The following sustainability achievements helped SDCC move up from USGBC Silver to Gold certification:
Part of the reason for the explosion in green bond issuance is the recognition of climate change and the need to invest in projects that at a minimum address or mitigate its impacts. Another reason is that there currently is not a universal set of standards for classifying a "green bond". The designation is voluntary, and each issuer is able to define "green" as they see fit. There is generally the expectation that an issuer will spell out their criteria, usually in an official statement, and that they will document uses of funds going forward, to ensure compliance with their own standards.
The market is trying to establish standards. One of the leaders is the Climate Bonds Initiative. CBI currently marshals experts to create criteria, by which an issuer can have their bonds certified by CBI. Currently, CBI has established criteria for water, wind, solar, geothermal, low-carbon buildings and transportation.
Criteria for bioenergy, land use, hydropower, and waste management, and others are in the works.
(Source: Climate Bonds Initiative, MuniNet, 29 April, 2017) Contact: Climate Bonds Initiative, www.climatebonds.net
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Scientists have been converting methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas pollutant that carbon dioxide, into microbial biomass for decades, most of the time turning it into electricity. This recent PNNL project is converting the methane into something that can be stored and
turned directly into the gasoline.
The end product can also be converted into plastics or even cattle feed, adding to the portfolio of renewable resources. (Source: PNNL, NBC-KNDO, 25 April, 2017)Contact: PNNL, Hans Bernstein, Lead Scientist, (509) 371-6989, www.pnnl.gov
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Louisiana Pellets will provide DRAX with additional biomass pellet capacity in the region of 450,000 tpy. The plant is expected to return to service by early 2018 following incremental investment to upgrade and optimize the facility.
According to DRAX, 65 pct of its electricity was generated from sustainable compressed wood pellets in 2016 as it abandons coal in favour of biomass. (Source: DRAX, Yorkshire Post, 26 April, 2017)Contact: DRAX Group, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com
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The Gladstone Dock biomass import terminal was commissioned in 2016. Together with the earlier Immingham projects, Gladstone Dock forms part of the fuel logistic chain supplying sustainable biomass fuel to the DRAX Power plant. (Source: Ramboll, PR, 25 April, 2017) Contact: ICE North West Civil Engineering, www.ice.org.uk; Ramboll Engineering,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass Pellet, Wood Pellet, DRAX BiomassBiomass,
The RGGI states are weighing policy options that would impose stricter limits on their power-plant emissions starting in 2020, ramping up a program that has driven down carbon emissions from those sources by 40 pct since it began in 2009.
The RGGI states are committed to scale back emissions by an annual 2.5 pct which they achieve by selling "allowances" to power generators, and then using the revenue to invest in renewable energy and energy-efficiency measures. In practice, regional emissions have fallen by about 5 percent a year under RGGI while consumers' power prices have dropped in response to the increasing use of renewables and energy efficiency, boosting local economies. RGGI is now looking at raising its mandates cuts from 2.5 to 3.5 percent.
Since its inception, the RGGI program has cut consumers' energy bills by some $4.7 billion, while boosting the regional economy by $2.9 billion, according to RGGI data.
(Source: RGGI, Delaware Public Media, 28 April, 2017)
Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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The funding includes nearly $1.7 million to study riparian "buffer" plantings -- vegetation planted between streams and farms to help prevent surface runoff.
By studying locations in Ontario and Quebec, environmental sciences professor Naresh Thevathasan and his research team hope to strengthen agroforestry research and practices, benefiting farmers and the environment.
The funding will also support research by plant agriculture professor Ralph Martin, who received nearly $380,000 to investigate aerial sensors used to assess soil organic carbon (SOC) levels. His team will assess climate change scenarios and analyze policy options for industry and government.
Environmental sciences professor John Lauzon will use nearly $180,000 to study nitrous oxide (N20) emissions.
(Source: University of Guelpg, Guelph Mercury, 27 April, 2017) Contact: University of Guelph, Professor Naresh Thevathasan, (519) 824-4120 Ext.52565,
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Although a carbon tax would raise the price on energy generated from oil, natural gas and coal, the tax would be rebated back to Massachusetts residents and businesses, under the model used in the Harvard study. The calculations are based on a $10 per ton tax gradually increasing to $40 a ton.
The study was paid for by the Merck Family Fund, which gives grants to environmental nonprofits, the Clean Water Fund, and private donations.
(Source: Harvard School of Public Health, MassLive, 27 April, 2017) Contact: Harvard School of Public Health, Prof. Jonathan Buonocore, email@example.com, www.harvard.edu
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Agrisoma has discovered a natural protein inside the Carinata seed which can also be processed to produce a nutritious, low carbon animal feed with overall greenhouse gas emissions significantly lower than animal feed made from other commonly used livestock feed crops.
Agrisoma's Carinata seed products are sold under the Resonance brand name.
(Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. , 27 April, 2017) Contact: Agrisoma, Steve Fabijanski, Pres., CEO, www.agrisoma,com
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For the acquisition, Maxwell issued approximately 4.15 million shares and assumed ordinary course liabilities of the business in consideration for the purchase of the Nesscap Energy business which
includes energy storage and power delivery research, development and manufacturing. The company presently operates in Korea, Germany and China. (Source: Maxwell Technologies, Inc., PR, 28 April, 2017) Contact: Maxwell Technologies, Dr. Franz Fink, Pres., CEO, (617) 236-0500, www.maxwell.com; Nesscap Energy, +82 31 289 0721, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nesscap.com
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The potential project would consist of an interconnection and pumping system between the existing San Vicente Reservoir and a new, smaller reservoir located uphill. The system would be used during off-peak energy-use periods to pump water uphill to the new upper reservoir, creating in it a bank of stored hydroelectric energy.
The agency's San Vicente Dam Raise Project -- completed in 2014 through a partnership with the city of San Diego -- created approximately 100,000 acre-feet of new regional carryover storage water supplies and 52,000 acre-feet of new emergency storage capacity. The Water Authority owns the additional storage capacity created by the dam raise and completed filling its carryover storage capacity in summer 2016. (Source: San Diego County Water Authority, 27 April, 2017)
Contact: San Vicente Energy Storage Project, www.sdcwa.org/san-vicente-energy-storage-facility-study; James Palen (858) 522-6621, www.sdcwa.org
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The projects, which consist of 141 Siemens 2.3MW turbines and are limited to 297MW of injection capacity at Broadview’s transmission interconnection point, have 20-year PPAs with Southern California Edison for all of the electricity generated. (Source: Pattern Energy, PR, 27 April, 2017)
Contact: Pattern Energy , Mike Garland , CEO, Pres., Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, email@example.com, www.patternenergy.com
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Including the San Roman Wind Farm, Acciona's U.S.-based portfolio includes three wind farms in Oklahoma totaling 329 MW), one in North and South Dakota with 180 MW, one in Illinois at 100.5 MW, and two in North Dakota at 12 MW, and Iowa with 6 MW). The company also operates a 64 MW concentrating solar power plant in Nevada.
Acciona has also broken ground on a 168 MW wind farm and a 339 MW solar plant in Mexico, both of which are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. (Source: Acciona, 27 April, 2017))Contact: ACCIONA Energy, Ilya Hartmann, CEO, (312) 673-3000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.acciona.us
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The facility, which will be known as the SynTech Energy Centre, will use waste gasification to produce synthetic chemicals or biofuels, some of which could be used for aviation fuel, from processing refuse-derived fuel (RDF).
When operational the plant aims to convert about 40 tpd of locally sourced RDF into a biosynthetic natural gas.
Alongside the financial support from the ETI, energy and engineering firms Rolls-Royce, BP, Shell, Caterpillar, EDF and the UK government are also involved in the project. (Source: SynTech Bioenergy UK, endswaste&enrgy. 25 April, 2017) Contact: SynTech Bioenergy LLC, (815) 942-2466, www.syntechbioenergy.com
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The SBV program facilitates access to DOE national labs for American small businesses, enabling them to tap into the intellectual and technical resources needed to overcome critical technology challenges for their advanced energy products, and gain a global competitive advantage, according to the DOE.
(Source: US DOE SVB, 25 April, 2017)
Contact: DOE Small Business Voucher Pilot Program, www.sbv.org; Synvitrobio Inc., https://synvitrobio.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, email@example.com, www.gevo.com; Kalion Inc., www.kalioninc.com
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Earlier this month, the ministry announced it had cleared 27 companies to bid for a 300-megawatt solar plant and 24 firms for a 400-MW wind farm. The long-term power-purchase agreements will be guaranteed by the government.
(Source: Arabian Business, Bloomberg, 24 April, 2017) Contact: Saudi Arabia Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Turki al-Shehri, Renewable Energy Development, www.meim.gov.sa
According to Novozymes, its increased bioenergy enzymes sales reverses a decline in 2016 when US ethanol producers were looking to cut costs, as profits remained thin. The company has been aided in the last year by the launch of new products and in part by the decline in the oil price, which supported gasoline demand in the US, into which ethanol is blended.
But the firm said today US ethanol consumption had declined slightly in the first quarter and inventories were building. The company supplies enzymes to cellulosic ethanol plants in the US, Brazil and China, all of which have faced similar issues.
(Source: Novozymes, Argus, 26 April, 2017) Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com
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The new turbine variants are expected to be available in Q1 of 2018 and Q3 of 2018 for the V120-2.0 MW.
The new upgrade is the fifth major upgrade since Vestas introduced the 2 MW platform in 2000. (Source: Vestas, Business Standard, 24 April, 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com
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The contracted facilities include:
The contracts are subject to California Public Utilities Commission approvals. (Source: San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego Bus. Journal, 23 April, 2017)
Contact: SDG&E, www.sdge.com
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“Today’s case provides a strong opportunity to defend higher advanced-biofuel volumes. Clear market signals from more robust EPA requirements will encourage continued growth in America’s advanced biofuel—biodiesel,” said Anne Steckel, Vice President of Federal Affairs at NBB.
Various groups are seeking to force changes to the fuel volumes required for compliance in the years 2014 – 2016 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2017. Several cases were consolidated into the one considered today. The NBB supported EPA on the cellulosic and biomass-based diesel volume arguments by pointing to D.C. Circuit Court precedent that affirms EPA’s authority and lack of harm to obligated parties. While joining various ethanol groups on arguments related to EPA’s general waiver authority, the NBB also raised numerous arguments related to EPA’s advanced-biofuel volumes.
Historically, EPA has not deviated from the advanced-biofuel volumes required by the RFS statute, even if the agency lowered other kinds of fuels’ volumes (such as cellulosic). For the first time, EPA reduced the volumes required for advanced biofuel for 2014 – 2016. This set the advanced-biofuels industry back, because U.S. biodiesel responds to increased demand with increased production. The NBB argues that EPA exceeded its authority and failed to move the advanced-biofuel program forward as Congress envisioned.
Congress sought to increase production and stimulate investment—not simply follow the market and maintain the status quo. Reducing the required volumes based on demand-side considerations undermines continued investment and the innovation that has successfully diversified feedstocks, increased efficiencies and lowered costs.
The RFS—a bipartisan policy passed in 2005 and signed into law by President George W. Bush—requires increasing volumes of renewable fuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel stream. The law is divided into two broad categories: conventional biofuels, which must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20%, and advanced biofuels, which must have a 50% reduction. Biodiesel is the first advanced biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide and has made up the vast majority of advanced biofuel production under the RFS to date.
NBB also has a trade case pending before the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission on biodiesel imports. (Source: NBB, Fuel Marketer News, April, 2017)
Since first launching its biodiesel solution in 2012, Targray has become one of the North American clean fuel industry's largest biofuel suppliers, with a dedicated rail fleet linking supply terminals in California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Louisiana to fuel retailers and fleets in the US and Canada. (Source: Targray, PwC, PR, 25 April, 2017) Contact: Targray, www.targray.com/biofuels; PwC, www.pwc.com/ca
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Grassley's legislation comes on the heels of the U.S. biodiesel industry challenging Argentina and Indonesia for flooding the U.S. market with their biodiesel. (Source: WNAX, 26 April, 2017) Contact: Senator Chuck Grassley, 202) 224-3744, www.grassley.senate.gov/contact
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Optimus partnered with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and the City of Pittsburgh to equip 25 of the Steel City's vehicles with their Vector System technology which optimizes vehicle performance and emissions reductions using 100 pct biodiesel (B100).
The Vector System reduced GHG emissions by 6.4 pct fleet-wide. (Source: Optimus Technologies, Penna. DEP, 26 April, 2017)
Contact: Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, Ian Winner, (412) 727-8228x6, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.optimustec.com
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According to Sunvapor CEO Dr. Philip Gleckman, "The collaboration represents a powerful validation of the need for a cost-effective alternative to fuels for industrial heating."
(Source: Sunvapor, 21 April, 2017) Contact: Sunvapor, Dr. Philip Gleckman, CEO, www.sunvapor.net
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The $25 million Fort Rucker array, installed and operated by Alabama Power, is one of two major military solar projects in Alabama.
Energy generated by the array will flow back into the grid for Fort Rucker and Alabama Power customers near the post. (Source: Alabama Power, LMTonline, Dothan Eagle, Various Others, 22 April, 2017)Contact: Alabama Power, Mark Crosswhite, CEO, www.alabamapower.com; Army Office of Energy Initiative, www.oei.army.mil
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The upgrades, which span 19 campuses, are part of the Sustainable CUNY Conserves Program, a University-wide effort to reduce energy consumption across CUNY's 29 million square-feet in over 300 buildings, cut utilities costs and use the savings to support other campus initiatives. The program is part of the BuildSmartNY initiative to increase energy efficiency in public buildings and to achieve a 20 pct reduction in energy use in state buildings by 2020.
(Source: CUNY, 26 April, 2017)Contact: CUNY,www2.cuny.edu; BuildSmartNY, www.buildsmart.ny.gov
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The utility plans to have the first 10 megawatt utility-scale project online in 2018 and, to that end, is seeking industry partners as well as partnering with the First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) for two, 10-MW solar projects to serve First Nations communities. SaskPower is also looking for other community groups, like co-operatives that may be interested in partnering on similar renewable energy projects.
The solar projects are part of the provincial government's plan to generate 50 pct of the province's power from renewables by 2030. (Source: Saskpower, Global News, Others, 26 April, 2017) Contact: Saskpower, Howard Matthews, VP Power Production, Guy Bruce, VP Planning, Environment & Sustainable Development, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com
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Construction of the 20 MW and 22 MW Asunim plants which will generate a combined 56 GWh/year is underway and expected to be grid connected this summer. The pprojects are expected to avoiding approximately 40,000 tpy of CO2 emissions, according to JinkoSolar. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, 25 April, 2017)Contact: Asunim Yenilenebilir Enerji Teknolojileri, www.asunim.com.tr; JinkoSolar Holding Co., Sebastian Liu, +86 21-5183-3056, email@example.com, www.jinkosolar.com
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The Department of Sustainable Development is seeking sealed bids for the project from eligible bidders for the procurement of two 25kWp photovoltaic (PV) systems as part of a strategy to incorporate sustainable energy into the public sector. The deadline for application is May 31.
(Source: Government of Saint Lucia, www.govt.lc
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Hanes is being recognized for: integrating newly acquired facilities across multiple continents into its energy-management program; identifying and implementing more than 220 energy efficiency projects yielding nearly $2 million in energy savings; and developing long-range energy plans that identify strategic projects to achieve its 2020 energy efficiency goals.
Compared with its 2007 baseline, Hanes trimmed its energy use by 16 pct, carbon emissions by 16 pct, water use by 25 pct and shifted 25 pct of the energy consumption to renewable sources, including biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal. (Source: Hanes Brands, PR , 26 April, 2017) Contact: HanesBrands, www.Hanes.com/corporate; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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If India follows through with its coal plant expansion, it will release unprecedented carbon emissions from the country, and no amount of clean energy will be able to counteract the impact. Since carbon emissions have no borders, India's actions will be a major setback for the Paris Climate Agreement, according to CoalSwarm. (Source: Coal Swarm, Motherboard, Others, 26 April, 2017) CoalSwarm, (415) 206-0906, www.coalswarm.org
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To that end,
the city has already taken steps to limit energy use by adding new HVAC systems, retrofitting energy-efficient lighting in city buildings, and other measures.
But Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney wants to take things to the next step, developing a plan to reduce the city's carbon emissions 80-percent by 2050.
(Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, WVTF, NPR, 26 April, 2017) Contact: City of Richmond, Levar Stoney, Mayor, RVA Green 2050, www.richmondgov.com/Sustainability/RVA_Green.aspx
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Other cities and entities joining the program include Anacortes, Snoqualmie and Mercer Island. King County, Western Washington University and Sound Transit also committing to the project. Major private customers include Target, Starbucks and REI.
(Source: City of Bellevue, Bellvue Patch, 26 April, 2017) Contact: City of Bellevue, http://www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/environmental.htm; Puget Sound Energy, Kimberly Harris, President & CEO, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com
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The 250KW-2/4 hours turnkey solution incorporates storage inverters, batteries, BMS & EMS software and features a small footprint, flexible installation, easy O&M, powerful grid functions, and can be configured from 250KW to 1MW. The units battery will be supplied by the Sungrow-Samsung SDI joint venture.
(Source: Sungrow Power Supply, PR, 25 April, 2017) Contact: Sungrow Power Supply, Renxian Cao, Pres., Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd.
+86 551 6532 7834,
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Daimler plans to expand throughout Europe and start selling the units in the U.S. this year. The residential unit comes complete with the battery, solar panels, an inverter, and an energy management system and costs around $10,000, including installation. (Source: Mercedes-Benz, Treehugger, Inhabitat, 25 April, 2017) Contact: Mercedes-Benz, www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz-energy/energy-storage-home-installer; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com, http://ir.tesla.com/corporate-governance.cfm
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Funding will be awarded to projects that demonstrate how energy storage can provide multiple benefits and increase revenue while delivering a cleaner, more flexible energy system. Systems should use readily available technology and must be installable statewide.
Concept papers will be accepted through March 1, 2020, or until all available funds are committed. (Source: NYSERDA, Long Island News, Power Engineering, 26 April, 2017) Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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The London Array, which
consists of 175 Siemens SWT 3.6MW turbines,
is 30 pct owned by E.ON, Dong Energy and La Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec hold 25 pct each and Masdar owns 20 pct. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Others, 27 April, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html; London Array, Jonathan Duffy, GM, www.londonarray.com
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Major company initiatives include solar projects in Arkansas and Kentucky, wind turbines in Texas, and an eco-design tool used company-wide to assess the environmental impact of each product's life cycle. These efforts helped the company achieve a 67 percent reduction in carbon emissions worldwide from a 2005 baseline -- a global goal exceeded four years ahead of schedule.
(Source: L'Oreal, PR Newswire, April 20, 2017) Contact: L'Oreal USA, Corporate Office, (212) 984-4414, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lorealusa.com
When record keeping began at Mauna Loa in 1958, the level stood at 280 ppm. In 2013, it passed 400 ppm.
The rapid increase in CO2 concentrations is partially attributed to to natural factors like El Nino causing more of it to end up in the atmosphere, as well as record amounts of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels.
(Source: Mauna Loa Observatory, Scientific American, Others, April 21, 2017) Contact: Mauna Loa Observatory, www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/mlo
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Norcem and Yara are among three companies in the running to receive funding from the Norwegian government to build and operate a full-scale carbon capture plant at their respective facilities. The government aims to fund at least one of the plants, which would be operational by 2022.
The Norcem study will design a carbon capture plant that is integrated with the cement factory, including a process to turn the CO2 into liquid and storage facilities that can be used before shipping. The plant will have a 400,000 tpy CO2 capacity. The Yara study will design and develop a capture plant for the reformer flue gas and will also include liquefaction. Both studies are slated for completion this September.
Norway's Gassnova last week announced the kick-off of the concept studies as part of a goal to establish a complete carbon capture and storage (CCS) chain, including capture, transport and permanent storage, by 2022. (Source: Aker Solutions ASA, PR, 26 April, 2017) (Contact: Aker Solutions, Oscar Graff, CCS Head,
Bunny Nooryani, +47 67 59 42 71, mob: +47 480 27 575, email@example.com, http://akersolutions.com
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The Toshiba Carbon Zero Scheme offsets the carbon generated from parts procurement and manufacture of devices through to delivery to the customer, in cooperation with UK-based CO2balance, the leading global carbon management company. To date, Toshiba Tec has offset 500,000 tons of CO2e w-- equivalent to the annual emission from 110,000 European homes. All carbon emissions have been offset through projects that help benefit the lives of individuals in developing countries.
Initiatives include an energy efficient stoves project, in which villagers in Kenya reduce their use of wood for fuel through the provision of highly efficient stoves. Further projects currently underway include the creation of boreholes in Uganda that supply clean water, as well as work on reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.
In addition to the European Carbon Zero Scheme, Toshiba Tec is involved in similar initiatives across the world. These are one of the activities to achieve its environmental policy, the "Three Greens": Greening of Products, Greening of Process, and Green Management. (Source: TeshibaTec, PR, 27 April, 2017)
Contact: Toshiba Tec, www.toshibatec.com/global; CO2balance, +44 1823 332233, www.co2balance.com
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The library's sustainability features include an innovative integration of mechanical systems with a passive heating system that uses the heat accumulated in a glass prism for redistribution through a geothermal loop. Low-flow in-floor ventilation reduces the number of ducts required and the building relies mostly on natural light for energy savings. The project also used certified wood and recycled or regionally sourced materials and incorporates a stormwater recovery system.
(Source: RAIC, DCN News, April 24, 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org
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The RFA says it will share its analysis with the EPA and Congress in order to prevent any push back against the RFS. (Source: RFA, WNAX Radio, 24 April, 2017)
Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion dollars on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions, according to ENERGY STAR. (Source: Meritage Homes, Builder, ENERGY STAR, April, 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; Meritage Homes, (877)275-6374,
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The plan also calls for the extension and reform of tax credits for coal-fired power plants that use carbon capture, along with the adoption of "tax-exempt private activity bonds and other financial incentives to support carbon capture deployment," the letter read.
(Source: Washington Examine, Others, 21 April, 2017)
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Mid UK has a ten-year contract to supply 25,000 tpy of wood chip to the facility which, when fully operational, will be managed by Veolia Energy Services Ltd.
The Holbrook Community Renewable CHP plant will generate 6.5 MW of renewable electricity and supply heat to around 6,700 local homes and commercial properties, with a capacity to handle up to 55,000 tpy of feed material. (Source: MidUK Recycling Ltd.,
Chris Mountain, managing director of Mid UK Recycling Ltd., letsrecycle.com, 24 April, 2017) Contact: Mid UK Recycling,
www.midukrecycling.co.uk, Veolia Energy Services, www.veolia.com; Kantor Energy, +44 (0) 20 7340 1035, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kantorenergy.com
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ThermoChem's steam reforming gasification systems are also suitable for woody biomass and other waste feedstocks.
(Source: U.S. DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 24 April, 2017)Contact: ThermoChem, (707) 575-1310, email@example.com, www.thermochem.com; PNNL, Karl Albrecht, Chemical Engineer, (509) 371-6775, www.pnnl.gov
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Using the ORC technology, Maine Wood Pellet's existing pellet plant is the first biomass project to fully qualify for Massachusetts Standard Class 1 regulations for Renewable Energy Credits (REC's).
(Source: Turboden Srl, PR, endsWaste&Bioenergy, 24 April, 2017) Contact: Turboden Srl,
+390303552001, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.turboden.com; Maine Wood Pellets, www.mainewoodspelletco.com
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