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DOE ENERGY STAR Program "Indispensable" (Ind. Report)
EPA ENERGY STAR
Date: 2018-01-10
Although recently threatened by the Trump administration with massive funding cuts if not closure, the EPA's Energy Star program has been influential in advancing energy efficiency within the built environment.

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:

  • 78 pct of respondents would be concerned if Energy Star funding was reduced/removed;
  • 75 pct were unfamiliar with other benchmarking tools aside from the ENERGY STAR program;
  • 64 pct reported Portfolio Manager usage;
  • 61 pct were required to benchmark their facility/portfolio's consumption.
  • a reduction or loss of ENERGY STAR funding may result in detrimental consequences. (Source: Colorado Real Estate Journal, EPA, Property Management Quarterly, Jan., 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


  • SeaTwirl Awarded Energy Storage Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    SeaTwirl
    Date: 2018-01-10
    SeaTwirl Date: 2018-01-10 SeaTwirl AB, the Swedish developer of a floating vertical axis wind turbine with folding blades, is reporting receipt of a U.S. patent for kenetic energy storage that uses flywheel technology to optimizes the rotational speed of a wind turbine.

    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,  


    IGP Methanol's Louisiana Gulf Coast Methanol Park Receives DEQ Air Permit (Reg & Leg)
    Haldor Topsøe,IGP Methanol
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Houston-headquartered IGP Methanol LLC reports reports receipt of a Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality title V Air Quality Permit for their Gulf Coast Methanol Park facility in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

    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, 188301@email4pr.com, www.igpmethanol.com; Haldor Topsoe, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IGP Methanol,  Methanol,  


    EU Considers Zero Palm Oil in Transport Fuels (Reg & Leg, Int'l)
    EU, ePURE
    Date: 2018-01-10
    EURACTIV is reporting that EU parliamentarians (MEPs) are considering a complete phase out of palm oil in transport fuels by 2021. The proposal, which has garnered support from the biggest political groups in the European Parliament, would be a victory for environmentalists who have long warned against the deforestation and other damage caused by palm oil.

    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, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  ePURE,  


    And the Winner Is! ... EIA Lists Top 10 Biofuel Producing Countries (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Current world biofuel production is primarily ethanol from corn or sugarcane and biodiesel from soybeans.

    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,  


    GB Energie, POWTEC Provide LED Solutions for Fed. Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    GB Energie, POWTEC
    Date: 2018-01-10
    In the nation's capital, GB Energie LED, a minority, woman-owned sustainable energy solutions specialist, reports it is partnering with Alaska-based IT solutions provider POWTEC Solutions LLC, to address federal, state, and local governments and tribal entity energy efficiency opportunities, including the replacement of existing lighting with Revolution Lighting Technologies high efficiency LED lighting solutions.

    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,  


    CHS Selects Enogen Corn for Illinois Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    CHS Inc., Syngenta
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Syngenta reports it has inked an agreement with ethanol producer and supplier CHS Inc. to use Enogen corn enzyme technology at its 130-million gpy ethanol plant in Rochelle, Illinois. The Rochelle plant is an 81-acre, dry mill corn-based operation and was acquired by CHS in June 2014.

    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,  


    Abel Energy Unloads Woody Biomass Assets in Scale-Back (Int'l)
    Abel Energy
    Date: 2018-01-10
    In the UK, Watton-based biomass and solar energy firm Abel Energy is reporting the £20 million sale of its service and maintenance operations to South Gloucestershire's Wood Energy Solutions and its biomass and biofuels business to Forest Fuels.

    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,  


    Avangrid's Deerfield Vermont Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Avangrid RenewablesSiemens Gamesa
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Avangrid Renewables reports commercial operations have begun at the 30MW Deerfield wind farm near the towns of Readsboro and Searsburg, Vermont. The project incoporates 15 Siemens Gamesa turbines. Avangrid will own and operate the wind farm and sell the wind farm's power output to Green Mountain Power under a 25-year PPA.

    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,  ,  


    NYC Ferries Studying Alternative Fuels Options (Ind. Report)
    NYC
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In the Big Apple, the NYC Department of Transportation reports it will soon begin a 2-year study to assess the use of alternative , low-carbon fuels as opposed to standard petroleum diesel fuels on the Staten Island Ferry and others in the city's fleet.

    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,  


    Egenolf Wins Micro-CHP Energy Storage Grant (Funding)
    Egenolf Alternative Energy
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Smithers, BC-based Egenolf Alternative Energy, is reporting receipt of Canadian government Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council grant funding to develop a micro-CHP thermal energy storage system using the mineral zeolite as the storage medium. The company will work with the Clean Tech Department at the College of New Caledonia on the project. The amount was not disclosed.

    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: www.bvsolar.ca, www.microcogen.ca, and www.biomassenergies.net. (Source: Egenolf Alternative Energy, PEI, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Egnolf Alternative Energy Inc., (250) 900-0156, egenolf.bc@gmail.com, www.biomassenergies.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  CHP,  


    Fayetteville Joins Shift to 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    City of Fayetteville
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In Arkasas, the City of Fayetteville (pop. 84,000 +-) reports it has committed to shifting to 100 pct renewable energy, making it the first city in the state and the 54th city in America to make the commitment. Other cities include Santa Barbara, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego and others.

    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,  


    Scottish Household Carbon Footprint by Drops 25 pct (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In Edinburgh, not-for-profit WWF Scotland reports the carbon footprint of households in Scotland has fallen by one-quarter from 2009 levels when the country passed its Climate Change Act.

    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,  


    Neo Solar Raises $167Mn for 100MW of Taiwanese Projects (Int'l)
    Neo Solar Power
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer Neo Solar Power (NSP), through its subsidiaries Si One and Da Li Energy, reports it has inked a $167 million financing agreement for the development of 100MW of solar capacity in Taiwan.

    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 Wins 184MW Avangrid Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
    Avangrid Renewables,Vestas
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Vestas wind turbine giant Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for 41 V136-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimized Mode for phase one of the 201 MW Montague wind project in Oregon, as well as 36 MW of 4 MW platform compatible turbine components that qualify for 80 pct of the Production Tax Credit.

    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,  


    Univ. of Ill. Considers Campus Solar Farm Expansion (Ind. Report)
    University of Illinois,Phoenix Solar LLC
    Date: 2018-01-08
    The University of Illinois Champaign reports it is considering an expansion of its solar farm which has been idle since October due to on-site electrical system problems. The facility is slated to resume to resume operations soon.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Phoenix Solar,  University of Illinois,  Solar,  


    Meritage reNEWable Living Home Redefine Energy Use (Ind. Report)
    Meritage Homes,Duke Energy,EPRI
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Creating a net zero home that redefines how utilities work is amazing. That's exactly what Scottsdale, Arizona-headquartered Meritage Homes is touting its reNEWable Living Home, a 2018 BUILDER Concept project engineered and designed to use and cut energy consumption energy in a completely different way.

    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,  


    Alkol Biotech, BioFoorever Ink Biomass Supply LOI (Int'l Report)
    Alkol Biotech,Bio Refinery Development
    Date: 2018-01-08
    London-headquartered Alkol Biotech and Bio Refinery Development report the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) to supply to 500,000 dry tonnes of non-woody "cold weather" EUeergyCane lignocellulosic biomass for the next 10 years to Bio Refinery Development (BioForever) for what, if built, would be the Continent's largest biorefinery.

    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 ,  


    Finland Surrenders Control of Neste (Int'l Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Helsinki, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Oil reports reports its principal and controlling shareholder, the Government of Finland, on Thursday effectively gave up control of oil refiner by donating some of its shares valued at €30 million (approx $60 million) to a charitable foundation. The donation reduced the state's Neste holding to 49.7 pct from 50.1 pct, according to a government statement.

    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 nbsp; 

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  


    Energy Storage, Renewables Integration Mkt. to top $23Bn (Ind. Report)
    Navigant Research,E.ON North America
    Date: 2018-01-08
    According to Navigant Research, the total annual revenue for Energy Storage for Renewables Integration is expected to surpass $23 billion (€19.1 billion ) by 2026. The projected growth for utility-scale and behing-the-metre (BTM) applications is being fueled by the falling prices in solar, wind and energy storage, according to Navigant research analyst Adam Wilson.

    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, mark.frigo@eon.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,  


    Ukraine Energy Efficiency Fund Scores €50Ml Support (Int'l)
    EU,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-01-08
    The Ukranian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities is reporting the EU has committed €50 million to support aa new Ukraine Energy Efficiency Fund, beginning this year. The EU will also provide technical assistance for the launch of the fund.

    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,  


    NEC Commissions 50 MW of UK Grid Energy Storage Facilities (Ind. Report)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Mass.-headquartered NEC Energy Solutions is reporting the completion and commissioning the commissioning of 50 MW of energy storage projects in the UK with VLC Energy, a joint venture between Low Carbon, a renewable energy investment company, and VPI Immingham, owner of one of the largest CHP plants in Europe and part of the Vitol Group.

    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, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com; Low Carbon, www.lowcarbon.com; VPI Immingham, www.vitol.com

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


    UK Coal-Fired Power Obituary Written (Int'l Report)
    Coal
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In London, the Office of Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May (Con.) reports her government will implement limits on the amount of CO2 that coal-fired power plants in the UK can emit from October 1, 2025, after which an emissions intensity limit of 450g of CO2 per kWh hour will apply. The limit will be applied to units that burn any solid fossil fuel, but not to those that convert fully to other fuels. All power stations that have not invested in technology to cut their emissions will have to cease operation.

    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, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/prime-minister

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  UK Coal,  Climate Change,  


    EPA Under the Gun on Obama Climate Rule Changes (Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2018-01-08
    It is being widely reported that the Trump administration EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is under the gun to repeal and replace the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan before the year end.

    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,  


    Notable Quote from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
    EPA
    Date: 2018-01-08
    "The citizens just don't trust that EPA is honest with these (CO2 emissions) numbers. Let's get real, objective data, not just do modeling. Let's vigorously publish and peer-review science. Let's do honest cost-benefit work. We need to restore the trust." -- Scott Pruitt, Feb., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA news,  Scott Pruitt news,  


    Canadian Railroads on Track to Meet Emissions Goals (Ind. Report)
    Railway Association of Canada
    Date: 2018-01-08
    According to the Railway Association of Canada's (RAC) just released Locomotive Emissions Monitoring (LEM) Program report, Canadian railroads are on track to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets set by the rail industry and the federal government. The report notes that railway-generated GHG emissions have not increased significantly relative to traffic growth due in part to locomotives and innovative technologies that improve fuel efficiency and cut 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,  


    NASA Study says Antarctic Ozone Hole Recovering (Ind. Report)
    NASAGoddard Space Flight Center
    Date: 2018-01-08
    A new study conducted by NASA reports the first direct evidence that an international effort to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has led to the recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole. The study used satellite observations to demonstrate the decline in atmospheric chlorine that resulted from the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, enacted in 1989, led to "about 20 pct less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than there was in 2005 -- the first year that measurements of chlorine and ozone during the Antarctic winter were made."

    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,  


    Windy City Set for $160Mn LED Street-Light Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Chicago
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Chicago reports it is set to become one of the largest cities in the world to switch 85 pct of its street lights and street lighting infrastructure to energy and cost saving LEDs over the next four years. The plan will see 270,000 high pressure sodium lights switched to significantly more energy efficient and longer lasting LED lights at an estimated to cost $160 million. The project is expected to begin delivering a return on investment within 2 years. The roll out will also include a smart grid that indicates when a light is not working, so that residents no longer have to report faults. (Source: City of Chicago, BusinessGreen, 8 Jan., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news,  Street Light news,  Energy Efficient Lighting news,  


    November US Ethanol, Biodiesel DDG Exports Drop from 2016 Levels (Ind. Report)
    DDGs,Ethanol,USDA
    Date: 2018-01-08
    The USDA reported on Friday that U.S. exports of ethanol totaled 107.2 million gallons in November, 2017, down 17 pct from 2016 levels. Brazil was the top destination in November, accounting for 26 pct of exports, followed by Canada and India. U.S. ethanol exports were up 13 pct in the first 11 months of 2017 from a year ago.

    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,  


    NIFA Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (Ind. Report)
    USDA,NIFA,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In the nation's Capital, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) reports it has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program which is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office. The funding comes from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) which addresses challenges in food and agricultural sciences through research, extension, and education.

    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,  


    Ohio Power Sector Leads in Cutting Carbon Output (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy Corp,US EIA
    Date: 2018-01-08
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) website is reporting that Ohio's electric power sector, the state's main source of carbon pollution, cut its carbon pollution from a peak of 132.6 million metric tons in 2005 to 82.6 million metric tons in 2015, while its western neighbor, Indiana trimmed its annual carbon output by 34.9 million metric tons over the same 10-year period.

    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,  


    Siemens Gamesa Negotiating 700 MW Brazilian Wind Deals (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In Sao Paulo, Brazil, it is being widely reported that Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA is negotiating to supply about 700 MW of wind turbines for Brazilian power projects to be developed by Voltalia SA, EDP Renovaveis SA, Enel Green Power SpA, and Neoenergia, SA, all of which won government-organized power auctions in December. Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports the orders totaling 1,450 MW could be valued at as much $620 million.

    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,  


    Consumers Energy Cross Winds Phase II Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-01-08
    Following up on our July 10, 2017 coverage, Consumers Energy is reporting the $90 million, 44 MW, Cross Winds Energy Park II in Columbia Township, Michigan is now online. The 19 turbine wind park is art of a total investment of $345 million comprised of 81 wind turbines in total -- including the first phase of Cross Winds -- and can generate as much as 155 MW of renewable energy which is sufficient for about 60,000 residents.

    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,  


    EPA Assessing Grain Sorghum as Advanced Biofuel (Ind. Report)
    National Sorghum Producers
    Date: 2018-01-05
    The National Sorghum Producer reports the US EPA has assessed the lifecycle of greenhouse gas emissions in grain sorghum refinement and found that once transformed into a biofuel the grain released approximately half the amount of greenhouse gases as compared to baseline petroleum fuels. The EPA finding helps qualify grain sorghum as an advanced biofuels under the metrics set by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

    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, info@sorghumgrowers.com, http://sorghumgrowers.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Sorghum Producers,  Sorghum,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  GHGs,  RFS,  


    Disa Aquires 21-MW Canary Islands Wind Project (Int'l, M&A)
    Grupo DISA
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Grupo DISA, a distributor of energy products in the Canary Islands, is reporting the purchase of the 21-MW Icor wind project in Arico, Tenerife, from Gamesa. DISA presently has 20 MW of operating photovoltaic (PV) installations.

    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,  


    Alberta Carbon Tax Jumps $10 (Ind. Report)
    Alberta Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-01-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, oil soaked Alberta's carbon tax has increased from $20-Cdn per tonne of CO2 emissions to $30-Cdn, effective January 1, 2018. Alberta's carbon levy entered into force on January 1, 2017, at an initial rate of $20-Cdn per tonne of CO2 emissions. A $10 increase scheduled for January 1, 2018, has now entered into effect.

    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,  


    SunEdison Clears Chapter 11 Protection (Ind. Report)
    SunEdison,Brookfield Asset Management
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Further to our March, 2017th coverage, bankrupt US renewable energy developer SunEdison Inc. reports it has emerged from Chapter 11 as a privately-held company following its reorganization that included the sale of its interest in yieldcos TerraForm Power Inc and TerraForm Global Inc. to Toronto-headquartered Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (Source: SunEdison, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: SunEdison, www.sunedison.com; Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491, www.brookfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Asset Management,  SunEdison,  Renewable Energy,  


    EDPR Secures $507Mn for 7 Renewable Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
    EDP Renewables North America
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Houston-headquartered EDP Renewables North America reports it has closed on $507 million financing with Bank of New York Mellon for 4 wind farms and 3 solar plants totaling 423 MW capacity.

    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,  


    Siemens Gamesa Scores 23-Turbine Italian Order (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it will supply 23 turbines totaling 59MW to two new Italian wind farm projects being developed by Danish developer European 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,  


    Egypt Planning Middle East's Largest Wind Farm (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-01-05
    In an effort to boost renewable energy in Egypt and establish Egypt as a leading player in environmental development, the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy reports it plants to construct the Middle East's largest wind farm in the Suez Bay.

    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,  


    Pattern Finances Nigig Power Ontario Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Pattern Development,Nigig Power
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Pattern Development reports it has provided $1 billion (Cdn) ($794.67 million) for the construction of the 300MW Henvey Inlet windpower project in Ontario, Canada. The project is a joint venture (JV) between Pattern Development and Nigig Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Henvey Inlet First Nation.

    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, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Development,  Wind,  


    Edmonton NHL Arena Scores Canadian LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-01-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, the city of Edmonton's Rogers Place arena reports it has recently became the first National Hockey League (NHL) facility in Canada to achieve Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) LEED Silver certification. The Rogers Place and its adjacent facilities were designed and constructed to meet LEED Silver energy efficiency certification including developmental density, community connectivity, and alternative transportation. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, ProudGreenBuilding, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


    NYC 10 Hudson Yards Awarded LEED Platinum Status (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-01-05
    In the Big Apple, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history, Oxford Properties Group's 18 million-square-foot, 52-story, 10 Hudson Yards project in Manhattan, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council's highest rating for sustainable buildings -- Platinum Certification.

    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,  


    Phoenix Joins DC with LEED Cities Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2018-01-05
    In August, 2017, the nations Capital became the first city to receive US Green Building Council LEED for Cities platinum certification. Washington was joined by Phoenix, Arizona in December.

    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,  


    NH Legislation Would Divert RGGI Funds (Reg & Leg)
    RGGI
    Date: 2018-01-05
    In Concorde, the New Hampshire legislature is considering HB 592 which would change the way money raised through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions is allocated. If passed, the bill would re-divert profits from New Hampshire's (RGGI) back to ratepayers is drawing opposition from environmentalists, who say it would undercut investment in clean energy programs in the state.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Empire State Unveils $200Mn Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Following up on our Dec. 8, 2017 coverage, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2018 State of the State address has re-committed the Empire State to invest $200 million from the New York Green Bank in energy-storage research and to deploy 1.5 GW of energy storage by 2025.

    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,  


    Livelihoods Mutual Fund Pays Carbon Credits, Not Cash (Ind. Report)
    Livelihoods Carbon Fund
    Date: 2018-01-05
    In Paris, the Livelihoods Carbon Fund which was launched last December ahead of Paris Climate Summit, reports its aims to reach about an $118 million investment in ecosystem restoration, agroforestry and renewable energy projects this year in Africa, Asia and Latin America, which will avoid or sequester up to 25 million tons of CO2 over 20 years.

    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,  


    Notable Quotes from Former Aussie PM Tony Abbott
    Tony Abbott
    Date: 2018-01-05
    "The science of human-caused climate change is 'CRAP." -- Tony Abbott, Sept., 2009

    "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,  


    Colorado School of Mines Funded for Algal Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Colorado School of Mines
    Date: 2018-01-05
    The Colorado School of Mines in Golden reports assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering Nanette Boyle will receive $616,000 from the US DOE over the next five years for her part in a project to create a genome-scale metabolic model of the algae -- Chromochloris zofingiensis which will be used to produce renewable biofuel.

    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, ramirez@mines.edu, Prof. Nanette Boyle, (303) 273-3720, (303) 273-3730 - fax, nboyle@mines.edu, www.mines.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algal,  Alae Biofuel,  


    Dhaka Approves Bioethanol Production, 5 pct Blending (Int'l)
    Bangladesh
    Date: 2018-01-05
    In Dhaka, The government of Bangladesh Energy and Mineral Resources Division reports it has approved the 5 pct blending of bioethanol and petroleum fuel. The initiative is intended to reduce the use of conventional fuel oil, cut carbon emission, and to mitigate environmental pollution .

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  

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