With the acquisition, LT Smart Energy will own the entire equity interests in Guangshuo New Energy including seven distributed PV power stations totaling 23.51 MW of installed capacity
and three PV solar power stations with a total installed capacity of 30 MW, all in the PRC. (Source: LT Smart Energy, Korea IT Times, 28 April, 2017) Contact: LT Smart Energy, Wei Qiang, CEO, +852-29696868, Marketing@longitech.hk, www.longitech.hk/en
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The company, which burns woody biomass to generate electricity, claimed the ash was not hazardous, but the claim was based on faulty methods and, at times, falsified summaries of the test results for the ash, the release said.
The firm also provided the falsified records to various governmental entities, individuals and companies. (Source: SacBee, 2 May, 2017) Woodland Biomass Power Ltd., (530) 661-6095
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woodland Biomass Power, , Woody Biomass,
The plan, titled Innovating Energy, establishes four new priorities: delivering a secure and reliable electricity system; accelerating solar PV innovation; improving energy productivity; and exporting renewable energy.
Additionally, ARENA has launched A-Lab, a series of innovation and collaboration laboratories bringing together and objectives.
ARENA will also focus on reducing the cost of solar energy which is expected to produce one-third of Australia's electricity within 20 years. (Source: ARENA, May 1, 2017) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, email@example.com, http://arena.gov.au
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Overall, the company's international energy business generated record revenues of €350 million in 2016, up by almost €53.7 million on 2015, according to a company release.
(Source: Verdo Energy,, PR, ENDSwaste&bioenergy, 3 May, 2017) Contact: Verdo, Kim Frimer, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://verdo.dk/en
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The May 3rd flight was the first of 12 "green package" flights the airline is operating over a three-month period on its nonstop San Francisco to Singapore route. The flights will be powered by a combination of hydro-processed esters and fatty acids, a sustainable biofuel produced from used cooking oils, and conventional jet fuel. The biofuel, produced by AltAir Fuels, will be supplied and delivered to San Francisco by SkyNRG in collaboration with North American Fuel Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Aviation Oil (Singapore), and EPIC Fuels.
(Source: Channel News Asia, Singapore Airlines, PR, 3 May, 2017) Contact: AltAir Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920, email@example.com, www.altairfuels.com; SkyNRG, +31 (0) 20 470 7020, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.skynrg.com;
Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeair.com/corporate
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has received planning consent for the installation of 4, 10MW Heizomart biomass boiler systems and a Wellvent drying floor, which will be installed by technology partners VG Energy.
(Source: VG Consulting, VG Energy, PR, 3 May, 2017) Contact: CCC Waste Mangement, Sean Munro, Director, www.cccwaste.com;
VG Consulting, www.vg-consulting.co.uk
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The biomass deal involves the company winning a €341-million project to boost the production of electricity and steam from biomass for chemicals and construction clients in North China's Hebei province, via its subsidiary Veolia China.
Veolia collects, sorts, treats and recycles millions of tons of municipal and industrial waste every year. An increasing amount of this waste is looped back into new consumption and production cycles.
In addition to its wide-ranging waste management services, Veolia develops biomass production, using organic waste as a resource for industrial production processes and municipal services.
(Source: Veolia, PR, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 4 May, 2017)Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com
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The improvements are expected to save 225,000 kWh of electricity annually -- equivalent to the usage of more than 30 average size homes. The school will also save almost 14,000 therms of natural gas annually, which is equal to the yearly use of 14 typical New Jersey homes, as well as nearly $48,000 annually in energy costs.
(Source: PSE&G, Ben Porat Yosef, PR, 4 May, 2017) Contact: Public Service Electric, Susanna Chiu, Director of Energy Efficiency Programs, (973) 430-7000, https://pseg.com;
Ben Porat Yosef School, https://benporatyosef.org
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The data center's green features include a photovoltaic array installed on the façade for on-site renewable energy generation and LED energy efficient lighting fixtures resulting in a 20 to 25 pct cut in electric power use, 25 to 30 pct reduction in water consumption, enhanced air quality and excellent day-lighting and staff health and well-being.
(Source: Hindu Business Line, , ProudGreenBuilding, 2 May, 2017) Contact: ICICI Bank, www.icicibank.com; Indian Green Building Council, www.igbc.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Indian Green Building Council,
The building was specifically designed on lean, green and digital principles including:
Though green infrastructure was not specified in the budget, the CaGBC is calling for building energy efficiency retrofits as well as a comprehensive building energy benchmarking program to gather performance data on the energy and water use of large buildings.
According to CaGBC, the Manitoba green building industry supported over 5,500 direct jobs and generated $438.8 million in GDP. (Source: CaGBC, JOC News, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org
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The cells will be manufactured by Nissan in Sunderland, UK, and sold in the UK in partnership with Eaton Corp, a US power management company. The XStorage Home systems will be sold for £5,000 and up, with installations carried out by a nationwide network of electricians beginning in July.
(Source: Nissan, CTBR, Guardian, May, 2017) Contact: Nissan, http://electricalsector.eaton.com/energystorage_Nissan_xstorageContactus_UK; www.nissan.co.uk/experience-nissan/electric-vehicle-leadership/xstorage-by-nissan.html; Mercedes-Benz, ; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com, http://ir.tesla.com/corporate-governance.cfm
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The wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for 1.5 million people in the Netherlands, and reduce the country's CO2 emissions by 1.25 million tpy.
The Gemini offshore wind farm is owned by Northland Power with 60 pct, Siemens Financial Services with 20 pct, Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors with 10 pct and N.V. HVC with the remaining 10 pct stake.
(Source: Northland Power, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Northland Power, John Brace, CEO, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.ca
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Vattenfall's sustainable solar partnership allows customers to lease the PV system over a period of usually 20 years, after which the company owns the system.
Under the flexible solar partnership, the lease term of the plant is initially at least eight years, after which the customer can extend the contract, purchase the plant or hand it over to Vattenfall for further use. In either arrangement, Vattefall assumes all initial costs as well as maintenance and operation management on behalf of the customer.
(Source: Vattenfall, May, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall,
Valentin Voigt, Project Manager, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com
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The appointment is the latest in a string of appointments where the fox is put in charge of the hen house. Simmons -- the fox -- is well known for comments such as:
"We have to look at the track record of the oil and gas industry [which is] producing low-cost, reliable energy, particularly when the alternative is much, much higher prices."
"The most simple of all points is that no matter what the renewable (energy) guys say, what they will admit is that their type of power -- wind and solar -- is more expensive and will increase the price of electricity. And in an economy that is struggling, it is critical that we do everything we can to keep prices low."
"It is unseemly that the American taxpayer has contributed billions of dollars to these (wind and solar energy) facilities." (Source: The Independent, 3 May, 2017) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy,
UCLA's Carbon Upcycling team, led by Prof. Gaurav Sant, professor of civil and environmental engineering and materials science, is one of 25 that has advanced to the semifinals by demonstrating a process for capturing CO2 emissions from power plant smokestacks, the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions. The trapped emissions will be used to create a CO2-neutral building material called CO2NCRETE, which can replace traditional concrete. The binding component of traditional concrete is responsible for nearly 9 percent of global CO2 emissions.
A total of up to 10 teams will advance to the Carbon XPRIZE finals, with up to 5 teams in each of two parallel tracks -- one will test technologies at a coal power plant, and the other at a natural gas power plant. The finalists will split a $2.5 million purse, and the winning team in each track will receive $7.5 million. (Source: UCLA, 2 May, 2017)
Contact: UCLA, Prof. Gaurav Sant, (310) 206-3084, email@example.com, www.lcc-ucla.com; XPRIZE, Eric Desatnik (310) 741-4892, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.xprize.org; COSIA, www.cosia.ca
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The OFLP pilot project is part of an international initiative that includes Zambia, Columbia and Indonesia. (Source: World Bank Bio-carbon Trust Fund, Ethiopian Herald, 3 May, 2017) Contact: World Bank Bio-carbon Trust Fund, http://siteresources.worldbank.org/PAKISTANEXTN/Resources/293051-1089890926900/BioCF-Backgrounder.pdf
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, CO2 Emissions, Carbon Emissions, Deforestation,
Since 2012, BNP Paribas has reduced its direct CO2 emissions by 15 pct per employee, in line with the Group’s target of a 25 pct reduction by 2020. This achievement is the result of a specific policy of promoting energy efficiency at the Bank’s buildings and data centres -- a significant challenge given that the premises occupied by BNP Paribas worldwide total over 7 million square metres -- and also optimising business travel. The Group will also work to offset CO2 emissions that cannot be directly avoided or easily reduced, such as those arising from staff travel and natural gas consumption, through partnerships with benchmark organisations, in accordance with our Corporate Social Responsibility policies
Other BNP Paribas initiatives include:
EU member states with emissions increases in 2016 include Finland (+8.5 pct), Cyprus (+7 pct), Slovenia (+5.8 pct ) and Denmark (+5.7 pct).
(Source: Eurostat, Malta Today, 4 May, 2017)
Contact: Eurostat, ec.europa.eu/eurostat
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Olin Brass, an ENERGY STAR partner for the last four years, received the distinction for formulating an energy management program with the EPA's ENERGY STAR resources. (Source: Olin Brass, ENERGY STAR, 4 May, 2017 Contact: Global Holdings, Olin Brass,
Dale Taylor, President, (847) 240-4700, http://gbcholdings.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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According to Statoil, 400-600 megawatts could be developed by 2024, with the remaining number phased in over the next several years. Statoil expects to eventully deploy about 100 turbines with 10 MW capacity each. The company has also begun meeting with local and state officials to inform them of the plan and address concerns. (Source: Statoil, Newsday, 29 April, 2017) Contact: Statoil,
Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com
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The main drivers of these improvements are a significant drop in the subsidized cost of utility-scale universal solar power, the ability to support the variable output of solar and wind with highly efficient natural gas generation, and Virginia's two nuclear power stations. This combination is expected to provide the lowest cost and best environmental performance while maintaining around-the-clock reliability.
On the Federal level, Dominion anticipates future national energy policy to include limitations on greenhouse gas emissions in some form, i.e. the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan which is now under attack by the Trump administration. Nonetheless, the federal government remains under a legal requirement to address carbon as a regulated pollutant.
At the state level, the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board is currently considering a petition on carbon limitations and is developing proposals to reduce carbon emission in Virginia, irregardless of federal action or inaction.
Dominion has lowered carbon emissions in recent years through a number of other measures. It has converted four coal-fired power stations to natural gas or renewable biomass; built highly efficient natural gas power stations in Virginia to reduce imports of electricity from higher-carbon sources outside the state; encouraged energy conservation; and increased efficiency of its existing stations to produce more energy with the same amount of fuel. The company's newest coal-fired station, the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, can use biomass for up to 20 pct of its fuel.
Dominion's 2017 plan includes advancing renewable energy, grid modernization and strengthening against cyber or physical attacks, providing more control and information for customers, making the power grid a "two-way" street, and improving the company's ability to restore power promptly after outages.
Dominion's alternative plans all assume the future will include some carbon restrictions resulting in the potential closures of certain fossil-fueled generating plants.
(Source: Dominion Virginia Power, PR, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Dominion Virginia Power, Robert M. Blue, Pres., CEO, www.dom.com
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Eos' Aurora grid-scale storage system based on the company's patented znyth zinc hybrid cathode batteries will be used in the project. The energy storage company will work with power generation equipment provider Northern Power Systems, which will supply its FlexPhase power conversion technology and "intelligent" controls.
Eos and Northern Power Systems are currently finalizing site-specific engineering and design tasks ahead of breaking ground on the project later this summer, according to Engie.
(Source: Engie, Energy Storage, 25 April, 2017)
Contact: Eos Energy Storage, Philippe Bouchard, (212) 628-7191, email@example.com, www.eosenergystorage.com; ENGIE Group, Julie Vitek, (713) 636-1962, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.engie-na.com; Northern Power Systems, Pavel Jakovlev, Marketing Manager, (802) 461-2955 ext.7, email@example.com, www.northernpower.com
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Lighting replacement is also underway in regional Northern Tasmania where six Tasmanian communities are joining forces to replace more than 9,000 street lights in partnership with Ironbark Sustainability.
Western Australia (WA) has also embarked upon energy efficient LED public lighting projects, with funding assistance from State and Federal Government. Council buildings, recreation areas, and other local government assets have been retrofitted with LED lighting.
(Source: Expotrade Global, PR, Others, April, 2017)
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SP&G's Zero Gas product is the first Green-e Climate certified carbon offset natural gas program for residential customers in Maryland and New Jersey. Zero Gas matches a customer's natural gas usage with Green-e Climate Certified carbon offsets to ensure that 100 pct of the carbon emissions caused by a customer's gas usage are offset.
Through the Spring Green program, Spring matches 100 pct of the electricity used by its electricity customers, and matches it with nationally sourced Green-e Energy certified wind RECs.
Green-e Climate is the global retail standard for high-quality carbon offsets and an independent, third-party certification for gas offset programs.
Green-e Energy is the leading renewable energy certification and verification program in North America.
A program of the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, Green-e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. (Source: Spring Power & Gas, Center for Resource Solutions, 3BL Media, 27 April, 2017). Contact: Center for Resource Solutions, (416) 561-2100, https://resource-solutions.org; Spring Power & Gas, www.springpowerandgas.us;
Green-e, Richard Booth, Pres., www.green-e.org
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The Warren Buffet - Berkshire Hathaway controlled company plans to build an additional 1,000 turbines over the next couple of years on top of the more than 2,000 it already has around the state, the Des Moines Register reported. Upon completion, the utility's share of its energy that comes from renewable sources will jump from 55 pct to nearly 90 pct.
The Hawkeye State's other major power producer, Cedar Rapids-based Alliant Energy, reportedly expects its wind energy share will grow to about 30 pct within seven years.
(Source: MidAmerican, Omaha World-Herald, AP, 1 May, 2017)Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, CEO, Pres., Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com
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Maersk Tankers will supply a 109,647 ton Long Range 2 product tanker, which will be retrofitted with two 98 feet tall by 16 feet in diameter Norsepower Rotor Sails which combined are expected to reduce average fuel consumption on typical global shipping routes by 7-10 pct.
The Norsepower Rotor Sail is a modernized version of the Flettner Rotor -- a spinning cylinder using the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. Each Rotor Sail is made from lightweight composite sandwich materials.
(Source: Norsepower, The Log, 30 April, 2017) Contact: Norsepower, Tuomas Riski, CEO, +358 12 330 5732, www.norsepower.com; Magnus Flettner Rotor, http://magnuss.com/flettner.html
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The sale is conditional upon numerous conditions, financing and regulatory approvals.
(Source: European Energy A/S, PR, 1 April, 2017) Contact: European Energy A/S , Jens-Peter Zink, Chairman, +45 2047 8220, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.europeanenergy.dk; Aquila Capital, Roman Rosslenbroich, CEO, +49 40 87 5050 100, email@example.com, www.aquila-capital.de
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The turbine is mounted on a buoyant underwater structure anchored in deep water. The wind turbine, tower and underwater structure are permanently joined and rotate as a single unit with water carrying the full weight of the structure which, similar to a sailing boat, is stabilized by the keel.
The unit does not require a yaw system for the turbine to face the wind nor a pitching mechanism to turn the rotor blades. Accordingly, fewer moving parts incur lower maintenance and operating costs. The SeaTwirl S2, 1MW turbine is expected to be available in 2020.
(Source: SeaTwirl AB, Maritime Executive, Others, 30 April, 2017) Contact: SeaTwirl AB, Gabriel Strangberg, Managing Director,
Gabriel.Strangberg@SeaTwirl.com, +46 70-480 55 29, www.seatwirl.com
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Of the SGIP budget of $566,692,308 through 2019, 79 pct of the money will go to energy storage projects, while 21 pct will go to traditional generation projects. Additionally, 13 pct of the energy-storage-project money will focus on residential projects less than or equal to 10 kW in size, while 52 pct of the generation reservation will be reserved for renewable generation projects.
The size of the rebate depends on the size of the project and the other incentives of which they take advantage. Effective immediately, energy storage systems larger than 10kW that do not take the investment tax credit (ITC), and residential systems of less than 10 kW, will be reimbursed at a rebate rate of 50 cents per watt-hour. Projects larger than 10kW that take the ITC will be reimbursed at a rebate rate of 36 cents per watt-hour.
The PUC expects the money funding those levels of projects to be gone shortly after the portal opens today. Once those sell out, there will be a 20-day rest period, at which point the application will reopen with lower incentive levels (10 cents per watt-hour lower). If the decreased incentive level sells out and reaches budgeted funding limit within 10 days, the incentive level will decrease by another 10 cents per watt-hour. (Source: California PUC, PV Mag., 1 May, 2017)
Contact: California PUC, (415) 703-2782, http://www.cpuc.ca.gov
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AVL has retained TFMS, a commercialization consultant, to study the market, including: a high level residential VRB costing study; preparation of VRB product budget; identification of potential funding partners and grant assistance; and an analysis of potential technology partners and manufacturing sites.
AVL's redox flow battery (VRB) offers the ability to store large amounts of energy for delivery over an extended period. Small scale VRBs are also ideally suited for small scale standalone applications such as powering remote telecommunications facilities and irrigation pumping facilities, according to a company release.
AVL's vanadium redox flow batteries are currently being marketin Australia by GILDEMEISTER.
(Source: Australian Vanadium, PR, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Australian Vanadium, Vincent Alar, MD, +61 8 9321 5594 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Talasol is promoting the construction of a 300 MW PV plant in the municipality of Talavan, Caceres, Spain at a projected cost of between €225-255 million ($245 million - $278 million). The project is slated to be construction ready within 10-15 months.
To date, Ellomay inrenewable energy related ventures include approximately 22.6MW of PV power plants in Italy and approximately 7.9MW of photovoltaic power plants in Spain;
(Source: Ellomay Capital Ltd, PR, 30 April, 2017) Contact: Ellomay Capital, Kalia Weintraub, CFO, +972 (3) 797-1111, email@example.com, www.ellomay.com; Talasol, +34 925 82 51 82
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The 3-MW project will be developed in collaboration with ICF INC., the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), Direct Contact, Univ. of California Davis, Babcock Power Environmental, Gaelectric and DE Solutions. The facility's power production will be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric for use in conjoined businesses.
(Source: California Energy Commission, Daily Eagle, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Camptonville Community Partnership, Refine Miller, Bioenergy Project Manager, (530) 288-9355, CPP@cville.K12.ca.us
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The plant upgrade is expected to increase the plant's capacity from 12 million to 30 million gpy. This would match the capacity at the company's other Iowa biorefineries in Mason City and Newton. It would also qualify for the existing 2 cents per gallon biodiesel production tax credit for seven years beginning January 1, 2018. In that year, the new law also adjusts the current retail incentive for fuel containing a minimum 5 percent biodiesel blend (B5) to 3.5 cents per gallon and creates a new 5.5 cents per gallon incentive for blends of B11 or more.
REGI owns 14 active biorefineries in the United States and Europe with a combined annual nameplate capacity of 502 million gallons. (Source: REGI, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres. and CEO, Anthony Hulen, Corp. Affairs, (703) 822-1972, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.regi.com
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Burning 1 acre of Miscanthus can offset 4 tons of coal in a power plant and a field of the grass can grow for a decade or more without replanting. Miscanthus can tolerate Iowa winters and can't produce seeds, so it won't invade neighboring fields, according to the university's renewable energy business development manager, Erin Hazen. The university plans to generate 10 pct of its energy from Miscanthus and use biomass fuels for the other 90 pct.
Since 2015, the school has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 17 pct with Miscanthus and other biofuels, Hazen added.
(Source: University of Iowa, University Herald, 1 May, 2017) Contact: University of Iowa, Erin Hazen, Renewable Energy Bus Dev Manager, (319) 384-3414, uiowa.eduwww.uiowa.edu
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The $100 million project is awaiting a dryer that is central to Enerkem's process.
according to Enerkem's Mike Labrecque.
The site completed Phase 2 of it's construction late last year and the target of production for mid 2017 was set then. (Source: AM770, 30 April, 2017)
Contact: Enerkem, Tim Cesarek, Sr. VP Bus. Dev., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, email@example.com, www.enerkem.com
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The $900,000 project will make Woodbury County the Hawkeye State's first county to use light-emitting diode (LED) in all its buildings. The new bulbs are estimated to last at least 15 years and save the county tens of thousands of dollars in utility costs. Nearly half of the project cost is being covered by energy efficiency rebates. (Source: NACO, Sioux City Journal, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Woodbury County Iowa,
www.woodburycountyiowa.gov; National Association of Counties, (202) 393-6226, www.naco.org
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BWSC is responsible for operation and maintenance of the plant under a 15-year agreement.
(Source: Burmeister & Wain, renews, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Burmeister & Wain, +45 48 14 00 22 l, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bwsc.com;
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151, www.cipartners.dk; PensionDanmark, www.pension.dk
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The work, being conducted at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBI), targets LigM for its role in breaking down aromatic pollutants such as aryl compounds, a common waste product from industrial and agricultural practices, into something of value.
LigM is utilised by the soil bacterium Sphingomonas to metabolize aryl compounds derived from lignin, the stiff, organic material that gives plants their structure. In biofuel production, aryl compounds are a byproduct of the breakdown of lignin. Many of the pathways leading to the breakdown of lignin involve demethylation, which is often a critical precursor to any additional steps in modifying lignin-derived aryl compounds.
The researchers found that half of the LigM enzyme was homologous to known structures with a tetrahydrofolate-binding domain that is found in simple and complex organisms alike. The other half of LigM's structure was said to be completely unique, providing a starting point for determining where its aryl substrate-binding site is located.
Study lead author Amanda Kohler, JBEI postdoctoral researcher at Sandia, noted that LigM is an attractive demethylase for use in aromatic conversion because it is a simple, single-enzyme system. LigM is also able to maintain its functionality over a broad temperature range.(Source: Berkeley Lab, National Academy of Science, WMW, 2 May, 2017) Contact: LBL Berkeley, Sandia National Lab, Amanda Koehler, (530) 902-8670, ACKohler@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov; Sandia National Lab., www.sandia.gov
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"We figured out how to put a man on the moon in 10 years. You can't tell me we can't figure out how to burn coal that we mine right here in the United States of America and make it work. We can do that."-- Presidential Candidate Barack Obama
"My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. We're going to have clean coal, really clean coal." – Pres. Donald Trump
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The Iranian Meteorological Organization reports the country's greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 3 pct in the past decade. In Paris, Iran pledged to cut its emissions by 4 pct by 2030. According to the U.S. DOE's Center for International Affairs, the average temperature in Iran has increased by 1.8 degrees Celsius since 1750. (Source: EU, Iran Financial Tribune, 2 May, 2017) Contact: EU Commission for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete, https://ec.europa.eu/clima/index_en
The regulations were challenged by a coalition of states and industry groups that profit or benefit from burning coal.
Environmental groups have opposed the delay and urged the court to rule. (Source: Salina Journal, Various Media, 2 May, 2017)
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China has committed to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and increase the share of non-fossil fuel sources in its total energy consumption by at least 15 pct by 2020, and 20 pct by 2030. To that end, the country will need to increase wind and solar power's share of primary energy consumption to 17 pct by 2030, according to the report.
In 2016, China's solar capacity grew 81.6 pct to 77.4 GW, while wind power grew 13.2 pct from 2015 to 2016 to 149 GW.
(Source: National Bureau of Statistics, UNEP, April, 2017) Contact: China National Bureau of Statistics, www.stats.gov.cn/english
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The program offers renewable energy developers an opportunity to submit proposals starting April 26, 2017 through noon Pacific Time on May 26, 2017. Projects will be chosen through a competitive bidding process and are expected to be selected by August 2017. This request for offers calls for a development target of 150 MW of renewable resources.
Renewable energy developer proposal and other details are HERE. (Source: Pacific Gas & Electric Co., April 28, 2017)
Contact: PG&E, Aaron JOhnson, VP Customer Energy Solutions, www.pge.com
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The company has also begaun construction of an on-site large-scale carbon capture facility as part of a five year Demonstration of Sustainable CCS Technology Project sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. (Source: Toshiba, Various Media, 28 April, 2017)Contact: Toshiba Corp., Press, Aya Oshima / Yuu Takase, +81-3-3457-2100, www.toshiba.co.jp
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The integration of LG Chem's RESU series with Selectronic's inverter has successfully completed over 30 field tests around Australia .(Source: LG Chem, CSO, 26 April, 2017) Contact: LG Chem, www.lgesspartner.com/au; Selectronic, Rod Scott, CEO, www.selectronic.com.au
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NorthStar ACE is a fully integrated remote monitoring system combining Bluetooth communication with an Internet of Things (IoT) concept. The cloud service is built to aggregate and display data on a system level and enable full remote control of the energy storage system.
(Source: NorthStar, PR, Cision, 25 April, 2017) Contact: NorthStar, Hans Liden, CEO , +46 70 417 85 09, email@example.com, www.northstarbattery.com/ace; City of Springfield,
Joel Alexander, Manager, Communication, City Utilities of Springfield, (417)-831-8902, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Also in the report, the company announced a new goal to lower carbon intensity, measured in pounds of CO2 released per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated, by 45 pct versus 2005 output. In 2016, the company achieved an almost 25 pct cut in carbon intensity versus 2005.
The Duke Sustainability Report also notes: