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Norwegian CO2 Capture Pilot Passes Initial Testing (Int'l)
Westec Environmental Solutions
Date: 2017-12-01
Following on our May 12 coverage, Westec Environmental Solutions (Verditek group) and project partners Sintef and the Carbon Capture & Conversion Institute are reporting the successful completion of initial tests on their carbon capture technolgy at the Sintef facility in Norway.

According to Westec, its patented absorption technology offer new solutions and aims to make CO2 capture affordable by delivering performance improvements that would translate into 'significant' capital and operational cost savings for utility companies, refineries and cement kiln operators.

The cost of capturing carbon from industrial processes is being supported by the Norwegian state's carbon capture and storage enterprise Gassnova SF with a $2.2 million matching grant through their CLIMIT Programme. As a result, Westec was discussing a possible licensing agreement of its technology with an unidentified Canadian customer. (Source: Westec, CEMNET, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: SINTEF, www.sintef.no; Westec Environmental Solutions, www.wes-worldwide.com; Carbon Capture & Conversion Institute, ccci.cmcghg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture & Conversion Institute,  Westec Environmental Solutions,  Carbon Capture ,  


Statoil Wins Floating Wind Farm Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
Statoil,Younicos
Date: 2017-12-01
Upon winning Hywind Scotland's Batwind floating wind farm energy storage contract, Norwegian state-owned Statoil, in partnership with Masdar, reports it has awarded a contract to Berlin-based intelligent energy storage and grid solutions specialist Younicos Energy to deliver a 1 MW/1,3 MWh battery storage system for connection to Hywind Scotland's Batwind project which is expected to be operational in Q2, 2018.

Hywind Scotland, 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is operated by Statoil on behalf of partner Masdar. Statoil holds an ownership share of 75 pct and Masdar 25 pct. (Source: Statoil, Elec. Light & Power, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, www.younicos.com; Statoil Energy Ventures, Gareth Burns, Irene Rummelhoff, VP, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Younicos,  Batwind,  Statoil,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  


Solect Energy Launches Energy Storage Division (Ind. Report)
Solect Energy ,NEC Corp
Date: 2017-12-01
In the Pine Tree State, Hopkinton-headquartered Solect Energy reports it is launching an energy storage division and inked an agreement with NEC Energy Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, to sell, install, operate and maintain NEC's DSS (Distributed Storage Solution) product line for commercial customers. NEC presently has more than 250 MW of energy storage projects projects installed or under construction.

The DSS platform is scalable from 85 kWh to 510 kWh of energy storage capacity and offers from 100 kW up to 710 kW of power capability. As a standardized, UL safety-certified, AC-ready system including power conversion system, the DSS product is pre-configured in outdoor-rated enclosures, compliant with all relevant regulatory and environmental requirements. (Source: Solect Energy, Solar Power, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Solect; Ken Driscoll, CEO, (508) 598-3511, info@solect.com, www.solect.com; NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, www.neces.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Corp.,  Solect Energy ,  Energy Storage,  


Utilities Select Sunverge for Residential Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Sunverge,Navigant Research
Date: 2017-12-01
San Francisco-headquartered Sunverge Energy reports it has sealed deals with three major electric utilities in Arizona, Florida and Vermont, expanding the utility customer base for its intelligent storage systems and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform. The utilities have all purchased Sunverge systems as part of next-generation demand response (DR) or resiliency programs.

The Sunverge platform can predict load and solar generation orchestrate between energy storage systems and smart devices in the home. The goal is an optimized ecosystem of networked distributed energy resources that work in concert to minimize electricity demand, maximize savings against time-varying rates and provide demand response and other grid services.

Navigant Research forecasts that installed DER capacity in the US, including distributed generation (DG), energy storage, microgrids, EVs, and demand response (DR) will exceed 288 GW in 2024, thirteen times current DER capacity. Navigant estimates US utilities will spend $503.6 million on DER management technologies by 2020, up from $96.4 million in 2016. (Source: Sunverge Energy, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Sunverge, Martin Milani, CEO, www.sunverge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunverge,  Navigant Research,  Energy Storage,  


Vattenfall Orders 1 GW of Siemens Gamesa Offshore Turbines (Int'l)
Vattenfall
Date: 2017-12-01
Swedish power company Vattenfall reports it has placed a near-1 GW order for wind turbines with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for its three offshore wind farms -- Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea and Vesterhav Syd and Nord in the North Sea. The contract is valued at approximately €1.7 billion.

Vattenfall won the rights to build both the 600 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm and the 350 MW Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord offshore wind farms within two months of one another towards the end of 2016. (Source: Vattenfall, CleanTechnica, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact: Vattenfall , Gunnar Groebler, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; Siemens Gamesa, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html

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


GE Renewable Energy Boasts 60GW Installed Onshore Wind (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-12-01
GE Renewable Energy reports it has to date installed more than 60 GW worth of onshore wind energy capacity across the globe with more than 35,000 wind turbines in 36 countries -- sufficient to power the equivalent of more than 15 million residential homes. More than 10 GW worth of wind energy capacity is in Europe. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CleanTechnica, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President & CEO Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Onshore wind,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


Green Bldg. Investments Top $3.4Tn by 2025, says IFC (Ind. Report)
World Bank International Finance Corp.
Date: 2017-12-01
A recent study by the World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC) has found that investments in "green" or environment-friendly buildings could top a cumulative $3.4 trillion by 2025 "if countries adopt better building codes and standards, create targeted financial incentives such as green-building certification and mandatory benchmarking of energy use, encourage new utility business models; green mortgages and energy-service companies.

In 2010, buildings accounted for 36 pct of the country's total annual power consumption and emitted 33.28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. In seven years, rapid urban migration is expected to increase the number of new buildings by 20 pct annually.

Since 2005, the IFC has invested $18.3 billion in long-term funding for climate-smart projects and mobilized an additional $11 billion from other investors. (Source: World Bank, International Finance Corp., ProudGreenBuilding, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  World Bank International Finance Corp.,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Promise Delivers First L.A. Zero-Net Energy Multifamily Development (Ind. Report)
Promise Energy
Date: 2017-12-01
In the Golden State, Promise Energy reports that , Silver Star Apartments is the first Zero Net Energy multifamily affordable housing development in Los Angeles. The 49-unit LEED and ENERGY STAR certified building was developed by A Community of Friends (ACOF), a local nonprofit that provides homes and supportive services for formerly homeless veterans.

For the all electric apartment complex, Promise Energy designed and installed a vertical rooftop solar PV system , a battery storage and advanced Energy monitoring system; a solar water heating system to offset 70 pct of the energy needed for water heating; quality air sealing and insulation to reduce envelope leakage and HVAC loads; phase-change material in the walls to reduce heat gain; and a proposed grey-water system to reduce potable water demand for the project by 40 pct. (Source: Promise Energy, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Promise Energy, Jonas Villalba, VP Business Development , (888) 444-7911, www.promiseenergy.com: Community of Friends , www.acog.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zeron Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Promise Energy,  


Planet Alpha Offering Forest Carbon Securities to Reverse Deforestation (Ind. Report)
Planet Alpha
Date: 2017-12-01
Cambridge, Mass.- based Planet Alpha Corp. (PAC) reports it is offering up to 5,000,000 Non-Voting Series A Preferred shares, at $10 per share, to develop world-wide forest carbon projects supporting communities and forest restoration. There is no minimum investment, allowing purchase of a single share ($10) by accredited and non-accredited investors alike. The proceeds will be used develop forest carbon sequestration projects in ecologically diverse locations around the planet.

PAC projects are developed and implemented in collaboration with local, community-based organizations that rely on cultural knowledge to manage forest ecosystems. PAC's "measurement-to-monetization" services are provided at no cost to landowners. PAC services are available to verify emission reduction for Paris Agreement signatories.

PAC aims to reduce CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases by restoring nature. The company deploys carbon measurement infrastructure on forest lands to accurately measure carbon offsets for sale as carbon securities and carbon products. (Source: Planet Alpha Corp., PR, PRZen, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Planet Alpha Corp., D.V. Marino, CEO, https://planetalphaforest.earth

More Low-Carbon Energy News Deforestation,  Planet Alpha,  Fotest Carbon,  Carbon Credits,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Cement Assoc. Lauds Ontario's Focus on Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Cement Association of Canada,Province of Ontario
Date: 2017-12-01
On the heels of the Ontario's government's announced Long-Term Infrastructure Plan, the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) congratulates the government for taking a leadership role in ensuring infrastructure planning takes climate change into consideration. "The leadership the Ontario government is demonstrating today on climate change adaptation, mitigation and lifecycle planning will ensure Ontario is a leader in the transition to the low carbon economy," the CAC says.

The Long-Term Infrastructure Plan states that, starting in 2019, lifecycle analysis -- a method for calculating the lifetime environmental impact of a product or service -- will be implemented as a way to support evidence-based infrastructure decisions. Lifecycle analysis helps ensure that infrastructure investments deliver maximum economic, social and environmental value. (Source: Cement Association of Canada, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Cement Association of Canada, Lyse Teasdale, Director, Communications, Cement Association of Canada, Michael McSweeney, Pres., CEO, (613) 236-9471, ext 211, lteasdale@cement.ca, www.cement.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement Association of Canada ,  Climate Change Adaptation,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Province of Ontario,  


Pennsylvania DEP Awards $1.1Mn in Alt-Fuel Grants (Funding)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Date: 2017-12-01
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has announced more than $1.1 million in funding through the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) program to support projects expected to save hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel and reduce air pollution in Pennsylvania. The ongoing AFIG program is administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The AFIG aims to improve Pennsylvania's air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of alternative fuels that will help the state's economy and environment. The new awards for vehicles will save approximately 136,000 gpy of gasoline and diesel fuel, according to the DEP.

The new grants, which were awarded in the Vehicle Projects and Refueling Infrastructure categories, include Derry Township School District -- $14,084; DMJ Transportation Inc. -- $74,000; WW Transport Inc. -- $140,000; Trillium Transportation Fuels LLC -- $500,000; Valley Waste Service Inc. -- $400,000. (Source: Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,  Alternative Fuels,  


Ontario Set for Last Independent Cap-and-Trade Auction (Ind. Report)
Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-12-01
Ontario has completed its final cap-and-trade auction before entering a joint market with Quebec and California in 2018. Since launching the provincial cap-and-trade earlier this year, the province completed three sell-out auctions and realized almost $1.5 billion for green projects.

As of Jan. 1, Ontario will join Quebec and California's carbon market, which has also seen three sold out auctions in a row for current credits. (Source: Western Star, Various Media, Canadian Pres, 29 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Market,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  


United Ethanol Selects Whitefox ICE™ to Boost Production Capacity (Ind. Report)
United Ethanol,Whitefox
Date: 2017-12-01
Wisconsin-headquartered United Ethanol LLC reports it will install a Whitefox ICE™ membrane system at its plant in Milton. The modular bolt-on system frees up capacity in the distillation-dehydration section which enables the plant to increase its annual production capacity to over 60 million gpy by removing process bottlenecks and cutting energy consumption.

United Ethanol's Milton plant processes approximately 45,000 bpd of corn into 50,000,000 gpy of ethanol, dry distiller's grain (DDGs) and modified distiller's grain .

Whitefox specializes in membrane-based technologies with a focus on efficient ethanol production. Their solution minimizes waste and emissions whilst increasing energy efficiency and returns on production. (Source: Whitefox, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: United Ethanol, David Cramer, Pres., CEO, (608) 868-5900, www.unitedethanol.com; Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 --Albverta Office), solutions@whitefox.com, www.whitefox.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Whitefox,  Ethanol,  DDGs,  


Shell Pledges Major Carbon Footprint Cuts (Ind. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2017-12-01
International petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it plans to reduce its total carbon footprint by 20 pct by 2035 and cut it by 50 pct by 2050. It will also disclose information on its operation's energy consumption and overall carbon footprint on an annual basis. Shell has also pledged to invest up to $2 billion (£1.5 billion) per year through 2020 to help meet the goals of the Paris climate change agreement.

In a letter to the UN, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said: "We also plan to pursue further operational efficiencies in our assets and will seek to develop carbon capture and storage. And increasingly, we will work with nature, forests and wetlands to help compensate for those emissions from uses where alternatives do not yet exist or will take time to scale."

Perhaps Shell's most ambitious project is its Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS)project in Canada, which recovers carbon dioxide emissions from a major oil-sands project and then compresses it into a liquid for storage underground. The project is one of only a few in the world. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, NYT, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Al Hussein Tech, JGBC Ink Energy Efficiency Training MoU (Int'l)
Jordan Green Building Council
Date: 2017-11-29
In Amman, Jordan, Al Hussein Technical University (HTU) and the Jordan Green Building Council (JGBC) report they are joining forces and cooperating on Green Building and energy efficiency awareness, programs and training.

Under the terms of their agreement, JGBC will offer several green building training opportunities to HTU students, conduct joint research efforts, and connect HTU's student with contractors and consulting firms in the green building sector. The agreement will also be available to graduates from other Jordanian universities and practicing green building and energy efficiency professionals.

The JGBC heads a network of 14 councils in 14 countries in the MENA region. (Source: MENAFN, Jordan News Agency, 20 Nov., 2017)Contact: Jordan GBC, +962 6 552 0893, www.jordangbc.org; Al Hussein Technical University, +962 580 569 406, www.alhussein.jo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Eficiency,  


PowerHouse Advancing UK Waste-to-Hydrogen Fuel System (Int'l)
PowerHouse Energy
Date: 2017-11-29
In the UK, London-based clean energy company PowerHouse Energy Group Plc reports it has completed pre-front-end engineering and design work on a 25 tpd synthetic gas (syngas) plant, and will now finalize its selection of vendors for the plant's components.

PowerHouse uses a "Distributed Modular Gasification" (DMG) technology to transform waste materials into syngas that can be turned into 99.99 pct clean hydrogen, which can then be used as transportation fuel or to power energy facilities. (Source: PowerHouse Energy Group Plc, Proactive Investors, Others, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Powerhouse Energy Group Plc, +44 (0) 203 368 6399 info@powerhousegroup.co.uk, www.powerhouseenergy.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News PowerHouse Energy ,  


Whiffle Preparing Dutch Offshore Winds Atlas (New Prod & Tech)
Whiffle University of Technology
Date: 2017-11-29
A consortium of Dutch organizations led by weather forcasting specialist Whiffle, reports it is developing the Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas (DOWA, an offshore wind industry resource containing accurate North Sea winds data and other information.

The rationale behind the DOWA project is that weather related uncertainties are a major cost driver of offshore wind energy. Consequently, numerical weather prediction (NWP) models are crucial to create resource assessments and annual energy production (AEP) estimates, as well as short-term trading, wind farm design, and other applications.

The consortium includes Whiffle -- a Delft University spinoff company , the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). (Source: Whiffle Maritime Journal, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Whiffle Remco Verzijlbergh, Co-founder and Director of Operations, www.weatherfinecasting.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


California Carbon Permit Auction Nets $862Mn (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-11-29
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Control Board (CARB) reports the state's recent auction of permits/allowances via its cap-and-trade program added a record $862 million the the Golden State's coffers. By law, the revenue will be used for low income housing projects, transit, electric car rebates, high speed rail, and similar low-carbon projects.

The state set a minimum price per permit of $13.57 and the final auction price was $15.06. All available permits were purchased. The cap-and-trade program is set to run through 2030. California aims to slash GHG emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030. (Source: California ARB, MML News, Various Others, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Credits,  


RSA Global Completes First Dubai Rooftop Solar Project (Int'l)
RSA Global
Date: 2017-11-29
Multinational logistics firm RSA Global reports the launch and implementation of its first solar rooftop project atop its facility in Dubai Logistics City, Dubai South. The installation, which was developed and completed by Dubai-based joint venture SirajPower, will generate 1.1 MW and provide an alternative source of electricity for the next 15 years and generate 90 pct of the energy required for the facility.

SirajPower, which delivered the project under a fully financed leasing scheme, is a 2016 joint venture between Akuo Energy of France and Corys Environment of Dubai. (Source: RSA Global, Construction Week OnLine, 26 Nov., 2017) Contact: RSA Global, Abhishek Shah, CEO, /www.rsagroup.com; SirajPower, +962 580 569 406, www.sirajpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


Noble Unloading South Bend Indiana Ethanol Producer (M&A)
Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol
Date: 2017-11-29
Hong Kong-headquartered international commodities trader Noble Group reports it is selling "all of the issued and outstanding capital stock" of its Indiana-based ethanol producer Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol operation (NASBE) to Michigan-headquartered Zeeland Farm Services Inc. for $12.5 million.

The sale net proceeds are expected to be used for debt reduction puposes. (Source: Noble Group, Strait Times, Others, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office, www.thisisnoble.com; Zeeland Farm Services, (800) 748-0595, receptionist@zfsinc.com, www.zfsinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Noble Group,  Ethanol,  Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol,  


ePURE Comments on EU-EP Climate Change, Biofuels Policy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
ePURE
Date: 2017-11-29
"One thing should be clear to everyone: the European Union (EU) needs to do something to improve its efforts in the fight against climate change -- and quickly. That's because just as often as a new position on EU biofuels policy gets staked out, another reminder arises that Europe is falling behind in its commitments to de-carbonizing transport.

"The latest news comes from the European Environment Agency, which reported this month that GHG emissions have risen for the third year in a row in the EU. Everyone from European Commission VP, Maros Sefcovic, to environmental lobby groups, is warning that we need to do more.

"By proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.

"Yet, at the same time, they are proposing policies that would achieve less. The EC wants to reduce all crop-based biofuels -- even the ones like renewable European ethanol that deliver high GHG savings with low risk of adverse impact to almost nothing by 2030. And by proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.

The European Parliament's various committees have been weighing in with their opinions over the last couple of months. The environment committee, the lead panel on the biofuels file, wants to go even further than the Commission, and phase out crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030.

"The transport committee could not find agreement on the environment committee language and ended up rejecting its own draft opinion on the legislation. This week the industry, research and energy committee and lead on the entire Renewable Energy Directive, will vote. Even traditional political groups are divided on the issue.

"The swirl of differing opinions means the RP may not have a clear line on this important issue going into plenary vote in January (2018). But it is not too late for MEPs to find common ground and move closer to what EU Member States want and have articulated coherently in their draft position: build on the success of the existing framework, leave in place the 7 percent cap on crop-based biofuels, and promote advanced biofuels and renewable electricity in addition to, not at the expense of, existing solutions." (Source: ePure, Politico, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Biofuel,  EU,  


Ethtec's Aussie Cellulosic Biofuel Demo Scores Funding (Int'l)
Ethanol Technologies ,ARENA
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Land Down Under, Queensland-based Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec) reports receipt of $11.9 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for its advanced biofuel production technology at its $30 million scalable pilot plant in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales. The ARENA funding is being matched by Jiangsu Jintongling Fluid Machinery Technology Company Limited (JTL). Ethtec has invested over $18.6 million in the project to date.

Ethtec is developing advanced biofuel production technology for the commercial-scale production of ethanol and other high-value fermentation products from crop stubbles, cotton gin trash, timber residues and sugar cane bagasse, and other lignocellulosic materials. Ethtec has partnered with Apace Research Limited, the University of Newcastle's Institute for Energy and Resources and School of Environmental and Life Sciences as well as with Muswellbrook Shire Council to complete the project. (Source: Ethanol Technologies, Prime Mover, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ethanol Technologies, Dr. Russell Reeves, Chief Scientist and Managing Director, +61 423 770 264, +61 2 49 923 033, russell.reeves@ethtec.com.au, www.ethtec.com.au; ARENA, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Ethanol Technologies ,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  ARENA,  


Hainan Airlines Touts Beijing-Chicago Biofuel Flight (Int'l)
Hainan Airlines,China Green Carbon Foundation
Date: 2017-11-29
China's Hainan Airlines is touting the success of its first transoceanic passenger flight using biofuels -- Flight HU497 from Beijing to Chicago.

During the 12-hour flight, Hainan Airlines invited passengers to participate in informative interactive activities designed to promote a "green travel-carbon offset" public interest project the airline jointly launched with the China Green Carbon Foundation. (Source: Hainan Airlines, Travel Daily News Asia, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Hainan Airlines , www.hainanairlines.com; China Green Carbon Foundation, www.thjj.org/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


$53Mn Estonian Woody-Biomass Bio-Coal Plant Announced (Int'l)
Baltania OU,Momentum Capital
Date: 2017-11-29
Amsterdam-headquartered private equity investment firm Momentum Capital reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Baltania OU, a torrefied bio-coal pellet producer, will commission an industrial-scale torrefaction bio-coal plant in Vagari, Estonia.

The approximate $53 million project would be overseen by the Estonian Ministry of Environment and partially funded by Momentum Capital and other venture capitalists and financial institutions. The European Union will provide a production-output based grant of about $30 million.

The bio-coal plant, which will utilize torrefaction technology developed by Netherlands-based Clean Electricity Generation, is expected to produce approximately 160,000 tpy of torrefied bio-coal pellets from Estonian sourced woody biomass. (Source: Clean Energy Generation, Momentum Capital, Mining.com, Nov., 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Generation, +31 (0) 20 560 08 07, info@cegeneration.com, http://cegeneration.com; Momentum Capital, www. momentumcapital.nl; Baltania OU, Mika Hassinen, CEO, +31 6 1261 6414, mika.hassinen@baltania.ee, www.baltania.ee

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Bio-coal,  Wood Pellet,  


Goldwind's White Rock Solar Farm Installs First Panels (Int'l)
Goldwind Energy
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Land Down Under, Goldwind Energy reports the first of 72,000 panels have now been installed at its solar-wind hybrid renewable energy facility adjacent its White Rock Wind Farm, 20 km west of Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia.

According to the company the project is well underway. Construction of civil works on boundary fencing, access and internal roads has been completed while significant structural work on frames and piling installation is progressing, the company says.

A total of 72,000 solar panels will be installed over the coming months. When fully operational, the facility will generate sufficient electric power 7,200 homes. the solar farm will have the capacity to generate electricity to supply the equivalent of approximately 7,200 average NSW homes.

White Rock Solar is Goldwind's second wind-solar hybrid project following the 10MW Gullen Solar project, also in New South Wales. (Source: Goldwind Energy, Nov., 2017) Contact: Goldwind Energy, +61 (2) 9008 1715, info@goldwindaustralia.com, www.goldwindaustralia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


Missourian Delivers Solar Power to Ravaged Puerto Rico (Ind. Report)
Solar
Date: 2017-11-29
P.J. Wilson, the former director of Renew Missouri, is touting the launch of Solar for Puerto Rico. The project aims to provide solar generated electricity to about 55,000 homes that may not be reconnected to the electric grid for at least a year, as a result of recent hurricane damage.

With the help of local residents, Wilson is distributing solar panels, batteries and Bluetooth speakers to poor and rural communities and hopes to develop a solar-powered microgrid as a localized backup power system. Solar for Puerto Rico is funded through a mix of crowdfunding efforts and organizations including The Solar Foundation, which is connected to the Clinton Foundation. (Source: St.Louis Public Radio, 26 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


ADB Grants $45Mn for 20MW Afghanistan Solar Project (Int'l., Funding)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2017-11-29
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it has approved a $44.76 million grant to support the development of a 20MW solar PV project in Kabul, Afghanistan. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate approximately 43GWh of electricity per year.

According to the ADB release, Afghanistan is reliant on imported energy from neighbouring countries to meet its domestic demand, despite only 32 pct of the population having access to grid-connected electricity. The site and substation will be constructed to accommodate an additional 10-20MW of solar as needed. (Source: ADB, PV Mag., 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  Solar,  


Ambitious City Promises Launched in Philippines (Int'l)
International Climate Initiative
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) are touting the launch of Ambitious City Promises (ACP), a 3-year south-east Asian regional project that supports cities in Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam develop and launch climate action initiatives through an active and inclusive stakeholder engagement strategy.

ACP helps member cities implement greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions strategies that take into account the cities' development pressures and local context while emphasizing the importance of citizen engagement and working with relevant national ministries.

ACP is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative program. (Source: International Climate Initiative, ICLEI, PR, Rappler, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact: International Climate Initiative, www.international-climate-initiative.com/en; Ambitious City Promises, www.iclei.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  International Climate Initiative,  


BVI Seeks Climate Change Mitigation Support (Ind. Report)
Clinton Foundation
Date: 2017-11-29
Following a recent climate change meeting with the Clinton Foundation in New York, British Virgin Islands (BVI) Minister of Finance and Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith said he highlighted the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund and the BVI's "Urgent need to build climate resilience, particularly along our coasts where there has been great erosion." The Premier also touted the BVI's 2015 Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund as an "exemplary mechanism for receiving funds to build climate resilience."

Premier Smith met with the Clinton Foundation at a high-level pledging conference at the UN in New York last week. Attending nations offered more than $2 billion in pledges and loans to countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. (Source: BVI News, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Clinton Foundation, www.clintonfoundation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  


"Seeing REDD: Why The European Union Needs to Embrace Forest Carbon Finance" -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
REDD,Forest Carbon
Date: 2017-11-29
"A new report on forest finance has found that conserving and restoring tropical forests could deliver up to 30 pct of the carbon savings necessary to keep the average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C -- but as the report shows, only about 1 pct of international development funding for climate mitigation is directed towards this.

"Worse, finance for sustainable forestry and agriculture aligned with climate goals -- approximately $20 billion since 2010 -- is dwarfed by the $777 billion pumped into the sectors that drive deforestation.

" For many developing countries, forest conservation represents the main contribution they can make to the global climate effort. While all tropical forest countries have committed to reduce forest emissions as part of their national climate plans, many have pledged further reductions on the condition that they receive international support. And more than 50 developing countries have been running programmes to prepare the ground for REDD+, including establishing social and environmental safeguards and forest monitoring systems that will enable them to access payments for verified carbon savings."

Download the Progress on the New York Declaration on Forests report HERE. (Source: Climate Focus, New York Declaration on Forest Assessment Partners, Climate and Land Use Alliance, Ecosystem Marketplace, Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News REDD,  Deforestation,  Carbon Sink,  Forest Carbon,  


New UK Windfarm Operator Launched in Edinburgh (Int'l. Report)
Ventient Energy
Date: 2017-11-29
The UK's newest wind energy player, Ventient Energy Ltd., is reporting its official launch in Edinburgh.

Ventient is the UK's third largest onshore wind energy generator and the country's largest non-utility owner of onshore wind with 34 windfarms incorporating 507 turbines totaling 690MW of installed capacity. Approximately two-thirds of Ventient Energy's power is generated in Scotland. (Source: Ventient Energy, Energy Voice, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ventient Energy, Scott Mackenzie, CEO , +44 131 243 1380, www.ventientenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  UK Wind,  Onshore Wind,  


Siemens Gamesa Scores Thai Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa,Energy Absolute
Date: 2017-11-29
Siemens Gamesa is reporting receipt of and order for 103 of its 2.5 MW wind turbines for installation at the Hanuman wind complex, which is currently under construction in Chaiyaphum province in northeastern Thailand.

The turbines are planned to be delivered in May 2018 and commissioned towards the end of the year. Siemens Gamesa will also operate and maintain the windfarm which is being developed by Bangkok-based Energy Absolute. (Source: PEI, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Energy Absolute, www.energyabsolute.co.th; Siemens Gamesa, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Absolute,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


2017 China Carbon Pricing Survey Findings Released (Int'l)
China Carbon Market
Date: 2017-11-29
According to the independent China Carbon Forum's 2017 China Carbon Pricing Survey, 38 pct of respondents believe emission trading is at least moderately affecting investment decisions in China, even as the nation is still running regional pilot programs. The survey suggests the percentage will continue to rise through to 2025, when 75 pct of those surveyed would likely say emission trading will at least affect their investment decisions.

The survey was launched as China prepares to upgrade its current pilot carbon trading programs in seven regions to a national one within the year with prices expected to rise from about 38 yuan ($5.74) per ton of carbon dioxide emitted in 2017, to 74 yuan per ton in 2020 and 108 yuan per ton in 2025, the survey showed. Most survey respondents expect the ETS will be fully functional around 2020.

Download the survey HERE. (Source: China Carbon Forum, China Global Times, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: Chine Carbon Forum, www.chinacarbon,info

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  


Ameresco, DEA El Paso Ink Energy Efficiency, Solar ESPC (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2017-11-29
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered reneweable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for energy efficiency upgrades and construction of a 2.47 MW solar energy system at the El Paso Intelligence Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The Energy Saving Performance Contract (ESPC) was awarded to Ameresco under the ESPC ENABLE program -- a streamlined process for small federal agency projects to leverage third-party financed energy technologies in six months or less.

Ameresco will finance, build, own and operate the solar system for a period of 20 years and will also upgrade more than 1,400 inefficient interior and exterior lighting fixtures to high-efficiency LEDs. The entire ESPC is expected to save the DEA more than $9.2 million in energy costs over 20 years. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso, www.dea.gov/divisions/elp/elp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco ,  Energy Efficiency,  Solar,  LED Light,  


USGBC Incorporates Perkins+Will RELi Standard (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2017-11-29
The U.S. Green Building Council reports it has adopted the RELi national construction resilience standard developed by the Minneapolis office of the Perkins + Will architecture firm, an incorporate it into its LEED certification program.

Perkins + Will senior associate and architect Doug Pierce developed the standard as the principal investigator for the Washington, D.C.-based Capital Markets Partnership, which promotes the incorporation of green building practices into the standard real estate underwriting processes.

Like the USGBC's LEED program, RELi is a point-based system in which buildings gain recognition and certification through hazard preparedness, disaster recovery, crisis communications, energy efficiency and other practices. Buildings seeking RELi certification must fulfill LEED prerequisites regarding sustainability practices. (Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Finance & Commerce, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Perkins + Will's Resilience Research Lab, http://research.perkinswill.com/labs/resilience; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Medford Mass. Lauded for Cutting Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Bay State, the city of Medford , a member of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities program, reports it has been recognized for cutting municipal energy consumption by 20 pct since 2009.

The Green Communities Designation and Grant program is intended to help Bay State towns and cities reduce municipal energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. DOER Green Communities receive grant funding for energy efficiency initiatives and projects and are eligible for additional similar grants. The city of Medford received $235,935 in 2017 from Green Communities grants.

Medford is also part of the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge and a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors, a UN effort to support the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: City of Medford Website, Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Medford, Alicia Hunt, Director Office of Energy and the Environment, (781) 393-2137, ahunt@medford-ma.gov, www.medford-ma.gov; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources ,  Energy Efficiency,  


EU, Switzerland Linking Emissions Trading Systems (Int'l)
EU ETS
Date: 2017-11-29
Tax News is reporting the European Union (EU) and Switzerland have inked an agreement to link their emissions trading systems (ETSs) allowing EU ETS participants to use allowances from the Swiss system for compliance, and vice versa.

The EU's ETS operates in 31 EU countries -- plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway -- and covers approximately 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions and works on a cap-and-trade principle. The Swiss ETS is also based on the cap-and-trade principle. The agreement will enter into force at the start of the year following ratification by both parties. (Source: Tax News, Others, 27 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Markets,  Carbon Emissions Trade,  


AHAM Wants DOE to Run ENERGY STAR Program (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2017-11-27
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) reports it has petitioned the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power to transfer administration of the ENERGY STAR program for home appliances from the EPA back to the Department of Energy (DOE)-- the original administrator of the 1992 vintage ENERGY STAR program.

In 2009 the program was transferred to the EPA, a move that AHAM says created complications -- including the verification of testing requirements and EPA specifications on energy regulations that differ or depart from the DOE's for the same products -- that ultimately undermine the program's efficiency.

The House of Representatives is currently reviewing the ENERGY STAR Reform Act which would permanently transfer administration of the program from the EPA to the DOE, among other changes aimed at strengthening the program. (Source: AHAM, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: AHAM, Joseph McGuire, CEO, Pres., www.aham.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


Sprint Runs Energy Efficiency with Yardi Proliphix (Ind. Report)
Yardi Proliphix
Date: 2017-11-27
Santa Barbara, California-headquartered building energy management systems specialist YARDI reports that Sprint's installation of its Yardi® Proliphix building energy management system helped the communications giant optimize lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems with cloud-based remote management software. The Yardi system continuously monitors temperatures, thermostat settings and potential equipment malfunctions.

Sprint initially implemented Yardi Proliphix in 2012 to reduce energy costs in its retail locations by 15 pct with an anticipated 18-month return on investment.

Sprint's new Yardi Proliphix implementations will cost Sprint less than a conventional standard programmable thermostat. Because Yardi Proliphix can function as a lighting control system, Sprint will not need to install a second system. (Source: Yardi, Business Wire, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: Yardi, Matt Eggers, vice president of Yardi Energy. www.yardi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Portugal Killing Coal-Fired Power by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-27
In Lisbon, the Portuguese Environment minister Joao Matos said last week the government will close the 1,100-MW Sines and the 577 MW Pego coal-fired power plants, as well as reform the domestic carbon tax and remove tax exemptions for coal-fired generation beginning in 2018. The country will also close its two remaining coal-fired power plants before 2030.

The initiative is intended to encourage electric power producers to move away from coal in favor of solar PV and other renewable energy sources. The country is aiming at carbon neutrality by 2050.

Under the Powering Past Coal Alliance, of which Portugal is a member, countries commit to taking action such as setting coal phase-out targets and ending further investments in coal-fired electricity domestically and abroad. (Source: Portuguese Environment Minister, Kallanish Energy, Others, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: Powering Past Coal Alliance, www.e3g.org/library/powering-past-coal-at-cop23; Portuguese Environment Minister, www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/ministerios/mamb.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powering Past Coal,   Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate NeutralCoal,  


Weatherize Roanoke Energy Efficiency Program Lauded (Ind. Report)
Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
Date: 2017-11-27
In the Old Dominion State, the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) reports it has recognized Weatherize Roanoke - Market Rate Program and its private partner Better Building Works for an outstanding Residential Energy Efficiency Program.

In 2016, the Weatherize Roanoke program undertook free energy efficiency assessments for 101 Roanoke homes and provided residents with energy efficiency recommendations provided by Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified auditors. The homeowners also received a package of products to improve efficiency such as hot water heater covers, LED light bulbs, and light insulation, as well as other products to save homeowner's money and energy, resulting in instant savings for participants.

The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is a 501c3 organization that provides a platform for stakeholder engagement while assessing and supporting programs, innovation, best practices, and policies that advance energy efficiency in Virginia. (Source: City of Roanoke, Roanoke Environmental News, Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Roanoke, Nell Boyle, Sustainability & Outreach, (540) 853-5430, nell.boyle@roanokeva.gov, www.roanokeva.gov; Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, www.vaeec.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Council,  


Hawaii U, HECO Collaborate on "Green Tariff" Initiative (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2017-11-27
In the Aloha State, the University of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are reporting a non-binding MoU to collaborate on an innovative energy initiative to help the university achieve its net-zero energy goal and bring more cost-effective, renewable energy resources online.

Subject to Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission approval, the initiative aims to develop a "green tariff" for projects that would increase renewable energy generation, improve grid capacity for renewables and lower energy costs for the university. If approved and successful, the new green tariff would be made available to other similar institutions in the future.

A joint university-utility working group will develop a model tariff, eligibility requirements, cost structure and other details. The working group will also evaluate sites for possible renewable energy development, concentrating first on utility-scale projects that would offset energy use at the Manoa campus. The group will also consider currently available energy storage technologies such as combined solar-photovoltaic systems with energy storage. (Source: University of Hawaii News Community, HECO, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com; University of Hawaii, www.hawaii.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Hawaiian Electric Companies,  


Vancouver, FortisBC Partner to Tackle Climate Change (Ind. Report)
FortisBC,City of Vancouver
Date: 2017-11-27
In British Columbia, FortisBC reports it has inked a MoU with the City of Vancouver to join forces on climate action projects to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The MOU, highlights a range of activities over the next five years designed to reduce GHG emissions, including: boosting Renewable Natural Gas supply and use as a clean transportation fuel in Vancouver; improving air quality and reducing GHGs in transportation; developing a deep energy retrofit pilot project for commercial buildings; increasing investment in Low Carbon Energy Systems; increasing access to energy efficiency and conservation rebates for new buildings; and improving safety and efficiency of gas furnace retrofit installations.

To support the increased investment in energy-efficient buildings and Low Carbon Energy Systems, the City of Vancouver will be making several changes to its Green Building policies including an alignment with the B.C. Energy Step Code, a new province-wide standard for energy efficient buildings. This enables FortisBC to provide incentives to make new buildings more energy efficient in the City. In addition, the changes will create opportunities for more projects like FortisBC's Marine Gateway low carbon energy system, which uses waste heat recovery to heat homes and hot water in an efficient, low carbon manner.

The MOU supports Vancouver's commitment to improving air quality and reducing GHG emissions in the region by 80 pct below 2007 levels before 2050. (Source: FortisBC, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: FortisBC, Roger Dall'Antonia, Exec. VP Technology, www.fortisbc.com; City of Vancouver, vancouver.ca/green-vancouver.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Vancouver,  FortisBC,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Pinhead Offsetting Galloping Goose Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Pinhead Climate Institute
Date: 2017-11-27
The Pinhead Climate Institute reports it has entered into a contract to make carbon offset payments in exchange for a conservation easement on 16,480-acres of range land held by the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust. In March, the not-for-profit Pinhead Climate Institute won a $50,000 grant from the the Telluride Foundation for its first project; the greening of the Galloping Goose -- a public transportation system carbon offset program.

The easement would prohibit the land from being converted into "tilled crop land" and thus each acre will sequester approximately half of a metric tpy of carbon for a 20-year period. In other words, it will keep that amount of carbon per acre in the ground, rather than release it into the atmosphere, according to Pinhead Institute Exec. Dir. Sarah Holbrooke. (Source: Pinhead Climate Institute, Tellerude Daily Planet, 26 Nov., 2017) Contact: Pinhead Climate Institute, Sarah Holbrooke, Exec. Dir., (970) 369-5190, sarak@http://www.pinheadinstitute.org, www.pinheadinstitute.org

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Ontario Plans Grid Flexibility & Renewables Microgrids (Ind. Report)
Ontario
Date: 2017-11-27
In its recently issued 2017 Long Term Energy Plan the Province of Ontario reports it plans to focus on creating an innovative, lower-cost, more flexible electric system, opening the door to growth of renewable energy microgrids.

Since 2003, the province has invested $70 billion in its electricity system and has boosted energy efficiency, demand response and renewable energy.

The province is reforming its wholesale electricity markets to help spur innovation and competition. The reformed market will use competitive auctions to secure supply needs. Generators, demand response providers, importers and emerging new technologies could all vie to fill the need, with the most cost-effective resources winning out.

Download the full 217 Ontario Energy Plan HERE. (Source: Province of Ontario, MicroGrid Knowledge, 22 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Microgrid,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  


Poet Applauds EPA Point of Obligation Decision (Ind. Report)
Poet
Date: 2017-11-27
Commenting on the EPA's decision to maintain the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered Poet LLC CEO Jeff Broin said: "By maintaining the point of obligation for the RFS, the EPA is allowing the system to continue to work as designed. Under the RFS, infrastructure for biofuel-blended fuel is expanding, with opportunities for additional consumer-driven growth. The RFS works, evident from the numerous benefits it allows Americans to enjoy today: cleaner air, fewer carcinogens in gasoline, lower fuel costs and increased energy independence." (Source: Poet, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Poet LLC, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Poet,  Point of Obligation,  RFS,  Biofuel Blending,  


Iowa Applauds EPA Biofuels Blending Decision (Reg. & Leg.)
EPA
Date: 2017-11-27
The Des Moines Register reports the EPA's denial of Valero Energy and other refiner's call for changes to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules on who is responsible blending ethanol with gasoline is welcomed news in the Hawkeye State.

In its decision released Wednesday, EPA said "a change in the point of obligation would unnecessarily increase the complexity of the program and undermine the success of the RFS program."

Iowas Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) said "Keeping the point of obligation where it is now, with refiners and importers, has worked and makes sense. Moving the point of obligation from a handful of refiners to hundreds or thousands of small fuel retailers would undermine the integrity and viability of this successful program."

The EPA is slated to announce the volume requirements -- the amount of biofuels that must be blended with the nation's fuel supply -- by the end of the month. In July, EPA proposed volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel that are lower than 2017 requirements. (Source: EPA, The Des Moines Register, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley, https://twitter.com/ChuckGrassley

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  Biofuel Blend,  RFS EPA,  Point of Obligation,  


Irish Cement Cutting Fossil Fuels to Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
Irish Cement
Date: 2017-11-27
County Louth, Ireland-based Irish Cement reports it plans to increase the use of alternative solid recovered waste fuels at its Platin cement works and is seeking regulatory approval to increase the volume to 600,000 tpy.

The new plan would allow the company to replace up to 85 pct of its fossil fuels with alternative fuels and thus significantly cut the plant's carbon emissions. More than 200 European cement plants presently use solid recovered fuel (SRF). (Source: Irish Cement, SemNet, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: Irish Cement, +353 41 987 6000, www.irishcement.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement,  Carbon Emissions,  


UPS to Fuel Logistics on More Biomethane (Ind. Report)
United Parcel Service,Big Ox Energy
Date: 2017-11-27
United Parcel Service (UPS) reports it has inked its largest agreement to date for biomethane --renewable natural gas (RNG) -- with Environmental Energy Capital LLC subsidiary Big Ox Energy for 10 million gpy equivalents through 2024. The RNG fuel supplied by Big Ox will be used at eight stations in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

UPS previously signed a five-year agreement with an AMP Americas unit for 1.5 million gpy equivalents of RNG from the Fair Oaks dairy farm in Indiana. UPS has a sustainability goal of fueling by 2025 40 pct of its ground transportation fleet from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel. UPS used 61 million gallons of natural gas in its ground fleet, which included 4.6 million gallons of RNG in 2016 and is now on track to use 14 million gallons of RNG in 2017.

Since 2009, UPS has invested over $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally. (Source: UPS, NGI, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: United Parcel Service, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/united-parcel-service-inc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


India Plans 2-GW Wind Tender (Int'l)
Solar Energy Corporation of India
Date: 2017-11-27
In New Delhi, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) last Thursday issued a tender for 2 GW of wind capacity to be carried out by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). India is in a process of transitioning from feed-in tariffs (FiTs) to auctions in the wind sector. The government's first 1-GW wind auction achieved a price of INR 3.46 (USD 0.053/EUR 0.045) per kWh and was followed by a second 1-GW tender, concluded in October, that resulted in a price of INR 2.64 per kWh.

Announcing approval for the bigger tender on Wednesday, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said that the competitive prices are encouraging distribution companies (discoms) to purchase wind power to meet their non-solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO). According to the ministry, projects of at least 50 MW and up to 400 MW will be awarded per bidder. The off-take contracts will be for 25 years. (Source: SECI, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: India MNRE, www.mnre.gov.in; Solar Energy Corporation of India, www.seci.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy,  India Wind,  

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