Austin Energy presently generates or buys power from a mix of sources, including vast wind farms and solar arrays in West Texas, local gas plants, a nuclear plant in South Texas and a coal power plant in La Grange. The utility has committed to beginning to shut down its portion of that coal-fired Fayette Power Project, which it jointly owns with the Lower Colorado River Authority, in 2022.
The city currently purchased 37 pct of its power from renewable resources, according to Austin Energy. (Source: Austin Energy, my Statesman, 11 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Austin Energy, Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, (512) 494-9400, www.austinenergy.com
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Outback has been dedicated to providing high-quality concrete from six local locations to the Central Valley for 50 years, and this new equipment will improve not only the environmental impact of the concrete they produce, but the overall integrity of the material, as well. CarbonCure’s technology, which will be installed in Outback’s Fresno plant, chemically sequesters waste CO2 in the concrete during the manufacturing process. CarbonCure is one of 27 semi-finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE challenge, which has been called the Nobel prize for climate technologies. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carboncure.com;
Outback Materials, (559) 683-3131, www.OutbackMaterials.com; California High-Speed Rail Authority, www.hsr.ca.gov
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The project incorporates seven wind turbines of 2MW capacity each and an annual energy output of around 40GWh. Each turbine will be equipped with the battery energy storage system (BESS) that includes batteries, power conversion system, power management and energy management systems.
(Source: Nidec ASI, Energy Storage, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: Nidec, www.nidec.com
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The report concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. The report was completed this year and is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years.
The City Council recently resolved the city would follow the the Paris Climate Accord commitments, despite the Trump administration's withdrawal. The new Climate Action Plan will set goals in line with state goals to decrease greenhouse gasses by 40 pct below 2005 levels by the year 2030 and 80 pct below the 2005 level by 2050.
The new plan, which will be drafted by a six-person task force, is intended to become a model and leader for larger cities like Oakland, Berkeley and others.
In addition to CO2 emissions, the plan will address refrigerants and other gases that affect climate change.
The Climate Action Plan is expected to be completed this fall for adoption in early 2018. (Source: City of Piedmont, East Bay Times, 8 August, 2017) Contact: City of Piedmont, Emily Alvarez, Climate Action Task Force, City Planner, (510) 420-3070, www.ci.piedmont.ca.us
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Merkur Offshore is a JV of its shareholders PG Merkur Holding , InfraRed Capital Partners, DEME Concessions and Coriolis.
The Merkur Offshore wind farm features 66, GE Haliade 150 offshore wind turbines with nominal power of 6 MW each.(Source: CWind, EBR, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: CWind Global, +44 (0) 1245 702000, email@example.com, cwind.global.com
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The asset sale is expected to go for $100-150 million.
Kotak Mahindra Capital, an investment bank, has been appointed to help find financial and strategic investors. (Source: KCT Group, LiveMint, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: KCT Group, +65 6487 4646, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.kctgroup.com; Kotak Mahindra Capital, www.investmentbank.kotak.com
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The company said corn purchases from area farmers will grow from 24 million bushels to 50 million bpy. (Source: POET, The Blade, 10 Aug., 2017)
Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380, www.ethanolproducts.com
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Direct Energy Business will work with customers throughout the program's process including project scoping, submission of the NYSERDA application and installation. Direct Energy Business will also provide real time energy monitoring and quarterly reports.
Eligible buildings include office buildings, health care facilities, and state and local governments. NYSERDA has dedicated $30 million to this program and it will be open until June 2021, or until all funds have been allocated.
(Source: Direct Energy, PR, Aug., 2017)
Contact: Direct Energy, www.directenergy.com; NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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Autani's EnergyCenter building management platform connects Lighting, Metering, HVAC, Refrigeration and Sensors to control, monitor and verify energy consumption through a single system with either wireless or wired connectivity. (Source: Hitachi Capital, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: Htachi Capital America, Jeff Cowan, (952) 996-0270, email@example.com; Autani, www.autani.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation,
The nearly $8 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project is expected to earn the College $122,757 in energy rebates and incentives and deliver more than $576,000 annually in energy savings for the next 15 years.
The project includes energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to 474,900 square feet of space in 17 campus buildings and and consists of 16 Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that will prove entirely self-funded within the 15-year repayment term. Work on the projec t is slated to get underway this fall. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 10 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Luzerne County Community College,:
Lisa Nelson, 570-740-0732, www.luzerne.edu; Ameresco,
CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com
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Netherlands-headquartered Corbion reports it has entered into a "stalking horse" stock and asset purchase agreement of approximately $20 million with TerraVia Holding.
The auction process and transaction, which are subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to conclude within 60 to 90 days. (Source: TerraVia Holding, Corbin, 8 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Corbion, www.corbion.com; TerraVia Holding, (650) 780-4777, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.terravia.com
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The new facility will process 175,000 tpy of landfill garbage garbage into a sludge that will be further processed at a California facility into 11 million gpy of jet fuel a year.
(Source: Fulcrum, Las Vegas Sun, 8 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Fulcrum BioEnergy, Jeanne Benedetti, VP, Jim Macias, CEO, Pres., (925) 730-0150, email@example.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com
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Biox purchased the 50 million liter (13.2 million gallon) nameplate capacity biodiesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, from Methes Energies Canada Inc. in 2016 for $4.5 million. This spring, Biox announced it is working with Forge Hydrocarbons Corp. to lease Forge up to four acres at the Sombra site for construction of a 25 MMly renewable diesel plant using Forge’s technology. (Source: Biox, 89 Aug., 2017)
Contact: BIOX, Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bioxcorp.com
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In July, Hawaii Electric Light Co. (HECO) threatened to cancel, then amended a power purchase agreement with Hu Honua due to missed construction deadlines.
Under the amended PPA, Hu Honua would produce up to 21.5 MW, of which HECO would purchase at least 10 MW.
The project's construction costs are expected to reach approximately $250 million. (Source: Hu Honua Bioenergy, West Hawaii Today, 9 August., 2017)
Contact: Hu Honua Bioenergy, LLC, www.http://huhonua.com; HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, email@example.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com
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The Puu Mali Forest Carbon Project calls for the planting of native trees and watershed land restoration. The improvements will be paid for
through the sale of carbon offset credits, with one such credit typically certifying the storage of one metric ton of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in plants and other organic material.
(Source: Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Honolulu Star, AP, Aug., 2017) Contact: Puu Mali Forest Carbon Project, (808) 587-0166, firstname.lastname@example.org,http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/forestry/frs/initiatives/forestcarbon/pmra/
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To that end,
the council unanimously adopted a resolution that supports goals of the Paris Agreement and commits the city to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through additional policies and programs than those currently included in its own Climate Protection Action Plan.
The council also directed city staff to explore ways of measuring and reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: City of Leguna Beach, Daily Pilot, p Aug., 2017) Contact: City of Leguna Beach, City Council, (949) 497-3311, www.lagunabeachcity.net
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The Methane Detectors Challenge pilot test is part of a multi-stakeholder partnership that includes the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), oil and gas companies, US government agencies and technology developers. The initiative aims to enable better early detection and repair of methane leaks, and ultimately reduce emissions.
In addition to the Methane Detectors Challenge, Shell is involved in other partnerships, including the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) to understand the gaps in methane data and detection technology. (Source: Shell Oil, Aug., 2017)Contact: Shell US, (713 )241-6161, www.shell.us
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Utah launched its statewide C-PACE program in 2015 after passing legislation enabling commercial PACE in March 2013. Senate Bill 221 authorized local governments to adopt C-PACE financing programs, which offered commercial and industrial property owners a unique mechanism to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy building upgrades.
Senate Bill 273, enacted in March 2017, expands the scope of eligible projects, establishing a statewide C-PACE District, and more clearly defines the process of developing and closing projects.
In this updated program, financing is provided by private capital providers in an open market and repaid through a voluntary assessment on the owner's property tax bill over a period of up to 30 years.
(Source: Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, PE Web, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development (OED),
energy.utah.gov; C-PACE, www.PACEworx.com; Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, Brian McCarter, CEO, www.eeperformance.org/sustainable-real-estate-solutions.html
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Formosa I is one of the three projects supervised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Bureau of Energy as part of its goal to install 1,000 offshore wind turbines by 2030. Taiwan's most promising areas for wind energy are along the island's western coast where DONG Energy is developing offshore wind sites. (Source: Swancor Renewable, Focus Taiwan, 6 Aug., 2017) Contact: Swancor Renewable, www.swancor.com/en
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The upgrades are expected to increase output of the wind projects by 20 pct on average while extending the operating life of the projects and thus allow the projects to re-qualify for federal production tax credits for an additional 10 years.
(Source: PacifiCorp Energy, Saratoga Sun, 2 Aug., 2017)
Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations, www.pacificorp.com
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The wind farm will utilize 56 MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW wind turbines and generate sufficient power for 460,000 German households every year.
The wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned in 2019.
(Source: DONG Energy, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, http://www.dongenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy, Offshore Wind, Wind, Borkum Riffgrund,
As we previously reported, Musk says the new tempered, textured glass tiles look like ordinary roof tiles but allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. They are "tough as steel" and can weather a "lifetime of abuse from the elements" as well as be fitted with heating elements to melt snow in colder climates. According to Musk, the tiles are "never going to wear out", have a "quasi-infinite lifetime" and are comparable to competing high-efficiency solar panels. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 4 Aug., 2017)
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Currently, air regulators seeking orders to curtail operations that violate rules and threaten public health must go through a lengthy administrative hearing process during which time pollution continues unabated.
(Source: Various Media, LA Times, 7 Aug., 2017)
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Just over 20 pct of bonds came from China, still the largest financier of such bonds, with $6.8 billion committed during Q2, followed by $5.8 billion in the US, $3.6 billion in the Netherlands, $3.2 billion in Germany and $2.9 billion of new deals from supranational issuers. This takes total green bond issuance to around $61.7 billion for Q1 and Q@ 2017, a 66 pct increase on the same period in 2016. It also suggests the market may exceed $120 billion by year end.
Most funds raised continue to be directed towards renewables and energy efficiency projects, which make up 27 pct and 21 pct of proceeds, respectively. This is in fact down on previous years, with Moody’s ascribing the reduction to the introduction of green building projects as a separate category from energy efficiency. (Source: Moodys, Renewables News, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: Moody's, www.moodys.com
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Iowa hosts two large cellulosic ethanol plants (Emmetsburg and Nevada) that use corn stover -- stalks, husks and other corn crop residue -- as feedstock for cellulosic ethanol. The two plants are expected to produce approximately 25 million gallons of fuel in 2018. Yet the proposed level assumes only 17 million gallons of liquid cellulosic biofuel from the entire country.
Iowa and industry leaders also criticized the proposed biomass-biodiesel requirements that left the 2019 mandate at the 2018 level of 2.1 billion gpy.
(Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wallaces Farmer, 7 Aug., 2017) Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, www.reynoldsgregg.com
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The THETIS-MRV system enables companies to work together with accredited verifiers to prepare monitoring plans in a voluntary module and to release emission compliance reports to the European Commission and other authorities using the mandatory module.
In 2013, the E.U. Commission set out a CO2 emissions monitoring, reporting and verification strategy for progressively integrating maritime emissions into the E.U.'s policy for reducing its domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
Maritime shipping emits approximately 1,000 million tpy CO2 and is responsible for about 2.5 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions. Shipping emissions are predicted to increase between 50 and 250 pct by 2050.
(Source: European Maritime Safety Agency, MarEx , 7 Aug., 2017)Contact: EMSA, www.emsa.europa.eu
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The proposed legislation would set a target of zero-net emissions of harmful greenhouse gases by 2050 and bind future Governments to act decisively to reduce emissions. It would also establish an independent body to make recommendations to government on how to enact greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
Oxfam, VSA, Unicef, and Amnesty International are among the NGOs that believe the New Zealand government is not doing enough to reach its Paris Climate Accord target of reducing its net emissions of harmful gases to 57.7 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. (Source: NZ Stuff, 8 August, 2017)
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The registry was more a protection for industrial sources to voluntarily register their emissions, according to the New Hampshire Air Resources Division.
The registry was intended to be a central database for business owners to record, if they desired, the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their companies and the actions taken to limited emissions, if any.
(Source: N.H. Department of Environmental Services, NH Air Resources Div., Keene Sentinal, 7 April, 2017) Contact: New Hampshire Air Resources Division, (603) 271-1370, www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air; N.H. Department of Environmental Services, (603) 271-3503, www.des.nh.gov
"(The phrase) 'climate change' is in the 'avoid' category, to be replaced by 'weather extremes'. Instead of 'climate change adaption', staff are asked to use 'resilience to weather extremes'.
"The primary cause of human-driven climate change is also targeted, with the term 'reduce greenhouse gases' blacklisted in favor of 'build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency'. Meanwhile, 'sequester carbon' is ruled out and replaced by 'build soil organic matter.' "
We can't help but wonder if a rose by any other name really smells as sweet?
(Source: USDA, Jezabel, The Slot, 7 August, 2017)Contact:
USDA Director of Soil Health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, (202) 205-7712, www.nrcs.usda.gov
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The Government recently announced that the sales of new petrol and diesel car should be banned by 2040. The ban could be lifted on cars that are powered by natural fuels such as vegetable oil.
The agency's research plans form a part of the Government's air quality strategy which aims to drastically reduce air pollution across the country.
(Source: Highways England, The Express, Aug., 2017)Contact: Highways England, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england
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Environmental advocates and others are opposed to the initiative on the grounds that the rules would increase carbon emissions and lead to greater deforestation. Supporters say the Governor's scheme poses little threat of deforestation to the state which is 62 pct forest covered and the 8th most forested state in the nation. (Source: Olympian, Boston Globe, AP 7 Aug., 2017) Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Biofuels,
EnerNOC offers energy intelligence software that enables businesses to boost facility efficiency, simplify utility bill management and ease reporting proceedures.
Enel Green Power North America, Inc. manages a portfolio of over 100 renewable energy power plants totaling more than 3.3 GW with an additional 900 MW capacity currently under construction.
(Source: EnerNOC, Inc., NASDAQ, Aug., 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900, www.enernoc.com
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The seven solar-plus-storage projects will incorporate Powin's Energy Stack140 battery and Battery Pack Operating System (bp-OS) management software. (Source: Powin Energy 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Powin Energy,
Geoffrey Brown, Pres., (503) 598-6659, email@example.com, http://PowinEnergy.com
Adon Renewables, Adon Construction & Solar, Michael Chen, Pres., (808) 236-1110, http://adon1.com
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The system offsets 42 pct of the annual energy consumption for water heating, a savings equivalent to avoiding burning 12,000 pounds of coal or 1,300 gallons of gasoline each year.
The project transformed a parking lot into a five-story housing complex that improves environmental health through increased accessibility to public transportation and helps Hollywood lower its carbon footprint. (Source: Promise Energy, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Promise Energy,
Jonas Villalba, VP Business Development , (888) 444-7911, www.promiseenergy.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage,
According to Sens. Whitehouse and Schatz, the bill would raise $2.1 trillion in federal revenue over 10 years by requiring companies to pay $49 per ton of carbon emissions next year, a figure that would increase annually.
BP, Royal Dutch Shell, PepsiCo, Walmart and other major corporation have come out in suppoprt of a carbon tax and their support could prove to be the game-changer in garnering Republican support.
In 2016, candidate Trump and a majority of the House opposed the same tax on the grounds that it "would be harmful to American families and businesses, and would not be in the best interest of the United States."
The carbon tax would cut CO2 emissions 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2025. (Source: Gephardt Daily, Various Sources, UPI, July 28, 2017) Contact: U.S, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (Dem.-RI), (401) 453-5294, www.csce.gov/about-csce/.../senator-sheldon-whitehouse-rhode-island
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Under the plan, MPX would build a 630-megawatt wind facility in Penobscot and Aroostook counties called County Line Wind. Then the partnership would deliver that power via an underground power line on an existing energy corridor that eventually connects to an underwater transmission line to Boston, according to a press release issued Wednesday.
If the MPX project wins the Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP, it would sign a 20-year power purchase agreement with Massachusetts utilities regulators, according to the release. Construction of the wind farms and the transmission corridor would be complete by 2022, according to the bid.
Massachusetts is expected to make its selection in January 2018. (Source: Con Edison, Press Herald, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: Con Edison, (212) 460-4600, www.coned.com
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In solar cell technology, RIT researchers are focused on maximizing how much of the solar spectrum can be taken in using tandem junction solar cells based on III-V compounds -- metallic and non-metallic elements on the Periodic Table to supplement silicon, RIT said.
The project will be conducted over a two-year period and aims to expand the scope of III-V solar cells beyond niche markets.
The RIT research has received a $149,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the climate, health and environmental effects of operating energy storage devices and to propose new electricity system policies that allow the economic benefits of storage to be captured without causing inadvertent emissions. Work is slated to begin this fall. (Source: Rochester Inst. of Tech., Rochester Business Journal, Kerry Feltmer, Aug,, 2017) Contact: Rochester Institute of Technology, www.rit.edu
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Schemes receiving funding will be those which encourage international collaboration and knowledge-sharing between offshore wind developers.
sectors to improve the industry as a whole.
The OWA programme brings together nine of the largest offshore wind developers in Europe – DONG Energy, EnBW, E.ON, Iberdrola, innogy, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall.
(Source: Gov. of Scotland, The Courier, Various Media, 5 Aug., 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com
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The ordered systems will be used to speed the ramp-up of the new production lines and assist in solar cell R&D and production equipment development. The systems are scheduled for delivery in September and October. (Source: Aurora Solar Technologies, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: Aurora Solar Technologies, Michael Heaven, CEO, Pres., (778) 241-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org
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