Enerkem has begun applying for the necessary permits with the state Pollution Control Agency. If approved, he privately financed facility wouldn't be built for at least three years. The plant could help the county meet its goal of recycling 75 percent of its waste by 2030, according to Dakota County. The county presently recycles about half its garbage, but that percentage could reach about 65 pct with additional sorting at the new plant. The proposed plant site is owned by SKB Environmental, a Minnesota waste management company, which would be a partner on the project and supply much of the garbage.
Enerkem operates a similar plant in Edmonton, Alberta, and a demonstration facility in Quebec, and is finalizing the design of a second plant to process 1,100 to 1,500 tpd of garbage, outside Montreal.
(Source: Enerkem, Star Tribune, 9 April, 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Tim Cesarek, Sr. VP Bus. Dev., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerkem.com; SKB Environmental, (651) 224-6329, www.skbinc.com
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The $56 million project targets nearly 20,000 apartments at 16 public housing developments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. These upgrades will benefit more than 45,000 public housing residents and contribute to New York City and NYCHA's sustainability efforts.
NYCHA has 4 EPCs in the works worth approximately $300 million, for upgrades upgrade to 120,000 apartments at up to 130 developments, or 67 pct of the Authority’s building portfolio.
The scope of work for this first EPC includes apartment and common area lighting fixture and bulb upgrades, the installation of water-conserving fixtures such as aerators and showerheads, comprehensive heating upgrades and others.
(Source: New York City Housing Authority, PR, 6 April, 2017) Contact: NYCHA, (212) 360-3322, email@example.com, www.nycha.nyc.gov
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The first phase of the program involves an assessment of the city's building infrastructure, which includes validating the current conditions as well as occupancy schedules. Systems such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, mechanical equipment, lighting, building automation and air distribution systems, as well as street lighting will be areas of focus.
Summerside's annual energy bill, which includes heat and electicity consumed at all city facilities, costs approximately $1 million a year.
(Source: City of Summerside, Journal Pioneer, 7 April, 2017) Contact: City of Summerside, Rob Philpott, CFO, (902) 432-1230, www.city.summerside.pe.ca;
Honeywell Building Solutions, John Rajchert, Pres., (800) 345-6770, www.buildingsolutions.honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com
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FEJA helps to pivot Illinois to the new clean economy by growing renewable energy resources and significantly expanding energy efficiency programs. ComEd will now begin transitioning to a new system of funding efficiency programs. Pending ICC approval,
FEJA will increase energy efficiency funding for ComEd from $250 million to $400 million per year by 2030, generating over $4 billion in consumer savings and reducing the CO2 by an amount equivalent to removing 18 million cars from the road. New, expanded energy efficiency programs will begin in January 2018. (Source: Illinois Commerce Commission, ComEd, 7 April, 2017) Contact:
ComEd Media ,
Illinois Commerce Commission, www.icc.illinois.gov
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Principle elements of the energy management project include:
The development is the latest in an ongoing effort at UW-M to create commodity chemicals currently derived from petroleum out of biomass. These bio-derived chemicals could serve as high value co-products of the biofuels manufacturing process, improving the economics of the cellulosic bio-refinery.
In their paper published recently by the journal ChemSusChem, Prof. George Huber and collaborators report a new chemical pathway used to produce 1,5-pentanediol, a plastic precursor primarily used to make polyurethanes and polyester plastics. The group's approach is six-times cheaper than a previously reported method, and represents the first economically viable method of producing 1,5-pentanediol from biomass.
The discovery also provides fundamental chemistry that could be applicable to a wide cross-section of products such as For instance, the same pathway could be used to produce two other plastic precursors - 1,4 butanediol and 1,6 - hexanediol -- currently derived from petroleum and which together represent an annual market of more than $6 billion.
In the long term, the team will continue to refine their work, collecting the data needed to scale their process up to pilot plant testing. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is in charge of licensing the technology. (Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison, phys.org, 7 April, 2017) Contact: UW-M, Prof. George Huber, (608) 263-0346,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosics, Bio-chemical, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cellulosic Biofuel,
The bill proposed the creation of one of the most restrictive wind farm rules in the country. It would require that wind farms be built at least 30 miles from military installations, eliminating wide swaths of land from potential development. The distance from the nearest property boundary would depend on the height of the blades, but would typically range from 5,000 feet to 6,000 feet, considerably further than the 1,500 feet some counties require for 500-foot-tall turbines. (Source: News & Observer, Others, 6 April, 2017)
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The original project, which has been in production since 2009, features 19 Senvion MM82 2MW wind turbines. (Source: EDF Energy Renewables, ReNews, April, 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Tim Wheeler, Onshore Wind Development Manager, www.edf-er.com
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Subject to pending closing conditions, Siemens and Gamesa expect to close the merger this month, after the registration of the merged entity in the Vizcaya Companies Register. (Source: Siemens, Gamesa, EL&P, 3 April, 2017)Contact: Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, Thomas Richterich, Onshore Wind CEO, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com; Gamesa Corp., www.gamesacorp.com
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HSBC, Kotak and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are amongst banks vying for a role in arranging the proposed share sale., according to ReNew Power.
Since it founding in 2011, ReNew Power has raised $850 million in equity from investors, and may raise an additional $200 million prior to its IPO, either through equity or quasi-equity instruments.
(Source: ReNew Power, ET Energy World, 7 April, 2017)
Contact: ReNew Power, +91 124 489 6670/80, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://renewpower.in
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The average Briton's carbon footprint is now 33 pct less than in 1992 and they are more than 130 pct richer. According to the report, reasons for the shift include the 1990s "dash for gas" power, a switch to a more services-based economy, policies since the Climate Change Act was introduced in 2008, energy efficiency schemes and cutting methane from landfill sites.
The report also questions the notion that the UK has simply shifted its emissions overseas, with more products bought from manufacture in countries such as China where the greenhouse gas output is then counted.
Government data shows these so-called imported emissions peaked in 2007 before the financial crisis and are now, per person, almost exactly what they were in 1997, the study said.
(Source: OECD, BelfastTelegraph, April, 2017)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org
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The legislation is intended to correct changes made in 2015-16 that effectively drove up the cost of residential solar and virtually halted the state's previously booming residential-solar industry and caused Sunrun, SolarCity and many small solar contractors to leave the solar business in Nevada.
Assembly Bill 270 is among five bills aimed at promoting renewable energies.
Other measures would require solar companies to make contracts clearer, allow multiple homes to share solar energy and speed up the state's move to renewables.
State law currently directs NV Energy, the state's monopolized utility, and any other providers to generate 20 pct of retail electricity from renewable sources.
(Source: Nevada Legislature, CBS Las Vegas, AP, 6 April, 2017)
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In 2015, the ANA Airports of Portugal were successful in reducing their carbon emissions by 15 pct compared to the average of the three years from 2012 to 2014.
An initiative of the ACI, the ACA programme helps airports across the globe manage their carbon emissions. (Source: Airports Council International, airport-technology.com, 10 April, 2017) Contact: Airports Council International, www.aci-europe.org; Airport Carbon Accedidation, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org
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The city wants to purchase GREC so that it may exit a $2.1 billion contract with the plant and reduce electric bills for GRU customers by about 10 pct. In an original March 22 MoU, which would allow the city to take the next steps toward a buyout of the contract.
(Source: Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, Gainesville.com, Independent Florida Alligator, 10 April, 2017) Contact: Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, Jim Gordon, Pres., (386) 315-8010, email@example.com, www.gainesvillebiomass.com
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The $330 million Willow Springs project is expected to generate approximately 1 million MWh of renewable energy per year,which is sufficient for 90,000 homes.
(Source: GE, CleanTechnica, Various Others, 7 April, 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President & CEO, Onshore Wind, www.ge-energy.com; : Lincoln Clean Energy, (512) 215-4452, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com
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To counter the EU's concerns, the Malaysians are calling for direct meetins with EU parliamentarians and a single Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) scheme to ensure that Europe-bound palm oil and other vegetable oil exports are sustainably produced.
As previously reported, EU lawmakers have called for a wider discussion of palm oil production and use for biofuels with specific focus on the rapidly expanding palm oil industry's harmful impact on climate mitigation and biodiversity.
After India and before China, the EU is Malaysia's second-largest export market, accounting for 2,059,207 tons of palm oil products in 2016, one third of which is used for biodiesel. Indonesia and Malaysia account for approximately 85 pct of global oil palm production.
(Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, telesur, 5 April, 2017) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my
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PacifiCorp also intends to retire over 3,600 MW of coal plants by 2036 -- about 60 pct of its coal fleet -- starting at the end of 2018. It also plans to add another 850 MW of wind energy between 2028 and 2036, plus another 1,040 MW of solar over the same period.
The plan is to bring the initial 2,000 MW of wind turbines and supporting transmission into service by the end of 2020 to capture the full value of federal production tax credits.
(Source: PacifiCorp, PR, Oregonian, 4 April, 2017) Contact: PacifiCorp, Stefan Bird, www.pacificorp.com
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The 18-month Step Up and Power Down initiative was built on the premise that awareness of energy waste, encouraging energy related behavioral change, and taking steps to save energy through building efficiencies delivers energy and costs savings for offices, hotels, retail stores and food service companies in designated downtown areas.
In San Francisco, 827 companies participated in the initiative and achieved energy savings of 23.5 gigawatt-hour.
In San Jose, 448 companies participated and saved 27.6 gigawatt-hours, which is equivalent to the electricity to power more than 2,800 homes for one year.
(Source: PG&E, Business Wire, 6 April, 2017) Contact: PG&E, Vincent Davis, Dir. Energy Efficiency, (415) 973-5930, www.pge.com; Step Up & Power Down program, www.stepupandpowerdown.com; City of San Jose, Kerrie Romanow, Director of Environmental Services, (408) 535-8550, www.sanjoseca.gov
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In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and all of its partners saved American families and businesses $34 billion on energy bills while helping states achieve their air quality goals.
The ENERGY STAR program has 16,000 partners including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, the program and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions -- including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Editor's NoteThe Trump "circus" has described the ENERGY STAR program as a "lower priority and poorly performing" program and is proposing to slash ENERGY STAR's budget and re-focus it on research that can be commercialized and carried out by the private sector, rather than the government. (Source: ENERGY STAR, EPA, PR, 4 April, 2017)
Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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Meanwhile, Amazon secured warrants to acquire up to 55,286,696 common shares of Plug Power at $1.89 per share, based on the 30-day average closing price of the shares on April 4.
Amazon is required to spend an aggregate of $600 million over the life of the deal for its warrants to vest.
(Source: Plug Power, PR, Library for Smart Investors, 5 April, 2017) Contact: Amazon, (206) 266-1000, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/amazon; PlugPower, Andy Marsh, CEO, Teal Vivacqua, Inv. Relations, (518) 782-7700, email@example.com, www.plugpower.com
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Michigan homes and businesses have saved more than $1 billion on their energy bills since 2009 through Consumers Energy's energy efficiency programs, according to the release.
(Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 6 April, 2017) Contact: Consumers Energy, Theresa Schmidt, Director Residential Energy Efficiency Operations, www.consumersenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy, Energy Efficiency, LED Light,
Additionally, the provincial budget for 2017 includes $5 million, to be used over three years, for a new Home Energy Savings Program geared toward low-income households. The program will issue grant funding for home energy efficiency upgrades.
A separate Home Energy Efficiency Loan Program has $4 million set aside, over the next three years, for low-interest financing covering up to $10,000 on home upgrades for improved energy efficiency. (Source: Nalco, The Telegram, 6 April, 2017)Contact: Nalcor Energy, Stan Marshall, Pres., CEO, (709) 737-1440, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nalcorenergy.com
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The EC's decision to phase out conventional biofuels as of 2020 outlines a reduction path which should bring the share of biofuels such as rapeseed biodiesel down to 3.8 pct by 2030. Further difficulties in the development and availability of advanced feedstocks, linked with a lack of confidence by investors in view of the uncertain policy context, render the target set for advanced biofuels overly ambitious and highly unlikely to be achieved. For these reasons, FEDIOL calls on the European Parliament and EC to maintain the 7 pct cap for conventional biofuels and further invest in advanced low-carbon technologies alongside conventional biofuels, so as to meet an overall minimum 15 pct renewables' target in transport.
The fact sheet -- An EU Without First Generation Biofuels? -- is available HERE.
(Source: Fediol. PR. 6 April, 2017) Contact: FEDIOL, Nathalie Lecocq, Director General: + 32 (2) 771 53 30, www.fediol.eu
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January 2015 biodiesel production reached only 73 million gallons, making it the lowest producing month since the start of 2015. December and October 2016 were the joint highest producing months with both peaking at 144 million gallons. (Source: US EIA, Various Media, April, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Energy Information Administration, Biodiesel ,
An average Molokai household currently pays around $250 per month for power. With the proposed switch to 100 pct renewable energy, an average monthly power bill is expected to rise from $250 to peak at $350 per month in 2020.
Overall, the new goal for Molokai in the near term would add 6.4 MW of renewable energy capacity to the the existing capacity of just over 2 MW, increasing Molokai's total renewable energy to 8.5 MW.
(Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, Molokai Dispatch, 7 April, 2017) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, email@example.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com
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"Nearly 85 percent of vehicles on the road today were not designed for higher ethanol blends, such as E15. And many automakers say that using E15 could potentially void new car warranties. Higher ethanol blends threaten engines and fuel systems -- potentially forcing drivers to pay for costly repairs, according to industry testing. And the public remains uneasy about that, with three quarters of respondents expressing concern about breaching the blend wall." -- Frank Macchiarola, Dir., American Petroleum Institute, 7 April, 2017 Contact: American PetroleuInstitute, (202) 682-8114, www.api.org
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The Pennask project, which is located on Crown Land, was developed in colaboration with the Penticton Indian Band, the Westbank First Nation, and the Upper Nicola Band.
The wind farm is expected to reduce the province's greenhouse gas emissions by 60,000 tpy.
(Source: Okanagan Wind, Various Media, Global News, 7 April, 2017) Contact: Okanagan Wind, www.okanaganwind.ca
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The Penguin was installed at the EMEC grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo at the beginning of March by Orkney-based Green Marine.
This is the first of three Penguin wave energy converters to be installed over the next three years as part of the CEFOW (Clean Energy from Ocean Waves) project which is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program.
The CEFOW consortium spans the full value chain including research organizations, wave converter technology developers, marine service providers and a large multi-national utility company. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, Wello Ltd., April 7, 2017)
Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020, www.emec.org.uk; Wello Ltd., +358 9 888 4881, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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KPN operates as a 'climate-neutral' company using renewable energy sources and offsetting its use of fossil fuels. It also works on ways to reduce energy in its operations, encourage employees to use public transport, and recycle or sell old network equipment and buildings. In addition, the Dutch operator works on reducing emissions from use of its products and services by customers; these are targeted to fall by 20 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2040, compared to 2014 levels.
The SBTi initiative counts over 40 members, including companies such as Eneco, Walmart, Sony and Nestle, and more than 180 have said they will work on setting SBTi targets. (Source: KPN, elecompaper, 6 April, 2017)
Contact: Science Based Targets initiative , email@example.com, sciencebasedtargets.org' KPN, +31 10 428 9571, www.kpn.com
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ICCS is designed to demonstrate the commercial-scale applicability of CCS technology in a saline reservoir. The project is currently permitted to operate for five years and has the potential to store up to 5.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
The U.S. DOE supported project captures CO2 created as a byproduct at ADM's Decatur corn processing facility, and stores it safely almost 1.5 miles underground. This is ADM's second CCS project. Previously, the company removed and stored approximately a million tons of carbon over three years as part of the smaller-scale Illinois Basin -- Decatur Project, led by the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium at the University of Illinois.
The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium is one of seven national research partnerships working to find a balance between our growing energy needs and rising climate concerns by capturing carbon dioxide created in energy production and industrial processes and storing it safely underground in natural geological formations. The MGSC is funded by the U.S. DOE through the National Energy Technology Laboratory via the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program and by a cost share agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Coal Development, through the Illinois Clean Coal Institute.
(Source: ADM, PR, April 7, 2017) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.coms; Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, www.sequestration.org
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The MoU agreement will extend test operations scheduled for completion this coming August through to 2020. Both Shell and Statoil will be involved in these tests as partners to TCM.
TCM, which was established in 2012, has developed partnerships with the US Department of Energy. The facility will continue to test new technologies and will assist Statoil's feasibility studies for CCS at three locations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
(Source: Total, edie.com, 7 April, 2017)
Contact: Technology Centre Mongstad, +47 56 34 52 20, www.tcmda.com
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The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan's fossil fuels holdings include $30 million in Exxon shares, $4.8 million in Kinder Morgan and a share of royalties for oilsands extractor Cenovus, which the fund acquired for $3.3 billion in 2015.
Although Ontario teachers do not
vote directly for the fund's investments, which are overseen by a board appointed by the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) and the provincial government, they can put pressure on the fund through motions at the OTF and by directly questioning the fund's executives.
(Source: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, National Observer, Others, April 7, 2017) Contact: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Ron Mock, CEO, (416) 226-2700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.otpp.com
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The Anderson's Group Inc., headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, reported in December 2015 it would increase the facility's ethanol production capacity to 136 million gpy. The plant is managed and operated by The Anderson's and is co-owned by Marathon Petroleum Corp.
(Source: The Anderson's Inc., Battle Creek Enquirer , 6 April, 2017) Contact: Anderson's Albion Ethanol, (517) 630-0164, www.andersonsethanol.com/facilities.asp; The Anderson's Group, www.andersonsinc.com
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The new Aioi Bioenergy Corp. will have an initial capital of ¥450 million , 40 pct of which will be invested by MCP.
The project is aiming to facilitate the conversion of fuel used at the second unit of KEPCO's Aioi Power Station in Hyogo Prefecture (capacity 375 MW) from its current heavy oil or crude oil sources to woody biomass.
MCP presently operates some 73 MW of power generated from solar projects and is developing and constructing wind and geothermal power generation projects across Japan. (Source: Mistsubishi, World Coal, 6 April, 2017)
Contact: Kansai Electric Power, www.kepco.co.jp/english;
Mitsubishi Corporation Power Systems, www.meppi.com
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In a press release Suniva said it was also laying off workers in Norcross, Georgia, due to the expanding global overcapacity, particularly in Asia, and the surge in low-priced imports. The company's majority shareholder is
China's Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd . (Source: Suniva, April 7, 2017)Contact: Suniva, Matt Card, VP Sales & Marketing, (404) 477-2700, www.suniva.com; Shunfeng International Clean Energy, Eric Luo, CEO, www.sf-pv.com
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Using the 2012 state data for carbon emissions, the study found a 1 pct increase in the income share of the top 10 pct of a state's population resulted in additional annual carbon emissions, led by: Texas -- 812,325 to 934,174 metric tons, followed by California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, New York and Michigan -- 184,835 to 212,560 metric tons, in that order.
In addition to income, the analysis considered population size, per capita gross domestic product, urbanization, manufacturing as a percentage of state GDP, fossil fuels production, and the level of state's commitments to environmental regulation in their conclusions. (Source: Ecological Economics, Boston College, 1 April, 2017) Contact: Boston College, Prof. Andrew Jorgenson, (617) 552-1293, Andrew.email@example.com, www.bc.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
In October, 2016, the fund invested in 2 storage projects and participated in financing 12MW of energy storage in Ontario, Canada -- a 5MW flywheel-based project and a 7MW lithium-ion battery system. Both of those projects are being executed by US developer Convergent Energy and Power.(Source: SUSI Energy Storage Fund, Energy Storage, SUSI Partners, 4 April, 2017) Contact: SUSI Partners, SUSI Energy Storage Fund, Dr. Tobias Reichmuth, CEO, +41 41 500 01 75,
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Greensmith's software upgrade enhanced the safety and reliability of AEP's sodium sulphur battery energy storage system which had been used as a backup system for AEP's distribution network in the region. The upgrade also enabled the 2MW / 14MWh West Virginia system to pass PJM's qualification tests with a high performance score on par with lithium-ion battery systems purpose-built for frequency regulation applications.
In August, 2016, AEP, one of the country's largest electric utilities, made a strategic investment in Greensmith. (Source: Greensmith, Bus.Wire, AEP, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Greensmith Energy, John Jung, President and CEO, Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greensmithenergy.com;
AEP, Ram Sastry, Vice President, Infrastructure and Business Continuity, , (800) 672-2231, www.aepohio.com
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The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a comprehensive decision support tool and road map for meeting the company's objective of providing reliable and least-cost electric service to all of our customers while addressing the substantial risks and uncertainties inherent in the electric utility business. The IRP is developed with considerable public involvement from state utility commission staff, state agencies, customer and industry advocacy groups, project developers, and other stakeholders. The key elements of the IRP include: a finding of resource need, focusing on the first 10 years of a 20-year planning period; the preferred portfolio of supply-side and demand-side resources to meet this need; and an action plan that identifies the steps we will take during the next two to four years to implement the plan.
Access the Rocky Mountain Power Integrated Resource Plan details HERE. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Wyoming Business Report, 4 April, 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net
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ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions that meet the requirements for grid balancing and energy storage services, and for the production of clean fuel for transport, renewable heat and chemicals.
The Company presently has £21.79 million of revenue under contract and a total pipeline of £24.65 million, according to a company release. (Source: ITM Power, PR, 3 April, 2017) Contact: ITM Power, +44 (0) 114 244 5111, Geoff Budd, NA Office, (604) 620-8525, www.itm-power.com
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According to the EPA, on average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35 pct less energy and cause 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings. (Source: US DOE ENERGY STAR, Port of Oakland, Port News, April, 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; Port of OPakland, (510) 627-1100, www.portofoakland.com
Editor's Note: Is this the Port of Oakland's Last ENERGY STAR?
As reported on March 23rd, President Donald Trump's budget blueprint, which serves as a framework for his official budget request to be released in May, calls for many alarming budgetary cutbacks, including the virtual elimination of the EPA's ENERGY STAR program as well as cuts in funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
The Trump presidential "circus" described the ENERGY STAR program as a "lower priority and poorly performing" program. As for the EERE, the new administration would not eliminate funding entirely, but instead "focuses" the agency on research that can be commercialized and properly carried out by private commercial enterprises, not the government.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, ENERGY STAR,
The building was designed for minimal energy consumption and incorporates natural ventilation, wind catchers, a "green" roof, a water leak detection system and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) to deliver energy and water reductions. (Source: ProudGreenBuilding, 5 April, 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; AECOM, Matthew Butler, Associate Dir of building Engineering, www.aecom.com; BREEAM America, Barry Giles,CEO, Niall Trafford, COO, www.bre.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News AECOM , BREEAM, USGBC LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
Aircuity's smart platform saves energy, gives building users access to intelligent data about their spaces, and enables a healthier environment for occupants. The system also improves cognitive function and productivity, reduces environmental health and safety risks and promotes sustainability initiatives as part of a smart building strategy, according to Aircuity. (Source: Aircuity, PR Web, 5 April, 2017) Contact: Aircuity, Dan Diehl, CEO, (866) 602-0700, email@example.com, http://www.aircuity.com
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In October, 2016, Iron Mountain signed a PPA to secure enough renewable energy to power 30 pct of its US operations with electricity purchased from the Amazon Wind Farm Texas. (Source: Iron Mountain, ClenTechnica, 5 April, 2017) Contact: Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain Data Centers,
Mark Kidd, VP, www.ironmountain.com;
NJR Clean Energy Ventures, Joanne Fairechio, (732) 378-4967, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.njresources.com
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In the coming years, there will be crucial opportunities for the Governments of California and Scotland to influence higher global ambition on climate change, and to work together to support climate action through the following opportunities set out in the Under2MOU:
When looked at from the overall electricity consumption in Scotland for the month of March, wind power generated the equivalent of 58 pct of the country's entire electricity needs, including homes, business, and industry. However, on Friday the 17th and Sunday the 19th of March, Scotland's wind energy fleet generated output equivalent to more than Scotland’s total power needs for each entire day -- 102 pct and 130 pct equivalent respectively. (Source: WeatherEnergy, CleanTechnica, Others, 4 April, 2017) Contact: WeatherEnergy, www.weatherenergy.co.uk
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The $488,932 installation will be partially funded by the Town of Banff and federal and provincial grants.
Calgary-based Skyfire Energy has contracted for the installation which is expected to be online in June. In 2015, Banff became the first community in Canada to initiate an incentive program that encouraged property owners to install solar photovoltaic systems. (Source: Town of Banff, Crag and Canyon, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Town of Banff, Shannon Ripley, Environmental Services Manager, (403) 762-1200, www.banff.ca; SkyFire Energy, (403) 251-0668, www.skyfireenergy.com
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