The new Livelihoods Carbon Fund will initially invest in ecosystem restoration, agroforestry and energy projects in 2018. Projects will be mainly implemented in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and will enable companies to voluntarily offset part of their CO2 emissions, in addition to their own efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their activities.
Livelihoods funds provide upfront financing to best-in-class project developers for the implementation of large scale projects over 10 to 20 years. Returns to the funds are results-based to guarantee that projects are delivering tangible social, environmental and economic results.
Livelihoods Funds are supported by: the French Development Agency (AFD), the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), the Ramsar Convention and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF). (Source: Livelihood Funds, Sustainable Brands, 5 Dec., 2017) Contact: Livelihoods, www.livelihoods.eu
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The county, which is reportedly one of the nation's first such jurisdictions to make such a commitment, is now looking at its possible option -- greener building codes, increased renewable energy, energy efficiency and others -- to achieve its goal. (Source: Montgomery County Council, Wash Post, 5 Dec., 2017)
Contact: Montgomery County Council, (240) 777-7900, www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council
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The Bluff Point Wind Energy Center incorporates 57 General Electric wind turbines capable of generating almost 120 MW which is being purchased by American Electric Power.
AEP will, in turn, service roughly 1 million customers of Appalachian Power in West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia with the energy generated from Bluff Point.
(Source: NextEra Energy Resources, Connerville News Examiner, 8 Dec., 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com;
Appalachian Power, www.appalachianpower.com; AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com
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Prior to his start with Gamesa, Miranda worked for ABB in numerous roles, including business unit director of medium voltage in Spain.
SGRE notes it has a strong presence in the Americas: a total installed base of over 26 GW, capable of powering nearly 8 million average households. Of the 26 GW installed, 17.5 GW is under service.
(Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Various Media, 7 Dec., 2017) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en
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The Consortium represents a potentially replaceable model for multiple renewables buyers to aggregate their electricity demand under a single PPA deal.
Download the attached case study, which offers insight into the planning and
execution of this model, HERE. (Source: Rocky Mountain Institute, 7 Dec., 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Institute, www.rmi.org
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In Serbia, the 8MW Malibunar Wind Farm installed 4 Senvion MM100 turbines that will supply 7,200 Serbian households.
In the Republic of Ireland. the Teevurcher Wind Farm, northwest of Dublin, installed five MM82 wind turbines with a total output of 10 MW to power approximately 7,000 Irish homes per year. Serbia, Norway and Irelad are new markets for Senvion.
(Source: Senvion, CBTR, 7 Dec., 2017) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
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The Save on Energy program provides business owners a customized list of program incentives and audit funding for: demand response; high performance new construction; process and systems upgrades; retrofits; existing building commissioning and others.
Save on Energy has helped manufacturers cut costs and improve the efficiency of industrial lighting, air compressors, manufacturing retrofits and others. (Source: Save on Energy, PLANT, 10 Dec., 2017) Contact: Ontario Save on Energy, https://saveonenergy.ca
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The scaleable C-Gen is an air-cored, lightweight, "no cogging" design was developed under the Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept Programme, and it has since been demonstrated at various scales up to 1 MW. The design is suitable for tidal, wind and wave energy applications.
(Source: VertAx Wind Ltd., Windpower, Various Media, 8 Dec., 2017) Contact: VertAx Wind, +44 01252 702165, email@example.com, www.veretaxwind.com
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The green bond is seen to provide an alternative source of long-term green finance in the country and contribute to the Philippines' target of reducing carbon emissions by 70 pct by 2030 relative to its Business As Usual scenario. The financing deal is expected to help save 93,000 tpy of CO2 emissions per year by 2022, according tothe bank's website.
The World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC) is the sole investor in the bond.
Since 2005, IFC has invested $18.3 billion in long-term financing from its own account, and mobilized another $11 billion through partnerships with investors for climate-related projects. Overall, IFC has issued $7.25 billion in green bonds in 12 currencies. (Source: BDO, Philippine Daily Inquirerer, 8 Dec., 2017)Contact:
BDO, www.bdo.com.ph; World Bank International Finance Corp, https://finances.worldbank.org/ifc
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The 91 guest room hotel scored LEED Silver status through incorporation of a highly reflective TPO roof which reduces the hotel's heat island effect, installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout to cut water consumption by at least 35 pct compared to LEED baseline metrics. Additionally, the hotel's energy model design reduces energy costs over 28 pct compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline. The hotel's construction is composed of 35 pct recycled material and 44 pct regionally sourced materials and received credit for incorporating public transportation access with the hotel's location in downtown Tuscaloosa.
(Source: Chance Partners, LLC, PR, 8 Dec., 20170 Contact: Chance Partners,
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The fuel qualifies under both the biomass-based diesel and the "other advanced biofuels" category in meeting the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).
Pearson will wholesale the fuel to retailers, fuel distributors, and municipalities in both California and Oregon. The first several rail cars of Renewable Diesel have already started shipping to these West Coast markets.
(Source: East Kansas Agri-Energy, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: EKAE, Bill Pracht, Pres., CEO, (785) 448-2888, www.ekaellc.com; Pearson Fuels, (619) 521-2411,
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The campaign describes bifuels as "the fastest and easiest way" to reduce transportation sector greenhouse gases and calls for Canada's present 5 pct ethanol blend mandate raised to 10 pct (E10).
Renewable Industries Canada, founded in 1984 as the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, represents the leaders of Canada's bioeconomy -- producers of renewable fuels and value added products that reduce GHG emissions.
RIC members provide renewable, clean-burning biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel -- fuels that help fight climate change and combat pollution and smog. At the same time, they produce value added products from renewable resources and continuously innovate to provide environmental and economic benefits.
The organization aims to promote the use of value-added products made from renewable resources through consumer awareness and government liaison activities.
(Source: Renewable Industries Canada, Dec., 2017)
Contact: Renewable Industries Canada, (833) 446-3385, www.ricanada.org
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The program, which helps people reduce their power bills through better insulation, efficient lighting and similar energy efficient upgrades, is a good investment and a cost effective way to meet the customer's energy requirements, have a better and more robust electrical system, create jobs and promote economic development, according to EEWV.
The utilities are also finding it cheaper to reduce demand than to build more generating capacity, which saves money, even for ratepayers who don't participate in these programs, EEWV added.
The program is largely the result of proposals made by EEWV during PSC consideration of a 2009 rate increase. (Source: EEWV, Public News Service WV, 11 Dec., 2017)
Contact: AEP, Energy Efficiency West Virginia, www.appalachianpower.com; Public Service Commission of West Virginia, www.psc.state.wv.us
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The UK, France, Germany, and others have taken similar steps and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has previously proposed banning internal-combustion engines. Governor Jerry Brown has also come out in support of the move.
Transportation is currently the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. (Source: Futurism, CARB, Various Media, Dec., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
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Oberlin ranks sixth in the nation among four-year baccalaureate colleges for sustainability, according to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System -- an independent sustainability assessor that runs off of self-reported data.
The school currently uses 100 percent renewable electricity.
(Source: Oberlin College, Oberlin Review, 8 Dec., 2017)
Contact: Oberlin College, Bridget Flynn, Sustainability Manager, (440) 775-8121, www.oberlin.edu; Ever-Green Energy, (651) 290-2812, email@example.com, http://www.ever-greenenergy.com
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The facilities will be connected directly to the power grid and will charge the lithium-ion batteries during an abundance of renewable power generation.
Energy stored in the batteries will be delivered back to the PG&E grid during times of peak electricity demand, increasing grid reliability while reducing congestion.
The energy storage projects are expected to be operational by 2023, subject to regulatory approvals. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Power Tech., 6 Dec. 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com
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The projects backed by the bonds in HERO Funding 2017-3 are expected to lower homeowners' water and energy bills by more than $289 million over the useful lifetime of the products installed.
The HERO bond platform is the largest platform that solely produces green ABS bonds, with each of the company's 12 securitizations having been designated as "green" by Sustainalytics, an investment research firm specialized in environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis.
In 2017, Renovate America issued $775 million in PACE bonds across three deals -- 70 pct more in broadly syndicated ABS bonds than the next-largest PACE provider, according to the release.
(Source: Renovate America, PR, 8 Dec., 20170
Contact: Renovate America, Greg Frost, Nicole Montecalvo, Investor Relations, (619) 568-6747, gfrost@renovateamerica,com, www.renovateamerica.com
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The proposed targets include a required 15 to 20 pct total reduction in carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2030, as well as potential amendments regarding cost containment, refinery improvements, biojet recognition, and non-fuel credit generating activities.
The RLCFRR includes a renewable fuel mandate -- 5 pct in gasoline, 4 pct in diesel -- as well as a 10 pct below 2010 by 2020 low carbon fuel standard which was considered
"possible, but challenging."
(Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, EIN, Dec., 2017)
Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, President, (604) 947-0040,
(778) 233-3889 , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.advancedbiofuels.ca
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The company is now seeking a five-year extension to a planning permission originally granted to Stream BioEnergy in 2013, but now held by
Donegal-based bioenergy development company Connective Energy.
(Source: Business Irish, Viridian Group, 10 Dec., 2017) Contact: Viridian Group, email@example.com, www.viridiangroup.co.uk
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