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Convention Center Scores USGBC LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
San Diego Convention Center,US Green Building Council
Date: 2017-05-01
In the Golden State, the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) reports it has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The SDCC also boasts an Energy Star Rating of 84 for efficiency that surpasses more than 84 pct of all convention centers nationwide.

The following sustainability achievements helped SDCC move up from USGBC Silver to Gold certification:

  • In 2016, the facility diverted a record 79 pct of materials, or 3,162 tons, an amount almost equal to the weight of eight Boeing 747s;

  • Replaced old fluorescent lights with 11,650 energy-efficient LEDs in the exhibit hall, meetings rooms and offices;

  • Ninety-eight percent of all of the Center's restrooms have been renovated to low-flow water usage, helping reduce indoor water consumption by 32 pct;

  • The Center recycles 100 pct -- 50 tonnes -- of all cardboard with the help of two cardboard balers;

  • All food scraps are composted and reused by local gardeners and untouched food is donated to the San Diego Rescue Mission. (Source: SDCC, Trade Show News Network, 27 April, 2017) Contact: SDCC, Clifford Rippetoe, Pres., CEO, (619) 525-5000, https://visitsandiego.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


  • Green Bonds Gaining Market Traction (Ind. Report)
    Climate Bonds Initiative
    Date: 2017-05-01
    According to the Wall Street Journal, $81 billion in green bonds were issued in 2016, and that number is expected to nearly double to $150 billion this year. This is rapid growth from the $3 billion issued in 2012.

    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

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


    PNNL Converts Dairy Methane into Transport Fuel (New Prod & Tech)
    PNNL
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, have developed a process to turn methane from dairy farms into a microbial biomass, and from the microbial biomass into a transportation fuel and other valued products.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-gasoline,  Biofuel,  Methane,  PNNL,  Alternative FUel,  


    DRAX Finalizes Louisiana Pellet Manufacturer Purchase (M&A)
    DRAX,Louisiana Pellets
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Following on our April 5th coverage, UK power producer DRAX reports it has completed the $35 million acquisition of all of the assets of Louisiana Pellets, the owner and developer of a wood biomass pellet manufacturing facility located in Urania, Louisiana.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Louisiana Pellets,  


    Woody Biomass Terminal Scores ICE Engineering Award (Int'l)
    ICE North West Civil Engineering
    Date: 2017-05-01
    In the UK, the £60 million Gladstone woody biomass import terminal project has been lauded by the annual Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) North West Civil Engineering Awards. The project, which is developed by Copenhagen-headquartered Ramboll Engineering, includes a quay side facility for the unloading of bulk woody biomass pellets from "panamax" ships, biomass material conveyor systems, a 100,000 tonnes storage facility, and a rail and truck transport out-loading area.

    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, www.ramboll.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass Pellet,  Wood Pellet,  DRAX BiomassBiomass,  


    Turkey Litter Powered Power Plant Facing the Chop (Ind. Report)
    Benson Power,Fibrominn
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is reporting that Benson Power, formerly known as Fibrominn, could soon pull the plug on its 55-MW, turkey litter and wood chip -fired biomass electric power generation operations in Benson, Minn. The plant has a PPA signed in 1994 with Xcel Energy which has indicated it wants out of the contract. Xcel generates or purchases 125 MW of biomass energy per year. (Source: MPR News, 26 April, 2017) Contact: Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Benson Power,  Poultry Litter,  Biomass Power,  Fibrominn,  


    RGGI States Discussing Deeper Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
    RGGI
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Despite the Trump Administrations apathy to fighting climate change and determination to quash the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, Delaware and the other Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) states -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- are reportedly considering making deeper cuts in carbon emissions from state power plants as part of the nine-state emissions reduction plan.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  RGGI,  


    Univ. of Guelph Awarded $2.2Mn for GHG Reduction Study (Funding)
    University of Guelph
    Date: 2017-05-01
    In Ontario, Canada, researchers at the University of Guelph have been awarded more than $2.2 million from Canadian Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program to develop greenhouse gas emissions mitigation technologies. received more than $2.2 million from the federal government today.

    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, nthevath@uoguelph.ca, www.uoguelph.ca/ses/users/nthevath

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


    Mass. Carbon Tax would Save $2.9Bn in Health Costs, says Harvard Study (Ind. Report)
    Harvard
    Date: 2017-05-01
    A recently released Harvard University study commissioned by several environmental groups has found that a Massachusetts state carbon tax aimed at decreasing pollution would save $2.9 billion in health benefits and 340 lives between now and 2040. The study is based on the projected decrease in air pollution generated by a carbon tax. Other policies that decrease greenhouse gas emissions and pollution could have similar health benefits. The accrued health benefits depend upon the degree to which fossil fuel use is reduced, the type of fuel and the location of the reduction, according to the report.

    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, jbuonocore@mail.harvard.edu, www.harvard.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    FDA Approves Agrisoma's GHG Cutting Livestock Feed (Ind. Report)
    Agrisoma Biosciences
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Gatineau, Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. is reporting receipt of US Federal Drug Agency (FDA) approval to produce a new GMO-free and low carbon animal feed. The approval gives Agrisoma agricultural license to commercialize a protein byproduct of the Carinata oilseed which can be used for low-carbon biofuels.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Carinata ,  


    Maxwell Completes Nesscap Energy Business Acquisition (M&A)
    Maxwell Technologies,Nesscap
    Date: 2017-05-01
    San Diego-based capacitive energy storage and power delivery solutions specialist Maxwell Technologies is reporting completion of its acquisition of substantially all of the assets and business, including the operating entities,of South Korea-headquartered Nesscap Energy, Inc.

    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, marketing@nesscap.com, www.nesscap.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maxwell Technologies,  Energy Storage,  


    San Diego Water Seeks Energy Storage Proposals (Ind. Report)
    San Diego County Water Authority
    Date: 2017-05-01
    In the Golden State, the San Diego County Water Authority reports it has authorized the Water Authority, in conjunction with the City of San Diego, to call for detailed proposals for a potential energy storage facility at San Vicente Reservoir. The project, which would provide up to 500 MW of renewable energy and increase the region's electric grid stability during peak times for energy use.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    Pattern Energy Shuffles 324 MW New Mexican Wind Farms (M&A)
    Pattern Development,Pattern Energy
    Date: 2017-05-01
    San Francisco-headquartered Pattern Energy Group Inc. reports it has acquired two projects that make up the 324 MW Broadview Wind facilities in New Mexico from Pattern Development for $269 million. The deal, which consisted of a cash consideration of $215 million and taking on a $54 million project loan, also includes the 35-mile 345kV Western Interconnect transmission line.

    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, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Pattern Development,  Wind,  


    Acciona Inaugurates Lone Star State Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Acciona
    Date: 2017-05-01
    Spanish energy developer Acciona Energy is reporting the commissioning and inauguration of its San Roman Wind Farm in the Lone Star State. The wind farm, which incorporates 31 AW125/3000 turbines and will generate sufficient power for as many as 30,000 homes, brings Acciona's total U.S. wind capacity to 721 MW.

    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, info@accion-na.com, www.acciona.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Wind,  Solar,  


    SynTech Bioenergy Breaks Ground on UK Gasification Plant Int'l)
    SynTech Bioenergy
    Date: 2017-04-28
    UK: Company behind facility plans to produce aviation fuel and chemicals from RDF In the UK, Tamworth-headquartered SynTech Bioenergy UK reports construction is underway on its 1.5MW waste gasification plant in Aldridge, the West Midlands. The project received £5 million in grant funding from the UK's Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and the same amount from its Morris, Illinois-headquartered parent company SynTech Bioenergy LLC.

    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

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


    Bioenergy Projects Score DOE Small Business Voucher Support (Funding, Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Cogent,
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Following on our April 26 coverage, the U.S. DOE reports it has awarded funding to the following bioenergy-biofuels projects through the DOE Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot program:

  • GEVO and Argonne National Laboratory have been awarded $200,000 to create a model that measures the synergistic and antagonistic relationship between gasoline and isobutanol, with the goal of creating a blending model that works over a variety of representative gasoline base fuel compositions.

  • Cogent and Idaho National Laboratory have been awarded $200,000 to work toward improving Cogent's small-scale gasifier which can be used to make electricity, liquid fuels, hydrogen and chemical precursors for distributed waste-to-energy applications and markets. The project aims to properly homogenize and size feedstock material so that it can be continuously fed into the gasifier and meet real-world feedstock processing requirements.

  • Kalion Inc. and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been awarded $200,000 to reach full manufacturing scale production of glucaric acid and glucuronic acid by creating a manufacturing-ready production strain, and then scaling to generate an appropriate process.

  • Synvitrobio and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been awarded $200,000 to work toward development of cell-free based analytical tools to convert renewable biomass to higher-order chemicals mevalonate and vanillin.

    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, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Kalion Inc., www.kalioninc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Synvitrobio,  Kalion Inc,  


  • Saudi Arabia Seeking 1GW of Wind, Solar PPAs in 2017 (Int'l)
    Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources reports it will auction power-purchase agreements covering 620 megawatts of photovoltaic installations and 400 megawatts for wind farms by Q4 of this year in its second round of tenders for the renewable energy technologies. by the fourth quarter of this year. The government aims to install 3.45 gigawatts of renewable by 2020 and 9.5 gigawatts by 2030, about 10 pct of its current electric power generation capacity.

    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


    Novozymes Expects Increased US Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Danish biotechnology and enzymes specialist Novozymes reports it had boosted sales of its enzymes to US bioethanol producers in the first three months of this year, helping grow sales of its bioenergy segment to 681mn kroner ($100mn) up by 9 pct compared with January to March 2016. Novozymes said this was the result of estimated US ethanol output rising by 4 pct in the first three months of this year, set against the first quarter a year ago. The company said it expects US ethanol output this year to be "on a par or slightly up on 2016." It also expects second generation ethanol output to increase by an unspecified amount.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Biofuel,  Enzymes,  BViofuel Blend,  


    Vestas Expands 2 MW Platform (New Prod & Tech)
    Vestas
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports the addition of two new turbines to it offerings. The new V116-2.0 MW and V120-2.0 MW turbines are designed to deliver stable energy production, a steeper power curve and higher power output in medium, low, and ultra-low wind conditions. Based on structural shell technology and advanced balance of loads, the new blades, 57 meter and 59 meter respectively, optimize aerodynamics while maintaining the original nacelle and hub dimensions and low-weight profile.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbines,  


    SDG&E Inks Energy Storage Contracts (Ind. Report)
    San Diego Gas & Electric
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In the Golden State, Sempra Energy subsidiary San Diego Gas & Electric Co. is reporting the signing of contracts for new lithium-ion battery storage facilities totaling 83.5 MW capacity and capable of store four hours of energy. The projects are expected to come on line between late 2019 and late 2021. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

    The contracted facilities include:

  • AES Energy Storage plans to build a 40-MW storage facility, augmenting 37.5 MW of storage in Escondido and El Cajon, California; aesenergystorage.com

  • Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. plans to construct a 30-MW facility in San Diego's Miramar neighborhood; www.res-group.com

  • Three storage projects will be owned by third parties including Powin Energy, Enel Green Power North America, and Advanced Microgrid Solutions. The projects will be located in Escondido, Poway and San Juan Capistrano.

  • Advanced Microgrid Solutions is building the 4-MW facility in San Juan Capistrano to compensate for the shutdown of the region's nuclear plant at San Onofre. www.advmicrogrid.com

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News San Diego Gas & Electric,  Energy Storage,  


  • ADM, Arisdyne Ink Cavitation Technology Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Arisdyne Systems,Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Arisdyne Systems Inc. reports it has enetered into joint development agreement with Archer Daniels Midland Company to develop and commercialize new applications of Arisdyne's technologies. Controlled cavitation has been demonstrated to provide superior mixing, particle size reduction and improved reaction efficiency in fuel ethanol production and other processes. (Source: ADM, Arisdyne, PR, 27 April, 2017) Contact: ADM, Dr. Paul Bloom, VP, Process and Chemical Research, Jackie Anderson, Media, (217) 424-5413, media@adm.com, www.adm.com; Arisdyne Systems, Inc., Dr. Peter Reimers, CEO, (216) 458-1991x427, President and Chief Executive Officer preimers@arisdyne.com, www.arisdyne.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arisdyne Systems,  Archer Daniels Midland ,  


    NBB Argues for Higher Advanced-Biofuel Volumes Before the D.C. Court of Appeals

    Date: 2017-04-28
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on April 24 regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 – 2016. The NBB challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) interpretation and use of its waiver authority under the RFS statute.

    “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)


    Biodiesel Supplier Targray Honored as PwC V2R Innovator (Ind. Report)
    Targray
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Montreal-headquartered Targray, a market-leading supplier to the international biofuels and other industries, has been named a finalist for the PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) "Vision to Reality (V2R) Innovator of the Year Award". The nomination identifies Targray's turnkey biodiesel solution, designed to enable fuel retailers and transport fleets to become more profitable, competitive and cost-efficient while helping to create a sustainable economy.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    Iowa Senator Reintroduces Biodiesel Tax Credit Bill (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2017-04-28
    On Wednesday, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley (R) reintroduced a biodiesel tax credit bill that changes the tax incentive from a blenders credit to a producer's credit. The legislation will also dent foreign biodiesel producers access to the U.S. credit.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax,  


    Penna. EPA Lauds Optimus for Biodiesel Technologies (Ind. Report)
    Optimus Technologies
    Date: 2017-04-28
    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has lauded Pittsburgh-based vehicle biodiesel conversion specialist Optimus Technologies with the 2017 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

    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, ian.winner@optimustec.com, www.optimustec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Optimus Technologies,  Biodiesel,  


    Sunvapor, Horizon Nut Touts Solar Heat Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Sunvapor
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In the Golden State, Livermore-headquartered Sunvapor Inc. and Horizon Nut report they are partnering to demonstrate new technology that transforms solar energy into heat that can be cost-effectively used for all of the food industry's needs like steam pasteurization, drying, blanching, cleaning, and roasting.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Ft. Rucker, Alabama Power Solar Array Commissioned (Ind. Report)
    Alabama Power,Army Office of Energy Initiative
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In Fort Rucker, Alabama, Alabama Power and the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiative are reporting the commissioning of a 115,000 panel solar installation at the Anniston Army Depot. The army's goal is to derive 25 pct of the power at its installations from alternative energy sources by 2025.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Alabama Power,  


    CUNY Scores $520Mn in Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    City University of New York
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In the Empire State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced over $520 million in energy efficiency upgrades across the City University of New York (CUNY) system. $380 million of the total is being handled by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and the New York Power Authority is financing and implementing more than $140 million in energy efficiency projects.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  BuildSmartNY,  


    SaskPower Seeking Solar Power Project Partners (Ind. Report)
    Saskpower
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In Regina, the Saskatchewan utility SaskPower is aiming to produce enough solar energy to power 10,000-12,000 homes in the prairie province.

    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

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


    JinkoSolar Supplies Modules for Turkish Projects (Int'l Report)
    JinkoSolar,Asunim Yenilenebilir Enerji Teknolojileri
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Shanghai-headquartered PV specialist JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has supplied 42 MW of solar modules to Ankara-headquartered Asunim Yenilenebilir Enerji Teknolojileri Ins. Muh. San. Tic. Ltd. (Asunim) for installation at two PV power plants in Izmir Province, southwestern Turkey.

    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, ir@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Solar,  


    Saint Lucia Calling for PV System Bids (Int'l Report)
    Government of Saint Lucia
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In the Caribbean, the Government of Saint Lucia reports it will cut energy consumption in the public sector by 20 pct by the year 2020 and, to that end, has launched the Sustainable Energy in Saint Lucia: From Concept to Action Project. The project, calls for the installation of photovoltaic systems on suitable public buildings, is being funded by the Republic of China (Taiwan).

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Hanes Earns 8th Consecutive ENERGY STAR Award (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR,Hanes Brand
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina-headquartered apparel manufacturer HanesBrands (HBI) is reporting receipt of its eighth consecutive U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for sustained excellence in energy conservation, carbon emissions reduction and environmental sustainability.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    India's Coal Plans Endanger Paris Climate Agreement, says CoalSwarm (Int'l Report)
    University of California Irvine,CoalSwarm
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Considering India's plans to construct 370 coal-fired power plants in coming years, University of California Irvine researcher and CoalSwarm, a research platform that tracks coal, have determined that India's coal plans would not only increase India's fossil fuel output by 123 pct endanger the country's Paris Climate Agreement pledge to cut carbon emissions by 35 pct by 2030.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CoalSwarm,  Coal,  India Climate Change,  CoalSwarm,  


    Richmond Aiming for 80 pct Emissions Cut by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    City of Richmond
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In the Old Dominion State, the capital city of Richmond's mayor is looking for his city to become more energy efficient and promoting "RVA Green 2050", a vague new proposal to cut the city's carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    Bellevue Joins PSE's "Green Direct" Renewables Plan (Ind. Report)
    Puget Sound Energy,Bellevue Washington
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In Washington State, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reports the City of Bellevue is joining the utility's new "Green Direct" renewable energy program. The initiative allows local governments and major commercial customers to reduce their carbon footprint by by-passing the utility and purchasing energy directly from renewables sources. Bellevue plans to purchase 10.3 million kWh, or half of its total energy usage through the program, beginning in 2019.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy ,  Renewable Energy,  


    Sungrow Launches Turnkey Energy Storage System for North American Market (New Prod & Tech)
    Sungrow
    Date: 2017-04-28
    China-headquartered solar inverter and energy storage system (ESS) specialist Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. is reporting the launch of a new turnkey energy storage system specifically designed for the North American market.

    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, info@sungrow.cn; en.sungrowpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sungrow,  Energy Storage,  


    Mercedes Challenges Tesla's Powerwall Market Supremacy (Int'l)
    Tesla Power Wall,Mercedes-Benz
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, reports it is developing a Mercedes Brand of home energy storage units which are now available in Germany. The automaker incorporated the same lithium-ion battery technology from their hybrid cars in the new home energy storage units, each of which has a 2.5 kWh capacity.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Mercedes,  Battery Energy Storage,  


    $15.5Mn Available for Empire State Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2017-04-28
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of $15.5 million in funding for energy storage projects supporting renewable energy technology and peak electric demand. The initiative is part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision program for the state.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Storage,  


    Siemens Extends London Array Wind Service Contract (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting a 10-year extension to its service contract for the 630MW London Array offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  London Array,  


    L'Oreal Touts Sustainability, Emissions Cutting Success (Ind. Report)
    L'Oreal
    Date: 2017-04-28
    NYC-headquartered cosmetics giant L'Oreal USA reports it has switched to 100 pct renewable electricity for its U.S. manufacturing facilities and operations. The company has also slashed its carbon emissions by 84 pct, cut water water consumption by 52 pct, reduced waste per finished product by 43 pct, and is improving packaging to lower its overall carbon footprint.

    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, media@us.loreal.com, www.lorealusa.com


    Record 410 PPM CO2 Concentrations Recorded (Ind. Report)
    Mauna Loa Observatory
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Last week on the Big Island, Hawaii, the Mauna Loa Observatory reported its first-ever carbon dioxide reading in excess of 410 parts per million -- a level that has not been reached in millions of years, according to the Observatory.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mauna Loa Observatory ,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Aker Scores Norwegian Carbon Capture Study Contracts (Int'l)
    Aker Solutions,Norcem,Yara
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Oslo-headquartered Aker Solutions reports it will undertake carbon capture concept studies at the Yara ammonia plant on Heroya and Norcem's cement production facility in Brevik, Norway.

    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, bunny.nooryani@akersolutions.com, http://akersolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Solutions,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


    Toshiba Tec Carbon Zero Initiative Lauded by UN (Int'l)
    Toshiba Tec,CO2balance
    Date: 2017-04-28
    Toshiba Tec Corporation reports that its pan-European Carbon Zero Scheme is an official partner to the United Nations' (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is now listed on its website.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2balance,  Toshiba Tec,  Carbon Zero,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Montreal Bibliotheque Records 2017 Green Building Award (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In Montreal, the 6,000 square-meter Bibliotheque du Boise reports it has been awarded the 2017 Green Building Award and LEED Platinum-certification by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Green Building Council.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    U.S. Ethanol Ind. Breaches Blend Wall, says RFA (Ind. Report)
    RFA
    Date: 2017-04-26
    According to the Renewable Fuels Association, gasoline consumed in the United States in 2016 contained an average of 10.04 percent, which shatters the blend wall myth. The RFA's analysis is based on data from the Energy Information Agency showing that the U.S. ethanol industry can easily meet the requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

    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) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  Ethanol,  Blend Wall,  


    Meritage Scores 5th ENERGY STAR Excellence Award (Ind. Report)
    Meritage Homes,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2017-04-26
    Scottsdale, Arizona-based builder Meritage Homes reports it has been awarded its fifth annual U.S. EPA 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year --Sustained Excellence Award -- the seventh year the firm has been recognized the EPA's ENERGY STAR for Homes Program. In 2016, Meritage delivered 7,138 ENERGY STAR rated homes with an average HERS score of 58.

    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, www.meritagehomes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meritage Homes,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Big Coal Coalition Presses Trump on Coal-based Climate Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Peabody Energy, Cloud Peak Energy
    Date: 2017-04-26
    The Washington Examiner is reporting that a coalition of big coal companies -- including bankrupt St. Louis-based coal industry giant Peabody Energy -- utilities and labor unions has launched a letter campaign to get Trump and Congress to endorse a plan to build clean coal plants with CO2 pipelines and carbon capture and storage (CCS) capabilities. The letter included a list of proposed carbon capture projects to be included in a federal infrastructure plan.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Peabody Energy,  CCS,  Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Mid UK Recycling Supplying UK Woody Biomass CHP Plant (Int'l)
    Veolia Energy Services
    Date: 2017-04-26
    In the UK, East Midlands-based waste management and recycling firm Mid UK Recycling is reporting the delivery of its first load of waste wood chip biomass to the Holbrook Community Renewable Energy Centre Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) in Sheffield. The £30 million plant was constructed by Kantor Energy Ltd.

    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, info@kantorenergy.com, www.kantorenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Chip,  CHP,  Veolia Energy Services,  Kantor Energy,  


    PNNL, ThermoChem Collaborate on Bio-Coal Hydrothermal Carbonization Tech (Ind. Report)
    ThermoChem,PNNL
    Date: 2017-04-26
    In Richland, Washington, the U.S. DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) reports it will collaborate with Portland, Oregon-headquartered ThermChem Corporation, to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the company's hydrothermal carbonization method which converts dairy manure into bio-coal. PNNL will also assess the technical and economic feasibility of extracting valuable byproducts from liquid waste created during bio-coal production.

    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, paul@thermochem.com, www.thermochem.com; PNNL, Karl Albrecht, Chemical Engineer, (509) 371-6775, www.pnnl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-coal,  ThermoChem,  PNNL,  


    Turboden Supplying ORC Tech to US Wood Pellet Maker (Ind. Report)
    Turboden,Maine Woods Pellet
    Date: 2017-04-26
    In Italy, Brescia-based Turboden Srl reports it will supply its 8MWe biomass organic rankine cycle (ORC) technology for use at Maine Woods Pellet's facility in Athens, Maine. The system will process wood waste from forestry operations, such as logging, to generate electricity for the pellet manufacturing process.

    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, info@turboden.it, www.turboden.com; Maine Wood Pellets, www.mainewoodspelletco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Turboden,  Maine Woods Pellet,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  

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