The program was previously expanded to include a building energy performance -- benchmarking -- rating system as a means to track such performances with its free online Portfolio Manager tool. Benchmarking is determined by comparing buildings nationwide comprised of the same primary use, and data comes from the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey.
More than 450,000 commercial buildings are presently benchmarked with ENERGY STAR which helped Americans save $34 billion in energy costs in 2015, while costing only $57 million a year to run.
A recent survey on ENERGY STAR found strong nonpartisan support from industry groups:
The solution works by moving mass to or from the center of rotation by which the output power can be maintained with less wind and thus be optimized to reduce fluctuations on the electric grid.
SeaTwirl launched and installed its 30kW SeaTwirl S1 prototype turbine at the Lysekil test site in 2015. The device had endured all weather conditions including heavy storms, and the company is now in the process of developing a full-scale unit -- SeaTwirl S2. (Source: SeaTwirl, Jan., 2018) Contact: SeaTwirl AB, Gabriel Strangberg, Managing Director, +46 70-480 55 29, www.seatwirl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SeaTwirl, Wind, Energy Storage,
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 fuel that can replace gasoline and diesel in transportation, and replace LPG, coal, wood, and kerosene in cooking fuel and industrial boilers.
Haldor Tops0e is the technology provider for all 4 plants utilizing their proven autothermal reforming (ATR) technology as well as their state of art catalysts to provide the lowest CAPEX and OPEX for this facility.
(Source: IGP Methanol LLC, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: IGP Methanol, Scott Benson, VP Marketing, (612) 417-5980, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.igpmethanol.com; Haldor Topsoe, www.topsoe.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News IGP Methanol, Methanol,
A 2016 EU-funded study found that biodiesel produced from palm oil was three times more polluting than traditional diesel. In 2017, MEPs voted on a resolution urging the European Commission to phase-out the use of vegetable oils in biofuels by 2020. They also called for a single certification scheme to guarantee only sustainably produced palm oil enters the EU market.
According to the ethanol trade group ePURE Secretary General Emmanuel Desplechin."The (European) Parliament needs to send a clear message that not all biofuels are created equal. It is time for the European Parliament to put into law the resolution on palm oil it adopted last spring and stop promoting the use of palm oil and derivatives in biofuels. Crucially, ethanol is not responsible for any of the concerns associated with palm oil cultivation,"
The proposed ban on palm oil still faces hurdles however, starting with a political agreement from the 28 EU member states, which will be required to finalise the adoption of the revised renewable energy directive.
There are still concerns however that the EU's bioenergy policy might lead to deforestation -- especially when it comes to "solid biomass" that is sometimes burned to generate electricity.
The EC's sustainability criteria for biomass includes imports of wood pellets from Canada and the US, which are produced from round trees and are shipped to Europe for burning in power plants.
. (Source: EC, EURACTIV, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, email@example.com, www.epure.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Palm Oil, Biodiesel, ePURE,
Measured in thousands of barrels per day (bpd), the winner is the USA at 940,000 bpd, followed by Brazil at 449,000; Germany 68,000; China 59,000; Argentina 52,000; France 50,000; Indonesia 38,000; Canada 36,000; Thailand 24,000, and Columbia at 17,000 bpd. (Source: US EIA, Jan, 2018)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA, Biofuel,
The companies look to address lighting retrofit opportunities, installing Revolution Lighting's high performance LED solutions to reduce lighting energy use by more than 65 pct while increasing light output.
Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. desigsn, manufactures, markets and sell LED lighting solutions to industrial, commercial and government markets in the United States, Canada, and internationally. (Source: GB Energie LED, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc., www.rvlti.com; GB Energie LED, Dr. Gloria B. Herndon, Pres., CEO, (301) 526-1749, https://gbgroupglobal.com; POWTEC Solutions, Felix McGowan, Business Development Manager, www.powtecsolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Lighting, Energy Efficient Lighting, Energy Efficiency,
Enogen corn enzyme technology is an in-seed innovation available exclusively from Syngenta and features the first biotech corn output trait designed specifically to enhance ethanol production. Using modern biotechnology to deliver best-in-class alpha amylase enzyme directly in the grain, Enogen corn eliminates the need to add liquid alpha amylase and can help an ethanol plant significantly reduce the viscosity of its corn mash, improving plant performance. And, numerous trials have shown that Enogen hybrids perform equal to or better than other high-performing corn hybrids.
(Source: Syngenta, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Syngenta, Jack Bernens, Enogen Technology Leader, (202) 737-6520, www.syngenta.com; Enogen, (877) 436-0436, www.enogen.net; CHS Inc., Gary Anderson, CHS, Sr. VP North America Grain Marketing and Renewable Fuels, (651) 355-6000, www.chsinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CHS Inc., Syngenta, Enogen, Corn Ethanol, Ethanol,
According to Abel Energy, "the biomass industry has had quite a few reductions in the renewable heat incentive to the point where there is so little business available that we have decided to mothball biomass."
The company expects the industry to pick up again if the government reinstates its incentives program which initially was "too good" and was quickly exhausted.
(Source: Abel Energy, Eastern Daily Press, 8 Jan., 2018)Contact: Abel Energy, +44 1953 884486, www.abelenergy.co.uk; Forest Fuels, www.forestfuels.co.uk; Wood Energy Solutions, www.woodco-energy.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Biomass, Biomass Incentives,
Readsboro and Searsburg are expected to receive receive direct annual payments totaling $6.8 million over the life of the project, and the wind farm will generate an estimated $6m in tax payments to the state to support education funding.
(Source: Avangrid Renewables renews, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, Dave Carroll, VP Projects, (503) 796-7000, www.avangrid.com; Siemens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables, Wind, Siemens Gamesa, ,
The study is in response a City Council bill Dec. 19 city council bill and is a step toward requiring city ferries to use more efficient, environmentally-friendly fuels.
The study will consider the use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, hybrid electric and fuel-cell electric as well as the
availability, storage, ferry compatibility, potential limitations and regulations relative the the use of alternative fuels.
The city would convert the ferries to these energy sources if the study determines that using renewable fuels is feasible and practical.
(Source: NYC Council, LIC Post, Various Media, Jan., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels, Biofuel,
The company began developing a biomass gasification CHP system in 2008, resulting in an operational demonstration and pilot plant in 2014. The 20 kWe/123,000 Btu demonstration plant runs on propane and features a 2000-litre buffer tank, according to the company website. The firm offers two micro-CHP systems, a 9.75 kWe/17.5 kWth unit and a 12.5 kWe/21.5 kWth unit. The systems can run on diesel, biodiesel, vegetable oil, wood gas, hydrogen and waste oil, or a blend of diesel and waste oils, and are controlled by an Arduino-based open-source system.
Egenolf Alternative Energy Inc. is divided in three business branches:
(Source: Egenolf Alternative Energy, PEI, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Egnolf Alternative Energy Inc., (250) 900-0156, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biomassenergies.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, CHP,
Fayetteville's climate and energy
Action Plan aims to convert all government operations to clean energy by 2030 and achieve 100 pct community-wide renewable energy by 2050.
The plan outlines strategies and ways the City can increase energy efficiency, transition to cleaner fuel sources, improve public health outcomes, build more resilient local businesses, and more.
(Source: City of Fayetteville, Innovators, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: City of Fayetteville, www.fayetteville-ar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, 100 pct Renewable Energy,
In January 2017, the Scottish Government committed to securing fully half of all Scotland's energy from renewable sources by 2030 and to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, with an interim target of 77 pct by 2030.
(Source: WWF Scotland, UN Environment Climate Action, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: WWF Scotland, +44 131 659 9100, www.wwf.org.uk/scotland
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint, Carbon Emissions,
The five-year facility with Fubon Bank, Shin Kong Bank, Bank SinoPac, and Chang Hwa Commercial Bank carries options for two five-year extensions.
Neo Cathay Pacific, a joint venture between Neo Solar Power and Cathay Life Insurance, has, via its own subsidiary Si One Corp, secured $167 million (US) syndicated loan to develop 100 MW of solar projects in Taiwan.
(Source: Neo Solar Power, Various Media,
PV Mag., December 27, 2017) Contact: Neo Solar Power, +886-6-700-6588,
Fax: +886-6-384-1111, www.nsp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neo Solar Power, Solar,
Vestas will supply the wind turbines as well as service the project under a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. (Source: Vestas, PR, Various Media, WindTECH, 2 Jan, 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, (503) 796-7000, www.avangridrenewables.us, [Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables, Wind, Vestas,
The University is considering expanding the 21-acre solar farm to help meet renewable-energy goals outlined in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP)underwhich the campus is expected to be "carbon neutral" by 2050.
The university has a 10-year PPA with Phoenix Solar LLC, which built and operates the farm. In 2016, the university paid almost $1.4 million to Phoenix Solar for the farm, when it produced almost 7,300 MWh hours of electricity.
The university hopes to eventually produce 25,000 MWh of solar power under iCAP. (Source: Univ. of Illinois, PR, AP, St.Louis Post Dispatch, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Illinois, Morgan Johnston, Assoc. Dir. of Sustainability, (217) 333-1000, www.illinois.edu; Phoenix Solar LLC, www.phoenixsolar-group.com
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Through innovation in water heating, an insulated slab, attic insulation, the HVAC and solid, panelized wall systems, the house uses a consistent amount of energy throughout the day.
Meritage Homes also partnered with Duke Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to design a way to monitor the home and understand the energy use. According to EPRI, a home with the same square footage as the reNEWable Living Home would use 23,910 kWh annually. By using the DOE BeOpt software, the advances of the reNEWable Living Home reduce that by 30 pct to only 16,887 kWh per year.
This 30 pct deduction was captured with 100 pct LED lighting, using a heat pump water heater, insulating the slab at an R10 value, using R30 closed cell spray foam insulation in the roof, installing a SEER 18, 9.3 HSPF HVAC system and using the HercuWAll ICF 4-inch solid panelized wall system.
(Source: Meritage Homes, Builder, 4 Jan., 2018)Contact: Meritage Homes, www.meritagehomes.com; EPRI, www.epri.com; Duke Energy Carolinas, (704) 594-6200, www.duke-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Meritage Homes, Energy Efficiency, Net Zero, Duke Energy, EPRI,
BioForever is a consortium of 14 European companies that intends to demonstrate the feasibility of various value chains from ligno-cellulosic feedstocks to chemical building blocks and fuels. (Source: Alkol Biotech, Biofuels Int'l., 5 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Alkol Biotech Ltd, +44 20 3475 8387, www.alkolbiotech.co.uk; Bio Refinery Development, www.bbi-europe.eu/projects/bioforever
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Cellulosic, ligno-cellulosic ,
Neste presently produces biofuels in Singapore and Rotterdam with a total production capacity of 2.6 million tonnes, and operates two conventional refineries in Finland. (Source: Neste, Reuters, Various Media, 4 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
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Overall, energy storage systems (ESSs) are facilitating the integration of renewable energy sources without affecting grid reliability. Navigant Research noted that customers in the utility-scale and BTM markets are now offered greater flexibility in installing photovoltaic (PV) plants in combination with ESSs thanks to the expansion of solar power and the lower ESSs prices. (Source: E.ON North America, Navigant Research, Jan., 2018) Contact: E.ON North America, Mark Frigo, VP Energy Storage, Mark Frigo, (503) 481-8622, email@example.com, www.eon.com; Navigant Research, www.navigantresearch.com, www.navigant.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research, E.ON North America , Energy Storage, Renewable Energy,
The EU support opens access to non-repayable donor assistance to finance energy efficiency activities carried out by condominiums, according to the rules of the Energy Efficiency Fund. In addition,
Ukraine's state budget foresees nearly UAH 2 billion ($70.808 million -- 1 UHA = $o.28 US) to finance the fund in 2018, including UAH 400 million to be used for "warm loans" and UAH 1.6 billion for large-scale energy modernization projects.
(Source: EU, Ukrinform, 7 Jan., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficency,
The 50MW portfolio includes a 40 MW facility in Glassenbury in Kent and a 10 MW installation in Cleator in Cumbria, represents the largest portfolio of utility-scale battery energy storage systems connected to the UK grid. The Cleator and Glassenbury sites secured two contracts with National Grid in August 2016 for battery energy storage systems to provide Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) to the UK system operator. NEC ES provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. EFR service directly to National Grid. Energy storage operation for EFR will be handled by an automated operating mode designed specifically for the UK frequency response service, and is part of the AEROS® controls system, NEC's proprietary energy storage control software.
NEC Energy Solutions' megawatt-scale energy storage and control systems provide greater stability to the grid while maximizing renewable generation, while in telecom, datacenter, and other industrial applications, its high performance lithium-ion battery systems provide better value than traditional lead-acid batteries, according the the company. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.neces.com; Low Carbon,
www.lowcarbon.com; VPI Immingham, www.vitol.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions, Energy Storage,
The closures of unabated coal would yield guaranteed reductions of 15 million tonnes of CO2 as well as significantly reduce sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, according to the rel4ease.
(Source: Office of UK Prime Minister, Mining Journal, Sunday Times, 6 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Office of the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Coal, UK Coal, Climate Change,
Obama's rule aimed to cut carbon levels 32 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. Under Trump, the EPA is expected to do little more than consider coal plant efficiency upgrades which would do little to curb emissions.
(Source: Politico, Twitter, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator
More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA, Scott Pruitt, , Obama Clean Power Plan, Carbon Emissions,
Since 1990, Canada's freight railroads have decreased their GHG emissions intensity -- the rail sector's carbon footprint relative to its traffic -- by 41.7 pct. despite a 76.8 pct increase in rail traffic over the same period.
(Source: Railway Association of Canada, Progressive Railroading, Jan., 2018) Contact: Railway Association of Canada, Gerald Gauthier , Acting Pres., www.railcan.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Carbon Emissions,
While CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances were phased out by the mid-1990s, the study notes that the Antarctic ozone hole -- first discovered in 1985 -- "is healing slowly" because the man-made substances that caused the hole in the first place "have 50 - 100 year lifetimes."
Accordingly, researchers believe that it could be several decades before the ozone hole is eliminated altogether.
(Source: NASA Goddard, Common Dreams, Jan., 2018)
Contact: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981, www.nasa.gov/goddard
More Low-Carbon Energy News Montreal Protocol, NASA, Ozone, GHG, Climate Change,
U.S. biodiesel exports totaled 5,411.7 metric tons in November, down 73 pct from a year ago, with Canada the top destination taking 53 pct of the total, followed by Peru and the Netherlands.
U.S. exports of distillers grains (DDGHs) totaled 875,302 metric tons in November, down 11 pct from a year ago. Mexico was the top export destination accounting for 16 pct of the total followed by Vietnam. (Source: USDA, Various Media,DTN, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA, Ethanol Exports, DDGs, Ethanol,
Through IBO, the grant will fund research totaling $2,994,429 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The project proposes to develop and commercialize solvent fractionated lignins to polymeric products for their potential market in building and construction sectors. The proposed research is intended to develop integrated pathways for the extraction of value-added polymeric products from lignin waste/under-valued stream from biorefinery.
NIFA has invested in a range of projects to expand the regional biofuel and bioproduct industries and foster the scientific corps and workforce that support the bioeconomy. One recent example is a five-year investment to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) which has advanced research into biofuels and biochemicals, fostered the Northwest regional biofuel industry and helped educate tomorrow’s workforce on renewable energy. (Source: USDA, NIFA, PR, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA, NIFA, www.nifa.usda.gov/Impacts; NARA,
Washington State University, (509) 335-5581, www.nararenewables.org, www.wsu.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, USDA, NIFA, Biorefining, Biofuel,
Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. played a major role in the reduction. While it has continued to operate its two nuclear plants that don't emit any meaningful carbon, the company closed several coal-fired power plants in Ohio and boosted its use of renewable energy.
The decline is attributed to the advent of cheap shale gas which has caused new natural gas power plants to come online in Ohio and nearby states that sell their power into Ohio on a shared electric power grid. That's all while companies like FirstEnergy have shuttered coal plants that can't compete economically with natural gas-fired plants.
In 2005, approximately 88 pct of Ohio's electric power was coal generated. Today it is closer to 50 pct, according the the EIA.
Over 60 generation units at about 20 coal-fired plants have been closed down in Ohio since 2010.
(Source: US EIA, Crain's Cleveland Business, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov; First Energy, www.firstenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA, Carbon Emissions, FirstEnergy Corp,
Brazil aims to increase its installed clean-energy capacity by 19 gigawatts by 2026.
Siemens-Gamesa presently has 2.7 GW of turbines installed in Brazil and 83 gigawatts installed globally. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Bloomberg, Others, Jan 07 2018)
Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,
Phase I of the Cross Winds Wind farm began operations in 2014. Phase III, the final phase of the park is expected to be fully operational in 2020. (Source: Consumers Energy, County Press, 7 Jan., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Dennis Dobbs, VP, www.consumersenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cross Energy Park, Consumers Energy, Wind,
The document published by the EPA states that depending upon the evaluation conducted by EPA of the lifecycle, the biodiesel and heating oil manufactured from distilling of sorghum oil through a process called transesterification, and the jet fuel, renewable diesel, and heating oil produced from distilling sorghum oil through a process called hydrotreating, to bring down greenhouse gas emissions by half.
(Source: National Sorghum Producers, CMFE News, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, John Duff, Bus. Gir., (806) 749-3475, email@example.com, http://sorghumgrowers.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Sorghum Producers, Sorghum, Biofuel, Biofuel Feedstock, GHGs, RFS,
DISA is the leading company in the distribution of petroleum products (such as petrol, diesel and butane and propane gases) in the Canary Islands, the fifth largest operator of service stations in Spain and the biggest independent operator. It is the largest group in the Canary Islands in terms of turnover -- €2.4 billion, according to the company website. (Source: Grupo DISA, Renewables, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Grupo DISA, +52 55 52 33 9177, www.disagrupo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Renewable Energy,
The Albertan levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted. The rate is based on the amount of carbon pollution released by the fuel when it is combusted.
The Government said that revenue from the levy will continue to be invested in the province, through green infrastructure, energy efficiency, renewable energy, bioenergy, and innovation.
The Government estimates that 60 pct of households will receive a full or partial carbon levy rebate in 2018. (Source:(Source: Alberta Environment Minister, Various Media, CBC News, 10 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, http://aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office/default.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax,
All of the 7 projects, which are located in Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Ohio respectively, have long-term PPAs in place.
(Source: EDP Renewables North America, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, (713)265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables North America, Renewable Energy,
The projects will incorporate 10 G97-2MW model units and 13 SWT-3.0-113 turbines that will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.
Siemens Gamesa will also supply ten units of its G97-2.0MW model for a project northwest of Potenza, with delivery slated for Q3, 2019.
(Source: Siemens Gamesa, WindPower, 2 Jan., 2018)Contact: European Energy, www.europeanenergy.dk; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Wind, Renewable Energy,
The project will be funded by various several international entities, with the EU providing a €30 million grant in the first phase, out of its total dedicated fund of €115 million. The German Development Bank will loan the project €72 million loan and the French Development Agency will be provid a €50 million loan.
(Source: Al-Ahram Arabic, Egypt Independent, 2 Jan., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Egypt Wind, Renewable Energy,
The Henvey Inlet facility, which will incorporate 87 units of Vestas 3.45MW wind turbines, has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Completion and commissioning is expected in the first half of 2019. (Source: Pattern, PR, Power Tech., 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.patternenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Development, Wind,
The $20 billion mixed-use property sustainability and energy efficiency features include: 1.2 MW of gas-fired micro turbines that generate power and hot and chilled water twice as efficiently as traditional systems; storm water retention tank that harvests rainwater for irrigating the property’s terrace landscaping; 100 pct raised flooring for improved temperature control and cleaner air; an operation and energy control center that coordinates building performance, and other features. (Source: USGBC, Commercial Property Exec., 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: 10 Hudson Yards, Related Hudson Yards LLC,
L. Jay Cross, Pres., 212-801-1000, www.relatedusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council, LEED Platinum,
The one year-old LEED for Cities program tracks changes in how a city is performing across 14 metrics including energy use, waste management, water, transport and even quality of life. It uses an online platform allowing cities to analyse and compare their progress, focusing on outcomes rather than pledges.
Between 2006 and 2013, Washington DC cut carbon emissions by almost a third, to 11.9 tonnes per capita. Water consumption fell by more than 13 pct in the past five years, and the city now recycles about half of its waste -- more than double New York City's rate.
(Source: USGBC, Various Media, The Hindu, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: USGBC LEED for Cities, (202) 552-1500,https://www.usgbc.org/cityperformance, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,
Under RGGI, New Hampshire and nine other states take part in a market-based program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, The emissions are capped but companies can purchase allowances at state-run auctions, the proceeds from which can be spent as states see fit. New Hampshire uses 15 to 20 pct of the money to fund energy-efficient and energy efficiency projects as determined by the Public Utilities Commission.
House Bill 592, which would direct all money raised at RGGI auctions directly back to ratepayers and end investments in local and municipal clean energy initiatives, is being opposed by the League of Conservation Voters on the grounds that RGGI is intended to reduce carbon emissions in power plants.
Participating RGGI states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. To date, the RGGI auctions have raised $2.7 billion that is earmarked for clean-energy and energy efficiency programs.
(Source: Various Media, Concord Monitor, 3 Jan., 2018)
Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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Cuomo claims the commitment to energy storage is the largest per-capita of any state. The investment follows passage of legislation in Albany in December that established an energy storage mandate that will be met by 2030. (Source: Office of Gov, Cuomo, Various Media, PV Mag, 3 Jan., 2018)Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Solar, Gov. Cuomo,
The fund ties global sustainable economic development to emissions reduction from Danone, SAP, Schneider Electric and five other corporations.
The Fund is unique in that it pays dividends out in carbon credits, not cash. Using the principle of additionality -- where an investment allows a new sustainability effort to exist -- companies can voluntarily offset their greenhouse gas emissions along with their own carbon-reduction efforts while providing resources to vulnerable communities around the world.
The carbon credits are certified by Gold Standard, established by the World Wildlife Foundation in 2003 to guarantee and benchmark the climate impact of a project and its contribution towards improving the daily lives of local communities and their economy.
(Source: Livelihoods Carbon Fund, GreenBiz, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Livelihoods Carbon Fund, +33 1 44 35 26 15, www.livelihoods.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credits,
"I am confident, based on the science we have, that mankind does make a difference to climate, almost certainly the impact of humans on the planet extends to climate." -- Tony Abbott, May 27, 2010
"There are respectable arguments for an ETS but the one Labor (the then governing party) has in mind could easily be expensive and futile. I am wary of a system which creates new vested interests - which an ETS will do. I suspect that a straight carbon tax or charge could be more transparent and easier to change if conditions change or our understanding of the science changes." -- Tony Abbott, ,July 10, 2009
"We do not believe in artificially imposing a carbon price on consumers. There will be no carbon price on consumers under a (my)Coalition government." Tony Abbott, July 19, 2010
"Now, we do have policy out there. We've had it out there since February. It basically goes -- it involves going to the market and buying abatements through soil carbon, through tree planting, through businesses that are prepared to change their processes to less emitting ones. It will reduce our emissions by five percent by 2020, so we will achieve our targets. Now, that's our commitment. It's doable. It's deliverable." -- Tony Abbott,16 August, 2010
"Yeah, look, I never said it (climate change) was a myth. I once used some colourful language describing the so-called settled science of climate change but look, climate change is real, humanity does make a contribution to it and we've got to take effective action against it. I mean, that's my position and that's always been my position but I've never been in favour of a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme." -- Tony Abbott, July, 2011
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Tony Abbott, Australia Carbon Tax, Climate Change,
In addition to Boyle's work, the team will collect data on a large scale to gain insight into genetic elements that control metabolic shifts responsible for lipid accumulation. This information will then be used to develop synthetic biology tools to enable fast and efficient engineering of the algae's cells. Boyle notes there are two main challenges in developing high-yielding algae strains. "First, our understanding of genetic regulation and cellular physiology lags behind other model organisms like E. coli and yeast." "Second, we don't have sophisticated genetic tools to introduce the desired changes."
The project, Systems analysis and engineering of biofuel production in Chromochloris zofingiensis, an emerging model green alga, is led the University of California, Berkeley,in cooperation with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, UCLA, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The grant is administered by the Genomic Science Program in the Energy Department's Office of Biological and Environmental Research. (Source: Colorado School of Mines, PR, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Colorado School of Mines,
Mark Ramirez, Communications and Marketing, (303) 273-3088, email@example.com, Prof. Nanette Boyle, (303) 273-3720,
(303) 273-3730 - fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mines.edu
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In December, 2017, the Energy and Mineral Resources Division approved the establishment of bio-ethanol plants.
The produced Bio-ethanol must be certified to have met required standards by the Department of Narcotics Control and supplied only to Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) nominated depots.
(Source: Bangladesh Energy and Mineral Resources Division, Dhaka Tribune, 3 Jan., 2017)
Energy and Mineral Resources Division, www.emrd.gov.bd
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