The EECP, a collaboration with international funding partners, has retrofitted various government facilities including public health, administrative and educational buildings while, at the same time offering energy conservation and efficiency training for local firms and tradesmen.
The EECP, launched in 2012, aims to enhance Jamaica's energy efficiency and conservation potential through the design and execution of energy efficiency and energy conservation cost-saving measures in the public sector.
The EECP was originally programed to expire at the end of 2015, but was extended with additional government funding.
(Source: Jamaican Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Jamaica Information Service, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Jamaican Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology , (876) 929-8990, www.mstem.gov.jm
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The Iron Forge design features should result in a building that is 30 pct more energy efficient over the next 5-years than the national average for new schools.
The upgrades include rooftop solar arrays, a displacement ventilation system that reduces the energy use for air handling by 25 to 30 pct, ice energy storage and improved insulation, LED lighting, high efficiency pumps and motors and other energy management and efficiency and features.
(Source: Carlisle Sentinel, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The project will repower a former Altamont Pass wind farm by replacing 569 100-KW turbines with 27 modern turbines.
The purchase and sale transaction is expected to close in the summer. Salka will continue to manage the development and construction of the project until it achieves commercial operations, at which point funds managed by Castlelake will own and operate the wind farm.
The wind farm is Salka's latest renewable energy project but its first wind farm sale. (Source: SALKA LLC, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: SALKA Energy LLC,
Jiddu Tapia , CEO, (210) 918-2000, www.salkaenergy.com; Castlelake, www.castlelake.com
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The bill halts the approval of new wind facilities in North Carolina while an independent study is done on the effects that building wind turbines could have on the state's military operations. The bill aims to avoid conflicts with the state's six existing installations before additional projects are developed. North Carolina is home to roughly 60 pct of all incentive-qualifying wind and solar energy facilities in the nation, according to on of the bills sponsors, Sen. Harry Brown. (Source: Coastal Review Online, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Sen. Harry Brown, (919) 715-3034, firstname.lastname@example.org
With the completion of the Clean Energy One project, ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Minnesota-based ALLETE Inc., will own and operate approximately 640 MW of wind generation capacity in five states. (Source: ALLETE, Daily Energy Insider, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: ALLETE Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck, Pres., (218) 355-3232, www.allete.com
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The acquisition would complement Fisher's existing work in offshore renewables and would help in its construction of the Galloper wind farm on the coast of Suffolk.
Rotos360, which repairs and reconditions wind farm rotor blades, was created in 2013 as part of a government-funded research project to reduce operation and maintenance costs of offshore wind turbines.
(Source: James Fisher & Sons, Digital Look, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: James Fisher & Sons, Nick Henry, CEO, +44 (0) 1229 615400, www.james-fisher.com
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"The President's 2018 Budget eliminates the Global Climate Change Initiative and fulfills the President's pledge to cease payments to the United Nations' climate change programs by eliminating U.S. funding related to the Green Climate Fund and its two precursor Climate Investment Funds." -- Kei Koizumi, Former Obama Admin. Office of Science and Technology Policy
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Alberta's carbon tax is currently set at $20 per tonne of carbon emissions but will rise to $30 per tonne in 2018 and jump to $50 per tonne in 2022.
Under the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan, institutions that emit over 100,000 tpy of greenhouse gases are categorized as "high emitters" and eligible for subsidies to maintain competitiveness in the province's energy sector and other carbon-intensive industries. The university's heating and cooling plant alone accounted for 65,500 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2014.
(Source: University of Calgary, The Gauntlet, 24 Mar., 2017)Contact: University of Calgary, Bart Becker, Facilities VP, (403) 220-2043, email@example.com, www.ucalgary.ca; Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, http://aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office/default.aspx
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The first grant disbursement is in the amount of $842,250, while the balance is contingent on the PUD's performance in utilizing the funds to supplement its programs.
Most of the funds will be used for the installation of ductless heat pumps, HVAC, lighting, window upgrades and to supplement existing or pending insulation, lighting controls and other pending programs.
The weatherization board is one of three boards tasked with allocating $55 million over 10 years to ease the impact of TransAlta's shifts away from coal. The money was donated by TransAlta.
(Source: Centralia Coal Transition Grants Weatherization Board , The Chronicle, 23 Mar., 2017)Contact: Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board, (360) 742-3052, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://cctgrants.com: TransAlta, www.transalta.com
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EIB contributed €40 million ($43.2 million) to the fund, while Eiffel Investment Group is providing €100 million ($108.0 million)and several unspecified public and private institutional investors are now conducting due diligence. The fund is expected to total €200 million.
The credit lines granted by the fund will have a maturity of 6 to 36 months and will be guaranteed by the financed assets. Loans will be repaid once the developer has been awarded a long-term financing contract.
(Source: EIB, Various Media, PV Mag, 24 Mar., 2017)
Contact: EIB, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791, www.eib.org; Eiffel Investment Group, www.eiffel-ig.com
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Rather than cut their own carbon emissions, industrialized nations use the scheme to typically buy the credits which then pay developing countries to cut their greenhouse gases instead. But among industrialized nations there is trading, too, and the Swiss began looking into setting up an emissions trading platform similar to Britain's, which was launched in 2002. In the EU scheme, power companies were included whereas the British trading scheme was open to all sectors except transport and power sectors.
In Switzerland, the C02 tax has since 2008 been the main instrument for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But companies that generate a lot of emissions can be exempted and must participate in the Swiss emission trading system or commit to reducing their emissions by setting a target. The system lets companies keep polluting up to a certain limit, after which they must offset their emissions. They can then buy back the surplus rights of a company that pollutes less.
The auditors found, however, that a large number of emission allowances were available free of charge, to prevent companies from relocating their production. Half of the 55 companies that participated since 2013 have so far not had to buy emission rights. (Source: swissinfo.ch, Mar., 2017)
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The savings are the result of a range of initiatives including installation of solar panels and energy management equipment, participation in Earth Hour and World Clean Up Day, LED lighting, occupancy sensors, optimization of chiller plants, energy saving variable frequency drives for pumps and other technologies and initiatives.
The two airports are the first in the GCC states and two of 56 internationally to achieve Level 2 ACI accreditation.
(Source: Emirates News Agency, Airport Carbon Accreditation, 22 Mar., 2017)
Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org
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The plan targets emissions such as methane from cow manure, black carbon from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons from refrigerators. Regulators at the Air Resources Board, which approved the strategy, and other government agencies will now need to write detailed rules for achieving the reductions.
As the world races to limit rising temperatures from climate change, some experts have suggested that targeting these pollutants could help make big gains more quickly. They hope the state's action will help demonstrate policies that other governments could imitate.
The emissions are sometimes referred to as “short-lived climate pollutants” because they have a relatively short life span once they’re dispersed into the atmosphere. But they’re particularly potent — methane, for example, is about 80 times more damaging in terms of heating the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
The law sets targets for reducing certain emissions by 2030. Methane and hydrofluorocarbons would need to be cut to 40% below 2013 levels, and black carbon would need to be reduced to 50% below 2013 levels.
Meeting the goals could require more efficient refrigerators, replacing wood stoves and diverting waste from landfills. Some of the projects would involve incentives funded with public dollars.
The biggest and most controversial changes could occur at dairies, where manure contributes an estimated 25% of the state’s methane emissions. (Source: CARB, LA Times, 23 Mar., 2017)
The grants, which are available under the state's Clean Diesel Fund established in 2016, can be used to replace vehicles and replace or upgrade transport refrigeration units, convert vehicles to clean alternative fuel and other steps to improve fuel efficiency or decrease emissions. (Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Greenwich Times, 25 Mar., 2017)Contact: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, www.dem.ri.gov
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Edeniq claims it terminated its merger agreement with Aemetis in August 2016 and is defending itself against a merit-less lawsuit Aemetis filed shortly thereafter. The company claims that two two of Aemetis' four original claims dismissed.
Edeniq claims that Aemetis was unable to finance the merger and fraudulently induced Edeniq to enter into the agreement by misrepresenting the circumstances under which it could do so.
Edeniq also seeks to enjoin Aemetis from misappropriating and using its trademark.
(Source: Edeniq, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 24 Mar., 2017)
Contact: Edeniq Inc., Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777, email@example.com, www.edeniq.com; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0939, www.aemetis.com
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The new funds will be used to help "accelerate the commercial momentum" of its EnergyPod 2 battery system, which is based on the company's zinc-bromide flow batteries and to introduce its flow batteries into the Chinese market.
(Source: Primus Power, PV Mag., 24 Mar., 2017)
Contact: Primus Power, www.primuspower.com
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Two years ago, San Antonio-headquartered NuStar Energy floated a proposal to handle 22,000 bpd of oil without first completing an environmental impact statement. When the cited nixed theproposal, NuStar dropped its oil plan and switched to ethanol storage and shipping instead. NuStar's ethanol plan was approved on the proviso that oil would at no future date enter the picture.
NuStar has until April 5 to appeal the decision. (Source: NuStar, Various Media, KUOW, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: City of Vancouver, Community and Economic Dev., Jon Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cityofvancouver.us; NuStar Energy, (210) 918-2000, www.nustarenergy.com
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Vega Biofuels has received and completed the first order under the terms of the agreement with AKP. AKP is establishing a Cannabis growing facility in Anchorage and will use Vega's biochar in its soil mixture. (Source: Vega Biofuel, Various Media, Mar., 2017)
Vega Biofuels, Inc., (800) 481-0186, email@example.com,
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This action is part of the Golden State's effort to reduce emissions 80 pct by 2050, as mandated by state legislation, and low-carbon transportation is key to reaching the goal. Transportation, primarily on-road travel, generates 40 pct of the state's total greenhouse gas emissions -- the single-largest source of statewide carbon dioxide emissions. Under the LCFS, which was first adopted in 2009, fuel producers nust reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of their products 10 pct from a 1990 baseline by 2020 and reduce emissions and other air pollutants.
Under the proposed scoping plan update, California's transportation fuel CI would become much more stringent. One alternative proposal would increase the LCFS target to an 18 pct CI reduction by 2030, which would avoid between $55 million and $340 million in economic damages related to climate change, according to CARB.
CARB's transportation fuel life-cycle analysis boosts the need for advanced biofuels capable of providing more energy with fewer emissions. Sugarcane ethanol has one of the lowest carbon intensities of all the fuels that are commercially available in California, and the commodity's designation as a low-carbon fuel under LCFS lifecycle CI assessments is an important attribute for increased supplies. Since 2011, Brazil has exported nearly 300 million gallons of sugarcane ethanol to California. Since 2004, Brazil's sugarcane ethanol industry has invested over $30 billion in production and capacity, and is slated to produce an estimated 7 billion gallons of ethanol during the 2016 harvest season. (Source: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association Release, 24 Mar., 2017)
Contact: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, Leticia Phillips,
North American Representative, (202) 506-5299, http://english.unica.com.br
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"Sweden is showing worldwide leadership with its ambitious goal to reduce carbon emissions from its transport sector by 70 pct by 2030. A growing Nordic market for biofuels is emerging, as also Norway and Finland have recently set very high biofuel targets. The large resources of forest-based raw materials in these countries are expected to play a big role in reaching these targets," said Kaisa Hietala, Exec. VP of Neste's Renewable Products business.
Neste is the world's largest producer of high-quality renewable diesel. In 2016, various wastes and residues accounted for almost 80% of our raw material usage globally. The majority of Neste's €41 million annual R&D budget is spent on developing and pilot-testing new raw materials for biofuels. The company has a strong focus on developing cost-efficient technologies to convert forest residues into biofuels, and develop new raw materials such as algae.
(Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Neste, Matti Lievonen, CEO, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.neste.com
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Under the offering, the company will offer 1 million shares of 8 pct Convertible Preferred Stock at $10 per share, with a preferred minimum investment of $5,000.
The offering will be conducted through the company website. (Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products, Chemicals-technology.com, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products , Jim Brown, Pres., Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, email@example.com, www.alliancebioe.com
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In November, the EC proposed that the current obligation on countries to deliver annual end-use energy savings of 1.5 pct should continue after 2020. The proposal included a new exemption, which would allow countries to reduce the needed savings by the amount of renewable energy generated by installations in buildings.
The document notes that existing renewable energy measures be taken into account if they generate end-use energy savings relative to the technology they replace. (Source: EU, ENDS Waste & Bioenergy, Mar., 2017) Contact: EU Energy Efficiency Directive , ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/energy-efficiency/energy-efficiency-directive
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Specifically, Patriot Solar claims Vanguard severely delayed returning signed subcontractor agreements which prevented the manufacturer from beginning work on time. Other delays stemmed from Vanguard's failure to perform the necessary site work ahead of time and to gather some of the required permits, Patriot claimed.
Patriot generated annual sales of approximately $10.3 million in 2016, according to court documents.
The company (Source: Patriot Solar, Mich. Biz, 19 Mar., 2017) Contact: Patriot Solar,
Jeffery Mathie, (517) 629-9292, www.patriotsolargroup.com;
Vanguard Energy Partners, (908) 534-1302, www.vanguardenergypartners.com
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JA Solar ended 2016 with an in-house annual ingot/wafer manufacturing capacity of 2.5GW, up from 1GW in 2015. In-house solar cell capacity reached 5.5GW, up from 3.6GW at the end of 2015 and in-house PV module capacity also reached 5.5GW at the end of 2016, up from 3.6GW, according to a statement.
In 2017, JA Solar will add 500MW of ingot/wafer production capacity to reach 3GW and 1.5GW of solar cell capacity to reach an in-house production level of 7GW by the year end. The company notes that its 1.2GW Malaysian solar cell facility, which had predominantly produced P-type multi cells, will shift around two thirds of capacity to P-type mono-PERC cells in 2017.
The Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) is a group of big-six c-Si module suppliers in the modern solar PV industry. The "big six" industry group members were Canadian Solar, Hanwha Q CELLS, JA Solar, Jinko Solar, and Trina Solar. Yingli Green, the world's largest solar monocrystalline silicon manufacturer and GCL , the world's largest solar poly crystalline silicon manufacturer, both joined the SMSL in mid-2016
(Source: JA Solar, PV Tech, 20 Mar., 2017)Contact: JA Solar, www.jasolar.com
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Statkraft presently holds a 40 pct stake in the operational Sheringham wind park, 30 pct interest in the Dudgeon plant, and a 30 stake in the the 4.8-GW Dogger Bank offshore wind scheme. (Source: Statkraft, Renewables Now, Others, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: Statkraft, Patrick Pfeiffer, Managing Dir., Statkraft US, (415) 543-7777, Jon Berg, Communications, +47 24 06 70 00, Jon.Berg@kld.dep.no, www.statkraft.com
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The facility, which will generate sufficient power for more than 4,000 homes for 25 years, will incorporate
34,000 solar panels on 25 hectares of land and will deliver energy into Western Australia's grid.
The project, which is expected to cost between $15 and $20 million, is expected to get underway by mid 2017 for completion by the year end.
(Source: Carnegie Clean Energy, SBS, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Carnegia Clean Energy, Michael Ottaviano, CEO, +61 8 9335 3993, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carnegiewave.com
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The new update highlights the benefits of LEDs and and demonstrates savings of up to 50-70 pct from LEDs, and up to 80 pct with smart controls. The update notes that LED technologies in cities reduce carbon emissions, modernize critical aging infrastructure, and can facilitate the trialing of evolving smart city concepts, as well as boosting new Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives and data services.
The Climate Group's ongoing consultations continue to facilitate dialogue between policymakers, city managers, businesses, financiers and lighting solution providers to help accelerate the much-needed roll-out of LED lighting. (Source: Climate Group, LEDinside, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: The Climate Group, Dr. Peter Curley, LED Program Manager, +44 20 7960 2715, email@example.com, www.theclimategroup.org
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U.S. imports of biodiesel, which totaled 353 million gallons in 2015, nearly doubled in 2016 to 693 million gallons. Sixty-four pct of the imports originated from Argentina , followed by Indonesia at 15 pct and Canada with 14 pct.
The report projects biomass-based diesel imports to remain largely flat in 2017 because of the expiration of the blender's tax credit, before increasing in 2018 as a result of increasing RFS targets. Net imports of biomass-based diesel are expected to remain at roughly 800 million gallons in 2017, accounting for approximately one-third of total US biomass-based diesel consumption in 2007, before increasing to around 900 million gallons in 2018. (Source: US EIA, Mar., 2017)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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The company holds eight patents for innovations in the gasification field. Most of the patents have been deployed in projects for both industry and municipalities, converting a mixture of wood waste, biosolids and others to electricity.
Aries Clean Energy also operates a solar design and installation division focusing on commercial and community scale projects. Formerly Aries Energy, that group is also being renamed. (Source: PHG Energy, PR, Bioenergy Insight, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: PHG Energy, Greg Bafalis, CEO, (615) 471-9299, www.phgenergy.com
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The formation of contrails is key to aviation's impact on climate change, according to NASA. Contrails are produced by hot aircraft engine exhaust mixing with the cold air at cruise altitudes, and are composed primarily of water in the form of ice crystals. Persistent contrails can create long-lasting, and sometimes extensive, clouds that would not normally form in the atmosphere, and are believed to be a factor in influencing Earth's environment.
NASA plans to continue these studies to understand and demonstrate the potential benefits of replacing current fuels in aircraft with biofuels. NASA also said it plans to demonstrate biofuels using their proposed supersonic X-plane. (Source: NASA, AVWeb, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: NASA, Richard H. Moore, Scientist and Report Author, (717) 433-8259, www.nasa.gov
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Even so, study co-author Ben Larson, senior manager of forestry and bioenergy at the National Wildlife Federation, say the EPA has been lax in enforcing that rule and that millions of acres of wildlife habitat nationwide have been converted to crop production -- most of it planted with corn for ethanol.
The study finds that the EPA should rethink how it implements the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and to enforce the rule about ethanol plants and corn use.
Wisconsin is among the top ten states for ethanol production, with nine plants with a total production capacity of 500 million gpy. (Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Public News Service, Mar., 2017)
Contact: National Wildlife Federation, Ben Larson, (800) 822-9919, https://online.nwf.org;
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Renewable Energy Center, https://energy.wisc.edu/research
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The CARICOM Energy Strategy calls for a 33 pct reduction in energy intensity to be applied in all CARICOM Member States by 2027.
REEBC is expected to address: thermal performance requirements for walls, roofs and windows; day lighting, lamps and luminaire performance; energy performance of chillers and air distribution systems; the electrical wiring system; solar water heating; appliances; renewable energy; zoning of buildings, climate classification, building energy management systems, and others. (Source: CARICOM, Jamaica Observer, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: CARICOM, www.caricom.org
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More than 472 million square feet of space was LEED certified between January 2016 and mid-March of this year. A total of 10 cities each saw at least 10 million square feet of newly constructed or renovated space certified.
Approximately two-thirds of all LEED properties have attained "Gold" or "Silver" certification while 5 pct scored "Platinum" recognition, the highest certification level available.
The U.S. cities with the most LEED-certified space, ranked by square footage are New York with 30, 647 million square feet, followed by Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, and Los Angeles with 10,853 million square feet. (Source: US Green Building Council, Memphis Bus. Journal, 22 Mar., 2017))Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Ontario plans to link its cap-and-trade system with a joint Quebec-California market which, in its most recent auction sold only 18 pct 18 per cent of allowances offered. Previous auction results ranged from a high of 88 pct to only 11 pct on the low end. Since 2014, the linked market has sold 74 per cent of its credits at auction.
Ontario is capping emission allowances at roughly 142 megatonnes this year, declining about four per cent each year to 2020, when the Liberals hope to have achieved a 15-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels.
As the emissions cap declines, the government hopes companies have more incentive to invest in technologies that cut their emissions.
Ontario's results will be made public on April 3. (Source: Ontario Environment Ministry, Various Media, 23 Mar., 2017)
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Under the terms of the deal, Siemens Wind Power will supply and install nine 3.2 MW turbines of the D3 product platform, as well as a 15-year service agreement.
(Source: Siemens Wind Power, power-technology.com, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: EDF Luminus, https://edfluminus.edf.com; Contact: Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, Thomas Richterich, Onshore Wind CEO, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com
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Tiksi is the administrative center of the Bulunsky District, Sakha Republic. It is located on the shore of the Buor-Khaya Gulf of the Laptev Sea, not far from the Lena River delta. The Laptev Sea is located between the northern coast of Siberia, the Taimyr Peninsula, Severnaya Zemlya and the New Siberian Islands. (Source: Barents Observer, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Komaihaltec Inc., www.komaihaltec.co.jp/english; Mitsui, www.mitsui-global.com
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NTR previously ordered Senvion turbines for the 26.7MW Quixwood Moor project in southern Scotland, UK, which is also expected to come online this year.(Source: Senvion, WP Monthly, 20 Mar., 2017)Contact: Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, Helmut Herold, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
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The Energy labeling framework clarifies the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances -- dishwashers, televisions, fridges, etc. -- to help homeowners reduce energy consumption and costs. The regulation establishes deadlines to replace the current A+, A++, A+++ classes with an A to G scale and sets out a procedure for rescaling labels based on technological development.
The proposal also sets clearer rules on promotional campaigns, national incentives to promote higher classes of efficiency and aims to improve enforcement mechanisms and transparency towards customers by creating a database of products covered by energy labeling requirements. (Source: EC, PR, 23 Mar., 2017)
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The Trump presidential "circus" has described the ENERGY STAR program as a "lower priority and poorly performing" program. The DOE proposal for EERE would not eliminate funding entirely, but instead "focuses" it on research that can be commercialized and properly carried out and funded by private commercial enterprises, not by governments. (Source: Various Media, Window & Door Manufacurers Assoc., 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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Energize 360 initiative provides free site visits, a Home Heating Index score, property energy use analysis, energy audits, weatherization, solar electric systems, and heat pump installations to help property owners qualify for rebates and incentives.
Energize 360 is a partnership between Seacoast Regional Energy Hub, Seacoast Area Renewable Energy Initiative, ReVision Energy, and Yankee Thermal Imaging. (Source: New Hampshire Public Radio, AP, Energize 360, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Energize 360, Contact: Energize 360, www.energize360.org
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When fully operational, the plant is expected to utilize as much as 100 tpd of chipped wood biomass.
(Source: Constellation, Albany Herald, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Proctor & Gamble, www.pg.com, www.pg.com/sustainability; Constellation, Kelly Biemer, (410) 470-9700, www.constellation.com
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The report's findings include a 62 pct drop in new coal plant construction starts globally, a 48 pct reduction in worldwide pre-construction activity, and an 85 pct decline in new Chinese coal plant permits. Overall, the report notes the number of coal-fired power plants under development worldwide saw a dramatic drop in 2016 due to shifting policies in Asia, including a dramatic clampdown on new coal plant projects by Chinese central authorities and financial retrenchment by coal plant backers in India. In China and India, construction is now frozen at over 100 project sites.
According to the report, the combination of a slowed new coal plant pipeline and an increase in outdated coal plant retirements brings the possibility of holding global temperature increase to below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels "within feasible reach," provided countries continue to step up action.
Read the report HERE. (Source: Sierra Club, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: Sierra Club, Cindy Carr, , (202) 495-3034, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sierraclub.org; CoalSwarm, (415) 206-0906, www.coalswarm.org
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According to the minister, Pakistan has developed comprehensive policies and plans that include both adaptation and mitigation measures, both of which are subject to and dependent upon the availability of adequate funding.
The minister added that the recently approved Pakistan Climate Change legislation established three important institutions -- the Pakistan Climate Change Council, Pakistan Climate Change Authority and Pakistan Climate Change Fund. Specifically,
the Climate Change Council would approve and monitor implementation of a comprehensive adaptation and mitigation policies and may direct any government agency to prepare and implement climate change projects. The Climate Change Fund would be utilized for expenditures incurred by the authority, for financial assistance to suitable adaptation and mitigation projects and for sustainable development of resources and research. (Source: Pakistan Minister for Climate Change, Dawn, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: Pakistan Ministry of Climate Change, www.mocc.gov.pk
The bill was supported by the state's renewable energy industry which noted that the investment in energy storage is a crucial next step toward the development of a resilient and reliable electrical grid that can accommodate more renewable energy resources and help Hawaii achieve its clean energy goals. (Source: Resource Energy, Pacific Business, Mar 20, 2017)
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NorthVolt is seeking equity investors for half the capital needed to build the factory with the rest raised through debt with the European Investment Bank or through the issuance of green bonds. The company expects to lower the cost of lithium-ion battery packs significantly, aiming to halve prices by 2022.
(Source: NorthVolt, Irish Independent, 13 Mar., 2017)
Contact: NorthVolt, Peter Carlsson,CEO, www.northvolt.com
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To achieve greater efficiencies, the Amarillo VA constructed an ice thermal storage system designed to shift the facility's air conditioning peak load from daytime to nighttime. The center also constructed parking areas covered by solar panels.
The two technologies together produce approximately 3.5 million kWh annually, over one-third of the center's total energy consumption. When the thermal storage system runs in tandem with the PV system, the center can defer daytime air conditioning, which fulfills the mission's objective of net-zero energy consumption during peak sunlight. (Source: Amarillo VA Medical Center, US Dept. of Veteran Affairs, PR, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: Amarillo VA Medical Center, Samuel Hagins, Energy Manager, (806) 355-9703, www.amarillo.va.gov
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The facility serves as a valuable resource for producers and other partners to explore innovative ways to care for the environment and make informed decisions related to environmental stewardship.
The On-Farm Solar PV Program funds energy-efficiency improvements and solar panels on Alberta farms.
(Source: Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre, Lethbridge Herald on March 19, 2017) Contact: Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre, (403) 329-1212, http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/eng3096
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The report seeks to identify the expected challenges being faced and soon to be faced by grid operators in integrating variable renewable energies (VRE) and to identify solutions to these same challenges.
According to the report, variable renewable energy reached double-digit shares of annual electricity generation in ten countries in 2015 -- including at least 50 pct in Denmark, and around 20 pct in Ireland, Spain, and Germany. This has recently been confirmed by new figures from the European Union's Eurostat which highlighted the region's progress towards ensuring at least 20 pct of the EUs energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources.
The report identifies four stages of VRE deployment and integration, each with its own specific characteristics and operational priorities. The report also attempts to specifically identify the challenges throughout each of the four phases, and provide solutions.