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Hanwha Q Cell Plans Floating, Sun Tracking Solar Plant (Int'l)
Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2017-07-26
South Korean solar specialist Hanwha Q Cells Co.reports it will build an 80 MW floating solar power generation facility on an un-named reservoir, and has inked a MoU with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP), Hanwha Solar Power, and solar developer Solkiss to jointly develop the facility.

A rotating-based floating solar power station combines a floating structure with ground-based solar energy generation technology which, due to its ability to track the sun's movement, could generate 10 to 20 pct more electricity than a "fixed" installation. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells Co., Maeil Business News Korea 21 July, 2017)Contact: Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells ,  Solar,  Solar Farm,  


Irish Univ. Scores Wave, Tidal Energy R&D Funding (Int'l, Funding)
Queens University
Date: 2017-07-26
In Belfast, Queen's University reports it has been awarded more than €9.3 million in funding from the Special European Union (EU) Programmes Body to establish the Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research for cross-border research in the fields of bio-energy, wave and tidal power.

The Centre will investigate and develop the use of tidal power at ocean energy at sites in Strangford Lough and the North Antrim Coast in Western Scotland.

Matching funds for the project were provided by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation and the Department of Economy in Northern Ireland. Scotland's University of Highlands and Islands, the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and the Agricultural Food and Biosciences Institute are participating in the project. (Source: Queens University, Power Technology, Others, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Queen's University, Belfast, www.qub.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy,  Wave Energy,  


Statoil's Hywind Floating Wind Farm Underway off Peterhead (Int'l)
Statoil
Date: 2017-07-26
Norwegian company Statoil reports its Hywind fully floating offshore wind farm -- the world's first full-scale floating wind turbine installation -- is well underway 25 km off Peterhead, Scotland. When fully operation by the year end, Hywind will generate sufficient electric power for 20,000 Scottish homes.

According to Statoil, the new wind farm will be the first of many in waters too deep to anchor conventional wind turbines on the seabed. Instead, the turbine tower is mounted on a huge, weighted tube that floats 78 meters deep in the sea and held in place by underwater mooring lines. The 12,000 tonne, 253 meter-high towers were built in Spain and assembled at Stord in Norway. The Hywind project costs £190 million ($337 million) and was subsidised by the British government. (Source: Statoil, BBC, Strait Times, Others, 25 July, 2017)Contact: Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, Leif Delp, Hywind Project Dir., +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Floating Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


German Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm Inaugurated (Int'l Report)
Vattenfall,European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (
Date: 2017-07-26
The offshore wind farm Sandbank with an installed capacity of 288 MW is now officially inaugurated. It is the latest cooperation between Vattenfall and and the 72 wind energy plants will provide 400,000 German households with renewable energy.

Vattenfall and Stadtwerke Munchen (SWM) are reporting inauguration and commissioning of the 288 MW Sandbank offshore wind farm 90 kilometers west of the island of Sylt in the German Bight. The 72-turbine Sandbank project is Vattenfall and SWM's second joint project and will generate sufficient power for as many as 4000,000 German homes. p> The investment costs for the Sandbank offshore wind farm are around . Vattenfall holds a 51 pct stake in the €1.2 billion Sandbank Offshore project while Stadtwerke Munchen retains the balance. (Source: Vattenfall, PR, 23 July, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, Senior VP Wind, +46 (0) 8 739 50 10, www.vattenfall.com; Stadtwerke Munchen GmbH, www.swm.de/english.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


Siemens Gamesa Seals 76MW Mexican Wind Deal (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-07-26
Siemens Gamesa reports it has sealed a deal with independent developer Fuerza y Energia Limpia de Tiziminunder. Under the terms of the deal, Siemens Gamesa will supply and install 36 G114-2.1 MW turbines totaling 76 MW at the Tizimin wind farm which is being developed in the state of Yucatan. The agreement includes a five-year of service and maintenance clause. Commissioning is scheduled for 2018. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, NA Wind, Various Others, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


Agrisoma, UPM Ink Carinata Oil Seed Supply Agreement (Int'l)
Agrisoma Biosciences
Date: 2017-07-26
Gatineau, Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. and Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels report the signing of a long-term supply agreement that will expand Carinata oil seed for biofuels production in South America. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will grow Carinata oilseed crops with third-party farmers in Uruguay and Brazil.

Agrisoma Biosciences created Carinata oilseed specifically for sustainable low-carbon aviation biofuel production and for the production of nutritious protein for animal feed. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., PR, 24 July, 2017) Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345, www.upm.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Carinata,  UPM,  


GEVO, Praj Partnering to Advance Isobutanol Technology (Ind. Report)
Gevo,Praj
Date: 2017-07-26
Mumbai-headquartered Praj Industries Ltd. reports it will partner with Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO to use GEVO's proprietary technology to process sugarcane juice and molasses under the terms of a Joint Development Agreement and a Development License Agreement dating from November 2015.

Praj to adapt GEVO's isobutanol technology to using non-corn based sugars and lignocellulose feedstocks. The aim is to develop a process design package that will be offered for commercialization to cane juice and molasses-based ethanol plants, as licensees of GEVO's isobutanol technology. Licensing is expected to be focused on Praj plants located in India, South America and South East Asia.

Praj is working to adapt GEVO's technology to Praj's second-generation bio-refineries, enabling the production of isobutanol from lignocellulosic biomass. Gevo is expected to be the primary off-taker, marketer and initial distributor for isobutanol produced from the plants built by Praj that use Gevo's isobutanol technology. (Source: Praj, GEVO, Others, Biofuels Int'l, 25 July, 2017)Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  Praj,  Isobutanol,  


AECI Invests $5Mn in California Bioplastics Startup (Ind. Report)
Origin Materials,AECI
Date: 2017-07-26
South African specialty chemicals group AECI reports it has invested $5-million in West Sacramento, California-based startup Origin Materials to support the development of renewable technologies.

Origin pioneered the development of bio-based chemicals, which can be processed into many products for application in global markets worth over $200-billion.

AECI and its investment will assist Origin and its partners in developing and industrializing its process for producing at least 95 pct bio-based polyethylene terepthalate plastic bottles at commercial scale as early as 2020. (Source: AECI, Engineering News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Origin Materials , John Bissell, CEO, hello@originmaterials.com, www.originmaterials.com; AECI, Mark Dytor, CEO, +27 (0) 11 806 8700, groupcommunications@aewci.co.za, www.aeci.co.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic,  AECI,  Biochemical,  Bioproduct,  Origin Materials,  


Basque Offshore Wind Tower Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
Port of Bilbao
Date: 2017-07-24
In Spain, the Port of Bilbao on the Bay of Biscay -- Basque region of Spain -- reports construction is underway on a $63 million plant that will manufacture wind turbines for the Haizea Offshore Wind Farm under development. Upon completion, the plant is expected to turn out 180 large offshore wind towers per year. The facility to a joint venture between Construcciones Intxausti, Byco (Inbisa Construccion) and Gaimaz Infraestructuras y Servicios.

Haizea Wind is controlled by TecnoAranda, a Spanish wind tower manufacturer with a 400 tower per year manufacturing plant in the province of Burgos. (Source: Port of Bilbao, Port Technology, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Port of Bilbao, www.bilbaoport.eus; Haizea Wind, TecnoAranda, +34 947 280 000 / Fax. +34 947 280 050, info@tecnoaranda.com, www.tecnoaranda.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Wind Towers,  


Mass. Offshore Wind Site Wins BOEM Site Plan Approval (Ind. Report)
BOEM, DONG Energy,Eversource
Date: 2017-07-24
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reports it has aaproved an offshore wind Site Assessment Plan to the Bay State Wind offshore wind farm being developed by New England's Eversource Energy and Danish offshore wind giant DONG Energy.

The two firms are set to develop an area off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, that reportedly has the potential for 2 gigawatts (GW) or more of capacity. The partners have deployed three meteorological buoys to measure wave and wind speeds, as well as wave direction and currents. The two floating light and detection ranging buoys (FLIDARs) buoys and the single metocean/current buoy will be deployed for two years to gather additional project data. (Source: BOEM, Eversource, CleanTewchnica, 21 July, 2017) Contact: BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; DONG Energy, Thomas Brostrøm, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  BOEM,  DONG Energy,  Eversource,  


Innogy Plans 3-Wind Turbine Dutch Dike Demo (Int'l Report)
Innogy
Date: 2017-07-24
In the Netherlands, Innogy Windpower and the Dutch water association Noorderzijlvest have signed an agreement to develop a three-turbine wind farm on a sea dike at Oostpolderdeich in Eemshavenon. The test project will be constructed on a dike, where there is almost constant wind, according to Innogy.

As we reported on 26 June, Innogy opened the 90-MW Innogy Zuidwester wind farm along the shore of the IJsselmeer lake as part of the 86-turbine, 430-MW Noordoostpolder wind power project. (Source: Innogy Windpower, Others, CTBR, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Noorderzijlvest, +31 50 304 8911, www.noorderzijlvest.nl; Innogy Wind, Jan Boorsma, Innogy Windpower Netherlands, +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy Wind,  Innogy,  Wind,  


Massive Turbines Approved for Apple's Oregon Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Avangrid Renewables,Apple
Date: 2017-07-24
In Salem, Oregon state regulators report approval of the largest turbines ever deployed in the Pacific Northwest for the Montague Wind Power Facility -- Apple's Oregon wind power project being developed by Avangrid Renewables. The approval allows turbines with rotor diameters of 136 meters and generating capacities of 3.6 megawatts. A specific manufacturer or turbine model has not yet been identified. Construction of the Gilliam County wind farm is expected to get underway prior to Sept. 14, 2017, for completion and commissioning by the end of 2018. (Source: Avangrid Renewables, Portland Business Journal, 18 July, 2017) Contact: AVANGRID Inc., James P. Torgerson, Pres., Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000, www.avangrid.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables,  Apple,  Wind,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-07-24
"You can take steps to combat climate change without crippling the economy. The fact many people still believe CC is a hoax is disheartening.

"I am not a climate change denier. I have said publicly that I don't know the answer. I am for clean air and clean water." -- Anthony Scaramucci, New White House Communications Director, March 11, 2016

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  


Viridor Touts Landfill Gas Fertilizer Trial (Int'l)
Viridor
Date: 2017-07-24
Exeter, UK-based Waste management firm Viridor reports it has commenced a government-backed trial to use CO2 emissions harvested from landfill, to plough back into the land as a fertilizer.

The project, with Oxfordshire-based CCm Research, is being undertaken at Viridor's anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Walpol. The plant treats household food waste and with the intent to add value and create new markets for the readily available waste resource."

According to Viridor, CCm Research's technology reduces carbon intensity and utilizing waste streams in the manufacture of compound fertilizer. The trial follows a successful initial project conducted over two years at Viridor's Ardley landfill site. (Source: Viridor, Air Quality News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Viridor, www.viridor.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  Landfill Gas,  Methane,  


1858 Vintage Bucknell Building Scores LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
Bucknell University,USGBC
Date: 2017-07-24
In Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Bucknell University reports its second-oldest on campus building -- Roberts Hall constructed in 1858 -- has been awarded US GReen Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency. According to the university, energy consumption dropped by 30 pct with the recently completed building restoration, addition of central air conditioning and extensive energy related upgrades. The work included the almost complete replacement of the building's exterior walls, new metal roofing, all new plumbing with low-flow fixtures, new double-paned, argon-filled vwindows, new HVAC, LED Lighting and occupancy sensors, smart thermostats and others. Roberts is the eighth LEED certifield building on the Bucknell campus. (Source: Bucknell University, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Bucknell University, www.bucknell.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ont. Bldg. Code Upgraded for Greater Energy Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Date: 2017-07-24
At Queen's Park, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has announced the replacement of the Ontario Building Code, effective January 1, 2019. The changes support the government's Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) of June 2016, with a view to reducing GHG emissions and implementing energy-efficient measures in new homes and large buildings. The concept is to bring these structures closer to being "net-zero energy buildings" (NZEB) where the energy used by the building is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on site.

New and modified requirements include: solar-ready roofs and conduits; reduction of trade-offs between building bnvelope and heating systems for energy efficiency compliance requirement of heat or energy recovery units in all buildings; encouraging "greywater" reuse systems; continuous insulation requirements; energy-efficient windows and sliding doors requirements; air leakage testing and air tightness requirements, and others. (Source: Ministry of Municipal Affairs , Globe, Miller Thompson LLP, Lexolocy, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, (416) 585-7041, www.mah.gov.on.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Code,  Ontario Building Code,  


Independence Utilities Center Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Burns & McDonnell
Date: 2017-07-24
In the Show Me State, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports it has awarded LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency and water conservation to the Independence (Missouri) Utilities Center. The Kansas City-based firm Burns & McDonnell delivered architectural, engineering and construction services for a full-scale renovation of the 47,500 square-foot building which was completed in October 2016. The building has also been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a winner of a Capstone Award in the green design category.

Key additions and energy efficiency improvements include: new wall and roof insulation, thermal windows, aluminum exterior panels and sun shades, a "cool" white roof to reduce heat gain; high efficiency HVAC and new LED lighting; rooftop solar array and wind turbine capable of providing 15 pct of the building's annual energy needs; improved ventilation; energy recovery; heat pump; and others. The combination of systems makes the building 51 pct more efficient than a comparable baseline building. (Source: Burns & McDonnell, PR, 20 July, 2017)Contact: Burns & McDonnell, www.burnsmcd.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  


REGI Completes German Biorefinery Upgrades (Int'l Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2017-07-24
Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. is reporting completion of upgrades at its biodiesel plant in Emden, Germany, at a cost of approximately € 2.5 million ($2.9 million). The upgrade included installation of a new biodiesel distillation column and a thermal oil heater.

REGI took sole ownership of the Emden biorefinery in January after its initial majority investment in the former Petrotec AG in December, 2016. (Source: REGI, Business Record, 20 July, 2017) July 20, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Pres, Anthony Hulen, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, Jean Scemama, VP REG Energy Europe, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  Ethanol,  REGI,  


Univ. of Illinois Awarded $104Mn for Bioenergy Crop R&D (Funding)
Univ. of Illinois Center for Advanced Bioenergy & Bioproducts Innovation
Date: 2017-07-24
The U.S. DOE reports it is awarding a total of $104 million over 5 years to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for biofuel-bioenergy research and development under the school's new Center for Advanced Bioenergy & Bioproducts Innovation.

The federal government funding is aimed at further developing bioenergy crops crops that can be converted into biofuels, lubricants and other products more efficiently. Researchers are hoping to treat the bioenergy crops themselves as factories, coming up with ways to get them to grow desired products internally, such as oils or triglycerides, rather than being turned into high-value end products later. For example, field grasses have attracted researchers' attention because they come back year after year and are efficient plants. (Source: Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Crains, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Univ. of Illinois Center for Advanced Bioenergy & Bioproducts Innovation, bioenergy@illinois.edu Vijay Singh, Director, vsingh@illinois.edu; Brian Jacobson, Pilot Plant Systems Analyst, bjacobs3@illinois.edu; http://bioenergy.illinois.edu www.illinois.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


Produce Shipper Scores Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2017-07-24
Ontario, Oregon-based produce company Baker & Murakami Produce Co. LLP reports it has partnered with local utility Idaho Power to expand energy efficiency at the Treasure Valley onion operation. The facility was upgraded to LED lighting and a new high-capacity variable frequency drive air compressor (VFD) to run the produce packing line. The upgrades are expected to save $18,000 in annual energy costs while also helping reduce the company's carbon emissions.

The company has received $32,400 as the first in a series of 3 planned energy efficiency incentive payments from Idaho Power. (Source: Baker & Murakami Produce Co., The Packer, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Idaho Power, Baker & Murakami Produce, Idaho Power, www.idahopower.com; murakamiproduce.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


U.S. Bill Calls for 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2050 (Reg & Leg)
Environment America
Date: 2017-07-24
The Washington, DC-headquartered not-for-profit Environment America organization is lauding Representatives Jared Polis (CO), Jared Huffman (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ) and Pramila Jayapal (WA) for their introduction of a bill to phase out fossil fuels and completely replace them with renewable energy by 2050.

The bill would establish and implement a comprehensive plan to ramp up renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the electrification of transportation and heating, while halting the development of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Commenting on its proposal, Environment America's energy program director Rob Sargent said: "The reality is inescapable: fossil fuels pollute our air, water and land, threatening our health and changing our climate even faster than scientists predicted. But we can have healthier communities today and a livable future for our kids. In order to do that, we need to transform how we produce and consume energy. That starts with a commitment to move toward 100 percent clean, renewable energy. The 100 by 50 bill puts forward the right goal. Clean energy is on the rise, its costs are declining. Given the environmental benefits, it should be the go-to energy option for business, utilities, government and households across the country."

Environment America is a federation of liberal U.S. state-based environmental advocacy organizations. The organization researches and advocates for environmental policies through lobbying and the mobilization of public support. (Source: Environment America, PR, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Environment America, (202) 683-1250, www.environmentamerica.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment America,  Renewable Energy,  


EWE Gasspeicher Plans Massive Redox Flow Tech Energy Storage Project (Int'l, Ind. Report)
EWE Gasspeicher
Date: 2017-07-24
Oldenburg, Germany-headquartered gas storage firm EWE Gasspeicher GmbH, a subsidiary of Germany utility EWE, reports it plans to construct a redox flow technology battery with sufficient capacity to power a city the size of Berlin for an hour. If built, the project will involve filling two salt caverns, each of around 100,000 cubic meters in volume, with brine to create a redox flow battery that has capacity of up to 120 MW and 700 megawatt-hours.

EWE Gasspeicher presently uses caverns for natural-gas storage and is looking to bring the novel redox flow "brine4power" (b4p)technology to market by 2023.

The project will be based on a process developed at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Thuringia, which employs electrolytes based on recyclable polymers dissolved in salt water. Following testing, EWE is planning a second aboveground prototype of up to 500 kilowatts and 2.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: EWE, EWE GasspeicherPR, gtm, 20 July, 2017) Contact: EWE Gasspeicher GmbH, +49 441 350100, www.ewe-gasspeicher.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  redox flow battery,  Battery,  


Report Recommends Cap on UK Bioenergy Crop Production (Int'l)
Royal Academy of Engineering ,National Farmers Union
Date: 2017-07-24
In the UK, a newly released report from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) is calling for a cap on the production of bioenergy crops on prime agricultural lands as a means of avoiding an inadvertent increase greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the report, energy crops should only be cultivated on marginal land which is unsuitable for food production or housing, or has been degraded through deforestation.

The report also calls for a renewed focus on converting waste cooking oil, municipal solid waste, whisky production dregs and others into second generation biofuels.

On the downside, limiting bioenergy crop production could cause new problems. Vivergo Fuels, which converts 1.1 million tpy of feed-grade wheat into bioethanol, has previously said it could face closure if crop-based biofuels in petrol were to be restricted.

UK National Farmers Union (NFU) NFU combinable crops chairman Mike Hambly says: "This report clearly demonstrates the need for biofuels and we are pleased to see the RAENG recognise the role UK agriculture has to play in this. The report focuses heavily on the benefits of second generation biofuels -- something the NFU has long supported -- but we caution investment into this next step will only be secured on the back of first generation fuels and the Government must recognise this in future policy making." (Source: NFU, Royal Academy of Engineering, FG Insight, 28 July, 2017) Contact: NFU,www.nfuonline.com; Royal Academy of Engineering, www.raeng.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Crop,  


South Miami Mandates Residential Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
South Miami
Date: 2017-07-24
In the Sunshine State, the community of South Miami (12,200 +- pop) city council report approval of an ordinance requiring all new, and some renovation, residential construction to incorporate rooftop solar panels and capacity.

The ordinance, which comes into force Sept. 18, requires 175 square-feet of solar panels per 1,000 square feet of roof. (Source: City of South Miami, AP, Various Media,21 July, 2017) Contact: City of South Miami, (305) 663-6338, www.southmiamifl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar ,  


Exec. Order Creates Vermont Climate Action Commission (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-24
Last Thursday in Montpelier, just weeks after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the almost universally accepted Paris Climate Agreement, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) issued an executive order creating a 21-person climate action commission to be composed of business leaders, transportation experts, members of the agriculture and forestry sectors, utility representatives, and others. The Commission will advise the governor's office on a long-term plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions and embrace renewable energy.

The Governor said "Despite what's going on in Washington, I am committed to doing our part." (Source: NECN, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vermont Governor Phil Scott, governor.vermont.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate CHange,  


Vivint Solar Expanding into the Steel City (Ind. Report)
Vivint Solar
Date: 2017-07-24
US-based residential rooftop solar provider Vivint Solar, which is available in Philadelphia, has expanded its energy system offering into Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's Renewable Portfolio Standard aims for the Keystone State state to source 18 pct of its energy from alternative sources by 2020/21.

Pittsburgh residents are able to purchase Vivint Solar's energy systems through monthly installments or purchase them outright. The company operates in 20 US states and has installed over 100,000 solar systems. Vivint Solar recently expanded into Virginia, as well as Vermont. (Source: Vivint Solar, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vivint Solar, Vivint Solar, David Bywater, CEO, Rob Kain, VP Inv. Relations, (801) 229-6460, ir@vivintsolar.com, www.vivintsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivint Solar,  Solar,  


Energy Majors Under Fire from Climate-Related Legal Actions (Ind. Report)
Encana
Date: 2017-07-24
Calgary, Alberta-headquartered energy giant Encana is but one of many energy majors named in lawsuits leveled by three California communities attempting to link damages from climate change to industry's alleged attempts to hinder action or address climate change.

The legal actions claim the companies have deliberately sown misinformation and doubt on climate change and are at least partially responsible for related damages such as shoreline erosion. According to the City of Imperial Beach suit, "Defendants ... have known for nearly a half century that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate."

The lawsuits draw on legal precedents used against tobacco companies, which reached a U.S. settlement of $368.5 billion in 1998. The claims allege the defendants are collectively responsible for 20 pct of total CO2 emissions between 1965 and 2015. (Source: Canadian Press, Chronicle Herald, Various Others, 20 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Encana,  Climate Change,  


Ricardo Joins Global Industry Alliance to Support Low-Carbon Shipping (Ind. Report)
Ricardo
Date: 2017-07-24
UK-based Professional services firm Ricardo Energy & Environment were among those to back the launch of the new Global Industry Alliance (GIA). The initiative has been formed to support maritime industry players overcome barriers preventing the adoption and further development of sustainable energy technologies in the global shipping industry.

The new entity is framed by various UN initiatives and projects, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project. The initiative aims to reduce the barriers to the uptake of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly transportation energy systems that already exist. Often time the technology creates considerable environmental damage and cost reductions, although they come with upfront capital costs.

According to a statement from Ricardo following the launch of the GIA, the GIA partners will work together to address key barriers to transitioning maritime shipping towards a low carbon maritime future, focusing on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, and alternative fuels. (Source: Ricardo, Consultancy.UK, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Ricardo, Ricardo-AEA, Robert Bell, Managing Director, +44 (0)1273 455611, business.development@ricardo.com, www.ricardo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ricardo,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


Cielo Advancing Alberta Renewable Diesel Refinery (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2017-07-24
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp reports it has contracted with Kwik-Fab Energy Services to dismantle the Company's demonstration plant in Red Deer, AB. and transport it to LynCorp Manufacturing in Aldersyde, AB, where it will be converted from a 50 to 350 lph continuous flow renewable diesel refinery. The equipment will be installed at Cielo's recently acquired idle biodiesel facility in High River, AB, where it will be converted into one of the world's greenest high-grade renewable fuel refinery that will use garbage-derived feedstocks such as sorted municipal waste, woody biomass waste, , agriculture wastes and other cellulous materials as feedstocks, some of which will have negative acquisition costs. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Stockhouse, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp, Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 X 2 , donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions,  Renewable Diesel,  


Growth Energy Counters Oklahoma Senator's Anti-Ethanol Claims (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2017-07-24
Growth Energy issued the following statement in response to Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe's (R) opposition to the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, which aims to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to fuel blends with more than 10 pct ethanol. Inhofe claimed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) harms the environment and that ethanol increases food prices and damages vehicle engines:

"E15 is a federally approved fuel for all cars made since 2001. It boosts octane, saves consumers up to 10 cents per gallon, and improves the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and displacing toxic additives in gasoline. Consumers have recently surpassed 1 billion miles driven on the fuel, and it is now available at more than 900 retail sites across 29 states. Drivers are demanding E15, and more retailers are offering it every day.

"However, due to an outdated regulation that hasn’t been updated since 1990, gas stations are forced to restrict their sales to flex-fuel vehicles only, or remove it from sale altogether between June 1 and Sept. 15. That means that when gas prices are at their peak, consumers are denied the choice of an affordable, cleaner option for their cars.

"A vote against this bill is a vote against consumers -- it's saying that you don't trust consumers to make their own choices at the pump. In fact, Growth Energy released a survey showing that U.S. small engine owners are pleased with the performance of their fuel and find it easy to pick the best option, including regular unleaded blends of 10 pct ethanol (E10).

"This legislation is a common-sense fix that has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. We applaud the bill's champions in the Senate for keeping the focus where it needs to be -- ensuring year-round consumer savings at the pump." (Source: Growth Energy Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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Ireland Outlines Vague Climate Change Mitigation Plan (Int'l)

Date: 2017-07-24
In Dublin, Ireland's Environment and Climate Action minister Denis Naughton is reporting the launch of Ireland's first statutory national climate change mitigation plan. The plan is intended to provide a sustained, considered and strategic approach to incremental and permanent decarbonization involving all of government and society.

The plan roughly outlines a series of mitigation measures and actions ranging from national transportation electrification, lower speed limits, decreased parking spaces to discourage drivers and encourage the use of public transit, to increasing the country's forestry cover from 11 pct to 18 pct by 2050, all of which would contribute to a lowering of carbon emissions. The immediate challenge is to prepare for the EU targets that Ireland will take on for 2030. The plan, in its current form, offers few details. (Source: The Planner, July, 2017) Contact: Ireland Environment and Climate Action Ministry, +353 1 678 2000, www.dccae.gov.ie

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Indian wind turbine supplier Suzlon Energy to close Brazilian business

Date: 2017-07-23
Suzlon Energy, the India-based renewable energy solution provider has announced the closing and voluntary liquidation of its Brazilian operations carried out by its subsidiary Suzlon Energia Eólica do Brasil (SEOB). In this connection, Suzlon Energy has filed for the voluntary liquidation of SEOB which was established in 2006 to handle its business opportunities in Brazil. Headquartered in Pune, Suzlon Energy is a wind turbine supplier with operations in 18 countries Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe and Africa It has so far installed around 17GW of wind energy capacity out of which over 11GW is in India.

Earlier this year, Suzlon Energy had entered into the solar energy market by winning rights to build solar projects with a combined capacity of 210MW in the Indian state of Telangana, as per a report in The Hindu. Last month, Suzlon Energy entered into a joint venture with CLP India for a 100MW solar project in Telangana at Veltoor which is a part of the 210MW portfolio. (Source: Suzlon, CTBR, 18 JUly, 2017)


Vestas Scores 48.3-MW Dominican Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Vestas,Elecnor S
Date: 2017-07-21
Danish wind energy giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S is reporting receipt of an order for 14 units of its V117-3.45 MW wind turbine from Spanish group Elecnor SA for the Larimar II wind farm in Enriquilloin Province, the Dominican Republic.

Under the terms of the contract, Vesta will deliver and install the turbines beginning in Q1, 2018 for commissioning in Q3, 2018. Elecnor will build the wind farm under a $89.1-million turnkey contract from Spanish utility Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Haina SA (EGE Haina). (Source: Vestas, Various Media, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Elecnor SA, www.elecnor.es/en

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Subsidy-free 40 MW UK Solar Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l Report)
Hive Energy
Date: 2017-07-21
In the UK, U.K., solar energy developer Hive Energy reports receipt of planning permission from the Test Valley Borough Council to construct a 40 MW solar farm abutting its global HQ near Romsey, southern England. The project will be developed without subsidies or other forms of government support.

The approval is subject to a number of conditions, one being the restoration of the land to its original state after 25 years. The developer must also ensure that the solar farm's disruption to the ecological footprint of the farmland is minimal, and the formation of a biodiversity management plan that will allow for sheep grazing, wildflower seeding and the planting of new trees and hedgerows at the site. (Source: Hive Energy, PV Mag, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Hive Energy, Giles Redpath, +44 1794 324343, www.hiveenergy.co.uk

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"Gov. Brown's Climate Change Deal a Lesson in Compromise That Should be Studied in the White House" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2017-07-21
"(California Governor) Brown's hardball messages (on climate change and cap-and-trade), his willingness to compromise and personal dealings with lawmakers were persuasive enough for him to win arguably his biggest legislative victory as governor.

"It was a model of how to finesse controversial bills through a Legislature. And it stood in stark contrast to the bumbling we've been watching in the White House and Congress, most notably the failed, humiliating efforts on healthcare.

"The merits of Brown's (climate change - carbon emissions) cap-and-trade legislation are not the point here. Many Republican conservatives complain that it's just another tax hike on consumers. Democratic liberals grouse about a giveaway to big oil. Supporters -- the vast majority of legislators -- proudly proclaim that California is showing the world how to save the planet." -- George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 20 July, 2017)

Editor's Note: HERE, HERE -- We Couldn't agree more!

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Smartcool Drives Mercedes Dealership Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Smartcool Systems
Date: 2017-07-21
Vancouver-headquartered Smartcool Systems Inc. reports that its ECO3 energy solution product has driven in excess of 30 pct energy savings at the Mercedes-Benz, Ipswich auto dealer in the UK. The dealership is part of the Jardine Motor group.

LCS Energy, an energy efficiency and reduction services specialist, working with Smartcool engineers, installed Mitsubishi heat pumps at the Merdeces-Benz dealership site site via an OEM control card without downtime. Smartcool engineers then installed device level sub- metering to measure energy consumption through a web portal. The data showed continued savings in excess of 30 pct. Contact: SmartCool, James Martin, Bus. Dev, , (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net, www.smartcooleco3.com LCS Energy, +44 (0) 1480 470064, office@lcsenergy.co.uk, www.lcsenergy.co.uk

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energyOrbit Automating PNM Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
energyOrbit
Date: 2017-07-21
In Albuquerque, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) reports it has tapped the Demand Side Management (DSM) platform from San Francisco-headquartered energyOrbit to track and report on its customer energy efficiency and rebate programs.

By leveraging the cloud-based energyOrbit platform allows seamless access to multiple parties or outside sources to submit their data electronically, all in one place. The energyOrbit platform is suitable for both small and large energy efficiency programs and can be scaled up to service substantial program growth and expansion.

By engaging with energyOrbit, similar utilities have achieved improved efficiency and DSM operational savings by as much as 75 pct. Powered on the Salesforce platform, the energyOrbit customer engagement solution is designed to provide an integrated user experience to streamline energy audits and free up administrator workloads, resulting in greater administrative focus on program strategy and implementation. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, 18 July, 2017) Contact: EnergyOrbit, Udi Merhav, CEO, www.energyorbit.com, Twitter(@energyOrbit; PNM, Pat Vincent-Collawn, Pres., (505) 241-4548, www.pnmenergyefficiency.com

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EIB Commits €4.3 Bn to Renewable Energy Worldwide (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2017-07-21
The Brussels-based European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it placed €19 billion in loans worldwide to help mitigate climate change and adapt to its impact. That sum represented 26 pct of the EIB's lending in 2016.

The EIB commits at least 25 pct of its lending portfolio to low-carbon and climate-resilient growth around the world, and in 2016 provided €16.9 billion to support environmental projects. Further, on climate action, the EIB exceeded its lending target for the seventh year in a row, providing €19 billion. (Source: EIB, July, 2017) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

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EIB Lends €19Bn to Climate Change Mitigation Efforts (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2017-07-21
The Brussels-based European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it placed €19 billion in loans worldwide to help mitigate climate change and adapt to its impact. That sum represented 26 pct of the EIB's lending in 2016.

The EIB commits at least 25 pct of its lending portfolio to low-carbon and climate-resilient growth around the world, and in 2016 provided €16.9 billion to support environmental projects. Further, on climate action, the EIB exceeded its lending target for the seventh year in a row, providing €19 billion. (Source: EIB, 18 July, 2017) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Funding Extended (Funding)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date: 2017-07-21
The U.S. DOE reports that the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at the University of Wisconsin--Madison will receive an additional 5 years of funding to develop sustainable alternative transportation fuels from dedicated bioenergy crops such as switchgrass, poplar trees and sorghum. These bioenergy crops will be grown on marginal -- non-agricultural -- land. In its previous research, GLBRC worked with biofuels from crops grown on agricultural land. GLBRC has received a total of approximately $267 million funding for research.

Established in 2007 by the DOE Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research program, GLBRC is based at the UW--Madison's Wisconsin Energy Institute and includes a major partnership with Michigan State University (MSU). The cross-disciplinary center draws on the expertise of biologists, chemists, engineers and economists, and employs over 400 researchers.

Over 10-years, GLBRC's academic and industrial partnerships have yielded more than 1,000 scientific publications, 160 patent applications, 80 licenses or options, and five start-up companies. (Source: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstocks,  


Sault Ste. Marie Energy Storage Pilot Opening Soon (Ind. Report)
Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator
Date: 2017-07-21
New York-headquartered Convergent Energy + Power is reporting the launch of a 7-MW battery energy storage pilot project in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The project is overseen by Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which will pay Convergent to store and supply power.

Construction on the complex began in December. The facility is expected to be fully operational by mid August. The facility was built with engineering and construction support from the PUC, General Electric, Whitby Hydro, S&T Group, JB Excavators, SalDan Construction, STEM Engineering Group, WSP, and N-Sci Technologies. (Source: Convergent Energy + Power, Sootoday, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Convergent Energy + Power, Johannes Rittershausen, CEO, Robin Gray, VP Operations, (917) 508-0190, info@convergentep.com, www.ConvergentEP.com; Ontario IESO, John Cannella, (416) 506-2823, www.ieso.ca

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SolarReserve Chilean Solar Thermal, Storage Project Approvad (Int'l)
SolarReserve,
Date: 2017-07-21
Santa Monica, California-headquartered SolarReserve, the industry leader in baseload solar power solutions and advanced solar thermal technology with energy storage, is reporting receipt of Chilean government environmental approval for construction of a 390 solar thermal power station with 5,100 mWh of energy storage.

Utilizing SolarReserve's proprietary solar thermal energy storage technology, the Likana Solar Energy Project in the Antofagasta region of Chile, will incorporate 130 MW solar thermal towers, each with 13 hours of full load energy storage. The facility will operate at a capacity factor and availability percentage equal to that of a fossil fuel fired power plant, while providing a highly competitive price of power and with zero emissions, according to the company. (Source: SolarRsereve, PR, July, 2017) Contact: SolarReserve, (310) 315-2200, www.solarreserve.com/en

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Apex Clean Energy to Manage 4th IKEA Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-07-21
Virginia-based renewable energy developer Apex Clean Energy reports it has inked a multiyear contract to operate an IKEA Canada wind project, Oldman 2, located near Pincher Creek in Alberta. Apex will provide both remote asset management and on-site facility management.

Oldman 2 incorporates 20 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines and generates 46 MW of energy for the Alberta Electric System Operator market. The Oldman 2 facility is the 12th project in Apex's asset management fleet totaling over 1.75 GW. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, NA Windpower, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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Alectra Energy Solutions, AMP Partnering for Ontario Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
Alectra Energy Solutions,AMP
Date: 2017-07-21
Mississauga, Ontario-based Alectra Energy Solutions and AMP Solar Group in Port Credit, Ontario, report they will enter into a strategic relationship to develop large-scale energy storage solutions for industrial, commercial and institutional customers in Ontario. The two firms will work collaboratively to construct, operate, own and manage an integrated portfolio of distributed on-site energy storage assets that will reduce energy costs and enhance operational resiliency.

AMP develops and owns clean energy projects that include utility-scale and Distributed Generation (DG) assets in multiple markets around the world. AMP has developed, financed and constructed/contracted over 520MW of DG and utility scale energy projects since its inception in 2009.

The Alectra companies in Ontario include Alectra Inc. (Mississauga), Alectra Utilities Corporation (Hamilton) and Alectra Energy Solutions (Vaughan). (Source: Alectra Energy Solutions, PR, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Alectra Utilities, John Friesen, (844) 372-4400, (877) 517-4727, www.alectrasolutions.com; AMP Solar Group, Dave Rogers, (416) 993-6078, drogers@ampsolargroup.com, www.ampsolargroup.com

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REGI Lauds California Low-Carbon Fuels Standard Extension (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2017-07-21
Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) is lauding California lawmakers for approving pro-low carbon fuels legislation A.B. 398. The legislation included a ten-year extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which encourages greater use of biomass-based diesel.

"As a leading provider of lower-carbon biomass-based diesel in California and North America, REG is thankful to Golden State legislators for these forward thinking actions that will further improve California's carbon reduction efforts and help provide cleaner burning fuel for its citizens. As a long-time Californian, I have seen firsthand how the LCFS and cap-and-trade have improved our air quality and enhanced our energy security. This long term commitment will further both of those worthwhile goals and provide many more environmental and economic benefits." (Source: REGI, July 19, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, (703) 822-1972, www.regi.com

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$60Mn Fraud Earns Former Biodiesel Execs. Prison Time (Ind. Report)
Triton Energy
Date: 2017-07-21
On Tuesday, the US Dept. of Justice announced that Fred Witmer and Gary Jury, the former co-owners of Fort Wayne, Indiana-headquartered biodiesel producer Triton Energy LLC, have been sentenced to 57 months and 30 months in prison for generating more than $60 million in false tax- and renewable-fuel credits.

Witmer admitted that fuel falsely designated for transportation was instead used to make fire-starter logs and for asphalt and cement production. Jury, received a 30-month sentence for conspiring to fraudulently claim tax credits and for providing false statements to the US EPA, according to the Justice Department press release. (Source: US Dept. of Justice, Various Media, 18 July, 2017)

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Glacial Lakes Energy Marks 15th Year of Operation (Ind. Report)
Glacial Lakes Energy
Date: 2017-07-21
South Dakota-based corn ethanol producer Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE) is celebrating it 15th year of operations in Watertown where it recently completed a unit train shipping facility.

The Watertown plant uses more than 43 million bpy of locally grown corn to produce 100 million gpy of ethanol and 340,000 tpy of distillers grain (DDGs). GLE also operates an ethanol plant in Mina, South Dakota. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association , Ethanol Prod., 18 July, 2017) Contact: Glacial Lakes Energy, (605) 882-8480, www.glaciallakesenergy.com

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NATSO Applauds Biodiesel Blenders' Tax Credit Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
NATSO
Date: 2017-07-21
NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, has commended Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) for introducing bipartisan legislation that would extend the biodiesel blenders' tax credit and ultimately phase it out over five years.

"We applaud Representatives Black and Kind for introducing a measure that will enable consumers to have access to cleaner-burning fuel at the lowest possible cost.

"The five-year phaseout contained in this legislation -- which mirrors policy that has been enacted for other alternative energy sources such as wind and solar -- is designed to provide much-needed policy certainty to the market. The phaseout is also compatible with congressional efforts to reform and simplify the tax code.

"By keeping the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level, it will impose downward pressure on the retail price of fuel in all markets in the United States." (Source: NATSO, July 18, 2017) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, (703) 739-8578, www.natso.com

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USDA Grants $8Mn to Address Climate Change, Environmental Impacts on Agriculture (Funding)
USDA
Date: 2017-07-21
In Washington, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is reporting the awarding of nine grants totaling more than $8 million to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The funding is made possible through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program

AFRI is America's flagship competitive grants program for foundational and translational research projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area aims to provide risk management information and tools to enable land managers to stay viable and productive, and reduce the use of energy, nitrogen, water, and greenhouse gas emissions . Since 2009, more than $150 million in research and extension grants have been awarded through AFRI in support of efforts to adapt to and minimize the impacts of climate change.

FY16 Climate Outreach and Extension grants include: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, $250,000; New Mexico State University, $249,900; Cornell University, $250,000; University of Vermont, $248,900. Climate and Land Use grants include: University of Florida, $3,414,911; University of Idaho, $3,414,911; Clemson University, $147,744; George Mason University, $35,300; and Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, $49,260.

Among the grants, a New Mexico State University project aims to increase climate change literacy while supporting both adaptation and mitigation activities for different and diverse groups through a comprehensive program. A University of Florida project will identify and test climate adaptation and mitigation in fruit and vegetable supply chains using a holistic, systems approach based on crop, economic, and environmental modeling.

(Source: USDA, PR, 19 July, 2017) Contact: NIFA, www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts , Twitter @USDA_NIFA

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UK Carbon Footprint Shrinking, says DEFRA (Int'l Report)
DEFRA
Date: 2017-07-21
Following-up on our August 3rd, 2016 report -- UK Goods &Services Carbon Footprint Rising -- a recent report from the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) claims the UK's carbon footprint fell by 1 pct between 2013 and 2014 across both emissions associated with UK produced goods and household emissions. Overall, it means the UK's carbon footprint has shrunk by 20 pct between its 2007 peak of 1,296 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent and 2014, the latest year for which data is available.

The report identifies the UK's greenhouse gas -- carbon footprint as: CO2, methane, nitrous oxide and three fluorinated compounds.

Critics have argued that while the UK's domestic emissions have fallen sharply in recent years as the power system has shifted away from coal and energy efficiency has improved, the country's overall carbon footprint has changed less due to global supply chain emissions.

Today's statistics confirm emissions relating to the consumption of goods and services produced in the UK have fallen sharply, dropping 27 per cent on 1997, the first year for which these annual statistics were collected. Meanwhile, the proportion of the total GHG footprint generated directly by UK households has remained at around 17 per cent between 1997 and 2014, according to Defra.

On the other hand, emissions related to imports used by businesses and directly by consumers have risen by 19 pct over the same period, reflecting the country's shift towards a service-based, import-reliant economy.

The latest estimates follow a report in April which found the UK's per capita greenhouse gas emissions fell 33 pct between 1992 and 2014, while GDP grew by 130 pct over the same period. (Source: DEFRA, July 17, 2017) Contact: DEFRA, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

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