In other Solarplicity news, the company recently announced a £160 million investment programme backed by Holland's MAAS Capital that will provide 800,000 social housing households with solar panels, resulting in £192 million per year in energy savings. (Source: Solarplicity, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: Solarplicity, David Elbource, CEO, www.solarplicity.com
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GRE’s modular and saleable Renewable Fuel Production (RFP) Unit is a continuous feed system that uses pyrolysis to convert residential, commercial and industrial waste plastics into GRE Renewable Diesel, which is comparable to ASTMD 396. Modular and conveniently compact in size, GRE’s RFP Units and their proprietary, patented process allow the pyrolysis conversion to take place efficiently, economically and in an environmentally responsible way. (Source: Golden Renewable Energy, PR, 30 Jan., 2018)
Contact: GRE, Nicholas T. Canosa, Pres., CEO, www.goldenrenewable.com
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Under SMART, solar projects are assigned a value based subscriber class, location,storage compatibility and other variables. A portion of that value is determined by the contract of the project, whether it be the net metering, alternative on-bill crediting, qualifying facility, or behind-the-meter contract. Any remaining value is issued to the developer.
Three investor-owned utilities are currently working with the Department of Public Utilities to finalize tariffs for the SMART program which is expected to come into force this June. (Source: Ampion, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
, SolarPower, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: MDOER, www.mass.gov/org; Ampion, Nate Owen, CEO, (800) 277-3631, https://ampion.io
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Of the total investment, $48.4 million will fund research, development and demonstration of energy-efficient buildings which contribute approximately 17 pct of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.
NRCN is seeking innovative partners as the Government of Canada develops and puts in place new building codes to improve energy efficiency in Canada. Proposals are now being accepted for research, development and demonstration projects HERE.
(Source: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca; Generation Energy, www.nrcan.gc.ca/20093; Green Infrastructure Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca/cleangrowth/19780
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Indian Oil Corporation Ltd is India's largest commercial enterprise. The IndianOil Group of companies owns and operates 10 of India's 20 refineries and supplies more than 47.5 million households through a network of 4990 Indian distributors.
(Source: Praj Industries, Coherent News, 29 Jan., 2016)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, email@example.com, www.praj.net; Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries, Indian Oil Corp, Ethanol, Bio-Ethanol, Advanced Biofuel, Algae,
Northern Territory's state-owned power company Territory Generation announced the call for the Darwin - Katherine Alternative Energy Storage System Project earlier in January. It will be accepting proposals for different configurations with at least 30 minutes of storage in the third quarter of 2018.
The respondents include
Tesla Inc., Alstom Grid Australia, Infigen Energy, Mitsui & Co Australia, Carnegie Clean Energy, Energy Made Clean and other Australian and foreign firms. (Source: ABC Australia, Various Media, Jan., 2018)
The Methanol Park will incorporate four identical methanol Plants or "trains" each producing 1.8 million tpy of methanol from natural gas, making it the world's largest permitted methanol production facility. When fully operational, the Park will produce 7.2 million tpy of methanol. Production is slated to get underway in late 2020.
IGP is focused on methanol as a clean-burning drop-in transportation fuel that can replace gasoline and diesel and replace LPG, coal, wood, and kerosene in cooking fuel and industrial boilers.
(Source: Industrial Info Resources, IGP Methanol, Auto Channel, 26 Jan., 2018)Contact: IGP Methanol, Scott Benson, VP Marketing, (612) 417-5980, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.igpmethanol.com
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The project was intended to include a sawmill producing floor boards, a biofuel plant that creates clean diesel from the sawmill's waste and improvements to the shipping port in the town of Botswood. In February, 2017, Newgreen Technologies reached an agreement in principle with the province for access to 285,000 cubic metres of forest biomass on Crown lands, subject to the resubmission of a business plan with additional information, proof of the technology that was to be supplied by Tennessee-based Proton Power, proof of financing and work starting as soon as possible. The business plan was never updated and construction never began, so the forest biomass rights were forfeited due to the delay.
The biofuel was to be exported to European markets targeted at European markets. (Source: CBC, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: NewGreen Technology Inc., Jeff Penny, CEO, (813) 944-3185, www.newgreentech.us; Proton Power, (865) 376-7002, email@example.com, www.protonpower.com
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The weak crush volumes in the first half of January were reflected in both weak Centre South output of sugar, which dropped 92 pct year on year to 2,830 tonnes, and of ethanol, for which Unica reported volumes of 42.5 million litres, down 37 pct year on year. Of the 42.5 million litres in ethanol output reported, 33.55 million litres were produced from corn rather than sugar cane, as their feedstock.
UNICA is a sugarcane and ethanol fuel producers lobbying organization whose members are responsible for more than half of all ethanol produced in Brazil and 60 pct of overall sugar production.(Source: UNICA, AgriMoney, 24 Jan., 2019) Contact: UNICA, english.unica.com.br
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Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont. ( Source: Green Mountain Power , 29 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Green Mountain Power , Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenmountainpower.com (link sends e-mail)
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The new catalyst production line, located in Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu Province, manufactures state-of-the-art catalysts used in Honeywell UOP's Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process technology, which converts methanol from coal and natural gas into the olefins that are used to make plastic resins and fibers. The heart of the MTO process is a proprietary catalyst that facilitates the conversion of methanol into olefins.
(Source: Honeywell, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, Pres.,CEO, www.uop.com
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The proposal would allow homeowners to opt-out of the tax is they decide not to pay.
Proceeds from the fee would be used to fund alternative energy power for schools and other public buildings in the city of Athens.
Athens is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 10 pct.
(Source: SOPEC, NewPolitical, 26 Jan., 2018) Contact: SOPEC,
Eddie Smith, Exec. Dir., (740)677-2759, www.sopecinfo.org
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The company currently has around 2GW of renewables turbine capacity in the Pakistan and Middle Eastern markets, a wind blade manufacturing facility in Turkey, an agreement to develop a conventional 120MW sub-station in Egypt, and is eyeing other opportunities in the ongoing round of renewables and is working with developers bidding for the Saudi renewable energy projets. (Source: GE, The National UAE, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: GE Europe, Yves Rannous, CEO, GE Renewable Energy , +32 2 235 6855, www.ge.com/europe
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"I can say without hesitation that customers are embracing solar power because of its cost effectiveness and long-term price certainty. Tariffs would adversely impact the U.S. economy, burden domestic manufacturers and suppliers of other key components, raise prices for customers, and eliminate tens of thousands of jobs."-- Thomas H. Werner, CEO, SunPower, commenting on Trump's Solar Tariff
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The projects, which were approved by the province in 2016, are now going through a "technical review" as part of the final approval process by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. In 2016, the Ontario government also introduced new and more accurate standards for how companies model the noise impact of turbines before they're built. The lawsuit, however, alleges the proponents behind the five projects have been using old modelling standards.
If the projects were forced to adhere to the new standards, three quarters of the more than 200 proposed turbines in the province would be breaking the rules but if the developers use the new guidelines for modelling, those rule-breaking turbines "would have to be relocated or removed," according to legal council for the complainants. The lawsuit includes affidavits from noise pollution experts as well as from residents affected by the projects.
The five proposed projects include: Eastern Fields Wind Power Project, in the Municipality of The Nation;
Nation Rise Wind Farm, in the Township of North Stormont;
the Otter Creek Wind Farm, north of Wallaceburg in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent;
Romney Wind Energy Centre, in Lakeshore, Ont; and the Strong Breeze Wind Power Project in the Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich.
(Source: Various Media, CBC Ottawa, 28 Jan., 2018)
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Among the programs offered, an energy audit for $50 and, if the customer makes the improvements identified, the customer will receive a rebate of $50 as well as reimbursement for some portion of the improvements. To date, no residential or commercial customers have requested the audit last month, despite advertisements promoting the program.
MED also looks for low-income households for a similar energy-efficiency program, but one in which the department foots the cost. Low-income households are identified through a list of those who take part in the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
He said MED expects to send more mailings to potential customers in the next week or two to try to generate more interest in the low-income program, which has also gained little to no traction.
(Source: Town of Massena, Massena Electric Dept., Watertown Times, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: Massena Electric Department , (315) 764-0253, www.massenaelectric.com
The company claimed 30 pct growth in its international onshore wind orders in 2017. GE Renewable Energy also secured the orders for the largest wind farm in the US, the 2 GW (gigawatt) Wind Catcher farm in Oklahoma, and the largest wind farm in Australia, the 453 MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm in North Queensland.
In 2017, GE Renewable Energy also completed the $1.65 billion acquisition of wind blade manufacturer LM Wind Power. GE Renewable Energy is also now the first offshore wind supplier with projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Additionally, GE's hydro division saw full-year growth of 10 pct in orders and 40 pct in services, and booked over $100 million in hydro orders. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 25 Jan., 2018)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com
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To assist in the debate, French grid operator RTE has prepared scenarios for cutting nuclear energy's share from 56 pct to 11 pct by 2035, and an additional scenario on reducing nuclear reliance to 50 pct by 2025. Depending upon the outcome of the national debate, France would not construct new coal or oil-fired power plants but would consider natural gas which has lower emissions than coal or other fossil fuels.
(Source: Reuters, 27 Jan., 2018)
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The syudy contends that while the Paris agreement is weak in short-term policy ambition it will require strong climate policies in the future to reduce emissions over the longer term. The study finds that ten years before carbon pricing policies are actually introduced, investors would start pulling out of the coal power sector. The study also suggests that adding a carbon price of $20 per ton of CO2 doubles the cost of using coal and thus makes it even less competitive.
Computer simulations of energy markets' future dynamics are commonly used to investigate the economic effects of policies. The study's CO2 pricing simulations varied from $25 to $300 per ton CO2 by 2050, with a medium scenario reaching $100. These taxes were introduced with various delays to represent various degrees of climate policy stringency and credibility and to see how fossil fuel markets react in anticipation of such climate policies. Only if CO2 pricing starts very late, ie not before 2050, and then at a very low level, anticipation by market forces will lead to an increase in CO2 emissions instead of a decrease, the study finds.
According to the study, if different CO2 pricing regulations at different price levels were to be introduced in different countries, some emissions-intensive production facilities would move from highly regulated areas to those with low standards.
The Paris agreement delivered a strong signal that policy makers are taking climate change seriously and are ready and willing to deliver on the necessary emissions reductions. By anticipating the implementation of policies to tackle climate change, market forces will likely reduce emissions so long as the policy signals are strong, clear and credible, the study says. (Source: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , PR, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: PIK, +49 331 288 25 07,
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While the terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, NDY will operate as a stand-alone entity within Tetra Tech, with no change to the brand, NDY staff or leadership, according to an NDY statement.
Tetra Tech maintain more than 400 offices worldwide and $2.8 billion in revenue in 2017. NDY has 13 offices across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Hong Kong and Canada. (Source: Tetra Tech, Fifth Estate, 22 Jan., 2018)
Contact: TetraTech, Dan Batrack, CEO, (626) 351-4664, email@example.com, www.tetratech.com;
NDY, Stuart Fowler, CEO, +61 8 8290 6800, +44 20 7553 9494 - UK, www.nyd.com
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The top 10 list is led by China with a total of 1,211 LEED certified and registered projects for more than 47.16 million gross sq mt of space followed by Canada with 2,970 such projects with a total space of 40.77 million gross sq mt.
Other Top 10 countries include Brazil, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico and the UAE.In comparison, the US, which is not included in the list, has 30,669 LEED certified projects totalling 385.65 million gross sq mt. (Source: USGBC, Outlook, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The 400,000 solar plant is being built by Conergy on behalf of investors including Vietnam-based BIM Group, and the Philippines-headquartered Ayala Group's energy arm, AC Energy.
Construction is slated to get underway in April 2018 for grid connection in December, 2018. (Source: Conergy SE Asia, ecobusiness, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact:
Marc Lohoff, COO, (720) 305-0720 - US, www.conergy.us; AC Energy, John Eric T. Francia, Pres., CEO, www.ayala-energyinfra.com
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Butagaz distributes natural gas, electricity, wood pellets, as well as propane and butane.
Butagaz is partnering with Global Bioenergies which is developing a process to convert sugar beet and other biomass into hydrocarbons through fermentation. Butagaz is contributing financially to Global Bioenergies' industrial development in return for reserved batches of bio-isobutene which has physical and chemical properties similar to butane and propane.
(Source: Global Bioenergies, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Butagaz, www.butagaz.fr; Global Bioenergies, www.global-bioenergies.com
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Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont. ( Source: Green Mountain Power , 29 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Green Mountain Power , Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenmountainpower.com
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Special emphasis is given to emerging areas in the renewable sector such as photovoltaics, wind energy, and geothermal energy, as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, syngas, ethanol and bio fuels.
Access eport detail HERE. (Source: ResearchandMarkets, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact:
ResearchAndMarkets, Laura Wood, Senior Manager, (800) 526-8630, email@example.com, www.researchandmarkets.com
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The ecobee Smart Thermostat donation is part of a larger energy efficiency demonstration project called TowerWise. The buildings were retrofitted to achieve energy, emission and cost reductions.The newly installed ecobee3 units use sensors to make intelligent heating and cooling decisions to reduce energy waste and offer real-time insights to identify other opportunities for future improvements.
In addition to the new ecobee3 smart thermostats, TAF also installed new boilers, LED lighting and measures to improve indoor air quality. These changes reduce the building's carbon emission by 30 pct and utility costs by 20 pct.
(Source: ecobee Inc., PR, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: edobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, (6747) 428-2220, www.ecobee.com/social-impact, www.ecobee.inc; The Atmospheric Fund, (416) 392-027, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.taf.ca; Toronto Community Housing Corporation,
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With the funding, SAIT and its industry partners ATCO Gas and Brookfield Residential, will evaluate existing micro-CHP technologies and construct, demonstrate and evaluate an operational and affordable Net Zero home in Western Canada, incorporating new clean technology in the residential natural gas sector.
(Source: Western Economic Diversification Canada, PR, CNW, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, (877) 284-7248, www.sait.ca; Western Economic Diversification Canada - Alberta Region, 780-902-2984, email@example.com
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Announced last month, the increase in the value of the Mass CEC rebate to $3,500 per heating ton (up from $1,500) is expected to give a boost to the residential geothermal industry in Massachusetts. The value of the base rebate is capped at $17,500. However, there are "adders" that can increase that value for public and non-profit entities, affordable housing developments, or households below 80 pct and 120 pct of the state median income. These range from an additional $750 to $1,500 per ton heating capacity.
(Source: EnergySmart Alternatives, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: EnergySmart Alternatives, LLC, Melanie Head, (617) 858-6748, info@ EnergySmartAlternatives.com, www.EnergySmartAlternatives.com; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315, www.masscec.com
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The long-term goal is to create a policy road map to achieving a zero carbon building sector. Under its three-year plan, the city will initially evaluate the carbon footprint of the cities building stock and examine its current policies and incentives.
The aim is to couple its building requirements and codes, planning and economic incentives to encourage building owners to implement energy efficiency measures and move toward zero net carbon.
Download the New Building Institute Zero City Project details HERE
(Source: Michigan NPR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact:
City of Grand Rapids, Alison Waske Sutter, Sustainability Manager, (616) 456-3000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.grcity.us; New Buildings Institute, Ralph DiNola, email@example.com, www.newbuildings.org
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The corporation will also be charged with reducing growth in electrical consumption by 22.5 pct over 15 years and in natural gas consumption by 11.25 pct over the same period. Few details have been announced. (Source: News Winnipeg, CBC, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: Manitoba Hydro, Kelvin Shepherd, CEO, Scott Powell,Public Affairs, (204) 360-4417, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hydro.mb.ca
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Singapore's carbon tax, first announced in Budget 2017, is expected to apply to 30 to 40 companies and facilities that emit 25,000 or more tpy of greenhouse gases. The tax is expected to be in the range of S$10 and S$20 per tonne of greenhouse gas under a credit-based system.
The carbon tax is among Singapore's measures to meet its target of cutting emissions intensity by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, under the global Paris Agreement.
(Source: Singapore Today, 23 Jan., 2018)
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The two companies will explore environment-friendly refrigerant solutions in cooling buildings that could help Empower further conserve energy in its operations.
(Source: Empower, GDN, TradeArabia News Service, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Empower, Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, +97 14 375 5555, info@empower,ae, www.empower.ae; Honeywell Saudi Arabia, www.honeywellprocess.com/en-US/about-us/global/middle-east/Pages/saudi-arabia.aspx
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The Committee is considering an "easy path" and a "whole building path." The easy path is a pick-and-choose system, with a list of criteria that correspond to a certain number of points: once the project has reached a certain set amount of points, it can be approved. The points would include building size, low-flow shower heads, high-efficiency lighting, and other energy relevant "green building" features.
The "whole building path" adheres closer to established national guidelines like LEED certifications or Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index scores. Developers can choose which path to take, though the easy path has been designed to ensure relatively achievable thresholds. The whole building path was established primarily for developers with design constraints that may force them off the easy path. (Source: Ithaca.com, 23 Jan., 2018)Contact: City of Ithaca, www.cityofithaca.org
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Schneider Electric's cloud-hosted EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert Platform;
incorporates power meters and gateways, rogrammable logic controllers (Hot Standby Quantum PLCs), PowerSCADA Operations and C-Bus lighting automation systems. (Source: Schneider Electric Pty. Ltd, Architecture & Design, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric Pty.Ltd, www.enable.schneider-electric.com
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Scottish householders receive an Energy Proficiency Certificate issued by trained energy assessors when they sell or rent a house. An EPC ensures that energy and energy efficiency data collected in the home is accurate.
One distinctive feature of the mandatory Scottish EPC system is that several different organizations are involved at different stages of the process. For example, EST manages Scotland's EPC data, while a number of approved organizations ensure that assessors meet quality standards.
Canada's present provincially administered EnerGuide label system is a voluntary assessment with advice on increasing energy efficiency and cutting energy consumption. (Source: Energy Saving Trust, Jan., 2018) Contact: Energy Saving Trust, David Weatherall, Policy, +44 02 0 7222 0101, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
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The study research teams produced estimates for two known sources: emissions from the oil and gas industry; and microbial production in wet tropical environments like marshes and rice paddies. However, the sum of the estimated emissions from these and other sources is greater than the observed increase. The researchers explored the role of fires since the area burned by fires each year decreased by about 12 pct between the early 2000s and the period of 2007 to 2014, according to NASA data. The research is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: IISD, NASA, 23, Jan., 2018) Contact: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981, www.nasa.gov/goddard
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The solar systems will be distributed by the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) in districts affected by a devastating earthquake in 2015, many of which are not connected to the national electric grid,
Source: Xinhua, 21 Jan., 2018)
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Heron Lake BioEnergy uses approximately 59 million gpy of ethanol and 160,000 tpy of distillers dried grains (DDGs) from 21 million bpy of corn. (Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 23 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Heron Lake BioEnergy, (507) 793-0077, www.heronlakebioenergy.com; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, www.pca.state.mn.us
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Stocks usually build in winter as fuel blending requirements shift and weekly production has held at record or near record levels over the last several months exceeding USDA projections. (Source: US EIA, Brownfield, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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INEOS New Planet BioEnergy LLC, which processed yard waste into ethanol and electricity, received about $129 million in government loans, tax incentives and grants to convert a former Ocean Spray processing plant into a biofuel-producing facility.
As reported on July 14, it appeared INEOS would be purchased by Alliance BioEnergy of West Palm Beach, but the $8 million offer fell through. (Source: TC Palm, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products , Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, email@example.com, www.alliancebioe.com; INEOSBio, Mark Dietzen or Markus Hesse, +41 (0) 21 627 7040, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ineos.com
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According to the study, Overall, food price inflation in 2007 was 4 pct and in 2017 it was 1 pct. The 20 year average is 2.5 pct. Food price inflation has actually been significantly lower during the past 10 years of the RFS."
Download the full report HERE. (Source: RFA, Brownfield Ag News, Nebraska Public Radio, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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Corn currently serves as the leading feedstock for ethanol production in the U.S. For sweet sorghum to compete with corn for ethanol production, it must be more lucrative than corn for farmers to produce,and more economical than corn for ethanol plants to process. Considering factors such as yield and the cost of processing, researchers estimate that the current sorghum to ethanol pathway is a barely break-even prospect in western Nebraska, according to the study.
Currently, the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates consumption of specific levels of renewable fuels made from various categories of feedstocks. Under the markets created by the RFS, ethanol plants would be almost certain to obtain a premium for sweet sorghum ethanol compared to corn ethanol. The current level of that premium makes the pathway much more economical. However, according to the researchers the volatility of this market premium and the contentious political opposition to the RFS make this benefit risky, the report says.
Another consideration which could increase the potential of the sweet sorghum ethanol pathway, is an increase in yields. A separate $13.5 million multi-institutional research project led by Nebraska may provide the necessary yield increases. That effort aims to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production.
"If the research efforts raise biomass yields by 20-30 percent, or shows that yields are actually 20-30 percent higher than our estimate, the benefits to both the producer and the ethanol plant would be sufficient to make adoption of sweet sorghum for ethanol a sustainable possibility," Prof. Richard Perrin, Jim Roberts
Department of Agricultural Economics, said.
(Source: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Prof. Richard Perrin, Jim Roberts
Department of Agricultural Economics, (402) 472-9818, email@example.com, www.unl.edu
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LanzaTech's process uses patented microbes to convert carbon-rich wastes into renewable fuels and chemical products through gas fermentation. According to the company, the process can be applied to municipal waste, as well as wastes and residues from the steel, manufacturing, oil refining and chemical production industries.
TeselaGen's team of molecular biologists, computer scientists, physicists and engineers hail from the University of California, Stanford, Harvard, and both Catolica University and the University of Chile in Santiago, according to the company website.
(Source: TeselaGen Website, Others, 24 Jan., 2018)Contact: TeselaGen Biotechnology, Mike Fero, CEO, www.teselagen.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
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The EPA has the authority to grant exemptions from the program to small capacity refineries if the company can demonstrate financial hardship. but the agency has been reluctant to do so in the past.
In the four years ended in 2016, the agency reportedly granted a total of 29 small-refiner exemptions, according to data provided to Reuters by the EPA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
(Source: NASDAQ, Reuters, Others, 25 Jan., 2018)
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In responce to the survey question -- "If nothing is done to reduce climate change in the future, how serious of a problem do you think it will be for your country?"
The found concern was highest in Mexico and Central America, where 81.5 percent characterized climate change as a "very serious" problem while 10.4 pct said it as "somewhat serious." South America followed with 75 pct answering "very serious" and 15.2 pct saying "somewhat serious." In the Caribbean, 66.7 pct answered "very serious" and 21.9 pct said "somewhat serious."
In Canada and the U.S., just 39.6 pct said unchecked climate change was a "very serious" problem, while 35.4 pct considered it a "somewhat serious" issue.
In the Latin America and Caribbean region, the most significant predictors of climate change concern are education and worries about being affected by a natural disaster, though wealth also plays a role. Education increases concern for climate change nearly 11 pct, while worries about natural disasters increases that concern 8.3 pct. Wealth is also linked to increased climate change concern, raising it by 3.3 pct.
The findings confirmed the researchers' hypothesis that climate change is a much more partisan issue in the United States than it is anywhere else in the hemisphere. (Source: Vanderbilt University, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vanderbilt University Latin American Public Opinion Project, (615) 322-4033, www.vanderbilt.edu/lapop
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The CARB funds also will support the District's implementation of AB 617, which requires the state ARB and air districts to come up with additional plans to report, monitor and reduce emissions.
(Source: CARB, Bakersfield.com, 232 Jan., 2018)Contact:
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, www.valleyair.org; CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
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