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France Add 500 MW Wind Power Capacity in Q3 (Int'l)
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-11-27
Reuters is reporting that France added 500 mMW of new wind power capacity in Q3, taking new wind capacity since the start of the year to 1,019 MW, 23 pct higher compared with same period a year ago. The new additions raises France's installed wind capacity to 12.9 GW, and projects under various instances of review amount to nearly 12 GW.

Electricity production from French wind turbines was at 15.5 terrawatt-hour (TWh) in the first three quarters of 2017 - about 4.5 percent of electricity consumption in France.

France has a target of producing 23 pct of its total energy needs from renewable energy by 2020 under its commitment to the renewable energy directive. This figure breaks down to renewable energy providing 33 pct of energy used in the heating and cooling sector, 27 pct of the electricity sector and 10.5 pct of the transport sector's demand. By year end 2014 renewable energy provided France with 14.3 pct of its total energy requirements, a rise from 9.6 pct in 2005. France plans to increase installed wind capacity to 15 GW by the end of next year from 12.3 GW as of June, and double that capacity to 26 GW by 2023.

French solar power production dropped 6 pct to 7.2 TWh representing around 2 pct of consumption during the first three quarters of the year. (Source: France Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Reuters, Energy World, 25 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Wind,  


Traverse City Considers Renewable Energy Expansion (Ind. Report)
Traverse City Light & Power
Date: 2017-11-27
In Michigan, Traverse City reports it is considering offers from Heritage Sustainable Energy, which struck a 20-year deal with Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) earlier this year, to build a 1-MW solar array and sell the solar power produced to the city.

The agreement allowed for future expansion of the solar array -- a project Heritage is now ready to undertake with the installation of additional panels capable of producing up to 2.25 more MW of solar power in spring 2018. Under the terms of the agreement, TCL&P can purchase all of that power at an estimated cost of 9.95 cents per kWh.

The arrangement would allow the city to take advantage of federal renewable energy credits and bring the city nearly 43 pct closer to meeting its 2020 goal.

In addition to offering to sell more solar power to TCL&P, Heritage is also proposing selling more wind energy to the city-owned utility. TCL&P already purchases 10 MW of power produced by five wind turbines. Heritage is offering to add two more wind turbines to the mix to sell TCL&P an additional 5 MW, and could begin supplying the additional wind power in January, 2018. (Source: Traverse City Light & Power, Ticker, 25 Nov., 2017) Contact: Traverse City Light & Power, (231) 922-4431, www.tclp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Traverse City Light & Power,  Renewable Energy,  


Acciona Scores 52MW Mexican Wind Farm Contract (Ind. Report)
Acciona Energía
Date: 2017-11-27
Acciona Energia reports it has been selected to develop the 52.04MW El Cortijo wind farm in Mexico. The project, which will incorporate Nordex 3MW turbines, is located in the state of Tamaulipas and is expected to come online in the second half of 2018.

(Source: Acciona Energia, renews, Others, 24 Nov., 2017)Contact: Acciona Energia, ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, Miguel Angel Alonso, Dir., Mexico, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energía,  ACCIONA,  Wind,  Mexico Wind,  


World's Largest Battery Charges Up in Land Down Under (Int'l)
Tesla
Date: 2017-11-27
EV and battery powerhouse TESLA reports it has begun charging and testing its giant 100MW/129MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system in South Australia prior to operational startup before December 1st.

When fully operational, the 100MW/129MWh battery will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage plant in the world. The installation is being constructed adjacent to Neoen's Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 24 Nov., 2017)Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Lithium Ion,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Abu Dhabi Claims Solar Power Production Growth (Int'l)
Masdar
Date: 2017-11-27
The Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD) is reporting the production of solar electricity in the emirate reached 280,085 MW per hour, a growth of 6.1 percent compared to 2015. The growth is widely attributed to projects implemented by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar. Abu Dhabi's total electric power consumption increased by 54.5 pct between 2011 and 2016 to 66,811 GWh, the SCAD report added. (Source: Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD), ME Construction News, 23 Nov., 2017)Contact: Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD), +971 2 810 0000, www.scad.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar.Masdar,  Renewable Energy,  


Quebec-Calif. Carbon Allowance Auction Sold Out (Ind. Report)
Cap and Trade
Date: 2017-11-27
The recently released results of the November 14, 2017, California and Quebec joint auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances auction reports that all available current and future vintage allowances offered from both Quebec and California were sold.

As previously reported Ontario will link its cap-and-trade program with California and Quebec ,effective January 1, 2018, after which California, Quebec and Ontario will hold joint quarterly allowance auctions.

The most recent auction brought in around $862-million in revenue, setting record highs in consecutive quarters. 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. The California Air Resources Control Board reports that carbon emissions dropped by nearly 5 pct in 2016 compared to 2015. California aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030.(Source: MML News, Various Other Media, Mondaq, 24 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Allowance Auction,  Cap-and-Trade,  


EPA Stymies RFS Point of Obligation Blending Change (Reg. & Leg.)
EPA, Valero
Date: 2017-11-27
Bloomberg is reporting that the Trump administration EPA has nixed a bid by Valero Energy Corp. and other refiners to alter the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) biofuel mandate on the grounds that it wouldn't "result in net overall benefits to the program." The Environmental Protection Agency denied petitions by Valero Energy Corp. and other refiners to alter the U.S. biofuel mandate because it does not believe the changes "would result in net overall benefits to the program," according to the agency's website.

The proposed changes were widely opposed by farm-state legislators and ethanol producers. The EPA's formal declaration satisfies EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's pledge to retain the current structure of the RFS requiring refiners and importers to blend biofuels into petroleum transportation fuels.

Refiners are reportedly affected unevenly by the current mandate -- those without sufficient infrastructure to blend in biofuels themselves must instead buy credits to comply while other companies that blend transportation fuels, but do not own refineries and therefore are not required to satisfy annual biofuel quotas, can sell those tradable credits. (Source: EPA, Industry Week, Bloomberg, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Valero Energy, (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  Valero,  Point of Obligation,  


Green Bonds Top $100 billion Benchmark (Ind. Report)
Climate Bonds Initiative
Date: 2017-11-27
Further to our May 1st coverage, the latest Climate Bonds Initiative analysis has shown that green bond issuances topped $101.4 billion on 16 November, 2017, when the China Development Bank issued a $1.5 billion green bond.

The Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) issued its inaugural climate bond of $2.1 billion this October, to be invested in renewable energy, low carbon transportation, energy efficiency and sustainable water management.

According to Climate Bonds Initiative, the top countries for 2017 are China, with more than $16 billion green bonds issued, France with $15 billion, and the US with approximately $14 billion in green bonds. (Source: Climate Bonds Initiative, UN Climate Action, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Climate Bonds Initiative, www.climatebonds.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Bonds Initiative,  Green Bonds,  


Burning Forest Waste for Energy Contentious in NSW (Int'l)
Woody Biomass
Date: 2017-11-27
In the Land Down Under, new research by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has analyzed timber production areas on the New South Wales State (NSW) north coast and found there were enough residues in the forests and sawmills to power more than 200,000 homes a year.

The National Parks Association disagreed on the grounds that evidence from Europe showed the adoption of biomass power was driving deforestation in Russia, Canada, the USA, Slovakia, Italy, Spain and Finland. "Given what we know, that biomass use overseas is driving deforestation, and the evidence that burning forests for power is driving climate change, this is reckless in the extreme," Dr Sweeney said.

On the other hand, a report from DPI research scientist Fabiano Ximenes finds that "Biomass from forestry residues has great potential for large-scale electricity generation, industrial heat, biofuels and valuable natural chemicals. So you're taking more sustainable biomass from the forest, reducing wastage, but also looking at areas for growth for the bioenergy industry in general. In doing so [you are] reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the state, but also quite importantly contributing to regional economic growth for the north coast as well."

Download the full DPI report HERE. (Source: NSW Department of Primary Industries, DPI Research, ABC North Coast, 22 Nov., 2017) Contact: NSW Department of Primary Industries, Research, Fabiano Ximenes, www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Forest Waste,  Biomass-to-Energy,  


Sunbird Investing $10Mn Sierra Leone Biomass Feedstock (Int'l)
Sunbird Bioenergy
Date: 2017-11-27
In Sierra Leone, Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Limited (Sunbird Bioenergy group) reports it intends to spend $10 million to purchase dry elephant grass (biomass) as a supplement to the sugarcane bagasse which it ordinarily uses to produce energy at the Kingtom power station which uses approximately 200,000 tpy of biomass.

Sunbird plans to expand the Kingtom plant from 10 to 25 MW which will be supplied to the Sierra Leone national grid. The Kingtom project, which began in 2008, includes the Greenfield sugarcane plantation, an ethanol refinery and a biomass fuel power plant. (Source: Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, Nov., 2017) Contact: Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, Richard Bennett, CEO, +44 (0) 1603 59 2190, info@sunbirdbioenergy.com, www.sunbirdbioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunbird Bioenergy ,  Biomass,  Sugarcane Bagasse,  


U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday Publishing Schedule
Publishing Scedule
Date: 2017-11-24
In Celebration of the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday, LC Energy Reports will not be publishing today, Friday, 24 November. We well resume our regular schedule Monday, 27 November, 2017.

Thank you and have a safe holiday weekend.


Shell, bio-bean Testing Coffee Waste B20 in London (Int'l)
Shell, bio-bean,Argent Energy
Date: 2017-11-22
In the UK, oil giant Shell and bio-bean are reporting their collaboration on coffee waste-based biofuels that are beoing used in a test to power some of London's iconic double-deck buses.

bio-bean collects and dries waste coffee grounds and works with biodiesel producer Argent Energy to process oil from the waste coffee grounds into a B20 biofuel. If used as a pure-blend for the bio component and mixed with mineral diesel to form a B20, 6,000 litres of coffee oil could power the equivalent of one London bus for a year.

This Shell-bio-bean collaboration is part of Shell's energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs turning bright energy innovations into a positive impact for communities around the world. (Source: Shell, bio-bean, BusinessWire, Various Media, 19 Nov., 2017)Contact: bio-bean, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640, info@bio-bean.com, www.bio-bean.com; Argent Energy, +44 0 1698 863 000, info@argentenergy.com, www.argentenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  B20,  Biofuel,  bio-bean,  


Denver Approves Green Roof Legislation (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
Denver
Date: 2017-11-22
Following on our November 8th coverage, the city of Denver, Colorado, has approved the Green Roof Initiative requiring buildings of 25,000 square feet or more to devote a portion of their rooftops to vegetation beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. Denver is one of the first U.S. cities to require green roofs.

According to University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning Assist. Prof. Leila Tolderlund, "There really are a lot of pre-made modular green roof systems that meet EPA minimum requirements. Green roofs are more expensive to build than conventional roofs, but they tend to last four to five years longer than conventional flat roofs." (Source: Denverite, 21 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  


40 pct of Power from Renewables by 2040, say IEA (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-11-22
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy will comprise 40 pct of global power generation by 2040 as renewable energy's share of the worldwide power generation over the next 5 years grows faster than any other source.

The following are the top 13 renewable energy companies in the world, according to Thomson Reuters' inaugural Energy 100 list: Canadian Solar, Crop Energies, First Solar, GCL Poly, Guodian Technology and Environment Group, Green Plains, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, Inox Wind, Jiangsu Akcome Science & Technology Co., Motech Industries Inc., Pacific Ethanol, and Renewable Energy Group Inc (Source: IEA, Business Insider, 19 Nov., 2017) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  


Fernhill Advancing Hybrid Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Fernhill Corporation
Date: 2017-11-22
Fountain Hills, Arizona-based Fernhill Corporation and its subsidiaries reports it is preparing to apply for a US patent on its Hybrid Energy Storage System. The company is also planning to build a commercial prototype and is investigating possible scalable commercialization of the energy storage system and other products.

Fernhill Corporation is a holding company focused in the energy and technology sector. Incorporated in Nevada with operations in North America, Fernhill Corporation is focused on acquisitions and or partnerships in energy based sector businesses. (Source: Fernhill Corporation, PR, Markets Insider, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Fernhill Corp., Adam Kovacevic, CEO, (858) 381-5740,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


Summerside Solar Installation Exceeds Expectations (Ind. Report)
Samsung Renewable Energy Canada,ACOA,City of Summerside
Date: 2017-11-22
In Atlantic Canada, the City of Summerside, P.E.I., is reporting the power generation from a recently installed solar energy and storage system online at Credit Union Place has generate close to 13 MWh of electricity, offsetting 2.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, far in excess of projections.

The city partnered with Samsung Renewable Energy Canada and its electrical utility Maritime Electric on the $3 million project which Samsung sees using as a testing ground for operating solar energy storage at an industrial scale. The city of Summerside and the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA) each invested $1.5 million in the project while Samsung contributed in-kind support. (Source: City of Summerside, CBC, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Maritime Electric, www.maritimeelectric.com; Samsung Renewable Energy Canada, www.samsungrenewableenergy.ca; City of Summerside, https://summerside.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Samsung Renewable Energy Canada,  


CGE Energy Touts WIND-e20 Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
CGE Energy
Date: 2017-11-22
Brighton, Michigan-based CGE Energy is touting their patented flagship WIND-e20, a 105-foot vertical-axis wind turbine that can be installed, maintained and removed without a crane. The turbine is quiet, safe for birds, and its blades even collapse in storms -- all feats that help clear barriers for sustainable energy, according to the company.

CGE Energy says it makes it easy for businesses, local governments, and non-profits to receive the benefits of sustainable energy projects with no upfront cost. CGE selects the best facilities to partner with and turns their wasted energy into immediate and continuous savings by uniquely selling sustainability-as-a-service. CGE's proprietary Sustain business model delivers an exclusive combination of today's best energy efficiency and sustainable energy generation technologies, according to the company's release. (Source: CGE Energy, Nov., 2017) Contact: CGE Energy, Paul Schneider, (248) 445-1344, pschneider@cgeenergy.com, www.cgeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CGE Energy,  Wind,  Vertical Axis Wind,  


BNEF Energy Storage Forecast, 2017-2030 Report Highlights Global Storage Market Growth (Ind. Report)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Date: 2017-11-22
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) recently released Energy Storage Forecast, 2017-2030 report, the global energy storage market will double six times between 2016 and 2030, rising to a total of 125 gigawatts/305 GWh.

Report author and energy storage analyst Yayoi Sekine, BNEF says "With so much investment going into battery technology, falling costs, and with significant addition of wind and solar capacity in all markets, energy storage will play a crucial part in the energy transformation." The report also notes that $103 billion will be invested between 2017 and 2030 spread roughly equally across the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. Eight countries will lead the market, with 70% of capacity to be installed in the U.S., China, Japan, India, Germany, U.K., Australia and South Korea. (Source: BNEF, Windpower Eng., Nov., 2017) Contact: BNEF, www.newenergyfinance.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  


Univ. of Rhode Island Listed Among Greenest Colleges (Ind. Report)
Green Building
Date: 2017-11-22
The Princeton Review's Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition has again named the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Kingston among the "greenest" colleges in the U.S. for the eighth year in a row.

The guide noted URI's President's Council on Sustainability, 11 LEED certified campus buildings, sustainability-focused degree availability and low-carbon clean transportation alternatives among the reasons for its inclusion on the list. The report also notes URI reduced campus greenhouse gas emissions by 30 pct over 11 years, despite an increase in campus population and building space.

The Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition profiles colleges with exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. The profiles in the guide give college applicants information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and stats. (Source: University of Rhode Island, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Rhode Island, www.uri.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building news,  


Apex Rocky Forge Wind Project Delayed (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-11-22
Virginia-based renewable energy developer Apex Clean Energy reports its has not yet set a construction start date for its long delayed Rocky Forge Wind Farm in Botetourt Count, Virgina

In July, Apex told the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors that it hoped to begin construction by mid-November but was prohibited from starting construction before that date due to bat activity in the area. Apex also has not yet named purchaser for the project's power and is still looking for the right partner to commercialize the wind farm. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, WDBJ, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy,  Wind ,  


EDP Renewables Completes $167Mn Wisc. Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables,Dairyland Power Cooperative
Date: 2017-11-22
Wisconsin Public Radio is reporting that EDP Renewables has finished construction on the $167 million Quilt Block Wind Farm in Lafayette County, southwestern Wisconsin. The project, which will generate sufficient energy for approximately 25,000 homes, has a 20-year PPA with Dairyland Power Cooperative. (Source: EDP Renewables, Wisc. State Farmer, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: EDP Renewables, www.edpr.com; Dairyland Power Cooperative, www.dairylandpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Wind,  


Plants Release More CO2 Than Predicted, says Study (Ind. Report)
University of Minnesota
Date: 2017-11-22
A recent study from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul has found that carbon released by plant respiration may be around 30 pct higher than previously predicted and that as the mean global temperature increases, respiration will also increase significantly. Such increases may lower the future ability of global vegetation to offset carbon dioxide emissions caused by burning of fossil fuels since "plants both capture CO2 and then release it by respiration. Changes to either of these processes in response to climate change have profound implications for how much CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels ecosystems soak up," the report says.

The new findings are based on the comprehensive GlobResp database, which is comprised of more than 10,000 measurements of carbon dioxide plant respiration from plant species around the globe. Merging this data with existing computer models of global land carbon cycling shows plant respiration has been a potentially underestimated source of CO2 release. (Source: University of Minnesota, PTI, Indian Express, Nature Communications, 19 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources, Peter Reich, (612) 624-4270, preich@umn.edu, www.forestry.umn.edu/people/peter-b-reich

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  


Powering Past Coal Alliance Launches in Bonn (Int'l Report)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-22
Last week at COP23 in Bonn, the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which was launched at COP23, with the support of 27 worldwide and regional governments agreed to phase out existing coal plants and placed a moratorium on "new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage."

The Alliance is open to businesses and aims to have 50 members within the next 12 months. It also plans to spearhead efforts to move the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries beyond coal by 2030 -- and all nations by 2050.

The formation of the Alliance follows the launch earlier this month of the Europe Beyond Coal initiative, backed by 28 countries and European civil society groups united in their commitment to abandon coal energy. (Source: Innovators, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, https://beyond-coal.eu Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), www.oecd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23,  Coal,  Powering Past Coal Alliance,  


Powering Past Coal Alliance Declaration (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-22
"In 2015, the world gathered in Paris and committed to taking action to spur clean growth and avoid catastrophic climate change. Today, coal-fired power plants produce almost 40 pct of global electricity, making carbon pollution from coal a leading contributor to climate change.

The health effects of air pollution from burning coal, including respiratory diseases and premature deaths, impose massive costs in both human and economic terms. A recent analysis found that more than 800 000 people around the world die each year from the pollution generated by burning coal.

As a result, phasing out traditional coal power is one of the most important steps governments can take to tackle climate change and meet our commitment to keep global temperature increase well below 2 degrees C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. To meet the Paris Agreement, the analysis shows that coal phase-out is needed by no later than 2030, in countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Union, and by no later than 2050, in the rest of the world.

The cost of generating electricity from wind and solar power has plummeted: clean power is the low-cost option in a growing number of jurisdictions worldwide. Global investments in new renewable power now significantly surpass investments in new coal-fired electricity, and clean growth represents an opportunity worth trillions of dollars.

Countries moving toward low-carbon, climate-resilient economies are already seeing environmental, economic, and human-health benefits. Our coalition wants to help accelerate that transition.

Powering Past Coal brings together a diverse range of governments, businesses, and organizations, which are united in taking action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power. We commit to achieving that phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, while providing appropriate support for workers and communities. More specifically,

  • Government partners commit to phasing out existing traditional coal power and placing a moratorium on any new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage, within our jurisdictions.
  • Business and other non-government partners commit to powering their operations without coal.
  • All partners commit to supporting clean power through their policies (whether public or corporate, as appropriate) and investments and restricting financing for traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage.

    To support these goals, the partners in Powering Past Coal will work together to share real-world examples and best practices to support the phase-out of coal, including through climate financing, and adopt practical initiatives that support this transition, including developing clean-energy plans and targets.

    Alliance partners include: Alberta (Canada), Angola, Austria, Belgium, British Columbia (Canada), Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Ontario (Canada), Oregon, Portugal, Quebec (Canada), Switzerland, UK, City of Vancouver, Washington State." (Source: Powering Past Coal Alliance, Nov., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23,  Coal,  Powering Past Coal Alliance,  


  • Australian Univ. Investigating Ethanol-from-Crop Waste (Int'l)
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In the Land Down Under, the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources in NSW reports a new fuel technology to convert harvested crops and other plant biomass waste -- wheat straw, cotton stubble, sugar cane bagasse and woody biomass -- into biofuel and green chemical products using a "strong acid" to convert feedstock into a sugar solution that is fermented into ethanol and other products. The process is being supported with $11.9 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

    The University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec) are collaborating to build a demonstration facility at Muswellbrook.

    The process can reportedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a range of plant-based waste and could work in medium to large-scale facilities. Research on the project will be carried out in phases over the next three to five years and will be tested at a demonstration facility based in Muswellbrook. This new facility will be able to process two dry tpd of plant biomass. (Source: Univ. of Newcastle, Farm Online, North Queensland Register, 21 Nov., 2017)21 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources Prof. Peter Lewis, +61 2 4033 9000, www.newcastle.edu.au; ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  ARENA,  Ethanol,  Australian Renewable Energy Agency ,  


    Green Investment Group Closes UK Bioenergy Asset Sale (Int'l, M&A)
    Green Investment Group (GIG), previously the Green Investment Bank
    Date: 2017-11-22
    Following on our August 23rd coverage, the Green Investment Group (GIG), previously the Green Investment Bank (GIB), is reporting the sale of its shares across 70MW of bioenergy assets in the UK to Alton, Illinois-based Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG).

    The sale included GIG's 25 pct share of the Hoddesdon waste energy facility in Hertfordshire. Expected to be completed in 2018, the plant is designed to use advanced anaerobic digestion technology to convert food and green waste into biogas. (Source: Energy Live News, Nov., 2017)Contact: Green Investment Group, Ray Stillwell, Pres., (618) 301-0500, rstillwell@greeninvgroup.com, www.greeninvgroup.com; Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, www.bioenergyinfrastructure.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Investment Group ,  Green Investment Bank,  anaerobic digestion,  Biogas,  


    GoodPlanet, Total Tout Indian Biodigester Project (Int'l Report)
    GoodPlanet Foundation,Total
    Date: 2017-11-22
    French energy giant Total reports it has joined with Paris-headquartered NGO GoodPlanet Foundation for a project to deploy 8,400 biodiegesters in Adilabad, Telangana State, India, to improve the lives of 45,000 people and contribute to tackling climate change.

    This voluntary carbon neutrality initiative is eligible for certified carbon credits and will avoid the emission of 50,000 tpy of carbon dioxide equivalent a year for ten years -- equivalent to all emissions generated by plane travel by Total employees. The project is slated to get underway this month with the first biodigesters expected to be operational in 2018. (Source: GoodPlanet Foundation, Total, Bioenergy Int'l, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: GoodPlanet Foundation, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Pres., www.goodplanet.org/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodigester,  GoodPlanet Foundation,  Total,  Biogas,  


    Europabio Seeks EU Bioeconomy Strategy Revisions (Int'l Report)
    EuropaBio
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Brussels, the European Association for Bioindustries (Europabio) reports it has called for revisions in the European Bioeconomy Strategy to help tackle climate change and boosting Europe's resource efficiency, competitiveness and long-term economic growth.

    The February 2012, Europe Bioeconomy Strategy addresses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into vital products and bio-energy.

    EuropaBio is calling for a revised EU Bioeconomy Strategy to address: Biomass: Circular bioeconomy should be an integral part of EU-level frameworks and policies; Investment: Increase funding and improve coherence of financing mechanisms for the circular bioeconomy; Investment: Secure the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) 2.0; Markets: Incentives for bio-based products in strategic sectors; Markets: Promote bio-based products' visibility to stimulate market demand.

    The industrial biotechnology industry in Europe is predicted to contribute between €57.5 billion and €99.5 billion and more than one million jobs to the EU economy by 2030, according to EuropaBio. (Source: EuropaBio, Bioenergy Insights, Nov., 2017) Contact: European Association for Bioindustries, Joanna Dupont Inglis, Dir. for Industrial Biotech and Cross-Sector Strategy, Nathalie Moll, Sec. Gen., +32 2 735 0313, www.europabio.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EuropaBio,  


    ABB Montreal Campus Wins CaGBC LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    ABB,Canadian Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Montreal, ABB reports that the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) has certified its Campus Montreal with the LEED Silver accreditation.

    To qualify for LEED certification, the ABB campus incorporate natural light throughout, features open concept flexible working spaces, green garden certified furniture, ergonomic and height adjustable work stations, eleven green walls, increased recycling capabilities including shared compost and garbage bins, low water consumption toilets, efficient heating and cooling including the re-circulation of over 2 MW of heat generated through testing activities, and energy efficient LED motion detection lighting in most of the structure. The building exterior incorporates three green roofs and a white roof (to reduce the absorption of heat), EV charging stations, bike racks for employees and visitors and a preferred parking program for carpooling and hybrid vehicles. (Source; ABB Canada, Nov., 2017) Contact: ABB Canada, Nathalie Pilon, President , www.abb.ca; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  ABB,  


    Malaysia Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Malaysia,Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian government Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment reports it will cut the country's carbon emissions by as much as 45 pct by 2030 -- based on 2005 emission levels. It has also pledged to preserve remaining primary forests on at least half of Malaysia's land area so that these forests can continue to serve as effective carbon sinks. The Ministry has also proposed the introduction of environmental education into schools from preschool onward, a greater emphasis on renewable energy, and a transition to low carbon emission transportation. (Source: Malaysia Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Clean Malaysia, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: Clean Malaysia, http://cleanmalaysia.com; Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, +603 8000 8000, aduannre@nre.gov.my, http://www.nre.gov.my/en-my/Pages/default.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Enerkem Scores $3.5Mn for Edmonton Cellulosic Biofuel Plant (Funding)
    Enerkem,Western Innovation Initiative
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Edmonton, Alberta, Enerkem Alberta Biofuels reports its is getting $3.5 million in Canadian federal funding through the Western Innovation Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that converts municipal waste into fuel. This commercial-scale facility can process 100,000 metric tpy of solid waste -- textiles, non-recyclable plastics, soiled food containers and others -- to produce over 40 million lpy of fuel-grade, cellulosic ethanol.

    The plant, the first of its kind to convert non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into liquid biofuels and chemicals, will contribute to the city of Edmonton's goal of diverting up to 90 pct of household waste from landfill.(Source: Enerkem, Plant, 20 Nov., 2017)Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284 X 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Western Innovation Initiative, www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/14857.asp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Innovation Initiative,  Enerkem,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Biofuel,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    Los Angeles Joins CAPE Energy-Saving Portal (Ind. Report)
    Tech Mahindra
    Date: 2017-11-20
    The City of Los Angeles reports it has teamed with USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC Marshall School of Business, and Mumbai, India-headquartered Tech Mahindra on a digital community action platform for engagement (CAPE) initiative to achieve smart buildings and more sustainable and energy-efficient cities.

    The CAPE digital platform uses advanced data analytics -- including satellite imagery and government energy consumption data -- to help jump-start cost effective community-led energy projects and to create a marketplace where citizens, community action groups, local authorities and energy suppliers can view and select from an array of alternative energy options available in their designated area.

    Using data supplied by the City of Los Angeles, platform users will be able to identify their neighborhood on a satellite map and discover which alternative energy solutions are available and the potential cost-savings they will receive should they make a switch. Platform participants would then be able to use online forums to recruit their neighbors to create user pools large enough to attract proposals from alternative energy suppliers. (Source: Tech Mahindra, Smart Cities World, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Tech Mahindra, www.techmahindra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    ARPA-E Recognizes Scanalytics' Smart Building Tech (Ind. Report)
    Scanalytics, DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Milwaukee-headquartered smart building technologies specialist Scanalytics Inc. is reporting receipt of a competitive award from the US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) program. The program aims to improve the efficiency of businesses across the United States, as heating, ventilation and cooling consumes over one-third of the energy used by commercial and residential buildings.

    The award will be used to develop next- generation floor sensing technology with spatial resolution, durability, and accuracy to reduce energy use in commercial buildings.

    Scanalytics transforms locations into smart environments through occupancy recognition. When buildings don't have access to precise occupancy and behavior data, they waste energy. Scanalytics aims to develop a new class of advanced floor-sensing technology that has the ability to algorithmically broadcast collected data to issue setbacks to heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems, which will contribute significantly to improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. (Source: Scanalytics Inc., PR, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Scanalytics, Joe Scanlin, CEO, (608) 215-2426, joe@scanalyticsinc.com, www.scanalyticsinc.com; US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy,   Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Better Data Management Needed for Building Industry to Meet Climate Goals (Int'l. Reports)
    Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
    Date: 2017-11-20
    According to Global Trends in Data Capture and Management in Real Estate and Construction, a new report presented as part of the COP 23 Building Action Symposium, the real estate and construction sector must develop a more systematic and coherent approach to data management if it is to make a meaningful contribution to meeting global climate targets.

    The report, which draws on the views and insights of building sector leaders, aims to identify key actions that could help achieve low-carbon, energy-efficient buildings and foster a construction sector that will represent a tangible contribution to implementing the Paris Climate Agreement.

    The reports says better whole life-cycle data capture, management and reporting will enable government decision-makers to develop more effective sustainability policies and incentive schemes, kickstart innovation and enable industry players to develop holistic strategies targeted at reducing carbon emissions.

    In the EU, buildings account for 40 pct of EU energy use. It is estimated that the EU needs to invest around €100 billion annually in building renovations to meet its energy and climate goals. The EU has increased the amount of public funds available for energy efficiency, but the European Commission has indicated that there is a need to boost private energy investments. (Source: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, Property EU, Nov., 2017) Contact: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, https://globalabc.org


    BGC, Edmonton Partnering on EnerGuide Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Built Green Canada
    Date: 2017-11-20
    On the Canadian prairies, the City of Edmonton and Built Green Canada (BGC) report they are joining forces to offer a $200 rebate for BUILT GREEN® builders through the City's residential Spot the Difference program.

    The Spot the Difference program aims to reduce home energy consumption and raise awareness of greenhouse gas emissions. New and existing homes can sign up to receive an energy rating using the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS), through Natural Resources Canada. The rating and other home details are then added to the Edmonton EnerGuide for Homes Map -- a platform that features the EnerGuide label of select homes in Edmonton, the year the home was built, and other details to help homeowners make informed decisions about a purchase.

    Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national non-profit organization, headquartered in Edmonton that offers third-party sustainable building programs to the residential building sector. Since its inception, over 29,500 homes have been certified. Including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 32,775, represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. (Source: Built Green Canada, PR 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Robyn Webb, (780) 442-0259, robyn.webb@edmonton.ca, www.edmonton.ca; Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson , (855) 485-0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Built Green Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


    ULI Bldg. Performance Report Released -- Attached (Ind. Report)
    Urban Land Institute
    Date: 2017-11-20
    A just released report from the member-driven not-for-profit Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that leading commercial real estate owners have demonstrated significant energy reductions since 2009. The report tracked and analyzed 8,684 properties owned or managed by Greenprint members located across 28 countries. These properties account for over 1.9 billion square feet of building area, according to the report. Since 2009, energy consumed by members' properties dropped by 13.9 pct. Between 2015 and 2016, members demonstrated a 3.4 pct reduction in energy consumption.

    As governments continue to recognize the impending risks of climate change, they are taking action by raising or setting new targets for building performance through energy efficiency legislation and strengthening building energy codes.

    Download the Urban Land Institute's report HERE. (Source: Urban Land Institute, Nov., 2017) Contact: Urban Land Institute, www.uli.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Urban Land Institute,  


    College Lauded for Bldg. Energy Retro-Commissioning (Ind. Report)
    Cerritos College
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In the Golden State, Cerritos College in Norwalk reports receipt of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors 2017 Energy and Sustainability Award for its Science Building retro-commissioning project.

    The retro-commissioning project, which is expected to cut the building's energy costs by $25,000 annually, included installation of reliable control sequences on air handlers at a cost of $577,000. The state's Proposition 39 funds, $46,000 came from Investor Owned Utility rebates, and $181,000 came from district funds. The project is estimated to save 62,000 kilowatt hours and 6,900 therms resulting in energy cost savings of $25,000 annually.(Source: Cerritos College Website, Nov., 2017) Contact: Cerritos College, (562) 860-2451, www.cerritos.edu, www.cerritos.edu/greencerritos

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    US biodiesel Production, Imports UP in October (Ind. Report)
    Biodiesel
    Date: 2017-11-20
    According to recently released US EPA data, US biodiesel production and imports reached 227.5 million gallons in October, up 12.11 million gallons from September.

    The EPA data also indicated an increase in D4 RINs generation in October compared with September. More than 349 million biodiesel RINs were generated last month, up 18.6 million RINs from September and up by more than 6 million RINs from the same month in 2016.

    Historically, the US has obtained a large portion of its biodiesel and D4 RINs from imported product. But recent anti-dumping duties levied against Argentina and Indonesia have stemmed the flow of biodiesel from those countries. Through October, imported RINs generation accounted for 19 pct of the total number of D4s. Last year that figure was over 21 pct. (Source: US EPA, UKR, Nov. 17, 2017).

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  Biodiesel,  


    Date Pits Considered as Biodiesel Feedstock (Int'l)
    UAE University
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In the UAE, research scientists at UAE University in Al Ain, the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi and Heriot-Watt University Dubai have been looking at oil extracted from widely available Khalas date pits as a possible biodiesel feedstock.

    In their recently published study -- Biodiesel Production from Oils Extracted from Date Pits -- the researchers extracted date pits from the popular Khalas date variety, cleaned them, then sun dried them for two days before grinding and sieving them. A solvent extracted the oil, with the yield relative to the weight of the pits reaching up to 11.7 pct. This is of a quality similar to vegetable oils used to create biodiesel, and it can be converted into biodiesel with an efficiency of about 90 pct, according to the study.

    Date pits contain smaller quantities of oil than some oil crops -- oilseed rape, for example, may have an oil content of more than 40 pct. (Source: NTI, UAE University, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: UAE University, Dr Sulaiman Al Zuhair, www.researchgate.net/profile/Al-Zuhair_Sulaiman

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Feedstock,  


    Qantas Touting LA - Melbourne Carinata Biofuel Flight (Ind. Report)
    Qantas,Agrisoma,Altair Fuels
    Date: 2017-11-20
    The Australian airline Qantas reports it will operate the world's first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia -- Los Angeles to Melbourne -- early next year, in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels. The flight will be powered by Brassica Carinata (carinata), a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed oil.

    As previously reported, Qantas signed a landmark partnership with Agrisoma Biosciences , the Canadian based agricultural-technology company that developed carinata as a drop-in fuel. (Source: Qantas, RusTourism News, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; Qantas, www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/company/global/en; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920, bryan@altairfuels.com, www.altairfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma,  Carinata,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Carinata,  Altair Fuels ,  



    Date: 2017-11-20
    There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to rise to the challenge. Twelve-year-old Timoci Naulusala from Fiji, a nation disappearing under rising seas, was delivering a testimonial to ministers and heads of state with crisp English and irresistible charm. Suddenly, describing the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston last year, his words became measured, his voice hushed. "My home, my school -- my source of food, water, money -- was totally destroyed," he said. "My life was in chaos. I asked myself: Why is this happening? What am I going to do?" The answer to Timoci's first question has become frightening clear: climate change. But Timoci's second question remains open: What is he, and by extension the world, going to do? At first, the answer seemed straight-forward: humans must stop loading the atmosphere with the greenhouse gases that drive global warming. The successful repair of the ozone hole suggested a way forward: an international treaty. But it took a quarter of a century to get one, in 2015, and even then it is woefully inadequate: voluntary national pledges to curb carbon pollution would still allow the global thermometer to go up 3 C, a recipe for human misery on a vast scale. Since Paris, the UN climate talks -- known to participants as "COPs", or Conferences of the Parties -- have focused on working out an operational handbook for the treaty, which goes into effect in 2020. But as the years tick by, the byzantine bureaucracy -- where hundreds of diplomats can argue for days over whether a text will say "should" or "shall" -- has struggled to keep pace with "the real world". A veteran EU climate diplomat, meanwhile, bemoaned the lack of dynamism in talks. "I've never seen a COP with so little adrenaline," he told AFP. The UN climate process risks falling out of step in two key ways, experts suggest. One is in relation to the unforgiving conclusions of science, which show that the window of opportunity for avoiding climate cataclysm is rapidly narrowing to a slit.This year's climate talks kicked off with negotiators learning that CO2 emissions -- after remaining stable for three years, raising hopes that they had peaked -- will rise by two percent in 2017, a development one scientist called "a giant step backwards for humankind". Negotiations were also reeling from US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the Paris Agreement. The UN's 12-day negotiations came to an end yesterday with an agreement to hold a stocktake in 2018 of national efforts to cut fossil fuel emissions. (Source: Afp, Daily Star, 19 Sept., 2017)


    VA. Regulators Approve Carbon Cap-and-Trade Plan (Reg & Leg)
    Virginia,Virginia Department of Environmental Quality,
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In Richmond, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regulators are reporting preliminary approval of a carbon cap-and-trade program that if passed into law would cover about 33 predominantly Dominion Energy-owned and operated electric power generating plants across the Old Dominion State. When finally approved and enacted, Virginia would be the first southern state to adopt such a program.

    The plan is now subject to public comment and possible changes. The board will have to vote again on a final version. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Ledger Enquirer, 16 Nov., 2017) Contact: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, (804) 698-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Tax,  


    Univ. Wisc Study Links Ethanol, Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    University of Wisconsin Madison
    Date: 2017-11-20
    According to new University of Wisconsin research presented at the recent America's Grasslands Conference in Fort Worth, the federal corn ethanol mandate is contributing to climate change. The research found that since the Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) ethanol mandate's 2007 enactment, over 7 million acres of habitat have been set aside to plant corn and soy, leading to the release of emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of 20 million new automobiles.

    The report examined the location and carbon stored in habitat lost to cropland between 2008 and 2012 and found that 115 million metric tons of global carbon was released into the atmosphere, or nearly 29 million mtpy -- equivalent to six coal-burning power plants.

    Download the US Cropland Expansion Released 115 Million Tons of Carbon (2008 - 2012) report HERE. (Source: Univ. of Wisconsin, Freemont News Messenager, 17 Nov.2017) Contact: University of Wisconsin Madison, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Holly Gibbs, (608) 265-0572, www.sage.wisc.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Global Warming,  Climate Change,  


    RFS Ethanol Blend Waiver Sought for NJ Refinery (Ind. Report)
    RFS
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, legislators in the Garden State are asking the US EPA to waive Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)rules governing blending of ethanol into gasoline, a requirement they say threatens the financial viability and future of the 100 year-old Paulsboro, New Jersey refinery. Refiners unable to comply with the blending rule can comply by purchasing credits (RINs) instead, an expensive proposition, the lawmakers said.

    "The cost of compliance to this regulation puts at risk these energy-sector jobs in our region. In addition, these high costs also contribute to the cost of gasoline for residents and consumers," the legislators claim. The legislators note the EPA has legal authority under the Clean Air Act to waive the renewable obligations “should they present a harm to a state or regional economy." (Source: NJ Spotlight, Various Media, 17 Nov., 2017)

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    China Welcomes Bonn COP 23 Climate Meeting Results (Int'l)
    COP23,Climate Change
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Reflecting on the just concluded cop23 meeting, China's special representative on climate change affairs, Xie Zhenhua, said that the dialogue on climate change, "while still not 100 percent satisfactory," did succeed in reflecting the concerns of all sides in a balanced manner. Xie Zhenhua added that he hoped developed countries would uphold their Paris Agreement obligations in dealing with climate change.

    "We hope that all sides adhere to the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities, and their respective capabilities, and consider the actual conditions of each country while pushing negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement," Xie said. He said he also hoped that all sides would speed up ratification of the Doha Amendment that establishes the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and that developed countries would continue to uphold their obligation to provide funds, technology and capacity-building to developing countries. (Source: Global Times, Xinhua, 19 Nov., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23,  Climate Change,  


    Vivergo Cites Market Conditions, Legislative Uncertainty for UK Ethanol Constraints (Int'l Report)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2017-11-20
    "We reluctantly welcomed the Government's Renewable Transport Fuel obligation proposals in September, but have remained extremely concerned that there is no roll-out framework for E10 in the UK, the absence of which could have serious consequences for the long-term future of the UK bioethanol industry.

    "Over the past six weeks we have seen bioethanol prices fall significantly impacting Vivergo profit margins further. Whilst there have been some supply increases this year, the bioethanol market in Europe, and in particular the UK, remains constrained by the Government's inaction. As a result of these market conditions and legislative uncertainty, we have taken the decision to bring forward and extend our annual plant maintenance work to lessen the impact on the plants profitability. In the meantime, we will continue to work with all stakeholders and the Government to support the legislative process and the future roll-out of E10."

    Vivergo's £350 million plant near Hull, Yorkshire, is one of Europe's biggest bioethanol producers and the UK's largest single source supplier of distiller dried grains (DDGs) animal feed. (Source: Vivergo Fuels, Website, 10 Nov., 2017) Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuels ,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  DDGs,  


    AVANGRID Supports CT Zero-Emission Vehicle Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Avangrid
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Orange, Connecticut-headquartered Avangrid, Inc., a diversified U.S. energy company, reports it has granted $2 million to ensure the continuance of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program. The program offers direct financial rebate incentives up to $5,000 for state residents who purchase or lease a new zero-emission vehicle. Since its May 2015 launch, CHEAPR has issued nearly $4.6 million in rebates.

    Avangrid's funding is part of a broader commitment to fight climate change , upport energy efficiency, renewable generation, energy storage, alternative transportation and other clean technologies in Connecticut. (Source: Avangrid Networks, PR Fairfiels HamletHub, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Avangrid, Anthony Marone, Pres., CEO, www.avangrid.com, CHEAPR, www.ct.gov/deep/CHEAPR

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid,  Transportation Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    NYC's Stuyvesant Town Plans Major Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
    Solar
    Date: 2017-11-20
    In the Big Apple, the massive 1947 vintage Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town housing developments owned by Blackstone Group, reportedly will install 3.8 megawatts of solar panels -- sufficient power for 1,000 apartments a year.

    Installation of the more than 9,700 panels is slated to begin in December for completion in mid 2018. The project, which is expected to come in at approximately $10 million, will supply about 6 pct of Stuyvesant Town's and Peter Cooper Village's energy. (Source: FOX5NT, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Stuy Town Property Services, Rick Hayduk, CEO, GM, www.fsresidential.com/Property/Management‎

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Solar Frontier Halts PV Production in Japan (Int'l Report))
    Solar Frontier
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Japanese thin-film PV manufacturer Solar Frontier reports it has ceased operations at its 150 MW Tohoku plant in northeastern Japan and plans to shut down production at its flagship 900 MW Kunitomi plant in late December. The Kunitomi plant will be converted into a multifunction plant by consolidating production that is currently taking place in the Tohoku and Miyazaki plants at the Kunitomi plant, the company says. The restructuring of production is intended to further strengthen cost competitiveness, according to the compay's parent, Show Shell Sekiyu.

    The company says although the shift away from feed-in tariffs in Japan is contributing to the "gradual decline" in the demand for solar, demand remains "relatively stable" in the country’s residential and non-residential PV segments. (Source: Solar Frontier, PV Mag., Others, 17 November, 2017) Contact: Solar Frontier, http://www.solar-frontier.com/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Frontier ,  Solar,  Japan Solar ,  


    Westar Touts New C&I Customers Wind Offering (Ind. Report)
    Westar Energy
    Date: 2017-11-20
    Energy Dive is reporting Westar Energy and Kansas Gas and Electric Co. have proposed a new renewable energy product aimed commercial and industrial customers that will provide wind capacity cheaper that the utilities' current offerings.

    The proposed Direct Renewable Participation Service (DRPS) tariff would allow large customers to purchase wind capacity from a new, local wind generation source either owned by the utility or secured under a PPA. Customers would need average monthly peak demands of at least 500 kW to sign onto the tariff. (Source: Westar, Energy Dive, 20 Nov., 2017) Contact: Westar Energy, Greg Greenwood, VP Strategy, (800) 401-5666, www.WestarEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Westar Energy,  Wind,  

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