Adding wind-generated electricity to their energy mix will help Kimberly-Clark cut more than 25 pct of its GHG emissions in 2018, four years ahead of the company's 2022 target date.
(Source: Kimberly-Clark, CBLT, 16 Sept., 2017) Contact: Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com; Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Global Head Lisa Morden, www.kimberly-clark.com/contact-us.aspx; EDF Renewables, www.edf-er.com
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Report information available at www.zionmarketresearch.com/inquiry/biofuels-marke.
(Source: Zion Market Research, PR, 19 Sept., 2017( Contact: Zion Market Research,
+49-322 210 92714,
USA/Canada (855) 465-4651
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The policy requires utilities purchase enough renewable energy certificates equivalent to a set percentage of their electricity supply or pay a penalty. Each certificate represents 1 megawatt-hour of electricity generated from renewable energy source.
According to the state Public Service Commission, Maryland electricity ratepayers paid more than $125 million for the renewable energy certificates in 2015.
Wind and solar currently powers 117,000 residents in Baltimore.
A similar previous proposal to increase the state's use of renewable energy was vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan on the grounds that it would increase residential electric power rates. (Source: Morningside Herald, Various Others, 16 Sept., 2017)
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BA's previous 2010 waste-to-fuel "GreenSky" initiative with Washington-based Solena Fuels fell apart because of mixed government support, low crude oil prices and other factors. Factors that could lend support to the BA-Velocys initiative include the UK government's addition sustainable jet fuel incentives under its Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO), which was updated Sept. 14. Velocys presently produces fuel from waste in Houston, Texas.
(Source: British Airways, Air Transport World, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solena, (202) 682-2405, www.solenagc.com; Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office, email@example.com, www.velocys.com
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Bunge Limited is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries. The company buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains, processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products, produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane, and other related activities. (Source: Bunge Ltd, AgriBusiness, Sept., 2017)Contact: Bunge Ltd, (914) 684-2800, www.bunge.com
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The order calls for establishment of a Chief Resiliency Officer to drive climate resiliency efforts both in government and in collaboration with business, academic and nonprofit partners statewide. Further, the Chief Resiliency Officer and the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council are directed to develop a statewide Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change and submit the plan to the Governor by July 1, 2018. The Plan will recommend key actions to make Rhode Island's residents, economy, infrastructure, health system, and natural resources more resilient to the impacts of climate change and identify and prioritize actions to enhance the state's resiliency to climate change.
The Executive Order builds on Rhode Island's work toward preventing climate change, but will focus primarily on critical investments to ensure that the is prepared for its effects. (Source: RI.gov, PR, Sept., 2017)
Contact: Janet Coit, Director of the Department of Environmental Management and Chair of the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, (401) 222-6800, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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(Source: Pacific Ethanol, PR, NASDAQ, 18 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, (916( 403-2790, email@example.com, www.pacificethanol.com; Illinois Corn Processing, (309) 353-3990 www.seacorholdings.com/pages/illinois_corn_processing
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Specifically, the EIA projects that most of the growth in renewables will stem from countries outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and that non-OECD Asia -- China and India -- will drive over 60 pct of the world's total increase in energy consumption during the projected period.
The EIA predicts that "renewables are expected to be the fastest-growing energy source" across the projected period, with annual consumption increasing on average by 2.3 pct between 2015 and 2040. Coal's share of global energy consumption is expected to fall from 27 pct in 2015 to 22 pct in 2040. (Source: US EIA, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov/outlooks/ieo
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The new mandates that will force building owners to make drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and meet fossil fuel caps which will see upgrades to boilers, water heaters, roofs, windows and others. Specifically, the new mandated fossil fuel caps will apply to all buildings over 25,000 square feet, and will require replacement of fossil fuel equipment as well as energy efficiency upgrades over the next 12 to 17 years. The new program is expected to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 7 pct by 2035
Smaller building owners will qualify for support from a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program low interest rate financing. It is expected that such a program will have the potential to finance $100 million annually in energy efficiency and clean energy projects. (Source: Office of NYC Mayor, Various Media, Sept., 2017) Contact: Office of NYC Mayor,
Mark Chambers, Dir, Office of Sustainability, www1.nyc.gov/site/sustainability/index.page
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Greenflex offers various operational, sustainable solutions focusing on energy strategy and performance, financing the transition and asset management, integrating a sustainable vision and strategy, stakeholder relationship management, and responsible products and consumption.
(Source: TOTAL, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Total, Laetitia Maccioni: + 33 6 24 60 57 65 l, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962 l, www.total.com, email@example.com: GreenFlex, www.greenflex.com
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The project is the culmination of a 15-month partnership between Geneva Airport, Sir Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, and SkyNRG which developed an Airport Approach model to help airports play a more active role in accelerating the uptake of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
(Source: Geneva Airport, ATW, 18 Sept., 2017)Contact: Carbon War Room, www.carbonwarrrom.com; Neste Corp, Sam Holmberg, VP Marketing & Services, +358 50 458 4078, www.neste.com; SkyNRG, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sktnerg.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Neste, Carbon War Room, SkyNRG, Jet Biofuel,
The project -- a first for any U.S. college or university -- was initially recommended by the 2014 Presidential Carbon Charge Task Force to investigate the feasibility of carbon pricing. After a pilot program analyzed the impact of carbon pricing, the project steering committee found that a $40 per metric ton of CO2 price would be the most effective policy. The Carbon Charge Task Force, along with a $21 million capital investment in energy efficiency, is part of Yale President Peter Salovey's six sustainability initiatives.
Yale is a strategic partner of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, an alliance of private sector groups seeking to promote carbon pricing conversations among international companies.
The university intends to cut campus greenhouse gas emissions 43 pct below 2005 levels by 2020 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: Yale News, 19 Sept., 2017) (Contact: Yale, Carbon Charge Initiative, Casey Pickett, Director, (203) 436-4314, email@example.com, http://carbon.yale.edu, www.yale.edu
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A companion bill -- SB 242 -- would establish state-of-the-art consumer protections, further setting PACE apart from other forms of financing by requiring a recorded, live, confirmation of terms before the property owner-borrower signs an assessment contract.
SB 242 also sets data reporting requirements to local government partners, including data that speaks to the projected energy and water savings and the categories of products installed and homeowners served. (Source: California State Legislature, ProudGreenBuilding, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)
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The CAT now has expanded to six rating categories instead of the previous four, to properly describe the full range of action, or lack of action, by governments -- Role model, 1.5 degree C Paris Agreement compatible, 2 degree C compatible, Insufficient, Highly insufficient and Critically insufficient. The new ratings instantly identify the best and the worst government climate related programs and now rates countries like the US, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia as "critically insufficient" and rates Japan and South Africa "highly insufficient."
In addition to rating countries on their climate commitments, the CAT also provides a rating of each country's climate action implementation based on a detailed analysis of the policies and regulations designed to achieve their targets that a country has put in place. (Source: Climate Action Tracker, New Climate Institute, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: New Climate Institute, https://newclimate.org; Climate Action Tracker, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://climateactiontracker.org
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The energy conservation project qualified ADTRAN for a $70,000 incentive through a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) rebate program. The new LED systems are expected to cut electricity consumption by over 800,000 kWh per year for $60,000 or more in annual savings. energy savings. The systems' ongoing energy savings and three years return on investment.
(Source: Orion Energy Systems, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Inc., Mike Altschaefl, CEO, (312) 660-3575, www.orionlighting.com; ADTRAN, Inc., www.adtran.com
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Small businesses participating in the program receive free assessments identifying ways to reduce energy use and are directed toward rebates for upgrades that reduce their energy use.
Since 2009 when the program began small businesses have received over $35 million in incentives from Consumers Energy, according to a company release.
(Source: Consumers Energy, Renewable Energy, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Consumers Energy, www.ConsumersEnergy.com
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A perovskite solar cell includes a perovskite structured compound, considered a next-generation technology with the potential of achieving even higher efficiency. However, low instability and high production costs have hampered the technology's commercial viability. (Source: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Yonhap , NanoLetters, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, +82 52 217 0114, www.unist.ac.kr
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar CellUlsan National Institute of Science and Technology, ,
The industry group says attractive feed-in tariffs would be beneficial to lock in forward energy contracts.
In the meantime, Timber Queensland is collaborating with the sugar industry, which is leading the state's bio-fuels drive.
(Source: Timber Queensland, ABC Rural Australia, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Timber Queensland , Mick Stephens, CEO, +61 7 3254 1989, www.timberqueensland.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Biofuel, Cellulosic ,
Blender pumps make it easier for retailers to offer additional ethanol blended fuels and expands their fuel offerings in a growing "flex fuel" vehicle marketplace.
Grants are available on a first come, first served basis funding is exhausted. A similar, highly successful incentives program was offered in 2016. (Source: Nebraska Corn Board, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Nebraska Corn Board, (402) 471-2676, www.nebraskacorn.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Corn Board, Ethanol, Ethanol Blend, Ethanol Incentive,
The company must first obtain all of the necessary state and local regulatory approvals before construction begins in arly 2019 (Source: Wisconsin PSC, Wisc. AgConnection, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Wisconsin PSC, (608) 266-5481, https://psc.wi.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion news, Wisc. PSC news, news,
According to a statement from Fawn Sharp, President of the Portland, Oregon-based Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, "there is a very high likelihood that tribal leaders will end up proposing their own carbon-tax initiative to send to voters next year." The Alliance said no piece of its proposal is finalized, and there's still time for the tribes and other groups to come together behind one ballot measure."
According to the Alliance's website the coalition would like to see a carbon tax that generates more than $1 billion a year in revenue and dedicates 70 pct of that money to clean energy, mass transit, energy efficiency and similar projects. The remaining 30 percent would go toward clean water and forest-health projects.
The tribal initiative calls for the carbon tax to start at $25 per metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions with increases based on inflation and other factors.
(Source: Daily World, News Tribune, 16 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Fawn Sharp, Pres., (503) 249-5770, www.atnitribes.org
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With the Yarmouth project on hold, Beothuk and Denmark-based Copenhagen Offshore Partners are now working on developing a 180-MW offshore wind energy project in
St. George's Bay, Newfoundland. The Newfoundland project is estimated to cost up to $800 million, all of which is to be financed by Copenhagen Offshore Partners which would take an equity stake in the project. (Source: Beothuk Energy, SaltWire, 15 Sept., 2017)Contact: Beothuk Energy Inc., Kirby Mercer, Pres., CEO, (888) 465-9241, www.beothukenergy.com; Copenhagen Offshore Partners, http://cop.dk
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The 20-turbine Carraig Gheal Wind Farm
near Kilchrenan in Argyle began operations in 2013.
(Source: GreenPower, Energy Voice, 16 Sept., 2017)Contact: GreenPower, Rob Forrest, CEO
Carraig Gheal Wind Farm, www.carraigghealwindfarm.co.uk
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If approved, the would have made California the biggest economy in the world committed to getting 100 pct of its power from wind, solar and other clean alternatives. Hawaii has already set that goal, but its population is a fraction of the Golden State's 39 million residents.
The 100 pct renewable energy bill was widely opposed by the state's publicly owned utilities -- Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Company -- and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1245, which claimed the bill did not do enough to protect consumers in the event that renewable energy proved more expensive the fossil fuels.
(Source: Various Media, NBC, 16 Sept., 2017)
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The project received £3 million in funding the from Scottish Government through the Highlands and Islands Enterprise program.
(Source: European Marine Energy Centre, Energy Voice, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: EMEC, +44 1856 852060, www.emec.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Marine Energy Centre, Tidal Power,
The European Parliament also voted to keep aircraft emissions from outside the European Economic Area out of the UE ETS until December 2020, pending the introduction of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) in 2021. CORSIA details HERE.
(Source: ICAO, Runway Girl Network, 12 Sept., 2017)
Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, email@example.com, www.icao.int
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The funding will be drawn from current and future sales of greenhouse gas emission permits under the provincial cap-and-trade system,
Approximately 9 DSSAB facilities.
Source: DSSAB, CBC News, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: DSSAB, (807) 766-2111, www.tbdssab.ca
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Clariant’s sunliquid technology will be used alongside starter cultures from its proprietary enzyme and yeast platform to process Enviral feedstock into cellulosic ethanol.
The sunliquid technology offers a completely integrated process using already established process technology. In order to achieve a strong commercial performance, feedstock production is integrated into the technology, alongside process specific enzymes and simultaneous C5 and C6 fermentation. (Source: Clariant, Biofuel Int’l. 18 Sept., 2017) Contact:
Enviral, Matej Sabol, CEO, +421 33/735 2411, www.enviral.sk/en; Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com
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The new legislative deal armarks $895 million is for new vehicles, ports, farm vehicles, electric vehicles previously targeted for environmental justice programs, according to the LA Times.
(Source: Calstart, NGI, 1 5 Sept., 2017)Contact: CALSTART, John Boesel, CEO, Pres., (626) 744-5600, www.calstart.org
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The privately-owned Haliburton Forest, which has pledged to undertake sustainable forest management practices that will generate 75,000 tpy of additional GHG reductions over the long-term, currently sequesters an estimated 8 million tpy of CO2 and will continue to sequester amounts that significantly exceed what would have occurred through common-practice forest management.
The long-term commitment to reducing GHG emissions will be made in the context of a GHG offset protocol being developed by the Ontario Government as part of the cap-and-trade program. The impending forest management protocol will create binding obligations on Haliburton Forest that provide the security that the GHG reductions will be permanent.
(Source: BlueSource Canada, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: BlueSource Canada, Jamie MacKinnon, VP of Environmental Solutions, (416) 427- 4888, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bluesource.com; Haliburton Forest,
Malcolm Cockwell, Managing Director, www.haliburtonforest.com
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The carbon tax as proposed would start at $15 per ton of carbon dioxide produced in the first year, and gradually increase by $10 per tpy. In the first year, Flagstaff would receive approximately $9.4 million,and by the 12th year, Flagstaff citizens would receive a total $66.9 million in dividends. (Source: Citizens' Climate Lobby Flagstaff ,
Daily Sun, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Citizens' Climate Lobby, www.citizensclimatelobby.org
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In 2016, Dutch companies covered by the EU ETS emitted 94 megatons of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and perfluorocarbons (PFCs). The slight drop was apparently largely due to a reduction of nitrous oxide production in the chemical industry. But even this level is, in fact, higher than such pollution in 2012, which is attributable the rise to the opening of coal plants resulting in CO2 emissions.
Overall, the Netherlands' greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 11 pct since 1990, but the government is required to make a 25 pct cut by 2020. (Source: Dutch Emissions Authority, Volkskrant, DutchNews.nl, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Dutch Emissions Authority, www.emissionsauthority.nl
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The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, prior to expanding production to include cellulosic ethanol with the installation of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit earlier this year.
(Source: Enerkem, PR, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, email@example.com, www.enerkem.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem, Biofuels, Cellolosic Ethanol,
HEMs offer a device that is installed within homes to monitor the use of energy and provide advice on how to cut energy waste and in turn costs.
Delta-ee predicts HEM sales could exceed 200,000 in the near future. (Source: Delta Energy and Environment, Energy Digital, 16 Sept., 2017) Contact: Delta Energy and Environment, +44 131 625 1011, www.delta-ee.com
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Peninsula Clean Energy is the official power supplier of San Mateo County, CA. It provides customers the choice of receiving electricity from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. Customers can choose from its ECOplus option which is 50 pct renewable and 75 pct greenhouse gas emissions free or ECO100 option that is 100 pct renewable and 100 pct greenhouse gas emissions free.
(Source: Canadian Solar, Nasdaq, 14 Spet., 2017)
Contact: Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500, http://recurrentenergy.com; Canadian Solar, (519) 837-1881, www.canadiansolar.com; Peninsula Clean Energy, www.peninsulacleanenergy.com
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The Mills Building energy efficient features include: plumbing system to reduce water consumption; an indoor air quality program; green cleaning policies; low-energy LED lighting and sensor automation features; recycling and composting; electric vehicles charging stations and other features. (Source: The Swig Co,, Commercial Property Exec., 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: Swig Co., (415) 291-1100, www.swigco.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The investment will enable CCCI to establish a multi-purpose technology development and scale up facility to validate and test carbon capture and conversion technologies up to one tpd and prepare them for scale-up, for testing and commercialization.
The facility will develop the most efficient solutions for GHG emissions from a broad range of industrial processes, according to the NRC release.
(Source: Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, NRC, Sept., 2017) Contact: Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, Goran Vlajnic, Exec. Dir., (604) 696-6945,
Goran.Vlajnic@cmcghg.com, www.ccci.cmcghg.com; Natural Resources Canada, www.nrcan.gc.ca
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The company is currently launching LightSpeed Mount Residential, rail-less mounting system to simplify solar adoption, speeding up installations and drive down cost.and to continue its efforts to design and manufacture efficient and functional solar mounting systems. (Source: Pegasus Solar, PR, NewsCenter.io, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pegasus Solar, (510) 730-1343, http://pegasussolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pegasus Solr, Solar, Rooftop Solar,
The Smart Building Operations Pilot aims to inform the day-to-day decisions of building equipment operators at 10 large Chicago buildings utilizing smart meters and sub-meters and:
To date, the combination of Chicago's building energy benchmarking program and ComEd's energy efficiency programs have reportedly saved customers more than $2.5 billion in energy costs. (Source: City of Chicago, Various Media, ProudGreenBuilding, Sept., 2017)
Contact: The Accelerate Group, theaccelerategroup.com; ComEd, (312) 394-3500, www.ComEd.com;
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According to DONG Energy, the contract guaranteed "strike" price was £57.50 per mWh, the lowest ever price for UK offshore wind.
(Source: BBC, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy
, Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
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The company delivers products designed to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of solar energy generation. Its technology enables active j-boxes for module makers, a new class of lower cost, higher efficiency inverters for inverter manufacturers, and lowest cost cabling and monitoring solutions for balance of system and O&M providers.
(Source: Ampt, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Ampt, (970) 372-6950, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ampt.com
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