The hydroelectric storage power station is expected to cost more than $1.8 billion to build and will be comparable in scope and cost to the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County.
Dominion Energy, which currently operates an existing pump hydroelectric storage station in Bath County, Virginia, is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,200 MW of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. (Source: Dominion Energy, Southeast Energy News, Register Herald, 26 June, 2017)
Contact: Dominion Energy, www.dom.com
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Backers of the Climate Leadership Council supporters hope that strengthening public support for carbon taxes, along with growing concern over increasingly sever weather will start to erode the decade-long impasse in US climate policy.
Other supporters and founding members of the plan included Unilever, PepsiCo, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson and the green groups Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy.
(Source: Carbon Leadership Council, Guardian, Various Others, June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Leadership Council, (202) 864-2552, email@example.com, www.clcouncil.org
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According to Virgin, the savings are largely a result of a multi-billion dollar fleet investment in Boeing 787 aircraft, as well as a range of fuel saving initiatives such as single engine taxiing, real-time weather technology which helps pilots make smarter route choices, and rigorous weight management of all products on the aircraft, and other initiatives.
Virgin Atlantic also pointed to carbon-reducing initiatives including a partnership with "clean tech" company Lanza Tech to create low carbon fuel through the recycling of carbon in waste industrial gases, and the carrier's order of 12 fuel-efficient Airbus A350-1000s due to enter service from 2019.
(Source: Virgin Atlantic, Business Traveler, 26 June, 2017)Contact: Virgin Atlantic, Craig Kreeger, CEO, www.virgin-atlantic.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech, Aviation Emissions, Virgin Atlantic,
Nordex has secured over 100MW in orders from Erdem Holding in four years
with the three previous orders coming in 2014, totaling 90.6MW. (Source: Nordex, Windpower, 26 June, 2017)Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300, email@example.com, www.nordex-online.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex, Wind, Wind Turbine,
DONG Energy owns 50 pct of both Gode Wind 1 and 2, while Global Infrastructure Partners holds 50 pct share in Gode Wind 1. Talanx, the third-largest German insurance group, also holds an indirect interest. Four Danish pension funds hold 50 pct in Gode Wind 2.
In spring 2017, DONG Energy participated in the first of two German auction rounds for offshore wind energy. All three awarded projects -- with a total capacity of 590MW -- are located in the German North Sea and are expected to be completed by 2024, subject to final investment decision which is expected to be made in 2021. The Gode Wind 3 project will receive €60 per MWh in subsidies. (Source: DONG Energy, 26 June, 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold, CEO of Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy, Offshore Wind, Wind,
The floating foundations are ballast-stabilized and anchored to the seabed. Commissioning of the Hywind project is slated for 4Q, 2017. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, PR, Windtech, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO, Offshore Wind,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa, Offshore Wind, Floating Offshore Wind ,
The two proposal, which are subject to regulatory approvals in both states, would increase wind's share of the company's generation mix from 20 pct to 40 pct.
Amarillo-based utility Southwestern Public Service Company generates, purchases, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in Texas and New Mexico. The company generates electricity through various fuel sources, such as coal, natural gas, wind, and solar power. It also conducts various wholesale marketing operations, including the purchase and sale of electric capacity, energy, ancillary services, and energy related products. The company provides electric utility services to approximately 389,000 retail customers. It serves large commercial and industrial electric retail customers of various industries.
(Source: Southwest Public Service, Santa Fe New Mexican, Power Engineering, Power Engineering, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy, Southwest Public Service, Wind,
The Dalby bio-refinery -- Australia's first bio-refinery -- presently produces 76 million lpy of ethanol and animal feed products from locally-grown sorghum.
The expansion will boost biofuel production capacity by 24 million lpy to 100 million lpy.
The proposed expansion is part of a multi-million dollar investment in 21st century biofutures plants that could generate more than 330 jobs in regional Queensland.
(Source: South Burnett Times, 27 June, 2017) Contact: United Petroleum, +61 3 6398 2226, www.unitedpetroleum.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News United Petroleum, Australia Biofuel, Ethanol, Sorghum,
The measure affects gasoline only, not diesel, and excludes Mexico City and a host of surrounding municipalities in the State of Mexico, as well as Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state and Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 26 June, 2017) Contact: CRE, www.cre.gob.mx/wfer/english.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Mexico Ethanol, Ethanol Blend, E10,
Brightline's trains are powered by technology developed by Siemens, and are expected to consume 2 gallons of fuel per mile on the 67-mile run from Miami to West Palm Beach. The train is expected to begin operation in September. (Source: Brightline, South Fla. Bus. Journal, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Florida Power & Light, www.fpl.com; Brightline, gobrightline.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, FP&L,
The supermarket chain has a committed to reduce its absolute carbon emissions by 30 pct by 2020 compared with 2005 baseline levels. To date, it has cut absolute carbon emissions by more than 20 pct and is on track to achieve its 2020 target.
According to the British Retail Consortium, the UK retail industry could save as much as £4.1 billion in cumulative energy and carbon costs by reducing its combined energy consumption 25 pct by 2050.(Source: Sainsbury's, edie,net, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Sainsbury's, Paul Crewe, Engineering and Environment, www.sainsburys.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sainsbury, Energy Efficiency, LED Light,
Unlike standard homes, Monopath homes are constructed with 8 by 24 foot panels and are fitted with smaller furnaces and air conditioners for greater energy efficiency. Monopath housing was designed by two University of Minnesota alumni.
(Source: City of Minneapolis, la Crosse Tribune, 26 June, 2017)Contact: City of Minneapolis, City Council, www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Building Energy Efficiency,
According to the survey, most energy professionals favour maintaining EU energy efficiency, renewable energy directives, and climate legislation. Most oppose an energy price cap but favour stronger action on better building standards and energy efficiency as the best way to meet carbon targets and restore trust in the industry.
The survey also highlighted the need to begin decarbonizing heat for homes and business.
(Source: Energy Institute, Guardian, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Energy Institute, Louise Kingham, CEO, +44 20 7467 7100, www.energyinst.org
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The 5-MW photovoltaic system and 500-kilowatt battery storage system will be financed by a power purchase agreement (PPA). In addition to energy cost savings from solar production, adding Stem's software-driven energy storage positions UC Merced to achieve significant demand charge savings over the first 10 years of the project.
Stem creates innovative technology services that transform the way energy is distributed and consumed. Styem analytics optimize the value of customers' energy assets and facilitate their participation in energy markets, yielding economic and societal benefits while decarbonizing the grid.
(Source: SunPower Corp., 26 June, 2017) Contact: Stem, (415) 937-7836, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stem.com; SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP, www.sunpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower, University of California Merced, Solar, Energy Storage,
ICP is a 90 million gpy fuel and industrial alcohol manufacturing, storage and distribution facility adjacent to the Pacific Ethanol Pekin facility and is located on the Illinois River. ICP produces fuel-grade ethanol, beverage and industrial-grade alcohol, dry distillers grain (DDG) and corn oil. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, NASDAQ, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, (916( 403-2790, email@example.com, www.pacificethanol.com;
Illinois Corn Processing, (309) 353-3990, www.seacorholdings.com/pages/illinois_corn_processing
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The university developed the components to use in the battery, including saltwater and recyclable polymers for plastic parts.
EWE did not reveal details of the project but indicated it would "supply a major city such as Berlin with electricity for an hour."
The project's battery will initially be constructed and contained in plastic containers offsite then transferred into the caverns.
The cavern battery could be operational by the end of 2023. (Source: EWE GASSPEICHER GmbH, Energy Storage, 27 June, 2017) Contact: EWE GASSPEICHER, brine4power project, Ralf Riekenberg, Manager, +49 441 350100, www.ewe-gasspeicher.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Battery, redox flow batter,
"We have already seen the fruits of clean technology, like CCUS -- Carbon Capture, Utilization, Sequestration -- right here in the United States. The Petra Nova facility in my home state of Texas ... uses a process to remove 90 pct of the carbon dioxide after coal is burned in that power plant." -- Rick Perry, US Energy Secretary, Rick Perry.
Interestingly, Sec. Perry was recently upbraided by the American Meteorological Society for lacking a "fundamental understanding of science" after he claimed carbon dioxide was not a primary cause of climate change.
The former Lone Star State governor told CNBC TV that "the most likely primary control knob (for climate change) is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in", rather than greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rick Perry, Climate Chage, CCS, CCUS, Paris Climate Agreement,
According to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences professor of bioproducts, Prof. Paul Smith, developing the capability to produce the huge volume of ASTM-certified, high-energy, dense biofuels needed by the airlines, and the logistics to handle the massive amount of feedstocks necessary has been a slow process. And now, oil prices in the low $40-a-barrel range are bogging the process down further, as the cost differential between petrojet and biojet widens and thus increases capital risk.
Smith's lab is part of a group that is evaluating regional supply chains that could be used for alternative jet fuel production, including feedstock production, transportation and fuel conversion. Researchers are examining fuel-production pathways, feedstock and infrastructure requirements, and commercial fuel demand to create scenarios for future production as well as identifying potential intermediate materials and co-products for each pathway to understand potential ways to aid in making biorefineries more economical. The project aims to identify key barriers that must be overcome throughout the alternative-jet-fuel supply chain to produce and effectively market 1 billion gpy of alternative jet fuel in the near term and 10 billion gpy in the longer term. The goal, Smith pointed out, has been to produce aviation biofuel from non-edible lignocellulosic feedstocks, such as timber harvests and crop residuals.
Penn State is part of a cooperative aviation research consortium known as the Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment, funded by the FAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, the EPA and Transport Canada. Led by Washington State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the group is a coalition of 16 leading U.S. research universities and more than 60 private-sector stakeholders committed to reducing the environmental impact of aviation.
(Source: Penn State University, PR, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Penn State College of Agricultural Science, Prof. Paul Smith, (814) 865-8841, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://agsci.psu.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel, Penn State University, Biofuel,
The EC also agreed on a proposal for a revised directive on the "decarbonization" of energy and energy performance of buildings.
(Source: EU Council, EC, Independent, 27 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, European Council,
The Alaska Energy Authority is working with the communities of Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska Susitna, Fairbanks North Star, Juneau and the Municipality of Anchorage -- to iimplement a uniform program and consolidate management of the initiative into a statewide entity. Smaller cities and boroughs could then join the program at later date.
Representatives from the four boroughs and Anchorage are expected to begin regular meetings state entities, lenders and contractors as early as August to pass the necessary ordinances and to implement the program. (Source: KBBI News, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Alaska Energy Authority, Katie Conway, Gov. Relations Manager, (800) 315-6338, www.akenergyauthority.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiewncy, PACE,
Presently: 10 buildings, dating back to 1911, are now LEED-certified and showcase diversity of buildings with smaller environmental footprints;
energy retrofits saves more than 9 million kWh, the equivalent of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 1,450 passenger vehicles for one year;
water retrofits of existing buildings' indoor plumbing fixtures save 3.2 million gallons of water annually, the equivalent of nearly five Olympic swimming pools; and
stainability education has reached more than 9,000 visitors and staff through behind the scenes tours, a pop-up sustainability exhibit, workshops and training programs.
Next, the park plans to focus on building automation, composting,
and increased renewable energy generation. (Source:San Diego Balboa Park, ProudGreenBuilding, 26 June, 2017) Contact: San Diego Balboa Park, www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/.../parkingmanagementactionplan.pdf; Balboa Park, www.balboapark.org
The Detroit 2030 District has 39 members, including 20 property owners and operators of 61 downtown buildings covering almost 10 million square feet. Detroit joins 15 other North American cities with business communities that have signed onto the pact, and is
the second city after Grand Rapids in Michigan to sign on to the project. (Source: USGBC, MLive, 26 June, 2017) Contact: USGBC, Emile Lauzanna, Regional District Director, Detroit 2030 District, Connie Lilley, Director, www.2030districts.org/detroit; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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SBI's drop-in products do not require blending or any modifications to engines or infrastructures. Biofuels emit less CO2 than petroleum products so their addition to fuels has the potential to reduce transport emissions and help fuel suppliers meet lower carbon or renewable fuel standards.
Under the terms of their agreement, Shell and SBI will work together to demonstrate the potential of the technology and, if successful, scale up for commercial application. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Shell Canada, Andrew Murfin, General Manager, Advanced Biofuels, www.shell.ca; SBI BioEnergy, Inder Pal Singh, Pres., Ceo, (780) 413-9832, www.sbibioenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell, SBI BioEnergy, Biofuel, Drop-in FUel, Aviation Biofuel,
The Sarasota City Commission adopted a goal of meeting all of the city's energy needs with 100 pct renewables by 2045. St. Petersburg is the only other Florida city with a similar commitment.
In addition to the establishing a community-wide target for 100% renewable energy, the commission also voted to adopt a goal of powering all municipal operations in the city with 100 pct renewables by 2030 and at least 50 pct by 2024. (Source: Sarasota City Commission, Sierra Club, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Sarasota City Commission, (945) 954-4115, sarasotagov.org/Commissioners/Index.cfm
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, 100 pct Renewable Energy,
The Kent Hills wind farm began commercial operations in December 2008. Natural Forces Technologies Inc., a wind developer based in Atlantic Canada, co-developed and co-owns the Kent Hills wind farm with TransAlta.
(Source: NB Power, PR, 20 June, 2017) Contact: NB Power,
Marc Belliveau, Communications, (506) 458-4203, www.nbpower.com;
TransAlta, (855) 255-9184, www.transalta.com
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In 2016, the Middle East and Africa region added a total of 676 MW of new wind power capacity, down slightly from the 682 MW added in 2015.
The region's cumulative wind power capacity presently stands at around 4.3 GW, according to MAKE. (Source: MAKE Consultants, UN Climate Action, 21 June, 2017)Contact: MAKE Consulting, +45 7026 6628, email@example.com, www.consultmake.com
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The €150 million Innogy Zuidwester wind farm features 12 ENERCON turbines that replace 50 installations dating from the 1980s and 1990s. The new turbines have been operating at full capacity since the beginning of 2017. (Source: Innogy, WindTech, Others, 21 June, 2017)
Contact: ENERCON Gmbh, Arno Hildebrand, www.enercon.de; Innogy, +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com
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Survey responses from 66 cities ranging in size from 21,000 to 8.5 million population across 30 states found that:
The acquisition will allow EGPNA to expand its demand response services, in addition to providing EnerNOC's energy management technology and services to Enel's existing commercial and industrial customers.
(Source: Enel Green Power NA, EBR, Others, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900, www.enernoc.com
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Gardner took over the project when Solexus, which is still part of the project, ran into permitting and financing delays and problems.
(Source: Gardner Capital, Industry Dive, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Gardner Capital, (314) 561-5900, www.gardnercapital.com/development
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The legislation directs the Public Service Commission to develop an energy storage deployment program and a storage procurement target for 2030. The legislation aims to ensure that energy storage is among the options that New York regulators and utilities use to increase grid resiliency and integrate more renewable and distributed resources into the grid.
(Source: Various Media, Smart Grid Observer, 23 June, 2017)
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Powervault's cloud-connected home energy storage system stores electricity from solar panels or the grid, and releases this stored energy at peak times. According to the company, the system can lower electric power bills by up to 20 pct.
Within the next twelve months the company plans to launch a new product with second life batteries, larger inverter and energy utility revenues delivering a gross IRR of 15 pct and secure project financing to start a roll out of storage as a service. (Source: Powervault,CrowdFund Insider, 23 June, 2017)Contact: Powervault, Joe Warren, Managing Director, +44 (0) 20 3603 0230, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.powervault.co.uk
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The $46 million loan comes out of a special fund distributed through the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, which was established by the Legislature in 2013 to provide financing for clean energy technology.
(Source: Honolulu Civil Beat, 23 June, 2017)
Contact: Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, (800) 587-3868, email@example.com, http://gems.hawaii.gov; Green INfrastructure Authority, gems.hawaii.gov; Hawaiian Department of Education, www.hawaiipublicschools.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority,
The Climate Leadership Council is an international collaboration to promote a carbon dividends framework as an effective, equitable and politically viable climate solution. Schneider Electric joins a broad coalition of top companies and NGOs, including 11 of the largest companies in the world, as well as former U.S. Secretaries of State, Treasury and Energy, to advance a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens the economy and protects the environment.
The carbon dividends plan is based on: a gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax; monthly carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue; the rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.
The carbon tax is a market-based mechanism to drive emission reductions while the dividend ensures the plan is beneficial for working Americans.
BP, ExxonMobil, GM, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell, Santander Bank, Total, Unilever, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy are among the Climate Leadership Council founding members. (Source: Schneider Electric, 20 June, 2017) Contact:
Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com
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California's low-carbon fuel standard, part of a 2006 state law intended to reduce air pollution that causes global warming, requires suppliers of transportation fuel sold in California to achieve a 10 pct reduction in the amount of carbon released from their products by 2020
In 2011, the court blocked enforcement of the low-carbon standard, saying it appeared to establish a preference for California-produced biofuels.
(Source: SF Gate, Others, 20 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, Biofuel, EThanol,
The deal will be funded through a combination of existing and new bank debt arrangements and is expected to lift earnings per share by the end of its first full year of operation under Caltex, the company said in a statement.
Gull has been operating in the New Zealand fuel market since 1998 with 77 retail sites in total, including 55 controlled retail sites and 22 supply sites.
Caltex said it will retain Gull's brand, management and employees. (Source: Caltrex Australia, 26 June, 2017)
Contact: Caltrex Australia, www.caltex.com.au; Gull New Zealand, www.gull.nz
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INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO have proposed that the IMO maintain international shipping's annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of cargo transported one kilometer by at least 50 pct by 2050, compared to 2008.
The international shipping industry was not included in the Paris Climate Accord although the industry
is responsible for transporting about 90 pct of global trade and 2.2 pct of the world's annual man-made CO2 emissions. (Source: Maritime Exec., Various Others, 22 June, 2017)Contact: International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization, IMO, Maritime Emissions,
Mass bleaching is caused by rising water temperatures associated with climate change. It only takes a spike of 1-2 degrees C to cause bleaching, and carbon emissions have caused a 1 degree C increase in global surface temperature since pre-industrial times, according to the study. Coral communities typically take 15 to 25 years to recover from mass bleaching.
The assessment was developed with satellite data from the United States National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch and received support from Agency Francaise pour la Biodiversite
-- he French Agency for Biodiversity. (Source: UNESCO, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Francaise pour la Biodiversite, www.afbiodiversite.fr; United States National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, www.noaa.gov; UNESCO, en.unesco.org
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IBM also notes that between 1990 and 2016, the company conserved 7.2 million MWh of electricity, avoiding 4.4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to taking 900,000 cars off the road for a year.
(Source: IBM, PR,23 June, 2017) Contact: IBM, Wayne Balta, VP Corporate Environmental Affairs,
Rachel Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org, www,ibm.com
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Blue Lake Power LLC is presently seeking short and long-term supplies of high-quality woody biomass fuel for ongoing operations. Under its operating permit, the plant may burn fuel consisting of untreated wood including sawmill hog fuel, shavings, bark, branches, cull logs, tree tops, off-spec and waste lumber, skids, yard waste, walnut shells, similar woody agricultural waste, shredded lumber, woody materials from hazardous forest areas, etc. When fully operational the facility will burn approximately 175 highway loaded chip vans of fuel per week.
(Source: Blue Lake Power LLC,PR, 25 June, 2017) Contact: Blue Lake Power,
Mike Dedmore, Plant Manager , (707) 362-6175, (707) 668-5631
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The city plans to produce 250,000 gpy of compressed natural gas from 3,410 tpy of food waste from city schools, restaurants, residential garbage which contains 45.7 pct food waste, and other commercial sources.
The wastewater treatment plant also generates 107,000 cubic feet of biogas per day and burns natural gas in boilers to heat digesters needed to break down sewage.
The fuel will be used to power the city’s fleet of nearly two dozen solid waste collection trucks.
(Source: City of Manteca, Manteca Bulletin,, 23 June, 2017) Contact: City of Manteca, Mark Houghton, Public Works Dir., (209) 456-8400, www.ci.manteca.ca.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news, CNG news, California Energy Commission news,
In 2016, employment in the solar power has increased by 25 per cent, adding 73,000 new jobs to the economy, while wind energy employment witnessed an increase of 32 pct.
Between 2006 and 2016, the net generation from the traditional fossil fuels has declined by 53 pct electric power generation from the natural gas increased by 33 pct, and solar by over 5,000 pct.
The report suggests that 6.4 million Americans now work in the energy industry.
(Source: US DOE, Energy World, 24 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE, Solar, Renewable Energy,
The report examines how 34 different energy measures, most of which rely on various building controls, could affect energy use in commercial buildings such as stores, offices and schools. According to the report, roughly 20 pct of America's total energy use goes toward powering commercial buildings, about 15 pct of which have building automation-control systems which, if properly maintained and used could cut annual commercial building energy use by an average of 29 percent.
The report recommendations include:
Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction HERE.
(Source: PNNL, MTNV News, 24 June, 2017) Contact: PNNL,
N. Fernandez, (509) 372-6083, www.pnnl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL, Energy Efficiency, Energy Monitoring,
The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment will expose a mature woodland to CO2 levels predicted to be prevalent in 2050. Scientists aim to measure the forest's capacity to capture carbon released by fossil fuel burning, and thus determine the trees capacity to absorb carbon pollution long-term.
With deforestation shrinking the carbon storage capacity of the world's forests, researchers hope that a greater understanding of their role in climate change mitigation could help policymakers make informed decisions.
(Source: University of Birmingham, Citizen Digital, Reuters, 24 June, 2017)Contact: University of Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, Michael Tausz, Co-Director, +44 1785 284624, www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/bifor/index.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Carboon, Carbon Storage, CO2,
In his vetot, Sandoval said he was concerned about passing new energy legislation in light of the state's pending Energy Choice Initiative which, if adopted, could dramatically restructure the state's electric power market.
The Governor tasked his Committee on Energy Choice to study and make recommendations on the ramifications of a higher renewable portfolio standard and the community solar program.
(Source: Office of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, GTM, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Nev. Gov. Brian Sandoval, gov.nv.gov
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