Construction is slated to get underway before the year end.
(Source: Nordex, Recharge Wind, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101, email@example.com, www.nordex.com
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The acquisition forms part of the sale of Strutt & Parker (Farms) in East Anglia.
The transaction is a continuation of the partnership between Foresight and Material Change, and its parent company Heathpatch. As part of the deal, Material Change -- which provides services to 7 AD sites -- has entered into long-term feedstock supply, digestate offtake and management and maintenance services contracts, while Heathpatch is an equity investor in the projects.
Foresight previously invested in 35 greenfield and operational AD plants across the UK and Europe. (Source: Foresight Group, Bioenergy Insight, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Foresight Group, +44 (0) 20 3667 8100, www.foresightgroup.eu; Material Change, www.material-change.com
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Brampton is aiming foe a 30 pct emission reduction by 2030 and 80 pct by 2025. The interim target has been set to reduce GHG emissions by 20 per cent by 2024.
In a release, the city notes has recovered $5.8 million in costs through energy-efficient programs, third-party funding, energy procurement and water rebates
and has introduced more than 13 renewable energy projects implemented 50 energy conservation projects in its effort to address emissions and climate change.
(Source: City of Brampton, Brampton Guardian, 3 Sept., 2019)
Contact: City of Brampton, 905.874.2130, www.brampton.ca
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The new leased site's inaugural project will be the logistics handling of 94 wind turbine foundations to be delivered to the Rotterdam offshore wind sites Borssele 1 and 2, both of which are operated by offshore infrastructure group Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore (DEME), which has signed a major marshalling services contract with Sif to begin in October 2019. (Source: SiF, Government Europa, 3 Sep., 2019) Contact: SiF Holding, Offshore Foundations, Fred van Beers, CEO, +31 475 385 777, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sif-group.com/en; Rotterdam Port Authority, Allard Castelein, CEO, +31 (0) 10 - 252 10 10, www.portofrotterdam.com; Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore, www.deme-group.com
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Participants in the planning process include: Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Punjab Bio Energy Company Limited (PBECL), SBP Banking Services Corporation (SBP-BSC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL), Ministry of Food Security and Research, SAARC Energy Center (SEC), Asia Foundation, Punjab University, DESCON and Ali Engineering.
The proposed cluster is intended to act as an easily accessed shared knowledge and data repository for biomass stakeholders and to promote biomass and green energy business opportunities.
(Source: The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 20190 Contact:
National University of Science and Technology, www.nust.edu.pk; US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy, +92 91 9217480, www.uspcase.asu.edu
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Australia is tenth overall in cumulative global green bond rankings as of 30 June 2019. Total domestic issuance to date includes 35 deals -- some comprising multiple tranches -- from 15 issuers.
Australia’s annual green bond issuance in the 2018 calendar year nearly doubled, from $3.3 billion in 2017 to $6 billion.
(Source: Climate Bonds Initiative, Sustainability Report, Pro Bono News, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Climate Bonds Initiative, Sean Kidney, CEO, www.climatebonds.net
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The Center will focus on developing technologies to reduce operational carbon emissions, working with other parts of the energy sector to create integrated solutions and re-purposing infrastructure to accelerate carbon capture usage and storage, hydrogen production and gas-to-wire capacity.
BP, Shell, Wood, Chrysaor, Aker Solutions, INEOS, CNOOC International, Total, Siemens and Equinor are among the project's backers.
(Source: Offshore Engineering, OGUK, PR, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Oil & Gas Technology Center, Colette Cohen, CEO, +44 1224 063200, www.theogtc.com
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Approximately 30 tons of miscanthus provided by Croatian oil and gas company INA was tested with funding from the Growing Advanced Industrial Crops on Marginal Land for Biorefineries (GRACE) project -- of which INA is a consortium member. GRACE is supported by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
The project aims to optimize various miscanthus grass value chains in order to produce sustainable products and to develop miscanthus as a sustainable feedstock resource for cultivation on marginal, contaminated and abandoned land.
Clariant tested miscanthus as a feedstock for the production of lignocellulose sugars and ethanol.
(Source: Clariant, Business Standard, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Biofuels and Derivatives, Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant, Miscanthus, Ethanol, Biofuel,
According to the Minister, the necessary funds would be contributed by the government, public-private partnerships and private financing.
The Minister further announced "The Securities Commission has already done a six-month study on green financing; it had formed the financing task force (for this purpose). It gave a report on 21 action items to facilitate the necessary investment in RE and the government will look at all the action items and implement them accordingly."
The Minister added, the government would continue its current incentives such as the Green Technology Financing Scheme and the Green Investment Tax Allowance to incentivize the growth of RE.
(Source; Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Bernama , The Sun Daily, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, www.mestecc.gov.my
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White Oak will provide up to 100 pct financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and seismic retrofit projects on commercial real estate, and is seeking to fund projects ranging in size from $500,000 to $150 million.
Using the innovative PACE structure, financing obligations are repaid through property tax bills. Repayment schedules will match the useful life of projects, and White Oak aims to provide customized solutions for the unique capital needs of each project. (Source: White Oak Global Advisors, PR, 4 Sept., 2019)
Contact: White Oak Global Advisors, Andre Hakkak, CEO, InvestorRelations@whiteoaksf.com , www.whiteoaksf.com;
California Statewide Communities Development Authority, www.cscda.org
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The new rules could make less-efficient bulbs for certain fixtures more common, potentially contributing to man-made climate change by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Politically, it's part of the Trump administration's efforts to roll back climate and other environmental regulations.
Energy conservation groups are expected to mount challenges to the Trump administration's move that borders on senseless. (Source: US DOE, NYT, 4 Sept., 2019)
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The newly announced £1.44 billion funding, which will come from the UK aid budget and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will be earmarked for tackling climate change, including wildfires.
During the Summit meeting, the G7 agreed to support a medium-term reforestation plan which will be unveiled at the UN in September.
(Source: G7 Release, Various Media, Daily Mail, 27 Aug., 2019)
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POET already has cut production at half of its biorefineries with the biggest impact being felt at its Iowa and Ohio plants where corn processing will drop by an additional 100 million bushels. (Source: POET, The Messenger, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News POET, EPA, "Hardship" Waivers, RFS,
The hybrid renewable energy system , which would be backed up and balanced by battery storage and diesel generators, is intended to reduce the project's energy capacity needs from 65MW to 55MW.
(Source: Oz Minerals Release, Renew Economy, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Oz Minerals, +61 8 8229 6600, Facsimile - +61 8 8229 6601,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Wind, Solar,
The province, Canada's most populous, argues that Ontario's Court of Appeal was wrong to find the carbon price was "constitutional and within the federal government's right to impose."
Federal lawyers had argued that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act -- under which the carbon tax is imposed -- was a legitimate response to potentially catastrophic climate change.
(Source: Various Media, Canadian Press, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier
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According to Crown Oil managing director Matthew Greensmith, "We are always looking to reduce our footprint in every way we can and we're aware that the current supply of biofuels cannot sustainably match that of fossil fuels in a large economy such as the UK. We believe renewable sources are part of the solution to the current climate crisis, and we want to encourage businesses to switch to this versatile fuel. For that reason, we have invested in an industrial-sized supply of HVO fuel, as we expect demand for greener fuels to increase as businesses become more environmentally-conscious and we want to be able to cater to that demand."
The company is also set to lobby Whitehall to give more concessions to producers of TVO and similar fuels.
To that end, the company is calling for sufficient incentives for businesses and domestic customers to use biofuels, as aside from environmental concerns, there is little reason to choose renewable fuels. (Source: Crown Oil, Bury Times, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact:
Crown Oil UK, Matthew Greensmith, +44 0 845 130 9777,
Fax -- +44 0 0845 130 6888,
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Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019.
REAP funding can be used for energy audits, renewable energy systems including biomass, geothermal, solar, hydropower biomass and others as well as energy efficiency upgrades such as HVAC energy efficiency improvements, insulation, lighting and refrigeration.
(Source: USDA, Farm & Dairy, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA, (202) 690-4730, (f) 202-690-4737, www.rd.usda.gov; REAP, www.rurdev.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, REAP,
Perdue either couldn't or wouldn't say what action the president will or might take, but noted that Trump believes the EPA waivers were "way overdone." Ethanol advocates contend that oil refinery waivers have reduced ethanol production by 2.6 billion gallons since Trump moved into the White House.
When grilled on the Trump administration's biofuels, trade and Renewable Fuel Standard and related policies Perdue replied "EPA will continue to consult with our federal partners on the best path forward to ensure stability in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The president will always seek to engage with stakeholders to achieve wins for the agriculture and energy sectors." So sayeth Sonny!(Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CBS, Various Media, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of US Sec of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, (202) 720-2791, email@example.com, www.usda.gov, twitter.com/SecretarySonny
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, "Hardship" Waivers, Ethanol, Sonny Perdue, Trump,
National Grid will remain the distributor, providing the transmission lines and equipment by which electricity is delivered, regardless of source.
(Source: Town of Harvard, Harvard Press, 29 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Town of Harvard, www.harvard.ma.us
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The first two projects in the expanded portfolio are expected to break ground this summer for commissioning in summer 2020. by summer 2020.
Standard Solar will finance, own and maintain the community solar arrays that Pivot Energy will develop and construct. Once the arrays are live, customer enrollment and subscriptions will be managed through SunCentral, Pivot Energy's proprietary community solar customer management interface.
(Source: Standard Solar, PR, Solar Builder, 28 Aug., 2019)Contact: Pivot Energy, (888) 734-3033, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pivotenergy.net; Standard Solar, Scott Wiater, CEO, (301) 944-1200, www.standardsolar.com
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The Crown Estate is made up of land and holdings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland that belong to the Queen. The collection is part of the sovereign's "public estate" so the monarch is not involved in day-to-day management of the land and has only limited control of its affairs. (Source: The Crown Estate, Telegraph, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, email@example.com, www.thecrownestate.co.uk
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the company has already completed around 70 installations in one high-rise apartment building and is currently working on a number of flats before beginning work on individual homes.
(Source: Business Up North, 29 Aug., 2019)Contact: Oakes Energy Services, +44 1429 837662, www.oakesenergy.co.uk; Together Housing, www.togetherhousing.co.uk
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Over the past 10 years UCT has converted electric hot water boilers in residences to energy-efficient heat pumps, conducted energy audits in some buildings and retrofitted energy-efficient lighting fixtures in one residence.
In 2012 the university committed to green designs for all new buildings -- independently certified by the Green Building Council South Africa.(Source: Univ. of Cape Town, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Cape Town, www.uct.ac.za; Green Building Council South Africa, +27 86 104 2272, www.gbcsa.org.za
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The survey found
strong and growing support to reduce methane waste and pollution and the implementation of new methane waste standards statewide as an important part of the boom in Permian Basin development. The survey also found
that two-thirds of New Mexico voters want strong limits and the eventual elimination of carbon emissions by 2050.
(Source: Majority Institute PR, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Majority Institute, 303-586-3176. www. majorityinstitute.com; Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, 202-478-8330, www.gqrr.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Methane Emissions,
Of the total investment, $1.9 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada's (NRC) Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, will support the company's development of a technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from wood and agricultural waste. A second investment of more than $2.8 million, funded by NRC Clean Growth Program, will be used to increase the efficiency of the company's cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant and support detailed engineering activities, enabling Woodland's first commercial-scale ethanol plant in Sarnia, Ontario. (Source: Woodland Biofuels, PR, Ethanol Producer, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Woodland Biofuel, Greg Nuttall, CEO,(647) 494-5553, www.woodlandbiofuels.com;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic, Natural Resources Canada, Biofuel,
The non-EU member sources about 60 pct of its electricity from hydropower, 33 pct from nuclear and the rest from fossil fuels. Of the total, fossil fuels still make up about 63 pct of which roughly 10 pct is from aviation -- the global average aviation emissions is between 2 and 3 pct. Switzerland's domestic carbon trading scheme includes aviation emissions in the same way the EU ETS system does and the two are linked. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, 29 Aug., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Carbon Neutral, Aviation Emissions, EU ETS,
Kenya presently uses foreign based green building certification tools like Green Star Rating System, U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Environmental Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE).
(Source: Architectural Association of Kenya, Kenya Standard, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Architectural Association of Kenya, Gideon Olawo, Environmental Design Chairman, +254 20 2224806, www.aak.or.ke
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Punjab Renewable, is involved in the collection, processing, storage and supply of paddy straw, cotton stalk, soya husk, maize cob and mustard stalk biomass for use in to power plants, biofuel production and various other applications.
Punjab Renewable notes it can handle more than 1,000 tpd and plans to scale up to 10,000 tpd in the next few years.
(Source: VCCircle, Royal Dutch Shell, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Shell India, www.shell.in;
Punjab Renewable Energy Systems, +91 22 2757 0498, www.prespl.com
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The proposals include a required 400 MW option and two options for development of an 800 MW project.
The proposed "Vineyard Wind 2" project would be constructed in Vineyard Wind's lease area about 14 miles southwest of Nantucket. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Inquirer and Mirror, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com
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The Rolling Hills wind power project currently features 193 SWT-2.3-101 turbines. The repowering project also includes replacement of blades, hubs and nacelles for all units, and top tower sections for the SG 2.7-129 units. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Power Tech, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com;
Siemens Gamesa, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com
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The proposed rule will reverse standards enacted under President Barack Obama that require oil and gas operations to install controls on their operations to curb the release of methane at the well head and in their transmission equipment, including pipelines, processing and storage facilities.
Despite EPA estimates the proposed changes would save the oil and natural gas industry between $17 million and $19 million a year, Shell, Exxon, BP and other major fossil fuels players are opposing the proposed rollback and urging the current standards be kept in place.
(Source: EPA, Various Media, Wash. Post, 29 Aug., 2019)
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Together, the two projects are expected to come in at $1.2 billion. Once operational by the end of 2020, the two facilities are expected to account for about 10 pct of Ameren's total power generation capacity.
(Source: Ameren Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 24 Aug., 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri, www.ameren.com/missouri
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The upgraded school technologies include: combined heat and power (CHP), LED lighting, boilers, and controls, all of which are expected to deliver better than £4 million in energy cost savings over the lifetime of the project.
The upgrades were made possible thanks to funding from Salix Finance, an independent, government-funded organisation that provides interest-free loans to the public sector for energy efficiency projects. In addition to the school improvements, the council upgraded Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and completed projects such as LED lighting upgrades to both the Edinburgh bus station and Councils Assembly Rooms, CCTV monitor upgrades to the City Chamber, and others. (Source: Edinburgh City Council, Scottish Construction Now, Aug., 2019)
Contact: Salix Finance, +44 20 3102, 6900, www.salixfinance.co.uk
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The PB3 unit will serve as an autonomous intelligent platform to provide communications and remote monitoring services.
(Source: Ocean Power Technologies, Renewables, 26 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Ocean Power Technologies, (609) 730- 0400, www.oceanpowertechnologies.com
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Under the 2018 agreement, Trillium would have constructed a compression system at the landfill and paid $300,000 annually in royalties to the agency. Although several companies reportedly bid on the project, Trillium's willingness to make a capital investment was apparently a major consideration in the contract award.In withdrawing from the contract, Trillium claimed
the project is "no longer economically feasible" and cited the Trump EPA's policies as the prime culprit.
(Source: Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, PR, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, 563-557-8220, www.dmaswa.org; Trillium, www.linkedin.com/company/trillium-cng?trk=guest_job_details_topcard_org_name
ExxonMobil V.P for R&D, Vijay Swarup, noted "New technologies in carbon capture will be critical enablers for us to meet growing energy demands, while reducing emissions. Our agreement with Mosaic expands our carbon capture technology research portfolio, which is evaluating multiple pathways -- including evaluation of carbonate fuel cells and direct air capture -- to reduce costs and enable large-scale deployment."
Mosaic's technology utilizes porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks to selectively remove impurities such as CO2 from gas mixtures in an array of applications from submarines to power plants, according to the company website.
With a working interest in approximately 20 pct of the world's total carbon capture capacity, ExxonMobil has been able to capture about 7 million tpy of carbon dioxide and has cumulatively captured more of it than any other company since 1970, according to the company. (Source: ExxonMobil, TradeArabia News Service, 27 Aug., 2019)Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Mosaic Materials, John Husk, VP, Bus. Dev., www.mosaicmaterials.com
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In 2014, Nigerian academics reported better water hyacith biogas yields when the plant was mixed with sanitised chicken manure in anaerobic digestors. Kenyan scientists agree with the Nigerian claim that animal dung enhances the process of converting water hyacith into biogas. In India, scientists experimented with mixing water hyacinth with Cannabis sativa for better biogas yields.
The Nairobi-based Biogas International company, the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and the University of Cambridge's Institute for Sustainability are collaborating on a project
to test whether water hyacinth biogas can provide an effective alternative to firewood and charcoal for cooking and other uses in rural Kenyan communities.
(Source: Biogas International, Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, Guardain, Aug., 2019) Contact:
Biogas International, Dominic Kahumbu Wanjihia, CEO, +254 722 700530, www.biogas.co.ke
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The Wessex loans, which can be used for insulation, solar panel installation and other renewables and energy efficiency measures,
range from £500 to £15,000 with repayment terms of between six months to 15 years. (Source: Energy at Home, Bath Echo News, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Energy at Home, www.energyathome.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Loans,
The measure, which includes the creation of an Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency, would apply to commercial and industrial buildings in Denver. The Nov. 5 vote may, however be postponed until June 1, 2020 in light possible amendments to consider funding and other issues.
The Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency would, under the agreement, be functional by next July 1, 2020 and will combine employees from the existing Office of Sustainability and Department of Public Health and Environment. It would report to the mayor.
(Source: The Denver Channel, 26 Aug., 2019)
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As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.
Download the letter HERE. (Source: Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer, (202) 225-2911, finkenauer.house.gov
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The $469,748 upgrade to LEDs is expected to cut the city's energy consumption by roughly 5 pct.
The project received grants from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Massachusetts Department of Energy, and expects to receive rebates from National Grid.
(Source: City of Amesbury, PR, Daily News, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Amesbury, Tom Barrasso, Director of Energy and Environmental Affairs, (978) 388-8110 x314, www.amesburyma.gov
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