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NEXT Renewable Fuels Planning Oregon Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
NEXT Renewable Fuels
Date: 2019-09-09
In Oregon, the Port of Columbia County has approved a long-term ground lease for NEXT Renewable Fuels to develop a $1 billion Advanced Green Diesel biodiesel production facility on 90 acres at Port Westward.

NEXT Renewable Fuels' planned facility will convert used cooking oil and similar organic feedstocks into renewable diesel at the rate of of 37,500 bpd. The biofuels facility which could be increased to 50,000 bpd capacity, is expected to begin commercial operations in 2022. (Source: NEXT Renewable Fuels, Port of Columbia County, Biofuels News, 9 Sept., 2019) Contact: Port of Columbia County, 503-397-2888, www.portofcolumbiacounty.org; NEXT Renewable Fuels, Lou Soumas, Pres., info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEXT Renewable Fuels,  Biodiesel,  


Praj Touts 2G Ethanol "Enfinity" Technology (Int'l. Report)
Praj Industries,Omega Energy USA
Date: 2019-09-09
On the sub-continent, Mumbai-based sugarcane ethanol producer Praj Industries reports it has reached an important milestone in the commercialisation of its 2G ethanol "enfinity" technology, following successful performance and due diligence by a US-based oil and gas major.

The company's proprietary "enfinity" technology will be used to produce ethanol and other co-products using sugarcane bagasse in the first bagasse-based biorefinery in the US. Miami-based Omega Energy USA will develop the biorefinery, while cane sugar producer Lasuca Sugar will supply bagasse feedstock. The proposed project will have a production capacity of 10-15 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol. (Source: Praj Industries, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Omega Energy USA, 786-245-0642, www.omegaenergyusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Ethanol,  


Belgian North Sea Offshore Wind Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV
Date: 2019-09-09
Zwijndrecht, Belgium-based Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) is reporting the first three of 58 momopole offshore wind turbine foundations for the SeaMade offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea are being installed.

The SeaMade project combines the Seastar (252MW) and Mermaid (235MW) wind farms for a total of 58 turbines with a total capacity of 487 MW, making it the largest wind farm in Belgium and the Belgian North Sea. Each of the Project's two wind farms, Mermaid and Seastar, will have its own offshore substation. When fully operational in 2020, SeaMade is expected to generate sufficient electric power for for 500,000 households (Source: Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV, Port News, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: DEME Group, +54 11 3221 6740, info.diar@deme-group.com, www.deme-group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SeaMade ,  Offshore Wind,  


Wind Turbine Installer Windhoist Group Sold (Int'l, M&A)
Windhoist
Date: 2019-09-09
Irvine, Scotland-based wind turbine installation business Windhoist Group is reported to have been sold to European fund manager Star Capital for an undisclosed price.

Windhoist, which has premises in Germany and subsidiaries in Morocco, Ireland, South Africa and Australia, has erected more than 6000 turbines across the world, with a capacity of more than 11GW. Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, Goldwind, Enercon and Nordex are among Winhoist's customers. Recent Windhoist projects include the construction of 84 offshore wind towers for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind project in the Moray Firth. (Source: Windhoist, insider.co.uk, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Winhoist, +44 1294 204860 info@ windhoist.co.uk, www.windhoist.co.uk; Star Capital, www.star-capital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Windhoist,  Offshore Wind,  


Norwegian CCS Project Announces Major Participants (Int'l. Report)
Equinor,Gassnova
Date: 2019-09-09
In Oslo, Norway's Equinor is reporting steel maker ArcelorMittal, Heidelberg Cement, the Swedish refiner Preem, and the Finish energy firm Fortum Oyi are among the firms signing Memorandums of Agreement (MoU) on joining the Norwegian government's Northern Lights underground carbon dioxide (CO2) storage project offshore Norway. The CCS project is led by Equinor in partnership with Shell and the French energy giant Total.

Industry's commitment is considered crucial for the Norwegian government's investment in the project, which aims at capturing and storing up to 5 million tonnes of CO2 from various industrial sites onshore. The project is expected to cost between $802 million and $1.4 billion to establish a full CCS chain. To date, Norway has spent roughly $92 million on the project which could start operations in 2023 or 2024, according to a Gassnova, a governmental agency in charge of CCS development, report.(Source: Equinor, Gassnova, Reuters, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Saetre , CEO, www.equinor.com/en; HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com; Fortum Oyi, www3.fortum.com; PREEM, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english

More Low-Carbon Energy News GassnovaCCS,  Equinor,  ArcelorMittal,  Heidelberg Cement,  Preem,  Fortum,  


Norwegian Office Bldg. Produces Double Its Energy Needs (Int'l.)
Snohetta Architects
Date: 2019-09-09
In Norway, the Oslo-based international architectural firm Snohetta is reporting the recently completed 18,000 square-meter Powerhouse Brattorkaia office in Trondheim, is producing more than double the amount of electricity it consumes daily.

The angular office building is wrapped by 3,000-square-metres of solar panels that generate approximately 500,000 kWh of power to meet 100 pct of the buildings electric power needs. The surplus power is stored in batteries and/or sold to neighboring buildings and city transport.

The building's energy efficiency features include a lighting motion detection system, extremely efficient insulation, smart systems that regulates HVAC, and a low-emission concrete structure that helps regulate the building's temperature using thermal mass. (Source: Dezeen Snohetta Architects, Sept., 2019) Contact: Snohetta, contact@snohetta.com, www.snohetta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


IFC's 1st Canadian Green Bond Raises $750Mn (Ind. Report)
International Finance Corporation
Date: 2019-09-09
The World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) is reporting issuance of its first Canadian dollar green bond raised $750 million (Cdn) ($569 million US) for climate-smart business.

The proceeds of the five-year green bond will finance IFC low-carbon investments in green projects, including renewable energy, green buildings, sustainable forestry, and energy efficiency. Approximately half of the investments were from Canadian interests Canadian, followed by Asian (26 pct), EMEA (16 pct) and the Americas (8 pct). IFC issued it firs Green Bond its first issuance in 2010. (Source: IFC, Saur Energy, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation,  Green Bond,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


Prisons Capture $1.9Mn for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
MG Energy
Date: 2019-09-09
In the Buckeye State, Mansfield-based mechanical systems specialist MG Energy reports it has been selected by the Ohio Facility Construction Commission (OFCC) to design and install $1.9 million worth of energy-saving improvements at Mansfield and Richland State Correctional Institutions.

The improvements will include boilers, pumps and other pieces of technology as well as low-flow plumbing fixtures. The implementation of leading-edge tech such as energy usage data will be streamed to the cloud and evaluated, calculated and delivered in a concise annual energy savings report.

Work is now underway and is expected to be completed by June 2021, while the full net savings will amount over a maximum of 15 years. (Source: MG Energy, PR, Digital Journal, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: MG Energy, David Metzger, Pres., (419) 522-2700, www.metzgerengineering.com; Ohio Facility Construction Commission, 614-466-6290, www.ofcc.ohio.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Coronado Developing Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
City of Coronodo
Date: 2019-09-09
In the Golden State, the City of Coronado -- pop. 24,400 +- -- reports it is developing a Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to plan for a sustainable future.

The Climate Action Plan will identify strategies and actions for reducing those greenhouse gas emissions generated by transportation and mobile sources, residential and non-residential energy consumption, water and wastewater treatment and its transport, and solid waste generation. The Plan will include a greenhouse gas inventory, forecast, reduction targets, and various reduction measures to achieve targets, and an implementation and monitoring strategy for continuous assessment, according to a City release.

The plan will benchmark the City's current status relative to statewide emission goals; provide a roadmap for achieving statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; create a plan that considers the City's needs and objectives; and provide guidance and measurable trigger points for the City to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Major strategies to reduce emissions will include increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative forms of transportation, water conservation, urban forestry, natural light and ventilation, and programs to "reduce, reuse, and recycle" consumer goods. A draft plan is expected by the first quarter of 2021. (Source: City of Coronado, Eagle Weekender, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Coronodo, Blair King, City Manager, (619) 522-7335, www.coronado.ca.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Univ. of Alberta Wins $1.6Mn for Jet Biofuel R&D (Funding, R&D)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-09-09
University of Alberta Bioresource scientist David Bressler's work on renewable jet fuels is among 23 projects receiving $27 million in funding from Natural Resource Canada's Western Economic Diversification Canada. Bressler's lab scored $1.6 million to help with the $6.2-million project, which also includes funding from Alberta Innovates, private investors and other funding.

With a biofuel research platform dating back to 2003, Bressler's lab has been the focal point of a push to test and validate renewable jet fuels. Oakville, Ontario-based Forge Hydrocarbons, a TEC Edmonton spinoff company based on Bressler's research, is already building a commercial plant. (Source: Univ. of Alberta, Sept., 2019) Contact: University of Alberta, David Bressler, TEC Edmonton, 780.492.8977, info@tecedmonton.com, www.tecedmonton.com; Forge Hydrocarbons, (905) 518-7786, www.forgehc.com; Natural Resource Canada's Western Economic Diversification Canada, www.wd-deo.gc.ca

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


Mortenson Tapped for 500-MW Colorado Wind Project (Ind Report)
Mortenson
Date: 2019-09-09
Xcel Energy-Colorado reports the selection of wind developer Mortenson for construction of the 500-MW Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project in Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties, Colorado. The $743 million project is expected to be completed in December 2020. Turbine manufacturer Vestas will supply a total of 229 turbines for the wind farm. (Source: Xcel Energy, Denver Post, 6 Sept, 2019) Contact: Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energy Group, www.mortenson.com/wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mortenson,  Wind,  Xcel Energy ,  


Insurer Takes Interest in Duke Energy Renewables Portfolio (M&A)
Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2019-09-09
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy is reporting the closure of its previously announced sale of a minority interest in a portion of its commercial renewable energy portfolio owned and operated by its affiliate, Duke Energy Renewables, to the John Hancock Infrastructure Fund -- part of Manulife Investment Management and John Hancock Life Insurance Company. (Source: Duke Energy PR, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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


Fiji Proposes Sweeping Climate Change Legislation (Int'l. Report)
Fiji,Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-09
In the South Pacific, the more than 300 island archipelago nation of Fiji, one of the most threatened island nations by the potential ravages of climate change, is proposing new climate change legislation.

The legislation will introduce a carbon credit scheme, reward climate-friendly infrastructure projects, and a plan for the possible relocation of climate change related threatened coastal communities.

Fiji, with a population of roughly 910,000, also plans to make 30 pct of its exclusive economic zone a marine protected area with the entire area to be "sustainably managed" by 2030. The legislation is expected to be passed into law before the year end. (Source: Gov. of Fiji, Stock Daily Dish, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Fiji Attorney General Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiyaz_Sayed-Khaiyum

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Legislation,  Fiji,  


NBB's EPA RFS "Hardship" Waivers Challenge Nixed (Reg & Leg)
NBB,National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2019-09-09
In the nation's capitol, the US Court of Appeals has announced it will not review the Trump administration US EPA's refusal to account for its granting of numerous retroactive Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) "hardship" waivers, as challenged by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

The Court nixed the NBB's appeal on the grounds that the biofuel industry did not comment on the topic or give the EPA sufficient opportunity to address those comments. (Source: NBB, Biofuels News, 9 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News NBB,  Biodiesel,  RFS,  "hardship" Waivers,  


CGE Energy Touting Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Tech. (Ind Report)
CGE Energy,
Date: 2019-09-09
Brighton, Michigan-based CGE Energy, Inc.reports it is advancing development of its WIND e20® vertical-axis wind turbine technology.

The 105-foot WIND e20® can be installed, maintained and removed without a crane and incorporates collapsible hydraulic blades.

CGE Energy has received four U.S. patents as well as one European patent for the WIND e20® These independent patents cover a fluid driven turbine that generates power from wind blowing from any direction, its generator and primary components located in the base of the turbine, and hydraulic locking joints within the turbine's segmented blades. (Source: CGE Energy, PR, GlobeNewswire, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: CGE Energy, Inc., Paul Schneider, VP Marketing, 248-446-1344, pschneider@cgeenergy.com, www.cgeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CGE Energy,  Wind,  


Australians Announce "Blue Carbon" Science Hub (Int'l Report)
Blue Carbon
Date: 2019-09-09
Further to our 10th July report, the Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has announced the establishment of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Indian Ocean Blue Carbon Hub aimed at protecting and restoring the health of ocean "blue carbon" mangrove ecosystems.

The hub, which will be hosted by the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at the University of Western Australia, will be jointly funded by the federal government and CSIRO to the tune of $600,000 over three years. According to hub director Dr Mat Vanderklift, "Blue carbon ecosystems are highly effective at carbon storage and protecting coastal communities against storms. The Indian Ocean is disproportionately important in blue carbon globally. The hub will allow us to accelerate action and go beyond talking about it, to doing something about it."

Mangrove systems sequester "blue carbon" -- CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere and locked up in coastal wetlands such as mangroves. (Source: The New Nation, Sept., 2019) Contact: Indian Ocean Blu Carbon Hub, Dr Mat Vanderklift, Dir. Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at the University of Western Australia, +61 8 6488 7270, www.uwa.edu.au › facilities › indian-ocean-marine-research-centre

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mangrove,  Blue Carbon,  Climate Change,  


Johnson County KY Scores $100K Energy Efficiency Grant (Funding)
The Kentucky Department for Local Government
Date: 2019-09-09
The Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) is reporting the issuance of a $100,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation grant of $100,000 to Johnson County for energy efficient upgrades to various public facilities through turn-key Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC).

The proposed ESPC work will deliver operational and energy savings and will include lighting upgrades, mechanical upgrades/retro-commissioning, building envelope and water conservation and others, according to the DLG statement.

The EEC Grant program is a cooperative effort with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department of Energy Development and Independence to assist city and county governments to reduce energy consumption and lower overall utility costs. (Source: Kentucky Department for Local Government, Paintsville Herald, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Kentucky Department for Local Government, www.kydlgweb.ky.gov

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


Efficiency Projects Cut School's Energy Use 43 pct (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-09-09
In Montana, Kalispell Public Schools is reporting completion of approximately $4 million in energy efficiency and energy saving projects. The upgrades included switched out approximately 29,000 fluorescent and halogen bulbs to energy-efficient LEDs for a 43 pct reduction in energy usage across the school district. Other projects included water efficiency retrofits, HVAC improvements; boiler and domestic hot water heater replacements, and others. The upgrades delivered a nealy 15 pct reduction in natural gas usage, an 18 pct drop in electrical demand and a 13 pct water usage, excluding irrigation, by 21 pct.

Projects were completed under Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) and funded through zero-interest U.S. Department of Education Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, grants, rebates and some district funds. The projects were completed by energy efficiency and renewable specialist Ameresco. (Source: Daily Inter Lake, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Ameresco,  


Trump DOE Dumps Inefficient Bulbs Phase-Out (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2019-09-06
The New York Times and other media are reporting the Trump administration DOE has released new rules that annul Bush-era requirements on energy-saving light bulbs. The Bush-era regulation was to come into force on Jan. 1, 2020.

. The new rules could make less-efficient bulbs for certain fixtures more common, potentially contributing to man-made climate change by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Politically, it's part of the Trump administration's efforts to roll back climate and other environmental regulations. Energy conservation groups are expected to mount challenges to the Trump administration's move that is widely thought to border on "senseless." (Source: US DOE, NYT, 4 Sept., 2019)

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


Lincoln Proceeding with 230-MW Nebraska Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Lincoln Clean Energy
Date: 2019-09-06
Danish energy company Orsted A/S owned Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) reports it is proceeding with construction of the 230-MW, Plum Creek wind farm in Wayne County, Nebraska. When fully online in 2020, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 100,000 homes. (Source: Lincoln Clean Energy, Kallanish, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452, info@lincolnclean.com, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lincoln Clean Energy,  Orsted,  Wind,  


Valmet Announces BS Energy Biomass Boiler Order (Int'l. Report)
Valmet, BS Energy
Date: 2019-09-06
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet is reporting it will supply a biomass-fired boiler and a flue gas treatment plant to BS Energy's combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Braunschweig, Germany. The roughly €50 million boiler with its auxiliary equipment is in line with BS Energy's energy production strategy 2030 which aims to remove and replace coal-fired boilers by 2022.

The biomass-fired CHP plant will produce approximately 20 MW of electricity and 60 MW of district heat. The CYMIC circulating fluidized bed boiler included in Valmet's delivery will use recycled wood as its primary fuels to generate 27 kg/s of high-pressure steam at a pressure of 75 bar and a temperature of 525 C. The flue gas cleaning system included in the delivery will enable fulfilling the tightening emission standards.

BS Energy, a subsidiary company jointly owned by the City of Braunschweig, Veolia Deutschland GmbH, and Thuga AG, is the regional energy supplier in Braunschweig. (Source: Valmet, PR, Globe Newswire, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Valmet, Kai Janhunen, VP, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; BS Energy, +49 531 3838000

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet,  BS Energy,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Conn. Gov. Announces 100 pct Renewable Energy Goal (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-09-06
In Hartford, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) has announced plans to eliminate the state's dependence on fossil fuels by 2040. The governor put forward this goal in his third executive order since taking office in January. The executive order requires the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to develop strategies to achieve a 100 pct zero carbon -- renewable energy -- target for the state's electric power sector by 2040.

The Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3) was created by an Executive Order in 2015 and tasked with formulating strategies to help the state meet its 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act and the 2018 Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency.

The first act set out to reduce GHG emissions to 10 pct below 1990 levels by January 2020 and to 80 pct below 2001 levels by January 2050, while the second act aimed to reduce GHG emissions by 45 percent from a 2001 baseline by 2030, based on a GC3 recommendation. According to the newest executive order, the GC3 will be responsible for monitoring the execution of its proposed strategies and will submit a report to the administration on its implementation progress by Jan. 15, 2021. The GC3 will also develop a climate adaptation strategy in consultation with other state agency. (Source: Office of Gov. Ned Lamont, Yale News, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Office of Gov. Ned Lamont, twitter.com/GovNedLamont

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Democrats Table Community Energy Savings Act of 2019 (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-09-06
In Washington, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and democratic Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Tina Smith are touting the introduction of the Community Energy Savings Program Act of 2019.

The legislation is designed to address and intended to help homeowners lower household energy costs and mitigate climate change chaos. The Act, if passed into law, would provide low-interest financing for residential energy efficiency, renewable energy or energy storage upgrades -- reducing wasted energy and carbon pollution. These energy efficiency projects also help create good-paying jobs through the manufacturing and installation of materials used in energy efficiency upgrades.

A summary of the Community Energy Savings Program is HERE. (Source: KTVZ, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, (503) 326-3386, Fax - (503) 326-2900, www.merkley.senate.gov

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


Manchester NHS Organizations Declare Climate Emergency (Int'l)
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership,
Date: 2019-09-06
In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) organizations in Greater Manchester have declared a "climate emergency" and committed to far-ranging action to "slash carbon emissions and avert predicted illness and disease." Greater Manchester is the first integrated care system -- defined as NHS bodies and council social care working together -- in the country to declare a climate emergency.

The joint Manchester NHS organizations will develop and agree upon that will meet its obligations under the Climate Change Act, to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Manchester NHS organizations will also support pledges made to the Greater Manchester Five Year Plan for the Environment, -- the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership -- which will build on existing work already underway to cut the harmful impact of NHS activity on the environment, such as cutting carbon emissions from energy use by improving efficiency and using low-carbon sources. It will also work with partners to improve local transport around NHS sites, to improve air quality and cut the impact of supply chain transport and encourage reducing waste, managing waste better and reusing or recycling. (Source: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, PharmaTimes, 3rd September 2019) Contact: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, www.gmhsc.org.uk

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


Pacific Climate Change Centre Opens in Samoa (Int'l Report)
Pacific Climate Change Centre
Date: 2019-09-06
In Samoa, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) reports the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), a partnership between the Government of Japan and the Government of Samoa, is now open in Apia, Samoa. The PCCC will be a hub for climate change information, research, and innovation and will provide practical tools, knowledge, support and training to address the climate change adaptation and mitigation priorities of Pacific island people.

The PCCC was funded by the Government of Japan, through grant aid to the Government of Samoa, and financial support provided by the Government of New Zealand. The 21 Pacific island member countries and territories of SPREP include: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna. The five metropolitan members of SPREP are: Australia, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America. (Source: Pacific Climate Change Centre, PR, 5 Sept., 2019)Contact: Pacific Climate Change Centre, www.sprep.org sprep@sprep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


PetroBio Converting Tomato Grower from Nat Gas to Bioenergy (Int'l.)
PetroBio,Maartens
Date: 2019-09-06
Goteborg, Sweden-based engineering company PetroBio reports it has been commissioned to convert the energy production at the Dutch tomato grower Zonnekreek Tomato in Groningen from natural gas to renewable bioenergy. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned by the year end.

According to PetroBio, its "traditional market has been mainly the Nordic countries but since merging with the Belgian biofuel company VYNCKE in January 2018 the opportunities to take market shares in Europe have increased significantly." Via VYNCKE's European customer base PetroBio were able to establish contact with the Dutch pellet manufacturer Maartens and the tomato grower Zonnekreek Tomato. Maartens is responsible for funding and contracting the entire combustion equipment. The project is partly financed by the Dutch government as part of the incentive programme to encourage businesses to switch from combusting natural gas to biofuels. The plant in Holland is planned to be up and running at the end of 2019. (Source: PetroBio, Energy Global, 4 Sept., 2019) Contact: PetroBio AG, +46 31 335 49 50, www.petro.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maartens,  PetroBio,  Natural Gas,  Biogas,  Wood Pellet,  


Australia Meets 2020 Renewables Target (Int'l. Report)
Australia
Date: 2019-09-06
In the Land Down Under, the Melbourne-based Australian Clean Energy Regulator is reporting Australia met its 2020 target for generating electricity from large-scale renewable energy a year ahead of plan despite more than a decade of climate policy uncertainty.

The target, launched in 2001 and reduced in 2015, called for Australia to generate 33,000 GWh power from large-scale renewable energy by 2020. Australia's total power generation is presently around 260,000 GWh, according to Reuters.

The clean energy industry reports A$24 billion ($16 billion US) has been invested in renewable energy in the last 18 months alone, while wind and solar have gone from the most expensive form of power in 2001 to the least expensive today.(Source: Clean Energy Regulator, Reuters, Sept., 2019) Contact: Australia Clean Energy Council, Kane Thornton, CEO, +61 3 9929 4100www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Australia Renewable Energy,  


Higher Temperatures Hamper Solar Power Production (Ind. Report)
Solar
Date: 2019-09-06
MIT researchers Ian Peters and Tonio Buonassisi have found the power generated by solar PV drops by 0.45 pct for every degree of increased temperature.

Download the MIT study HERE (Source: MIT, Ecologist, Sun Investment Group, PR, Sept., 2019) MiT (Source: MIT, Khmer Times, Reuters, 5 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Reading UK Top Performer in Cutting CO2 Emissions (Int'l Report)
UK Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-06
In the UK, the Borough of Reading is reportedly one of the top performing areas for reducing carbon emissions. The Reading area cut emission by 45 pct from 2007 to 2017, earning it a top spot among the UK's top 25 performing areas.

Reading's 218,000 +- residents produce roughly 3.4 tpy -- the ninth lowest amount per person in southeastern England and 48th lowest in the UK. To further cut its emissions, the borough council declared a Climate Emergency and committed to work with partners to deliver a carbon neutral borough by 2030. (Source: Reading Chronicle, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Borough of Reading, www.reading.gov.uk

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


Nordex Scores 195 MW of European Wind Project Contracts (Int'l)
Nordex
Date: 2019-09-06
In addition to its recently reported wind farm projects from Spain and Scotland, Hamburg, Germnay-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group is now reporting receipt of further wind turbine orders in Europe totaling more than 195 MW.

Twelve different customers from Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, France, Germany and Croatia, have ordered N100/3000, N117/3600, N117/3900, N131/3300 and N149/4.0-4.5 wind turbines. Construction of all of the projects is expected to get underway in 2019 and 2020.

Since the launch of the N149/4.0-4.5, the Nordex Group has received orders for this wind turbine type amounting to more than 1.95 GW worldwide -- 819 MW were for projects in Europe, 806 MW in North America and 328 MW across Latin America and Australia. (Source: Nordex Group, PR, reve, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


GEVO Touts New No Particulate Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2019-09-06
Englewood, Colorado-based renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer GEVO reports the development of a proprietary, breakthrough processes that converts

either low-carbon isobutanol or low-value "fusel oils" -- a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes -- into renewable diesel. This new renewable diesel is expected to compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based equivalents while reducing particulates and CO2 emissions.

Low-carbon renewable diesel is biomass-derived transportation fuel suitable for use in diesel engines and has increased in demand since the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard came into effect. Additionally, the marine sector will have to reduce sulphur emissions to meet new international water regulations beginning in 2020. (Source: GEVO, PR, 4 Sept., 2019)Contact: GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Renewable Diesel,  isobutanol,  


R.Power, mBank Seal Major Polish Solar PV Power Deal (Int'l. Report)
R.Power, mBank
Date: 2019-09-06
Poland's largest renewable energy developer R.Power Renewables Group and mBank are reporting conclusion of a €20.7 million solar power deal in Poland.

The investment includes construction of 34 solar power plants that will generate approximately 35,000 MWh of electricity per year -- sufficient power for 15,000 households. Construction is underway for completion and commissioning not later the Q1, 2020. (Source: R.Power, Emerging Europe, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: R.Power, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/r-power-polska; mBank, +48 42 6 300 800, kontakt@mbank.pl, www.mbank.pl

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BayWa Orders Vestas 4.2 MW Turbines for Swedish Project (Int'l)
Vestas, BayWa
Date: 2019-09-06
Danish global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from BayWa r.e. 22 V150-4.2 MW turbines delivered in 4.3 MW power optimized mode for BayWa's wind project in Lyngsasa, Kronoberg County, Sweden. The contract includes turbine supply, installation and commissioning as well as a 25-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement.

The 95 MW project will feature a Vestas Online® Business SCADA solution to lower turbine downtime and optimize energy output. Turbine delivery is scheduled for Q1, 2021, for commissioning in Q2 of 2021. (Source: Vestas Northern & Central Europe, PR, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Vestas Northern & Central Europe, states Nils de Baar, Pres., Christina Schmidt +49 40 46778 5153, chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com, www.twitter.com/vestas; BayWa r.e., Hakan Wallin, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

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More Climate Change Take-Aways from "The Donald" -- Notable Quotes
Trump
Date: 2019-09-06
"1. Which country has the largest carbon emission reduction? AMERICA!

"2. Who has dumped the most carbon into the air? CHINA!

"3. 91 pct of the world's population are exposed to air pollution above the World Health Organization's suggested level. NONE ARE IN THE U.S.A.!"

"The Donald" was defending his administration's role in cleaning the country's air and reducing carbon emissions to address climate change which Trump, as expected, says is "fake news" and doesn't exist.

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


Energy Efficiency, Weatherization Upgrades Offered in Charlottesville (Ind. Report)
Charlottesville Department of Utilities
Date: 2019-09-06
In the Tar Heel State, the Charlottesville Department of Utilities reports it is partnering with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) to create the Charlottesville Gas Energy Efficiency Program -- a pilot program free to income-qualified residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County who are Charlottesville Gas customers.

According to a release, the program will help residents reduce their utility costs, decrease the carbon footprint of the city and Albemarle County, and reduce household water consumption.

Qualified residents will work with a LEAP Home Energy Coach, who will perform an energy audit of their home and select the most appropriate energy-efficiency measures. The no-cost program is open to both home owners and tenants. (Source: Charlottesville Department of Utilities, CBS19, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Charlottesville Department of Utilities, Irene Peterson , (434) 970-3812, peterson@charlottesville.org, www.charlottesville.org

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EU Earmarks €100Mn for Ukraine Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
European Energy Efficiency Fund
Date: 2019-09-06
In Kiev, Ukrinform, the Ukrainian new agency is reporting the European Union (EU) has allocated €80 million ($88.2 million U.S.) under the European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) to support a Ukrainian energy modernization program. The EU also added another €20 million ($22 million U.S.) for technical assistance in the implementation of the program.

In July, the EU-backed EEEF has signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, under which the partners will allocate $235 million to upgrade Ukraine's energy efficiency for some 6,000 homes over a four-year period. (Source: Ukrinform, Xinhua, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: European Energy Efficiency Fund, www.eeef.eu

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Biological Carbon-Neutral Jet Fuel Additive Touted (Ind. Report)
University of Idaho,USAF
Date: 2019-09-06
In Moscow, Idaho, University of Idaho and U.S. Air Force (USAF) researchers partnered to study a jet fuel additive report finding a substance which lowers the freezing point and improves the performance of jet fuel. The additive also cleans the fuel tank, adds antistatic properties to the fuel and begins to freeze at minus 58 degrees Celsius. Jet A, the most commonly used jet fuel, freezes solid at minus 40 degrees Celsius, the researchers stated.

The substance the team is studying as a jet fuel additive is entirely made of biological material. This makes the additive carbon neutral -- it continues the carbon cycle instead of adding excess carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Initially, the team was working to create a jet fuel, not an additive.

. The researchers are participating in an AFWERX grant program and have been awarded $25,000 to continue their research. (Source: University of Idaho Argonaut , 5 Sept., 2019)Contact: Univ. of Idaho, 208-885-6111, www.uidaho.edu

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Rice Univ. Researching CO2 As Fuel Feedstock (New Prod & Tech)
Rice University
Date: 2019-09-06
In Houston, researchers at Rice University report they've developed a cleaner and more efficient process to turn CO2 into a feedstock for chemicals and fuel -- including ethanol and propanol -- for electric power generation without using oil, natural gas or coal. Researchers developed an electrolyzer that uses carbon dioxide and electricity from renewable sources to produce purified, high concentrations of formic acid, a feedstock in the petrochemical industry for various products.

Typically, producing liquid fuel with an electrolyzer is costly and energy-intensive, since the process requires mixing CO2 in a liquid electrolyte, such as salty water, to conduct electricity. At the end of the reaction, the salts have to be removed from the end product, which takes more energy and money. The Rice research team was able to eliminate the need for the salt by using solid, highly conductive fibers to conduct the electricity. As a result, the end product is a purer fuel and cheaper to produce.

Using CO2 to produce liquid fuels could allow more power to be stored in less space. Formic acid can produce 1,000 times the energy of the same volume of hydrogen gas. Similarly, the process can provide a use for excess energy generated by renewable energy sources, providing the electricity to power the electrolyzer to create fuels. In essence, the excess energy is being stored as a new product. The electrolyzer could also be used to create ethanol and propanol fuels. (Source: Rice University, Houston Chronicle, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Rice University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer Haotian Wang, Lead Researcher, 713-348-0000, htwang@rice.edu, chbe.rice.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Rice University,  Alternative Fuel,  Ethanol,  Propanol,  


Ervia, Equinor Ink Carbon Capture & Storage MoU (Int'l Report)
Equinor,Ervia
Date: 2019-09-06
In Dublin, the Irish state utility company Ervia reports it has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian firm Equinor -- f.k.a. Statoil -- to undertake research on the potential for Ireland to benefit from Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Under the MoU, Eriva will work with Equinor and the Norwegian Government's wider "Northern Lights" project which aims to drive CCS development across Europe. If successful, this would see carbon emissions from Ireland's electricity production and large industry captured and exported via ship to be permanently stored in Norway's geological reserves in the North Sea.

Ervia, previously known as Bord Gais or Bord Gais Eireann, is a multi-utility company distributing pipeline natural gas, water services and dark fiber services in Ireland. (Source: Business Irish, Ervia, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ervia, Cathal Marley, CEO, +44 01 823 0300www.ervia.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Bord Gais,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Sunrun, Blacks in Green Partner on Inner-City Solar (Ind. Report)
Sunrun
Date: 2019-09-04
In Chicago, not-for-profit environmental and economic development organization Blacks in Green (BIG) reports it is partnering with residential solar, battery energy storage and energy services company, Sunrun, to expand access to solar energy and jobs in the Chicago area. The partnership aims to to increase opportunities for Southside Chicago homeowners to access solar energy and to increase clean energy career opportunities for residents in traditionally under-served and underrepresented communities.

Under the partnership, Sunrun commits to recruit solar trainees from the BIG network and support BIG at educational events throughout the community so residents can learn about rooftop solar, including the Illinois "Solar for All" low-income solar program to increase access to solar energy for underserved communities. (Source: Blacks in Green, Sunrun, Chiago Defender, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Blacks in Green, Naomi Davis, Pres., www.blacksingreen.org; SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin, VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986, investors@sunrun.com, www.sunrun.com

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Illinois Regulates Cannabis Growers Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-09-04
In the Land of Lincoln, recently enacted state law places limits on the amount of water and electricity both recreational and medical cannabis growers can use for indoor canabis production. The legislation also sets requirements for water runoff and wastewater.

In terms of energy consumption, a grower can use no more than 36 watts per square foot for lighting the plants, and must use high-efficiency lights approved by the DesignLights Consortium, a nonprofit organization that pushes for the use of high-performing commercial lights. (Source: St.Louis NPR, Sept., 2019)

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Vestas Announces OX2 Wind Turbine Supply Order (Int'l. Report)
Vestas,OX2
Date: 2019-09-04
Danish global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports receipt of an an order from the Stockholm-headquartered rewnewnable specialist OX2 for the wind energy projects Kropuln and Storbacken in Western Finland.

The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 30-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement and a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution to lower turbine downtime and optimize the energy output.

The projects, which will be completed on a "merchant basis" without any direct financial support, have a total capacity of 60 MW of V150-4.2 MW wind turbines delivered in Power Optimized Mode. Turbine delivery is slated to begin in Q2, 2021 for an expected commissioning in Q3. (Source: Vetsas, PR, reve, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Christer Baden Hansen, VP Sales North & West, Northern & Central Europe, +34 689 64 83 91, www.vestas.com; OX2, Paul Stormoen, CEO, +46 8 559 310 00, www.ox2.com

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Queensland Ministry Approves 94MW Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
Australia
Date: 2019-09-04
In the Land Down Under, the State of Queensland Ministry for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning reports the agency has approved a $128 million, 64 MW wind farm in Queensland.

The project, which will incorporate 16 new turbines and generate sufficient electric power for roughly 35,000 homes, is expected to break ground as early as March 2020. (Source: Queensland Ministry for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Smart Energy, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Queensland Ministry for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, Minister, www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au

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Great Barrier Reef "Very Poor" Outlook Due to Climate Change (Int'l)
Great Barrier Reef
Date: 2019-09-04
In the Land Down Under, Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is reporting the Great Barrier Reef's long-term outlook has been dropped from "poor" to "very poor" due to the effects of climate change. The Authority's report calls for urgent action on climate change and other threats to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest such reef in the world.

Rising sea temperatures and marine heat waves are doing the most damage to the reef's health, and if nothing is done to stop the current rate of global warming, the reef will be irreparably damaged, the report notes. Beside climate change, the reef is also suffering due to coastal development, direct human use, such as illegal fishing, and land-based run-off from agriculture.

On 30th April, 2018, we reported the Australian federal government is allotting $500 million -- the largest single environmental protection package in the nation's history -- to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change and other treats.

The government will partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in an agreement worth $444 million to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and The Department of the Environment and Energy will also receive $56 million in additional funding. $100 million will be used for reef restoration science and $40 million will be spent for monitoring the health of the reef system.

In a recently published study, researchers revealed the extent of damage caused by global warming on the reef system. Investigations showed that two successive heat waves killed nearly half of the corals in the most pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef. (Source: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, New Scientist, Sept., 2019) Contact: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Josh Thomas, CEO, www.gbrmpa.gov.au; Great Barrier Reef Foundation, www.barrierreef.org

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CW&L Offering Energy Efficiency Replacement Program (Ind. Report)
Focus on Energy,
Date: 2019-09-04
In Ohio, the municipally-owned utility Columbus Water & Light (CW&L) reports it is partnering with Focus on Energy, a statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program, to promote the Heating and Cooling efficiency by replacing old inefficient heating and cooling equipment with newer, more energy efficient versions.

Under CW&L's program, rebate incentives are available through Focus on Energy to customers who upgrade equipment such as a furnace, boiler, smart thermostat or water heater. Utility customers who receive a rebate for a furnace fan or AC unit through the Focus on Energy program are eligible for an additional, matching incentive from Columbus Water & Light. Additional rebates are also available from the utility for AC tune-ups and smart thermostats. (Source: Columbus Water & Light, PR, Columbus Journal, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Columbus Water & Light, (920) 623-5912, www.columbuswaterandlight.com; Focus on Energy Ohio, (440)715-1300, www.focusonenergy.com

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Corn Plus Halts Winnebago Ethanol Plant Operations (Ind. Report)
Corn Plus
Date: 2019-09-04



Neste Opens Calif. Renewable Diesel Fueling Stations (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2019-09-04
Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer reports the opening of three new cardlock renewable diesel commercial fueling stations in Northern and Central California' Neste's first California fueling station opened earlier this year, bringing the total number of commercial fueling stations to four.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: Neste, Various Trade Media, Biofuels Int'l, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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Cielo Reports Alberta Renewable Diesel Refinery Progress (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2019-09-04
Following up on our 5th August coverage, Vancouver-based Cielo Waste Solutions is reporting receipt of a $250,000 joint venture (JV) fee from Renewable U Lethbridge, following a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement. The full fee secures the territory of Lethbridge, Alberta and the surrounding 100km radius. Cielo and Renewable U Lethbridge plan to construct a renewable diesel refinery at the location.

Under the deal, Renewable U will be responsible for financing the costs associated with the refinery, including site acquisition, construction and commissioning of the renewable diesel facility. Cielo will manage the refinery, overseeing its construction, commissioning and operation, for which it will receive a management fee equal to 7 pct of the JV costs, and will continue to receive management fees once operations begin. (Source: Cielo, Biofuels News, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com; Renewable U Energy, Lionel Robins, CEO, www.motivateu.ca/renewableu

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Irish "Environmentally Damaging" Climate Change Directed Spending Opposed (Int'l. Report)
Social Justice Ireland
Date: 2019-09-04
In Dublin, Social Justice Ireland is criticizing the Government's €4 billion yearly incentives, lost and forgiven taxes and other expenditures as "potentially environmentally damaging." The not-for-profit organization suggests this €4 billion would go a long way to supporting a "Just Transition Fund" for low income households in rural Ireland most affected by the implementation of the necessary changes to support climate action.

Social Justice Ireland notes these subsidies effectively cancel out 80 pct of all tax revenues collected through environmental taxes -- the carbon tax -- and thus undermine any positive impact environmental taxes might have.

The group classed fuel allowances for low income households as a potentially damaging subsidy because they could result in increased greenhouse gas emissions through the unnecessary use of fossil fuels. The group suggests the subsidies be spent on fuel allowances for low income households to refurbish properties through improved energy efficiency. The group is also opposed to indirect subsidies -- including tax revenues forgone by the imposition of lower excise duties on diesel, kerosene, gas oil, aviation fuel, so-called green diesel and other fuel oil -- and most farm related subsidies as being potentially environmentally damaging.

Also included in the €4 billion targeted by Social Justice Ireland are direct government subsidies such as the transfer of €115 million from electricity consumers through a PSO levy to subsidize the burning of peat for electricity to maintain jobs in the midlands. (Source: Social Justice Ireland, RTE.ie Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Social Justice Ireland, +353 1 213 0724, www.socialjustice.ie

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Brazil Ups Tariff-Free Ethanol Imports Quota (Int'l Report)
Ethanol, Brazil
Date: 2019-09-04
Reporting from Sao Paulo, the Brazilian government reports it has renewed and increased the size of its tariff-free ethanol imports quota to a limit of 750 million lpy (198 million gpy) for a one year period. Imports above the quota are subject to a 20 pct import duty.

In 2018 Brazil imported 1.7 billion liters of ethanol, primarily from the U.S., surpassing that years quota. Imports this year have also surpassed the quota, reaching 991 million liters from January to July, according to Brazil's National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) oil and fuels regulator. (Source: ET Auto, ANP Brazil, Brazil Reuters, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: ANP Brazil, www.anp.gov.br

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