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 ,
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,
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, email@example.com, www.solect.com;
NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, www.neces.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Corp., Solect Energy , Energy Storage,
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 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,
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,
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,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cement.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement Association of Canada , Climate Change Adaptation, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Province of Ontario,
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,
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'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), email@example.com, www.whitefox.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Whitefox, Ethanol, DDGs,
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,
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 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
More Low-Carbon Energy News PowerHouse Energy ,
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).
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board, California Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Credits,
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,
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, email@example.com, www.zfsinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Noble Group, Ethanol, Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol,
"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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE, Biofuel, EU,
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,
email@example.com, www.ethtec.com.au; ARENA, +61 2 6243 7773, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://arena.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic, Ethanol Technologies , Cellulosic Ethanol, ARENA,
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,
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, email@example.com,
http://cegeneration.com; Momentum Capital, www. momentumcapital.nl; Baltania OU, Mika Hassinen, CEO, +31 6 1261 6414,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Bio-coal, Wood Pellet,
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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind Energy, Wind, Solar,
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,
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,
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,
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,
"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."
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,
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,
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,
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.
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)
CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
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,
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, email@example.com, 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,
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,
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 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.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.roanokeva.gov; Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, www.vaeec.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Council,
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, email@example.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com; University of Hawaii, www.hawaii.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy, Hawaiian Electric Companies,
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,
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.
(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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,
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.
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,
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 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
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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
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