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EOWDC to Host Offshore Wind Environmental Research (Int'l)
Vattenfall,European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (
Date: 2017-06-23
Following-up on our November, 18th, 2016 coverage, the northeast of Scotland is poised to become the global center for offshore wind scientific research, following Swedish power company Vattenfall's announced selection of projects that will participate in a €3 million research program at its 92.4 MW, 11 turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland.

Last November, Vattenfall announced research projects that included analyzing the distribution and movement of different birds, mammals, and fish species, studies in geology, and investigating the effect of offshore wind on the environment. Vattenfall has now shortlisted participants in the €3 million research program that is believed to be the world's largest-scale offshore wind research program.

Readers will no doubt remember now president Donald Trump's war with the EOWDC project in opposition to which he claimed "offshore wind will destroy Scotland" because he thought it would spoil the view from his Aberdeen Bay golf resort that was then under construction. Trump took legal action to kill the EOWDC project but lost on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: Vattenfall, June, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre ,  Vattenfall,  Donald Trump,  


ABB Touts New Wind Turbine Transformer (New Prod & Tech)
ABB
Date: 2017-06-23
Reporting from Zurich, ABB is touting its latest innovation in transformer technology, with the introduction of a 66 kilovolts (kV) WindSTAR transformer that can fit into the tower of a wind turbine. This will enable a new generation of powerful offshore wind turbines to operate at a world record voltage of 66 kV, twice the existing 33 kV level. The boost in voltage level will significantly reduce losses and make the wind generation systems more efficient.

ABB has delivered five new WindSTAR transformers to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, to be deployed at the world's first 66 kV offshore wind farm in the UK. The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator (BOD) is a 41.5 megawatt (MW), five-turbine wind farm, located off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland, with the capacity to deliver clean power to 34,000 homes.

As a follow-up order, ABB will supply another 11 such transformers to be deployed in large-scale offshore wind turbines at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. This offshore wind test and demonstration facility, is located about 2.4 km off the coast of Aberdeen Bay, will incorporate a 92.4-MW offshore wind power plant with capacity to meet the annual electricity demand of nearly 80,000 homes. (Source: ABB, PR, 23 June, 2017)Contact: ABB, +44 (0) 43 317 5404, lynette.jackson@ch.abb.com, www.abb.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Wind,  


Southern Current Launching New SC Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
Southern Current LLC
Date: 2017-06-23
Charleston, South Carolina-based Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, reports it is investing $2.5 million in a new solar farm in Hampton County, South Carolina. The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation. (Source: Southern Current, T&D, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Southern Current, Pauk Fleury, Dev. Officer, (843) 273-2090, www.southerncurrentllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Current,  Solar,  


Notable Quote

Date: 2017-06-23
"Renewable energy sources are set to represent almost three-quarters of the $10.2 trillion the world will invest in new power generating technology until 2040, thanks to rapidly falling costs for solar and wind power, and a growing role for batteries, including electric vehicle batteries, in balancing supply and demand." -- Bloomberg Finance . BNEF expects solar and wind to make up almost 50 pct of the world's installed generation capacity by 2040, up from about 12 pct now.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Wind news,  Solar news,  


Westford Mass. Scores $250K Green Communities Funding (Funding)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2017-06-23
In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resourcesthe reports it has awarded $250,000 in Green Communities grant funding to the town of Westford. The funds will be used for LED lighting and energy management retrofits in municipal facilities. The agency has awarded over $80 million in Green Community grants to the 185 Massachusetts cities and towns currently designated as the Green Communities since the program was founded seven years ago. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

To qualify for funding, Green Communities must: provide as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable and alternative energy generation, research and development, or manufacturing facilities; adopt an expedited application and permit process for as-of-right energy facilities; establish an energy use baseline and develop a plan to reduce energy use by 20 percent within five years; purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles; and adopt the Board of Building Regulations and Standards Stretch Code. (Source: Town of Westford, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Westford Eagle, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/doer/; Massachusetts Green Communities, www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/green-communities

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Communities,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy ManagementMassachusetts Department of Energy Resources,  


Mansfield Intros ZERO™ Reduced Emission, Carbon Offset Program (Ind. Report)
Mansfield Energy
Date: 2017-06-23
Gainsville, Georgia-headquartered Mansfield Energy Corp, through a partnership with GreenPrint, is announcing the launch of its turnkey, ZERO™ reduced emissions program. Participating Mansfield Energy clients will have their diesel fuel's carbon dioxide emissions automatically offset through proportionate investments in certified CO2 reduction projects such as reforestation, alternative energy, planting trees locally, and more.

ZERO™, which requires no capital expense, no new fuel, and no new hardware to install, automatically calculates CO2 emissions based on current diesel usage, reduces the associated emissions through investments in certified, verified carbon offset projects, and then provides turnkey certified emissions and sustainability reporting that companies can use for supply chain reports, RFPs, cause marketing, and annual reports.

GreenPrint is a technology and service company enabling companies to practice sustainability in a turn-key way. Blending transaction processing software with climate science, the company's patent-pending products reduce emissions on vehicles for municipalities and commercial fleets. Working with over 42,000 corporate clients in 8 languages across 12 countries, GreenPrint reduces emissions on almost 500 million gpy of fuel. (Source: Mansfield Energy, GreenPrint, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Mansfield Energy, Doug Haugh, President and Chief Strategy Officer , (800) 695-6626, www.mansfield.energy.com, www.zerofuel.com; GreenPrint, http://GreenPrintCorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mansfield Energy ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets ,  


Calif. Considers Carbon Foot Print in Purchase Contracts (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Footprint
Date: 2017-06-23
In Sacramento, the California Senate is debating the Buy Clean California Act requiring the state to consider the carbon footprint of materials used in infrastructure projects when purchasing steel, glass, iron, and brass. The measure would direct billions of dollars in spending to low-carbon suppliers such as steel and cement which emit large quantities of CO2.

Globally, steel accounts for 5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than every plane on Earth. However, California mills tend to be cleaner, by virtue of the state's strict emissions limits , and bills passage would likely result in business for the U.S., and the state's steel industry. The state will also take into account emissions from transportation, meaning California will likely buy more locally sourced steel, cutting down on pollution from shipping beams, pipes, and rebar long distances. (Source: Think Progress, Nexus Media, Others, 21 June, 2017)

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


Kite Power Attracts £2Mn Scottish Investment (Int'l, Funding)
Kite Power Systems
Date: 2017-06-23
Glasgow, UK-based Kite Power Systems (KPS) reports its kite wind technology has secured a £2 million equity investment from the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB). Other investors include E.ON, Schlumberger and Shell Technology Ventures which have committed to a combined investment of £5 million.

KPS' 40-MW power system comprises two kites which have the ability to fly up to a height of 1500 ft. By using tethers, the kites are attached to a winch system that produces electricity as it spools out. The technology can be deployed both offshore and onshore. Power generation through its kite technology would not need subsidies from governments owing to the system's lower capital and operational costs. The company plans to develop a 3MW onshore system at the test facility and install a similar sized power system in offshore waters. (Source: Kite Power Systems, EBR, others, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Kite Power Systems, David Ainsworth, Business Dev, +44 141 465 7633, www.kitepowersystems.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kite Power Systems,  Wind,  


Jamaican Castor Biodiesel R&D Enters Vehicular Trials Phase (R&D)
Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
Date: 2017-06-23
In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is reporting that its castor oil B5 biodiesel blend is now in the vehicular trials phase. The biodiesel research is being conducted in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Bodles Agricultural Research Station and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI.

The incorporation of the PCJ's B5 blend is expected to displace about 97,000 bpy for a savings of approximately J$540 million. The project is also expected to boost the demand for locally grown castor beans.(Source: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Jamaica Observer, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Winston Watson, GM, (876) 929-5380, www.pcj.com; Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, www.cardi.org; Jamaica Ministry of Agriculture, www.moa.gov.jm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  Castor Bean,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Illinois Energy Efficiency Program Cuts State Agencies Costs (Ind. Report, Funding)
Illinois Department of Commerce
Date: 2017-06-23
In Springfield, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Office of Energy & Recycling, in partnership with Illinois Central Management Services (CMS) and Grainger Industrial Supply, is reporting that state agencies will save more than 13 million kWh of electricity and $16 million in energy costs thanks to $6.4 million in lighting upgrades through the state's Free Lights Program. These projects were completed by leveraging ratepayer dollars from the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) Fund. (Source: Illinois Department of Commerce, Telegraph, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Illinois Department of Commerce, Sean McCarthy, Dir., www.illinois.gov/dceo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Smappee Energy Monitoring Hits American Market (Ind. Report)
Smappee
Date: 2017-06-23
Smappee, a Belgium-based developer of smart energy monitoring solutions, reports the introduction of its Smappee Plus energy monitoring system to the U.S. market. The product empowers consumers to better manage their electricity use and costs by providing detailed, real-time measurements of their energy production and consumption.

The product integrates Smappee's patented NILM (Non Intrusive Load Monitoring) technology with sub-metering clamps to measure real-time energy use from household electronics and appliances energy use. Ideally suited for homes with solar and other renewable technologies, Smappee Plus acts as an energy traffic controller by directing the energy flow within a user's home to maximize both energy efficiency and clean energy payback, according to the manufacturer. (Source: Smappee, PR, Builder Mag., 20 June, 2017) Contact: Smappee, (408) 479-3748 -- US Office, info@Smappee.com, www.Smappee.com

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


GreenGen Upgrading Forest Service Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Green Generation Solutions,
Date: 2017-06-23
Bethesda, Maryland based energy efficiency upgrades specialist Green Generation Solutions, LLC (GreenGen) reports it has inked an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) for energy efficiency related upgrades at 392 United States Forest Service facilities in the Pacific Northwest -- Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

The $4.22 million ESPC contract will be financed over a 23-year term. GreenGen is installing over 6,900 solid state LED technology lamps and fixtures, over 550 kW/yr of solar PV electrical energy production at eight separate locations, more efficient HVAC equipment at select locations, as well as improved controls systems throughout. The solar PV systems are expected to generate over $152,000 of annual electrical savings, the lighting improvements will save $62,000 annually, and the HVAC improvements will generate over $22,000 in electrical and natural gas savings in the first year. (Source: Green Generation Solutions, June, 2017) Contact: Green Generation Solutions, Brad Dockser, CEO, (301) 202-2930, www.greengenerationsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Generation Solutions,  Energy Efficiency,  


BIO Releases Bioscience Economic Development Guide -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Date: 2017-06-23
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has released the 4th edition of its Bioscience Innovation in the States: Legislation and Job Creation through Public-Private Partnerships Best Practices Guide, A comprehensive analysis of state legislative and regulatory initiatives in support of economic development.

The report, which conducted a review of all 50 states and their initiatives to support bioscience companies, highlights key examples of state efforts to grow and sustain the bioscience industry. In evaluating initiatives put forth by the states, the report also explores rational behind current legislative efforts and offers a reference guide showing the application of specific legislation in certain states and outcomes.

Download Report HERE, (Source: Biotechnology Innovation Organization, 20 June, 2017) Contact: BIO, George Goodno, (202) 962-6660, www.bio.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biotechnology Innovation Organization,  


Lyon Launches Utility-scale Battery Storage Market Services Tender (Int'l. Report)
Lyon Group
Date: 2017-06-23
Lyon Group is launching a brand new market-driven approach that will determine the services provided by its portfolio of large-scale battery storage projects. The company is seeking interest from businesses wanting battery storage in Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland. Included in Lyon Group's capabilities is a new $660 million combined large-scale solar and battery storage project in north-west Victoria. Construction is set to commence soon

Lyon's Battery Storage Market Services Tender will influence the battery storage systems final design.(Source: Lyon Group, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Lyon Group, David Green, info@lyoninfrastructure.com, www.lyoninfrastructure.com, www.lyonbatterystorage.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lyon Group,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


New Australian Catalyst Paves Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel (Int'l)
University of Adelaide,CSIRO
Date: 2017-06-23
In the Land Down Under, University of Adelaide researchers in collaboration with the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) are reporting development of a process of combining CO2 with hydrogen to produce methane and water without increasing atmospheric CO2.

The catalyst was synthesized using porous crystals called metal-organic frameworks which allow precise spatial control of the chemical elements.

This new catalyst efficiently produces almost pure methane from CO2. Carbon-monoxide production has been minimized and stability is high under both continuous reaction for several days and after shutdown and exposure to air. Only a small amount of the catalyst is required for high production of methane which increases economic viability. The catalyst also operates at mild temperatures and low pressures.

"The catalyst discovery process involved the synthesis and screening of more than one hundred materials. With the help of CSIRO's rapid catalyst testing facility we were able to test all of them quickly allowing the discovery to be made in a much shorter period of time," said , AIM Future Science Platform Director with CSIRO.(Source: University of Adelaide, 20 June, 2017) Contact: University of Adelaide, Prof. Christian Doonan, Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials, +61 (0)8 8313 5770, Mobile: +61 (0)468 736 709, christian.doonan@adelaide.edu.au, www.adelaide.edu.au; CSIRO, Dr. Danielle Kennedyenquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News CSIRO,  Carbon-Neutral Fuel,  Methane,  


Obama Methane Rule Being Enforced During Re-Write (Reg & Leg)
Methane Rule
Date: 2017-06-23
In a statement, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said parts of an Obama-administration methane rule will be enforced even though his agency is in the process of re-writing the controversial legislation that the oil and natural gas industry find "burdensome." Zinke promised to take public comments during the rewrite process to make sure the final rule curtails wasteful flaring while reducing the cost burden to the oil and natural gas industry.

The methane rule, which was finalized in the dying days of the Obama administration, mandates that energy companies capture rather than flare methane which is about 25 times more potent at trapping heat than CO2 and make up approximately 9 pct of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA estimates. (Source: Smart Brief, AP, 21 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Methane Rule,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  


Vermont Joins AG's Coalition to Reduce GHG Emissions (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-06-23
Vermont Business Magazine reports that Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general and the City of Chicago to intervene in a lawsuit that supports regulations to prevent greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is against the US EPA which is seeking to halt the implementation of regulations that stop leaks of greenhouse gas and other harmful air pollutants from new oil and gas sources.

The motion to intervene in the case -- Clean Air Council v. Pruitt-- supports environmental organizations seeking to immediately stop the EPA's administrative stay of a 2016 rule that would prevent the emission of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and hazardous air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde from facilities constructed after September 2015.

Along with Vermont, the motion to intervene includes the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington along with the City of Chicago. (Source: Vermont AG, Vermont Biz., June 21, 2017) Contact: Office of Vermont Attorney General, www.atg.state.vt.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


American Biogas Council, WEF Promoting Biogas Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
American Biogas Council, Water Environment Federation
Date: 2017-06-23
The American Biogas Council (ABC) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) report they are partnering to expand the conversion of organic waste into renewable energy and valuable soil products at more than 2,200 operating biogas facilities nationwide. Although approximately 1,300 of the facilities are at existing water resource recovery plants there there are nearly 4,000 water facilities where new biogas systems could be installed.

The organizations will continue to work together to promote: the beneficial use of biogas, digested materials and biosolids as an economically and environmentally sound energy and waste management solution for communities; the use of proven technologies that facilitate energy and nutrient recovery; encourage federal and state legislation that promotes the use of biogas as a renewable energy source; proactive communications and public outreach to continue to build a strong base of support for products made from digested materials; and continued research and sound science in regards to biosolids management; and the development of state and federal regulations. (Source: The Water Environment Federation , 20 June, 2017) Contact: American Biogas Council, (202) 640-6595, info@americanbiogascouncil.org, www.AmericanBiogasCouncil.org; WEF, Eileen O'Neill, Exec. Dir., www.wef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Biogas Council,  Biogas,  


Velocys Refocusing on U.S. Renewable Fuels Market (Int'l)
Velocys
Date: 2017-06-23
The UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys PLC reports it is targeting the US market as it transitions into a renewable fuels company. Velocys is aiming to build plants that convert woody biomass to high specification renewable diesel and aviation jet fuel for the US market, its primary focus.

According to Velocys CEO David Pummell, the company is moving away from being a Fischer-Tropsch technology-based company to being a renewable fuels company. The Fischer-Tropsch process converts carbon monoxide and hydrogen into liquid hydrocarbons. (Source: Velocys, PR, Alliance News, Others, 22 June, 2017) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys ,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


Statkraft Touting Carbon-Neutral Silva Green Fuel Plans (Int'l)
Statkraft
Date: 2017-06-23
Reuters is reporting that Norwegian utility Statkraft and Swedish forestry cooperative SodraTimber have formed Silva Green Fuel, a joint venture which will make an investment decision this year on a €50 million- €70 million ($56 million-$78 million) pilot plant near Oslo. The plant will use Statkraft's "hydro thermal liquefaction" process to produce biofuel from woody biomass and other solid organic waste. The high temperature and pressure process is carbon-neutral and emits the same amount of carbon when burned that was originally absorbed by the organic feedstock.

According to Statkraft CEO Christian Rynning-Toennesen, up to 7 percent of the new fuel could be mixed into diesel fuel and used for any vehicle without modification. The new product will be targeted on Aviation, maritime shipping and trucking applications. (Source: Statkraft, Reuters, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Statkraft, Christian Rynning-Toennesen, CEO, +47 24 06 70 00, www.statkraft.com; Sodra, www.sodra.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Sundrop Drops Louisiana "Green Gasoline" Plans (Ind. Report)
Sundrop Fuels
Date: 2017-06-23
After years of delays, Longmont, Colorado-headquartered cellulosic advanced biofuels specialist Sundrop reports it has an agreement to sell the property near Alexandria, Louisiana where it had planned to build a biofuels facility to an unspecified prospective purchaser.

In November, 2011, Sundrop identified the Alexandria area property as the home of its first commercial facility producing "green gasoline" from natural gas and wood waste. The facility was expected to cost $450 million and begin production in 2015. (Source: Sundrop Fuels, Town Talk, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Sundrop Fuels, (720) 890-6501, www.sundropfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sundrop Fuels,  Green Gas,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  


Sweden Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2045 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-06-23
In Copenhagen, a majority of the Swedish legislature has committed to cutting Sweden's net carbon emissions to zero by 2045. The commitment makes Sweden becoming the first country to significantly upgrade its carbon reduction targets since the Paris accord in 2015.

The legislation establishes an independent Climate Policy Council and requires an updated action plan every four years. Sweden, which previously committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, generates 83 pct of its electricity from nuclear energy and hydropower, having met its 2020 target of 50 pct renewable energy eight years ahead of schedule. The country now plans to cut domestic emissions by at least 85 pct and offset remaining emissions by planting trees or investing in projects abroad. (Source: New Scientist, Futurism, Others, 20 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  


Mexican Adoption of E10 Applauded (Int'l Report)
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
Date: 2017-06-21
The Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission's (CRE) recently announced increase in the maximum volume content of anhydrous ethanol as an oxygenate in regular and premium gasoline supplies from 5.8 pct to 10 pct has been welcomed by the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, and the Renewable Fuels Association.

The increase is part of ongoing energy reforms in Mexico and follows input from stakeholders in the government, private sector, research scientists and social interest groups. Mexican regulators moved in August 2016 to allow ethanol in local fuel supplies, except in its three largest metropolitan areas -- Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City. (Source: Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, AgWired, Other, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, +52 55 5233 1500, calidad@cre.gob.mx, cre.gob.mx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  E10,  


Notable Quote
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-06-21
"In ten years, DONG Energy has transformed from one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe to a global leader in renewable energy. In 2016, green power and heat accounted for half of our energy generation, and we have more than halved our greenhouse gas emissions since 2006.

"By 2023, we want to achieve a 96 pct reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions per kilowatt-hour produced compared with 2006. We are very proud to announce today that this target has been approved as being scientifically in line with what we need to do as a company to tackle climate change. With this reassurance, we now know that we are doing our part to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal on climate action as well as the Paris Agreement. That is a big deal to us." -- Filip Engel, Senior Director of Sustainability and Environment, DONG Energy.

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  


Niagara Region Ontario Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Boralex, Enercon
Date: 2017-06-21
Fpllwing up on our November 9, 2016 report, Montreal-based Boralex Inc., ENERCON and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. have inaugurated the Niagara Region Wind Farm in the regional municipality of Niagara in Ontario. The wind farm incorporates 77 ENERCON E 101 wind turbines totaling 230 MW. The project, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), will generate sufficient electric power for more than 76,000 homes. (Source: Boralex, Others, 16 June, 2017) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com; ENERCON Canada, Michael Weidemann, Exec. VP, Eva Lotta Schmidt, (514) 363-7266, www.enercon.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Enercon,  Wind,  


Florida Legislation Expands Solar Incentives (Reg & Leg)
Center for Biological Diversity
Date: 2017-06-21
In Tallahassee, Florida Governor Rick Scott is reported to have signed Senate Bill 90, a legislative measure expanding tax breaks for commercial and industrial building rooftop solar installations. The bill extends renewable-energy tax breaks already given to residential properties and exempts a percentage of the assessed value of renewable installations from property taxes.

S.B. 90 is widely seen as a compromise solution to implement a clean energy constitutional amendment approved by 73 pct of Florida voters in August.

According to the not-for-profit Center for Biological Diversity, the Sunshine State's solar industry ranks only 13 in the nation for installed capacity, although it is third in technical solar potential. The Center also notes that Florida is one of the 10 worst states for blocking distributed solar with bad policies. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, Various Media, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Chad Tudenggongbu, (917) 558-0849, ctudenggongbu@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Incentive,  Renewable Energy,  


Cleanergy's $575Mn Stirling CSP Project Underway in China (Int'l)
Cleanergy,Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies.
Date: 2017-06-21
Goteborg, Sweden-based Stirling engine-based renewable energy solutions provider Cleanergy AB reports it has begun installation of its Stirling concentrated solar power (CSP) technology in China, for a 200MW project for Beijing-based Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies. The $575 million deal included the manufacturing, installation and development of Cleanergy's advanced Stirling CSP technology in China.

Cleanergy's GasBox waste-to-energy system is installed in a modular container and converts methane gas into electricity. The GasBox is an autonomous and flexible Stirling Engine unit incorporated with a real-time power management system with remote access and optional grid functionality. The firms will initially install 50MW capacity in 2018, while the remaining 150MW will be installed as a second step that includes energy storage. (Source: Cleanergy, June, 2017) Contact: Cleanergy, Jonas Eklind, CEO, Alexander Vestin, SVP, Bus. Dev., +46 70 566 7000, alexander.vestin@cleanergy.com, www.cleanergy.com; Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies, www.cccme.org.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleanergy,  CSP Solar,  Stirling Engine,  


Princeton Landfill Solar Project Finally Underway (Ind. Report)
NJR Clean Energy Ventures, GeoPeak Energy
Date: 2017-06-21
In the Garden State, NJR Clean Energy Ventures reports it has been assigned by GeoPeak Energy to construct an 8,000-panel, ground-mounted 3-MW solar array on the Princeton Municipal Landfill. The often delayed project, which has been in the works since 2011, will provide the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority with as much as one-quarter of the energy needed to power its River Road wastewater treatment facility.

The power purchase agreement is for 15 years. NJRCEV will own, operate and maintain the array which is expected to be completed by the year end. (Source: NJR Clean Energy Ventures, NJ,com, Others, 19 June, 2017) Contact: GeoPeak Energy, (732) 377-3700, www.geopeakenergy.com; NJR Clean Energy Ventures, Stephen Westhoven, VP, COO, Christopher Savastano, Bus. Dev., (732) 919-8189, csavastano@njrresources.com, www.njrcleanenergyventures.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NJR Clean Energy Ventures,  Solar,  GeoPeak Energy ,  


Invenergy Touts 130-Turbine Alle-Catt Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Invenergy
Date: 2017-06-21
Chicago-headquartered Invenergy is reporting plans to develop a 380 MW wind farm to be called Alle-Catt in the towns of Farmersville, Freedom, Rushford and Centerville, Indiana. Subject to permitting, the project would utilize as many as 130 wind turbines and get underway in 2018 for completion in 2020. The company is also planning a separate wind farm in neighboring Wyoming County. (Source: Invenergy, Olean Times Herald , Community Media, 17 June, 2017) Contact: Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Wind,  


South Sioux City, NextEra Ink Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2017-06-21
In South Dakota, the city of South Sioux City and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources LLC are reporting a deal for the purchase of 15 MW of power from the Cottonwood Wind Farm which is under construction in Webster County. The move is part of South Sious City's energy diversification plan to pull away from the Nebraska Public Power District, the state's largest electrical utility.

NextEra's $130 million, 40-turbine Cottonwood project is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 27,000 homes. Construction is expected to conclude by year's end.

According to a statement, South Sioux City plans to purchase 7 pct of its power from hydroelectric sources and another 7 pct from Green Star Gasifiers, a renewable fuel company building a $25 million plant that will use wood waste and other wastes to generate electricity. (Source: Sioux City Journal, 17 June, 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy, Steven Stengel, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources ,  Wind,  


Greencoat Renewables Seeks €250Mn for Wind Acquisitions (M&A)
Greencoat Renewables
Date: 2017-06-21
In Ireland, Dublin-based Greencoat Renewables, a new wholly-owned subsidiary of Greencoat Capital, reports it will raise €250 million to fund a portfolio of onshore wind farms in Ireland.

Follwing on our March coverage, Greencoat Renewables acquired a 137 MW "seed portfolio" of wind power assets at two operating wind farms with a total of 56 turbines. The deal was funded by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund and Allied Irish Banks, and now a new capital raise aims to position the group for future growth.

Greencoat, which plans to list on London's AIM market and the Irish Stock Exchange, will be Dublin's first listed renewable energy infrastructure company. In a statement, Greencoat said it plans to acquire other operating wind farms in Ireland as well as solar power projects in other Eurozone countries. (Source: Greencoat Renewables, RTE.ie, Proactive Investors, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Greencoat Capital, Bertrand Gautier, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables ,  Wind,  Irish Wind,  


Fossil Fuel Heating Oil Banned in Norway to Cut Emissions (Int'l)

Date: 2017-06-21
In an effort to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 340,000 tpy, compared to overall national emissions of 53.9 million tonnes in 2015, the Norwegian government has mandated a ban on the use of fossil-based oil to heat both new and old buildings including private homes, businesses publicly owned facilities, effective in 2020.

Presently 80,000 Norwegian homes and an additional 20,000 non-residential buildings are heated with fossil-based oil. Buildings account for roughly 40 percent of CO2 emissions on a global basis, according to government statistics.

Although Norway committed to sharp cuts in emissions by 2030 under the Paris climate agreement, the country's emissions rose 3.3 pct above 1990 levels in 2016 while neighboring Sweden's emissions dropped significantly. (Source: Norwegian Environment Ministry, Digital Journal, Others, June, 2017) Contact: Norwegian Environment Minister, Vidar Helgesen, www.regjeringen.no/en/the-government/previous-governments/ministries-and-offices/government-secretariats-and-ministries-s/ministries-since-1814/ministry-of-the-environment/ministry-of-the-environment/id426448

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


Statoil Increases CO2 Reduction R&D Budget (Int'l Report)
Statoil,Research Council of Norway
Date: 2017-06-21
In Oslo the Norwegian state controlled energy conglomerate Statoil reports that it will spend 25 pct of its research funds on CO2 reductions and new energy solutions in the year 2020. The aim is to reduce emissions from oil and gas activities and to develop electrification technologies, reduce emissions from turbines offshore and reduce energy consumption for new fields.

This year's research budget totals NOK 2.6 billion, (1,000,000 NOK =116,995.02USD) half of which will be spent externally. The Research Council of Norway has supported this technology development for a long time, and DEMO2000 funds from last year’s allocation was essential to start using the technology this year. (Source: Research Council of Norway ,Statoil, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Statoil, Elisabeth B. Kvalheim, CTO, www.statoil.com; Research Council of Norway, www.forskningsradet.no/en

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


ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics Tout Algae Biofuels R&D (R&D)
ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics
Date: 2017-06-21
Following up on our Jan, 20, 2017 coverage, scientists from ExxonMobil and La Jolla, California-based Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) are reporting development of a new strain of algae capable of converting carbon into a record amount of energy rich fat -- about 40 pct -- that can be turned into biofuels on an industrial scale.

Using CO2 to generate fat from algae is not necessarily new, but the amount of fat produced by this new strain of algae is hugely significant since fatty algae make the strain more fit to eventually produce biofuels at an industrial scale, according to the the researchers.

Algae based fuel emits fewer greenhouse gases than most other energy sources,and could potentially play a vital role in the transition to emission energy sources. Just as significantly, unlike other biofuel feedstocks such as corn or sugar cane, algae production on an industrial scale would not have a negative effect on food production.

SGI and ExxonMobil have been collaborating on algae biofuels R&D since 2009. (Source: ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Synthetic Genomics, www.syntheticgenomics.com; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil ,  Synthetic Genomics,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


German Researchers Tout New Biodiesel Technology (Int'l)
University of Kaiserslautern
Date: 2017-06-21
Researchers from the Universities of Kaiserslautern, Bochum and Rostock are reporting development of a new method for creating biodiesel by chemically treating a blend of plant oils to produce, at zero energy cost, a biofuel that can be incorporated undiluted in latest diesel engines.

Presently, European biofuel companies mostly manufacture biodiesel from methanol and rapeseed oil. Biodiesel comprises of long, even hydrocarbon compounds with diverse properties to diesel produced from mineral oil. The Researchers used Bioethylene to cleave the commercial rapeseed oil esters. The new process tweaks the biodiesel's chemical properties by incorporating ethylene, which can be produced from bioethanol. (Source: University of Kaiserslautern, AZO CleanTech, 20 June, 2017)Contact: University of Kaiserslautern, Prof. Dr Lukas Goosen, +49 631 2050, www.uni-kl.de/en/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


CaGBC Touts First Zero Carbon Building Standard (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2017-06-21
As previously reported, according to the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Canada is the first nation emerging from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to create comprehensive zero carbon building guidelines with their their new Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard.

The CeGBC Standard focuses on carbon use over energy efficiency and offers different certification paths for new projects and existing buildings. To earn the designation Zero Carbon Building Design, new projects must demonstrate an annual zero carbon balance, provide a zero carbon transition plan, install a minimum of 5 pct onsite renewable-energy generation capacity, achieve specific thermal-energy demand intensity (TEDI) target assessing annual heat loss, and fulfill reporting obligations on energy use, intensity, annual peak demand and embodied carbon.

The new Standard addresses carbon emissions in commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings and builds on the CaGBC's LEED programs, under which a total of 102-million square metres of buildings with LEED registrations and certifications had been recorded as of last Dec. 31. (Source: CaGBC, Daily Commercial News, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

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Food Waste-to-Energy Facility Breaks Ground in Utah (Ind. Report)
Wasatch Resource Recycling
Date: 2017-06-21
The Salt Lake Tribune reports construction on the food waste-to-energy Wasatch Resource Recovery facility in North Salt Lake City is underway. The facility will deploy anaerobic digesters to grind, liquefy and process locally-sourced food waste into methane which can be used as natural gas.

When fully operational late next year, the $43 million facility will produce sufficient natural gas to supply a city of 40,000 people. BP Energy Corporation will purchase the facility's natural gas output .

Wasatch Resource Recovery is a cooperative partnership between Salt Lake City-based ALPRO Energy & Water and the South Davis Sewer District.(Source: Wasatch Resource Recovery, Salt Lake Tribune, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Wasatch Resource Recovery, www.wasatchresourcerecovery.com

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UniEnergy Tech. Scores EPA Green Chemistry Award (Ind. Report)
PNNL,UniEnergy Technologies
Date: 2017-06-21
Mukitlon, Washington-based UniEnergy Technologies reports it has been honored with a Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the US EPA for commercializing energy storage technology developed by the EPA's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of Richland, Washington.

UniEnergy Technologies manufactures advanced vanadium redox flow batteries using a new electrolyte chemistry developed at PNNL with DOE funding. The electrolyte can store 70 pct more energy and operates over a wider temperature range than conventional vanadium electrolytes at a lower cost than lithium-ion batteries.

UniEnergy Technologies recently installed an 8-MWh system at the Snohomish PUD in Everett and has 155 MWh of flow batteries ordered from customers in three countries and six U.S. states. (Source: Tri-City Herald, UniEnergy Technologies, 18 June, 2017) Contact: UniEnergy Technologies, (425) 290-8090, www.uetechnologies.com; : PNNL, (509) 371-6989, www.pnnl.gov

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Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
United for Efficiency (U4E)
Date: 2017-06-21
The recently released United for Efficiency (U4E) organization recently published Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting report provides guidelines to countries on how to promote energy-efficient lighting in their respective national markets. The report maintains that following the guidelines will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate significant economic benefits, and enhance energy security.

The report encourages countries to follow an integrated policy approach consisting of: defining standards and regulations; establishing policies to achieve public acceptance (awareness campaigns, labeling schemes); finance and financial delivery mechanisms (utility contracts, bulk procurement, partnerships); monitoring, verification and enforcement (product registration, testing); and environmentally sound management of lighting products (hazardous substance standards, end-of-life policies).

The U4E is a public-private partnership comprised of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility , the United Nations Development Programme, the International Copper Association, CLASP, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others.

Download the Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting report HERE. (Source: U4E, June, 2017) Contact: UN Environment, (U4E) Economy Division Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch, +33 (0)1 44 37 14 50, u4e@unep.org, www.united4efficiency.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Light,  


Top NJ Utilities Deliver Poor Energy Efficiency Savings, says ACEEE Report (Ind. Report)
ACEEE,Jersey Central Power & Ligh
Date: 2017-06-21
In evaluating 51 of the nation's largest electric utilities on their delivery of energy efficiency services the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated two New Jersey utilities -- Jersey Central Power & Light and Public Service Electric & Gas -- near the bottom of the heap at 41st and 42nd respectively.

The ACEEE report examined energy efficiency programs undertaken in the utility's service territory under the oversight of state regulatory authorities, but excluded a company's individual programs.

The ACEEE rated Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts at the other end of the spectrum. Both utilities saved their customers more than 3 pct of their total retail sales, while PSE&G and JCP&L save customers 0.52 pct and 0.47 pct of retail sales. The high-ranking Massachusetts utilities have the most diverse energy-efficiency programs and technologies such as smart thermostats. The top-ranked utilities also invested a higher percentage of their total revenue in energy efficiency programs, according to the report. (Source: ACEEE, NJSpotlight, 19 June, 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org; Jersey Central Power & Light, www.firstenergycorp.com; Public Service Electric & Gas, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, (973) 430-7000, www.pseg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  Jersey Central Power & Light,  Public Service Electric & Gas ,  


Jamaican Utility Plans 24.5MW Hybrid Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
Jamaica Public Service
Date: 2017-06-21
Jamaican utility company Jamaica Public Service (JPS) reports its its board of directors has approved a hybrid energy storage solution which will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean.

The 24.5MW system, which is subject to regulatory approval, will feature both high speed and low speed flywheels and containerized lithium-Ion batteries. The proposed project is expected to be completed in Q3, 2018. (Source: Jamaica Public Service, Energy Storage, June, 2017) Contact: Jamaica Public Service, 1-888-935-5577, www.jpsco.com

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Ofgem Plans Landfill Gas, AD Embedded Benefit Cuts (Int'l)
Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association
Date: 2017-06-21
In London, the UK energy regulator OFGEM reports it plans to cut subsidies to small-scale power generators including anaerobic digestion (AD) and landfill gas. Under the current arrangements for "embedded benefits", generators of less than 100MW are paid £45/kW by suppliers for their contribution to the electricity network at peak times. According to Ofgem , the change could save the equivalent of £20 per household per year by 2034.

The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) said the change would have a disproportionate effect on sub-5MW generators, many of which are anaerobic digesters. (Source: Ofgem, MRW Reports, 17 June, 2017) Contact: Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, www.adbioresources.org; OFGEM, www.ofgem.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Ofgem,  


Finland Plans Arctic Black Carbon Emissions Database (Int'l)
Arctic Council
Date: 2017-06-21
One of Finland's priorities during its two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council is to create a database on the sources and impact of black carbon (soot) and methane emissions in the Arctic, according to the Russsian news agency TASS. The database will comprise information from Finland and the other member and observers states of the Arctic Council as well as information about black carbon emissions from ships. The data collected by Scandinavian and Russian researchers in the past few years show that black carbon and methane pollution is accelerating Arctic warming.

Black carbon darkens ice in the Arctic and reduces the albedo of snow, thereby speeding up melting. The main sources of black carbon emissions in the Arctic are vehicles and companies that use wood and coal, as well as forest fires, power stations and gas flares at oil fields.

The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum of the Arctic states (Russia, Canada, the United States and North European countries) and Arctic indigenous communities. It focuses on environmental monitoring, identification of pollution risks, preparedness for environmental accidents, sustainable development, conservation of natural diversity, and questions related to the Arctic sea areas. (Source: Arctic Council, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Arctic Council, http://arctic.ru

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S2G's Sarnia Advanced Biorefinery Project Underway (Ind. Report)
S2G BioChem, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Date: 2017-06-21
Vancouver, BC-based S2G BioChem (S2G), a developer of natural biotechnology conversion processes, reports it has begun work on its first standalone biorefinery demonstration plant in Sarnia, Ont. Basic engineering for the facility is underway and construction is expected to begin in 2018.

The commercial-scale facility will refine local, sustainable forestry and agricultural residues using S2G's patented process to produce more than 2,000 MTY of xylitol and bioglycols.

The new $20 million biorefinery demonstration plant, will be funded by S2G and a network of investors and partners, including previously announced support from food giant Mondelez International and Bioindustrial Innovation Canada's (BIC) Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation fund (COMM SCI). COMM SCI was established with support from the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario's Investing in Regional Diversification Initiative. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada , S2G Biochem , Canadian Biomass, 20 June, 2017) Contact: S2G BioChem, Mark Kirby, Pres., (604) 221-8670, www.s2gbiochem.com; Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir., (226) 778-0020, www.bincanada.ca

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SENSE Offers Offshore Wind Installation Savings (New Prod & Tech)
SENSE Offshore LimitedInnovate UK Energy
Date: 2017-06-19
In the UK, Cambridge-based SENSE Offshore Limited is reporting its new Self Erecting Nacelle System (SENSE) system for installing and maintaining deep-water offshore wind turbines that it says could significantly cut the costs of offshore wind energy installations.

The SENSE system transports a pre-assembled and tested rotor assembly on board a large multi-purpose construction vessel rather than a jack-up vessel and then carries the turbine to the top of the tower on rails, thus eliminated jack-up ships and installations.

A £200,000 Innovate UK Energy Catalyst study of the SENSE system found it could cut around £109.4 million from the capital expenditure on a £4.5 billion wind farm in deep waters and thus save £25 million a year in operating costs. (Source: SENSE Offshore Limited, Energy Live News, 12 June, 2017) Contact: SENSE Offshore Limited, Patrick Geraets, MD, https://www.linkedin.com/company/sense-offshore-ltd; Innovate UK, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk

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Notable Quote

Date: 2017-06-19
"The refusal of the US to commit to the Paris agreement will push the rest of the world to be even more united against climate change." -- Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Paris Climate Agreement news,  


Worldwide Carbon Emissions Flat for 3rd Consecutive Year -- BP Report Attached (Ind. Report)
BP
Date: 2017-06-19
According to oil giant BP's just released annual Statistical Review of World Energy study, Gglobal carbon emissions remained flat for the third consecutive year during 2016, while demand for coal across the world fell for the second year in a row. "The combination of weak energy demand growth and the shifting fuel mix meant that global carbon emissions are estimated to have grown by only 0.1 pct -- making 2016 the third consecutive year of flat or falling emissions," the report says.

The annual review found while renewables only met 4 per cent of total primary energy demand globally, the growth in renewables represented nearly a third of the total growth in energy demand in 2016. The report also showed how growth in overall energy demand is beginning to slow, as energy efficiency measures become more popular.

Access BP's Statistical Review of World Energy report HERE. (Source: BP Group, Climate Action Program. UNEP, 14 June, 2017) Contact: Climate Action Program, +44 (0) 20 7871 0173, www.climateactionprogramme.org; BP Group, www.bp.com

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Freight emissions could be roadblock for Paris accord targets: Pembina Institute
Pembina Institute
Date: 2017-06-19
According to a new report released Wednesday by the Pembina Institute. Greenhouse gas emissions from the movement of goods across the country are on pace to surpass passenger emissions around 2030 and could be a major obstacle if Canada hopes to meet its climate targets, As of 2015, freight transportation accounted for 10.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and is the fastest growing segment within the transportation sector, the environmental think-tank’s report says. The report says government and industry players must partner to accelerate adoption of practices, technologies and policies that will enhance environmental performance in the freight sector, particularly when it comes to trucking. The report’s statistics and projections regarding transportation emissions are based on those presented in the federal government’s Second Biennial Report on Climate Change. (Source: Pembna Institute, Financial Post, 14 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pembina Institute news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Transportation Emissions news,  


Capital Power's KS Wind Farm Online Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Capital Power Corp
Date: 2017-06-19
Following on our May 9, 2016 coverage, Edmonton, Alberta-based Capital Power Corp. reports the ahead of schedule completion and commercial-scale operation of its 178 MW Bloom Wind project south of Dodge City, Kansas.

The wind farm incorporate 54 Vestas V117 3.3-MW turbines and was developed using a 10-year proxy revenue swap agreement with Allianz Risk Transfer, a subsidiary of Allianz SE. Microsoft has acquired the environmental attributes connected to Bloom Wind from ART for a 10- year period. (Source: Capital Power, NA Windpower, Others, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Capital Power, Brian Vaasjo, Pres., CEO, (617) 330-1340 - Boston Office, usdevelopment@capitalpower.com, www.capitalpower.com

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$2Bn in Low-Carbon Project Funding for Cdn. Provinces (Funding)

Date: 2017-06-19
In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna , has reported that three Canadian territories and eight provinces -- excluding Manitoba and Saskatchewan, neither of which has signed the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change -- will share $2 billion in federal funds to help them cut their greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years.

The funding was initially to be a two-year program, with the $2 billion equally divided between 2017-18 and 2018-19, The money was re-profiled over five years in this year's budget, starting with $250 million in 2017-18. There will be $500 million available in each of the next three years and the final $250 million in 2021-22.

The funds will be allocated for projects that significantly reduce emissions, prioritizing those that reduce the most emissions most cheaply. Initiatives must also be in addition to existing projects or those that are already planned. (Source: Canadian Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Canada Press, June, 2017) Contact: Canadian Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Catherine McKenna, (819) 938-3813, ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca

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