Offshore Wind Working Group to study potential environmental and economic development benefits of offshore wind development to serve Delaware.

The working group will begin meeting next month and will review economic opportunities and environmental benefits of offshore wind development, and the costs and benefits of developing offshore wind. Working group members also will review laws and regulations governing the development of renewable energy, and recommend changes. Additionally, they will identify barriers and opportunities involved in developing offshore wind to benefit Delawareans.

By December 15, the working group will submit a report to the Governor that makes recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing wind power to serve Delaware, and plans to develop job opportunities in the offshore wind industry. The group also will draft any necessary legislation, including possible amendments to Delaware's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act. (Source: news.delaware.gov, 28 Aug., 2017)Contact: Delaware Governor John Carney, governor.delaware.gov

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Scottish Non-Profits Call for Low-Carbon Infrastructure Investments (Int'l. Report)
British Lung Foundation, WWF Scotland
Date: 2017-08-30
In the UK, the British Lung Foundation in Scotland and the World Wildlife Fund are calling on the Scottish Government to focus investment on low-carbon infrastructure projects that create green jobs, boost the economy, improve health and address climate change.

The move follows calls for the Scottish Government to include a target in the Climate Change Bill to ensure every home in Scotland has an Energy Performance Certificate band C. The two groups claim the Government's 2015 commitment to make energy efficiency a National Infrastructure Priority had not been backed by the necessary funding. (Source: British Lung Foundation, WWF Scotland, Holyrood Mag., 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: British Lung Foundation in Scotland , Irene Johnstone, www.blf.org.uk; WWF Scotland, Sarah Beattie-Smith, Senior Climate and Energy Policy Officer, +44 131 659 9100, www.wwf.org.uk/scotland

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CCS Market Worth Over $6Bn by 2024, says Report (Ind. Report)
Global Market Insights,CCS
Date: 2017-08-30
According to a recently released report from Global Market Insights, Inc., the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market will cross $6 billion by 2024, due to the growing demand for carbon technologies to meet 20 degrees C scenario along with strict government regulations to curb carbon footprint.

Product ability to reduce carbon emission by 85 pct to 90 pct makes CCS adoption preferable to other available alternates while favorable government initiatives to encourage adoption of sustainable technology along with measures to reduce toxic pollutant concentrations will stimulate CCS.

In the U.S. the 2008 U.S Energy Improvement and Extension Act introduced section 45Q to provide credit of $20 per tonne for storing CO2 in deep water saline formations and $10 per tonne for storing CO2 through enhanced oil recovery. In 2016, the Obama administration funded $90 billion through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act towards strategic clean energy investment and tax credit to promote development of low carbon technologies.

The report is available from Global Market Insights. www.gminsights.com. (Source: Global Market Insights, World Coal, 29 Aug., 2017)Contact: Global Market Insights, (216) 525-0600, www.gminsights.com

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Cattle Methane Emissions Studied at Univ. Lethbridge (Ind. Report)
University of Lethbridge
Date: 2017-08-30
On the Canadian prairies, Alberta's University of Lethbridge reports it has been awarded $1.1 million by the federal government's Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program to investigate whether the use of biochar in beef cattle diets reduces the amount of methane they produce. The project is called Assessment of the Potential of Biochar Added to Beef Cattle Diets to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture..

Because a single cow can produce 200 to 500 lpd of methane, the cattle industry is estimated to be responsible for about 38 pct of agricultural greenhouse gases. Cattle release methane and CO2 by silently belching about once a minute. The researchers hope to find a way to reduce the amount of methane produced while still maintaining a productive herd.

The researchers will be testing the effects of biochar which has been shown to create favourable conditions for the growth of bacteria that aid in digestion. The research will study whether small amounts of biochar added to cattle feed improves the efficiency of digestion and thereby reduces the amount of methane produced. Researchers will calculate the methane produced, measure the average daily gain, monitor the health of the cows, analyze the manure and test its effect on soils.

For the project, the University of Lethbridge will collaborate with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the universities of Manitoba and Alberta, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and two industry partners -- Cool Planet and Blue Rock Animal Nutrition. (Source: Univ. of Lethbridge, Aug. 2017) Contact: University of Lethbridge, Dr. Erasmus Okine, (403) 329-7185, erasmus.okine@uleth.cawww.uleth.ca

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Aemetis' Indian Enzymatic Biodiesel Unit Completed (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2017-08-30
Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. reports that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has completed the construction of initial process equipment and has obtained regulatory approval for the production of enzymatic biodiesel from low-cost waste oil feedstocks using Aemetis' patent-pending process technology at its biodiesel plant in Kakinada, India.

The Aemetis 50 million gpy Kakinada biorefinery can also produce and supply refined glycerin to pharmaceutical and industrial customers. The Aemetis plant is India's first and only biofuels producer approved under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for delivery of tallow and waste oil biodiesel into California. (Source: Aemetis, PR, Aug. 28, 2017) Contact: Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 390-3275, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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CaGBC Launching Green Building Standards Organization (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council,Green Business Certification
Date: 2017-08-30
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports it has created a joint venture with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to create Green Business Certification Inc. Canada, a new organization that will focus solely on project certification and professional credentialing of green buildings and businesses. New standards and certifications that GBCI Canada will oversee include a zero-carbon building standard which will be introduced in September.

The new program will be in charge of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system for improving the efficiency of water and energy use in buildings. LEED certification was previously offered through CaGBC. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Business Vancouver, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org; Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbta.org

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Veridium Lab Launching $150Mn Environmental Market Carbon Credit Offering (Int'l Report)
Veridium Labs
Date: 2017-08-30
In Hong Kong, environmental technology startup Veridium Labs reports it aims to raise $150 million in October through the sale of tokens backed by forest Carbon Offset Credits (Carbon Credits) and other credits used to fund environmental mitigation efforts. Proceeds will be used to build a platform to enable trading of assets backed by "natural capital" -- air, water, forests, and minerals -- an untapped and undervalued asset class that academics from several U.S. universities have estimated is worth more than $120 trillion.

Veridium will issue two types of tokens. VERIDIUM membership tokens will grant access to the trading platform while TGR tokens represent actual environmental mitigation credits. Some companies purchase the credits voluntarily while other credits, such as wetland or stream credits, are required by the U.S. EPA and other regulators. Pension funds and investment firms are the major drivers of environmental mitigation credits, as they try to ensure the companies they invest in are socially responsible, according to Veridium.

There will be 15 million "TGR" tokens at the initial offering, backed by REDD+ forest carbon offset credits issued by Infinite Earth and backed by natural assets from the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Borneo, Indonesia. Infinite Earth currently holds a 60-year lease on the Indonesian biodiversity reserve.

Veridium Labs Ltd., a joint-venture between ConsenSys AG and EnVision Corporation, is an Environmental FinTech company offering a real-world application of blockchain technology that uses the cryptographic environmental mitigation offsets issued through the Veridium Network to create an entirely new asset class of commodities with net positive environmental impacts. Veridium Labs is responsible for creating enterprise solutions for corporations that will drive demand for the tokenized natural capital assets issued on the blockchain through the Veridium Network. The company is currently working on climate change risk mitigation products for institutional portfolio management companies, pension funds and endowments as well as creating sustainable supply chain solutions for Fortune 100 & 500 companies. (Source: Veridium Labs, NYTimes, Others, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Veridium Labs, Todd Lemons, CEO, +852-5808-0007, (980) 202-0297, www.veridium.io

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SFU Sustainability Initiatives Earn LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
Simon Fraser University
Date: 2017-08-28
In Burnaby, British Columbia, Simon Fraser University (SFU) reports its Shrum Chemistry Building has been awarded Canada Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for its recently completed energy efficiency and renovations upgrades.

The Shrum Chemistry lab incorporates new systems for water efficiency and use reduction, optimized energy performance, and waste management, green cleaning practices. Sustainability achievements include diverting at least 75 pct of construction waste from landfills, and installation of new laboratory fume hoods that exhaust 50 pct less air when sashes are closed. (Source: Simon Fraser Univ., PR, 24 Aug., 2017) Contact: Simon Fraser Univ, Wendy Lee, Dev. Mgr., , (778) 782-3253, www.sfu.ca/fs; Canadian Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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Indianapolis Plans $12Mn LED Streetlight Retrofit (Ind. Report)
Indianapolis Light & Power
Date: 2017-08-28
The city of Indianapolis reports it plans to invest $12 million to retrofit more than 27,240 streetlights and use the energy savings from the new lights to pay for an additional 4,000 streetlight units. Indianapolis Power & Light will retrofit the city's conventional street lights with energy efficient LED technology over the next three years. The upgrade is expected to save an estimate $800,000 per year.

The plan requires Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approval. Th project is expected to get underway early next year. (Source: IP&L, Indianapolis Bus. Journal, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: City of Indianapolis, City Council, (317) 327-4242, www.indy.gov; Indianapolis Light & Power, www.iplpower.com

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Report to the Secretary (Rick Perry) on Electricity Markets and Reliability -- US DOE Report Attached Ind, Report)
US DOE
Date: 2017-08-28
A US Department of Energy (DOE) new electric grid study has concluded energy efficiency is playing a key role in maintaining a reliable power system, even though the Trump administration is seeking to reduce programs that support efficiency.

According to the report he decrease in total electric power consumption nationwide can be in great part attributed to energy efficiency policies adopted by utilities as well as new technologies developed with assistance from the federal government also have helped to strengthen the reliability and resilience of the power grid and contributed to flattening energy demand.

Download the full DOE Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, Think Progress, 25 Aug., 2017)

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Modon, Goldwind Ink Saudi Wind-Turbines Agreement (Int'l)
Saudi Industrial Property Authority,Goldwind Science & Technology
Date: 2017-08-28
Riyadh-headquartered Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) and National Industrial Clusters Development Program have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China-headquartered Goldwind Science & Technology to explore wind-turbines manufacturing opportunities in the kingdom.

Under the terms of the agreement, Modon will allocate land to the Chinese company in its industrial cities and the National Industrial Clusters Development Program will assist Goldwind in identifying investment opportunities and support its search for local partners. (Source: TradeArabia News Service, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: Saudi Industrial Property Authority, info@modon.gov.sa, www.modon.gov.sa/en; Goldwind, www.goldwindglobal.com

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Northern Ireland's GHGs Down 30pct Since 1990 (Int'l Report)
GHG,Northern Ireland
Date: 2017-08-28
The Belfast Telegraph is reporting that Norther Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 30 pct since 1990 while the population grew by 16 pct. The GHG decrease is due primarily to a shift away from coal use for power generation and an increase and improvements in energy efficiency initiatives. The Telegraph also reports the ratio of emissions to gross value added (GVA) in Northern Ireland dropped 54 pct between 1998 and 2015. GHG emissions per household also decreased 25 pct over the past five years from a peak of 4.20 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per household in 2010 to 3.16 tonnes of CO2e in 2015. Fuel switching to natural gas from more carbon-intensive fuels such as coal and oil has reduced emissions, but more households creates greater demand for energy. (Source: Belfast Telegraph, 22 Aug., 2017)

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ECS Global Solutions Touts Smart Building Platform (Ind. Report)
ECS Global Solutions
Date: 2017-08-28
ECS Global Solutions Inc., a provider of integrated smart building and energy intelligence solutions, is near completion on the installation of a Smart Building Platform for Regent Medical Properties in New York City.

The integrated Smart Building Platform is being delivered through ECS' Smart Building as a Service program which includes open-architecture building automation for HVAC, intelligent LED lighting, IP camera and card access, and integrated on site sub-metering. The program enables precise energy and operations management while delivering continuous real-time data analytics on facility system performance.

The Regent Medical Properties installation has been financed through the Efficiency Made Easy program available from Constellation, a retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services and subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. The Efficiency Made Easy program enables commercial and industrial supply customers to implement energy efficiency and other solutions without upfront capital expenditures (Source: ECS Global Solutions, Facility Exec., 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: ECS Global Solutions, , Len Pisano, Chief Development , (718) 855-5888, info@ecs-global.com, www.ecsglobal.com

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Warren County Va. School Touted as Energy Net-Zero (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-08-28
In the Old Dominion State, the Warren County Public Schools commission reports construction is underway on the county's newest net-zero building.

The new Jennings Creek Elementary School is designed to reduce, or eliminate, energy costs while earning income for the district. The building's structural exterior walls are constructed of insulated concrete forms that look like giant Styrofoam Legos and reportedly cut energy consumption by about 25 pct for an avoided cost of about $11 million. The new building also incorporates a solar array that can be expanded to provide all of the school's energy requirements as well as a geothermal systems for heating and cooling. (Source: Warren County Public Schools, WKU, 22 Aug., 2017) Contact: Warren County Public Schools District, Jay Wilson, Energy Manager, (540) 635-2171, www.wcps.k12.va.us

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Brookdale Energy Efficiency Yields $7.6Mn Savings (Ind. Report)
Brookdale Senior Living
Date: 2017-08-28
Brookdale Senior Living Inc., the Brentwood, Tennessee-based owner and operator of over 1,000 seniors living communities spanning 47 states, reports it's recent company-wide improved sustainability program to improve resident and staff comfort and to cut energy consumption has delivered $7.6 million in energy savings.

The company installed occupancy sensors in common rooms, offices and storage areas, completed LED retrofits throught 73 seniors living complexes, installed more than 48,000 occupancy sensors, retrofitted and installed 4,148 high-efficiency water fixtures, smart irrigation controls and achieved Energy Star certifications. The company is presently investigating a real-time energy monitoring system and increasing resident engagement through its "Turn It Off" challenge, which tasked each Brookdale community to find unique ways to reduce waste and cut and energy and water usage.

To date, Brookdale has achieved a 2.42 pct reduction in energy usage, saving 19.75 million kWh and yielding an estimated $7.6 million in normalized energy savings, according to the company's Sustainability Report. (Source: Bookdale Seniors Living, Senior Living News, August 22, 2017) Contact: Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Marla Thalheimer, Director of Sustainability, (888) 221-7317, www.brookdale.com

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Low-Carbon Vehicles Qualify for Indonesian Tax Breaks (Int;l)
Indonesian Ministry of Industry
Date: 2017-08-28
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Ministry of Industry reports it has developed a policy of tax breaks aimed at promoting hybrid and electric vehicles, clean-diesel and fuel cell powered vehicles as a way of reducing emissions by 29 pct by 2030. The "Low Carbon Emission Vehicle" program is expected to be introduced before the year end.

The new program will replace the existing tax exemption program for gasoline-powered vehicles with low emissions and low fuel consumption. (Source: Indonesian Ministry of Industry, Nikkei Asian Review, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Indonesian Ministry of Industry, www.sialparis.com

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Harvard Study Assess Oil Giant's Climate Change Communications -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2017-08-28
A newly published study by Dr. Geoffrey Supran and Dr. Naomi Oreskes of Harvard University marks an important advance in the examination of fossil fuel companies' responsibility for climate change. The study presents an empirical document-by-document textual content analysis and comparison of 187 climate change communications from petroleum giant ExxonMobil, including peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications, internal company documents, and paid, editorial-style advertisements ('advertorials') in the New York Times. The paper examine whether these communications sent consistent messages about the state of climate science and its implications, Specifically, the report compares ExxonMobils' positions on climate change as real, human-caused, serious, and solvable.

The paper concludes that ExxonMobil contributed to advancing climate science -- by way of its scientists' academic publications -- but promoted doubt about it in advertorials and thus misled the public.

Download the report HERE. (Source: IOP Science, Union of Concerned Scientists, 23 Aug., 2017)

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Voters Action on Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2017-08-28
A Yale University Program on Climate Change Communications survey of registered American voters of every political strip has found that the vast majority of voters want more action from the President, Congress and corporations.

  • 89 pct of Democrats want corporations and industry to do more to address global warming. So do 75 pct of independents and 56 pct of Republicans. Overall, 74 pct of voters say business needs to do more;
  • 86 pct of Democrats, 73 pct of independents and 47 pct of Republicans want citizens to do more to address global warming. The overall percentage was 68 pct;
  • About 61 pct of voters About 86 pct of Democrats, 63 pct of independents and 31 pct of Republicans said say Pres. Trump needs to do much more;
  • 87 pct of Democrats, 63 pct of independents and 36 pct of Republicans say Congress must do much more to address climate change. 60 pct said their senator or congressman should do more.

    Majorities of voters also said they supported policies to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution. The majority said they were worried about climate change. When asked about their engagement with environmental campaigns and organizations, about 80 pct said they've never been called on to lobby an elected official about climate change and two out of three have ever been contacted by an organization to work to reduce global warming. (Source: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Climate Change Communications, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.,Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Anthony Leiserowitz, (203) 432-5055, climatechange@yale.edu, www,yale.edu

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  • Domtar Inaugurates Quebec Woody Biomass Power Plant (Ind. Report)
    Domtar
    Date: 2017-08-28
    Canadian pulp and paper giant Domtar is reporting the commissioning and startup of its 18 MW woody biomass fired power plant at its Windsor Mill in the Eastern Townships, Quebec. The $36 million second unit at this location will improve the energy efficiency of the mill while reducing production costs. In 2001, the Domtar Windsor Mill inaugurated its first 32 MW generating unit and now has a total production capacity of 50 MW . declared √Čric Ashby, general manager of Domtar's Windsor Mill. (Source: Domtar, PR, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: Domtar, Eric Ashby, Windsor Mill, GM, (800) 263-8366, www.domtar.com/en/pulp/mills/3592.asp, www.domtar.com

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