The Bundle-Based Energy Efficiency Technology Solutions for California (BEETS) is a 42 month project that upon completion will improve energy efficiency at the SCAQMD facility by over 20 pct. The project has $4 million in CEC EPIC funding and $2.3 million in matching funding, for a total project budget of $6.3 million, along with several subcontractor donations of time and equipment.
As part of the BEETS project, Willdan developed three bundles of pre-commercial technologies for the following spaces: laboratory and critical environments, office and exterior spaces, and chilled water plants. Technologies will include chillers using a new refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer; LED fixtures with integrated, advanced controls; an advanced building management system; direct current lighting systems; advanced ventilation and laboratory fume hood exhaust systems; wirelessly integrated plug load controls; and a platform capable of demand response. (Source: Willdan PR, 15 Dec., 2017)Contact: Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, Pres., CEO, Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (720) 940-6300, email@example.com, www.willdan.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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If the project proceeds, production would begin by 2022 and would extend capacity in the Singapore refinery by 1 million tonnes, Neste says. The additional capacity would be used for production of diesel, aviation fuel and raw materials for biochemical uses, all of them biofuels which can be made from feedstocks such as waste and animal fats.
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, Jakarta Post, 13 Dec., 2017)Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
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Advanced Biofuels Canada and other advocates have called on Ottawa to develop a Clean Fuels Strategy to ensure the success of the CFS. This multi-year initiative would support domestic production and distribution of low carbon fuels to allow the economic benefits of clean fuels to be realized by all Canadians. It would also address the effectiveness of complementary measures that, if well designed, will drive growth across the low carbon economy. Carbon pricing and fuel taxation are two areas where legacy policies and emerging rules can inadvertently discourage the production and use of clean fuels in Canada, according to the release.
Download the Canada Clean Fuel Standards regulatory framework HERE. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson,
(604) 947-0040, www.advancedbiofuels.ca; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html
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The winning bids came from Edmonton-based Capital Power with a 201-MW project, Madrid-based EDP Renewables with a 248-MW project and Enel Green Power Canada, a division of a Rome-based global power company, with projects of 115 MW and 31 MW.
The province will subsidize the plants if the power price falls below the bid price --if the price is higher, the difference will be paid to the province. (Source: CTV News, Canada Press, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Capital Power, www.capitalpower.com;
Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com;
EDF Renewables, www.edf-er.com
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All CWI engines offer the choice of using compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).
(Source: Cummins Westport, PR, NewsWire, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Cummins Inc., Rob Neitzke, President of Cummins Westport Jon Mills
Director - External Communications, (317) 610-4244, firstname.lastname@example.org
Westport Fuel Systems Inc., Caroline Sawamoto,
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LaSalle BioEnergy is the company's third pellet plant, following Morehouse BioEnergy in Bastrop, Louisiana and Amite BioEnergy in Gloster, Mississippi. The wood pellet plant can produce approximately 450,000 metric tpy of wood pellets .
(Source: DRAX Biomass, PR, IHB, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet, DRAXBiomass, DRAX,
The rule, which came into effect in January, covered drilling on federal and Native American lands, and was to be fully operational by Jan. 17, 2018. The rule forces energy companies to capture methane that's burnt off or "flared" at drilling sites on public lands during production because it pollutes the environment. An estimated $330 million a year in methane is wasted through leaks or intentional releases on federal lands, enough to power about 5 million homes a year.
(Source: BLM, Kallanish Energy, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov
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The association will use expertise and knowledge within the industry to advance best practices, innovations and technologies that lower emissions. The voluntary plan comes into play January 1, 2018.
By the means of the ONE Future Coalition, Apache has pledged to target 0.36 pct or less of methane released by 2025, and has already cut methane emissions by 12 pct from 2015 levels. The Environmental Partnership plan includes a program to retrofit, replace or remove high-bleed pneumatic controllers, a plan for manual liquids unloading targeting natural gas production sources and a leak detection and technology plan for production sources.
(Source: Apache Corp., Financial Trends, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: ONE Future Coalition, www.onefuture.us; Apache Corp., www.apachecorp.com
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Until 2016, global offshore wind accounted for less than 5% of annual capacity additions each year and was 3.1% in 2016. Higher turbine running times, high logistics costs, and a lack of skilled manpower combine to make offshore wind service more challenging. This scenario is expected to change during 2017–2025 with more offshore capacity expected to be added in the UK, Germany, the US and China. The share of offshore capacity additions is set to rise to 12.3 pct in 2020, and offshore installations are expected to contribute a share of 14.5% capacity additions during 2020–2025. By the end of 2025, 76 GW of offshore wind power is set to be operational and represents a 7.4% share of the cumulative wind power capacity in that year compared with the current 2.8% share, according to the report.
(Source: Power Tech., Dec., 2017)
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Eraring, which supplies 25 pct of NSW's total power, has had a historical emissions intensity of 0.92 tonnes of CO2e perMWh. Brown coal-fired power stations typically have emission intensity levels of between 1.2 and 1.3 tonnes of CO2e per MWh.
Origin's announcement follows on the National Australia Bank's announced intention to drop thermal coal from its investment portfolio. (Source: Origin Energy, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Dec., 2017)
(Contact: Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, www.originenergy.com.au
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The new 63,500-square foot, three-story Core Performance Center, which features a fitness center, modern dance studios, classrooms, athletic locker rooms, offices and a climbing wall, was awarded the highest points on the USGBC scorecard "for innovation and regional priority." It also won top scores in energy and atmosphere, indoor environmental quality and water efficiency, which is provided by a closed-loop, central cooling plant.
The CPC is the college's first LEED Platinum-rated building, with two others -- the Information Technology Building and the Humanities and Social Services Building (HSS) -- holding LEED Silver status. (Source: Santa Monica Lookout, 12 Oct., 2017) Contact: Santa Monica College, www.surfsantamonica.com; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, USGBC,
"The environment-friendly project at Razi is aimed at reducing the discharge of gases that can otherwise be used to feed petrochemicals. We have plans to purchase and install a compressor similar to that of Razi, which is specifically designed to capture carbon dioxide emissions," according the company. Razi is one of the oldest petrochemical complexes in Iran, which is majority-owned by a consortium of Turkish companies.
According to the Iranian Department of Environment, plans are in place to equip all petrochemical plants in Iran with online pollution control systems.
Over 1,800 large-scale industrial units, including petrochemical plants, are in line to be equipped with the system.
(Source: Razi Petrochemical Company, Iran Financial Review, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact:
Razi Petrochemical Company, www.razip.com/en/home
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The CEC also approved a nearly $2 million low-interest loan to the City of Clovis to convert interior and exterior lighting at city buildings to energy efficient LED lights that are expected to save the city more than $125,000 per year in electric utility costs. Funds for the projects came from the Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act program, which provides low- and no- interest loans and technical support for energy efficiency projects.
Additionally, the CEC approved the adoption of building energy efficiency standards for the City of Davis that require single-family homes to be 30 pct more energy efficient than state standards. It also requires multi-family homes to be 25 pct more energy efficient than the state standards. The city will require a combination of efficiency measures and installation of solar panels.
With these actions, the CEC has approved 14 local ordinances that provide greater energy savings than the current state building energy efficiency standards. (Source: California Energy Commission, PR, 13 Dec., 2017)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission, Energy Efficiency ,
To meet its energy reduction goals, the airport upgraded mechanical systems and added advanced LED lighting and lighting controls controls throughout the terminal. The airport also installed exterior LED lighting that to date has delivered a 63 pct energy savings.
The airport is a Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partner. The Challenge has more then
345 member organizations from diverse sectors nationwide who have shared energy performance results for nearly 38,000 properties. On average, the partners are saving more than 2 pct per year and are on track to meet their energy savings goals of 20 pct over the next 10 years. (Source: US DOE, Energy Manager, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: US DOE Better Buildings Challenge, https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/challenge
More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Building Challenge, Energy Efficiency, LED Light,
Two different evaluations -- In Operation and As Designed -- can be used independently to compare a candidate building to similar buildings in the same climate zone or together for an assessment of a building's design potential compared to actual operation. The portal delivers the following:
The CMI Energy and ViZn Energy partners will focus on: renewables integration, waste water treatment, mining, oil and gas, chemical, and other commercial and industrial energy storage use projects.
ViZn is currently delivering systems in the U.S., Canada, Central America, Europe, and India. ViZn Energy’s flow batteries are uniquely capable of performing both rapid, high-power discharges and slower, long-duration releases at lower power, according to the company.
(Source: ViZn Energy, PR, Various Media, Dec., 2017) Contact: ViZn Energy, Van Dell, CEO , www.ViZnEnergy.com; CMI Energy,
Jean-Michel Gheeraerdts, Pres., Energy, www.cmigroupe.com
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According to Aquila, conditions at the project sites and the low cost of PV power systems motivated the transaction. Aquila also reports it has inked a power purchase agreement with a local third party for the power produced by the solar parks.
In total, Aquila Capital manages a renewable energy portfolio with a transaction volume of more than €3 billion in ten countries. (Source: Aquila Capital, FTSE, 14 Dec., 2017)Contact: Aquila Capital, +49 40 87 5050-100,
+49 40 87 5050-129
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For a $9 additional cost from adding solar cells, the P Series solar panels can be structured like shingles, maximizing direct sunlight exposure and raising efficiency. Many of the P Series solar panel features were created by Cogenra Solar, the Freemont California solar panel producer acquired by SunPower in 2015.
(Source: SunPower, Electrk, inhabitat, 14 Dec., 2017)
Contact: SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP, www.sunpower.com; Cogenra Solar, (510) 771-7835, email@example.com, www.cogenra.com.
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The electric power sector is projected to consume 0.274 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass, this year, the
industrial sector is expected to consume 0.18 quad of waste biomass and the residential sector -- approximately 2.3 milliuon homes -- is expected to consume 0.385 quad of wood biomass in 2017, increasing to 0.413 quad in 2018.
(Source: EIA, Dec., 2017) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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The demo facility, which is expected to come in at approximately NOK 500 million ($60.3 million) will use Danish-Canadian company Steeper Energy technology. Construction is slated to get underway in February 2018 for completion in 2019.
Sodra and Statkraft formed the joint venture company Silva Green Fuel AS in 2015 to establish future commercial production of advanced biofuel based on forest raw materials. The capacity of a full-scale production line will be between 100 and 150 million lpy of biofuel. (Source: Statkraft AS, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Statkraft, +47 91370572, www.statkraft.com; Sodra, Christen Grønvold-Hansen, Project Director , +46 (0)70 646 33 37, www.sodra.com/en;
Steeper Energy, http://steeperenergy.com
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The researchers are studying Rhodococcus opacus, a bacteria originally discovered growing on toxic compounds outside a chemical plant. These bacteria thrive on these toxic compounds, using them as a source of food for the production of biofuels that
not compete with the food supply.The researchers will engineer microbes to make biofuels from lignin, millions of tons of which are generated yearly from paper making and lignocellulose-based biofuel industries. Currently, the value of lignin is restricted to its application as a fuel for on-site boiler operations. (Source: Washington University St. Louis, PR, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: Washington University St. Louis, Diane Duke Williams, Associate Director for Media Relations, (314) 286-0111, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wustl.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Cellulosic, Bacteria, Ethanol, Biofuel R&D,
The Chicago Climate Charter outlines concrete plans for meeting carbon emission reduction targets by the year 2025.
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a Canadian Crown corporation established by way of the 1997 Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act. CPPIB is charged with operating and managing the Canada Pension Plan portfolio at arms length from the federal government which, under the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has seized the environmental moral high ground on "dirty coal" and climate change.
We can't help but wonder if the Feds and the CPP -- their agency -- are singing from the same carbon emissions-climate change hymnal?
(Source: Friends of the Earth Canada, Ugerwald, Canadian Press, Dec., 2017) Contact: Urgewald, https://urgewald.org; Friends of the Earth Canada, (613) 241-0085, www.foecanada.org
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Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, the four-story, 54,800-square-foot Pulichino Tong building incorporates lighting occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting, "chilled beams" for heating and cooling, a solar wall to preheat the intake air, recycling materials and other energy efficient features.
(Source: USGBC, UMass, ProudGreenBuilding, Others, 11 Dec., 2017)Contact: USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; University of Massachusetts-Lowell, www.uml.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
According to EA Technology CEO Robert Davies,
"Our Carbon Action Plan will give us a modern, integrated, low carbon footprint and we expect to see our emissions reduce year on year with immediate effect as well as delivering the company financial savings."
(Source: EA Technology, PR, Various Media, BusinessGreen, 11 Dec., 2017)
Contact: EA Technology , Robert Davis, CEO, +44 (0) 151 339 4181, www.eatechnology.com
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On the other hand, emissions from transport were at record levels, with jumps in the use of diesel and aviation fuel.
Emissions in all other sectors either remained stable or increased slightly, according to NDEVR Environmental. (Source: NDEVR Environmental, Guardian, 10 Dec., 2017) Contact: NDEVR Environmental, +61 3 9865 1400,
Fax. +61 3 9865 1499, email@example.com, www.ndevr.com.au
In 2013, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy established the Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021, in cooperation with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, Dubai Carbon, and started an inventory of Dubai's GHG from 2011.
In 2016, Dubai reduced 23.08 tons of carbon emissions per capita, compared to 18.37 tons per capita in 2011.
(Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,
Emirates News, Dec., 2017) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, www.dubaisce.gov.ae/en;
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, www.c40.org
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The Belridge Solar project will consist of an 850MW solar thermal facility, producing 12 million barrels of steam per year, and a 26.5MW photovoltaic facility that will generate electricity. The facility is projected to save more than 376,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions.
(Source: GlassPoint Solar, Muscat Daily 9 Dec., 2017) Contact: Aera Energy, Christina Sistrunk, CEO, (661) 665-5000, www.aeraenergy.com; GlassPoint Solar, Ben Bierman, CEO, (415) 778-2800, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.glasspoint.com:
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This round of testing is specifically designed to enable the greater displacement of petroleum-based jet fuel by bio-based hydrocarbon fuels with similar performance characteristics to commonly used petroleum-based fuels, albeit with reductions in particulate matter and other air quality related emissions. Accoding to GEVO, its ATJ has the potential to improve performance by providing greater energy density which translates into better mileage.
Evandale, Ohio-based GE Aviation is a part of General Electric Company, and is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. (Source: GEVO, PR, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: GE Aviation, www.geaviation.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, email@example.com, www.gevo.com
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The Scania model -- which was specifically developed for the UK bus market -- complements Stagecoach East's environmental goals by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 84 pct compared to an average automobile which emits 120g of CO2 per km while the equivalent journey using a biogas bus only emits around 2.4g per km.
Stagecoach East has invested £4.7million in a fleet of 22 Scania "greener" Park & Ride buses.
(Source: Stagecoast East, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: Stagecoach East, Andy Campbell, Managing Director, www.stagecoachbus.com
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In 2005, PEL and a Brazilian company established a partnership to provide ethanol production feedstock for a newly constructed 40-million gpy plant in Kingston. In 2013, the plant operators claimed the high ethanol feedstock prices rendered ethanol production unprofitable and ethanol importation profitable. Accordingly, PEL virtually shuttered production and became a net importer. The plant's five storage tanks are presently being used to store approximately 4,000 barrels of contaminated ethanol which the company is trying to dispose of. The company now plans to resume production in 2018.
(Source: Jamaica Aufitor Generals Office, The Gleaner, 12 Dec., 2017)
Contact: Petrojam Ethanol Limited, https://petrojamethanol.com; Jamaica Auditor General Office, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis, +876 926 5846, auditorgeneral.gov.jm
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In market segment terms, utility scale growth was twice as high, increasing 58 pct from 2016 to 2017 while the residential sector increased by 32 pct year-over-year. (Source: DOE EIA Electric Power Monthly, Dec. 2017)
Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov
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Over the next five years, the research team will work with Midwestern universities, hospital industrial facilities and others to analyze and identify potential CHP systems markets, conduct outreach to promote the benefits of the technology and provide technical assistance to organizations interested in CHP systems for their facilities.
The grant will also be used to help make local power grids more resilient to the potential damage caused by natural disasters. (Source: University of Illinois , Energy Resource Center, WTTW, 11 Dec., 2017)
Contact: University of Illinois-Chicago Energy Resources Center, Cliff Haefke, Dir., (312) 996-4490, www.erc.uic.edu
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Whereas existing solar panels use vacuum as the filler between two layers, the new design uses an inert gas as the filler, acting as an additional insulation.
How does the double-glazed solar panel work? When the sunlight strikes it, electrons are ejected from the photocathode, which is the inner layer applied with a special coating that releases electrons during a radiation. These free electrons then transcend through the inert gas (argon) and are collected by the transparent outer layer that conducts electricity.
(Source: University of Warwick, CleanTechnica, 11 Dec., 2017)
Contact: University of Warwick, Dr. Gavin Bell,Dr. Yorck Ramachers, +44 (0)24 7652 3523, https://warwick.ac.uk
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The desalination battery combines the ability to desalinate highly saline waters with the ability to store electrical energy. The battery produces desalinated water during discharge without the need for high pressure or expensive maintenance; reduced pretreatment requirements; and the ability to realize high water recovery ratios and enables high renewables penetration on the grid.
PARC is developing the Membrane-based Electrochemical CO2 Removal System as a retrofit to existing HVAC systems. The PARC system reduces the need for thermal and humidity conditioning of building air by removing CO2 directly without increasing energy consumption.
PARC is also working on a variety of initiatives ranging from energy storage and efficiency to renewable energy, and others.
(Source: PARC, PR, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: PARC, Jessy Rivest, Energy Materials & Systems Hardware Systems Laboratory , (650) 812-4000, www.parc.com; California Clean Energy Fund, (415) 957-0167, www.calcef.org; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission, Energy Storage, California Clean Energy Fund,
PG&E's commitment to sustainability include:
delivering power that's among the cleanest in the nation, with nearly 70 pct coming from greenhouse-gas free resources; a shareholder-funded Better Together Resilient Communities grant program that will invest $2 million over five years to support climate resilience planning efforts; and
helping customers save $258 million on their energy bills through energy efficiency, and others.
(Source: PB&E, PR, 11 Dec., 2017)
Contact: PG&E Corporation, (415) 973-5930, www.pgecorp.com/sustainability, www.pge.com
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Vietnam has been pushing for the E5 blend as ethanol can be produced from cassava. Several factories have been set up specifically to process cassava into ethanol.
The switch to the E5 mixer to fueling stations nationwide is expected by Jan. 1, 2018. (Source: PetroVietnam Oil Corp., Business Record, 12 Dec., 2017)
Contact: PetroVietnam Oil Corp., www.pvoil.com.vn
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Gasoline supplied in India is already blended with ethanol and methanol-blended automotive fuel (petrol and diesel) in various blended percentages ranging from 3 to 85 pct is already in use in a few markets.
(Source: Autocar India, 11 Dec., 2017)
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Together the firms aim to install 100MW of distributed solar PV by the end of 2018 and 500MW by 2021. They will also collaborate on efficiency management using LEDs and green energy trading projects in Singapore as well as providing decentralized energy in industrial parks, according to a Linyang release.
The MoU covers: six areas requiring an investment of more than $500 by 2020.
energy efficiency in buildings;
rooftop and floating solar plants; 300MW of n-type double-glass modules;
LED light and energy-saving services;
partnering on Singaporean power trading; and
working on virtual power stations, energy management hosting and micro-grids. The two companies expect to invest a total of $500 million by 2020.
(Source: Linyang Energy, Various Media, PV Mag, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: Linyang Energy, www.linyang.com/en; Sunseap, +65 68 16 1000, www.sunseap.com
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The hotel's LEED qualifying sustainable features and practices include: heat-rejecting technology to block solar gain and reduce air conditioning;
extensive use of recycled materials throughout, including roof, carpeting and ceramic tiles as well as FSC-certified reclaimed wood; the use of environmentally safe cleaning supplies, and others. (Source: Limelight Hotel, Hotel Management, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact:
Limelight Hotel, Mark Vogele, project manager,www.limelighthotels.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Current setback rules went into effect in 2014 when the Republican-led Legislature placed a two-year freeze on renewable-energy mandates for power companies. The freeze expired last year, but the set back legislation remains in place. An effort to ease the rules has stalled in the Legislature.
(Source: Youngstown Vindicator, Vindy.mobi, 11 Dec.2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com
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The consortium will be a cooperative private-public innovation hub addressing wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance, supply chain technology solutions, and related relevant offshore wind topics and technologies.
The DOE intends to select an administrator to coordinate the collaborative R&D activities conducted by the consortium. The consortium will include members of the offshore wind industry who will contribute funds to the consortium and use the research findings to further advance technologies. In addition to the initial $18.5 million funding, $2 million will be allocated to research at DOE's national laboratories to support consortium R&D activities. (Source: US DOE EERE, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: US DOE EERE, energy.gov/eere/wind
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The new plant will be built at a 200-year-old distillery, which already has a biomass boiler installed.
Upon completion, the new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility will treat approximately 130m3 of whisky co-products a day to produce 2,000m3 of biogas which will be fed to a combined heat and power (CHP) engine that will provide 200KW of electricity and 230KW of heat for use in the operation of the distillery.(Source: Clearfleau, PowerTechnology, Dec., 2017) Contact:
Clearfleau Ltd., Craig Chapman, CEO, +44 (0) 844 477 6292, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.clearfleau.com
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The GridPoint Energy Manager platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy costs, and proactively manage day-to-day operations. Energy Manager Mobile 3.0 utilizes three dimensions of data to create the most accurate picture of energy usage within a building: granular data at the equipment-level, real-time data, and historical data.
The 3.0 can be used as a diagnostic tool to triage site HVAC or other failures and to support users or small businesses with bill entry tools, savings dashboards, and a new HVAC Health feature.(Source: GridPoint, PR, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: Gridpoint, www.gridpoint.com/mobile
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The potential for high future GHG prices highlights the importance of further improving the economic competitiveness of clean-energy technologies, such as bulk energy storage, and promoting more widespread adoption of electric vehicles. According to the Brattle discussion paper, despite significant projected additions of renewable generation, the electric sector is not likely to achieve full decarbonization by 2050.
The Brattle discussion paper also notes that, given the current lack of federal support for a climate protection policy, similar approaches to GHG mitigation are being considered by other states and regions interested in pursuing policies for climate protection. For example, Quebec and Ontario have already joined California in the Western Climate Initiative's (WCI's) cap-and-trade program, and Oregon is considering an economy-wide cap-and-trade program and linkage to California as well.
The Future of Cap-and-Trade Program in California: Will Low GHG Prices Last Forever?, discussion paper is available for download HERE
(Source: The Brattle Group, PR, 5 Dec., 2017) Contact: The Brattle Group, (202 955-5050, (415) 217-1000, www.brattle.com
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In collaboration with Toshiba, NET Power modified turbines to be compatible with the Allam cycle. Because of their highly efficient design, NET Power's turbines are one-tenth the size of normal turbines. After some final tests are conducted and minor problems are fixed, NET Power expects its plant to begin its operation in 2018. At full capacity, it will produce enough electricity to power 40,000 homes. Net Power aims to license its technology to third parties -- oil and gas companies, power utilities -- and expects the first commercial plant to start its turbines as early as 2021. Net Power was formed by a partnership of 8 Rivers Capital, Exelon and CB&I. (Source: NET Power, inhabitat, 5 Dec., 2017)Contact: Net Power, (919) 667-1800, www.netpower.com
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The increase is in keeping with the province's effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions from fuels.
The province's refineries
are currently blending up to 7 -- 8 pct ethanol in their regular grade gasoline.
(Source: Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Globe & Mail, Various Others , Dec.2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, (416) 325-4000, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change
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