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Trinidad Methanol Plants Mothballed (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Methanol Holdings Trinidad
Date: 2017-03-08
Methanol Holdings Trinidad Limited (MHTL) reports it will shut down two of its five methanol plants at the Plipdeco Estate in Trinidad due to a natural gas supply shortage. Another company at the Plipdeco Estate Caribbean Ispat, halted operations last year last year due to gas shortages. (Source: Trinidad Guardian, Petroleum World, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: Methanol Holdings Trinidad, (868) 636-2906, www.ttmethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Holdings Trinidad,  Methanol,  


SNC-Lavalin Wins Salalah Methanol Oman Plant Contract (Int'l)
SNC-Lavalin, Linde Group
Date: 2017-03-08
Montreal-headquartered engineering firm SNC-Lavalin reports it has been awarded a contract by Salalah Methanol Company LLC (SMC) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an anhydrous liquid ammonia plant, including its utilities and off-site infrastructure, in the city of Salalah, in the Sultanate of Oman.

The project, which is expected to get underway this month, will use Linde Group technology to produce anhydrous liquid. (Source: SNC Lavalin, PR, CNW 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: SNC Lavalin, www.snclavalin.com; Linde Group, Dr. Andreas Opfermann,(800) 232-4726 -North Am. Office, www.linde.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SNC-Lavalin ,  Methanol,  Linde Group,  


Penn State, Yale Awarded $1.2Mn for Biofuels R&D (Funding, R&D)
Penn State University,Yale University
Date: 2017-03-08
In State College, Penn State University, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yuan Xuan and researchers at Yale University say they will work together to identify clean-burning biofuels for next-generation internal combustion engines, thanks to a $1.2 million award from the U.S. DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative (Co-Optima).

The project is part of Co-Optima's research in powertrain technology in partnership with universities, industry stakeholders and national laboratories. The Co-Optima initiative has two goals: to bring new engines and fuels to market within a decade and to demonstrate new combustion technologies by 2030, with the potential for a 30 pct reduction in petroleum consumption and a 14 pct reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions nationwide.

"While we expect an increasing number of electric cars in the future, internal combustion engines will continue to dominate the vehicle fleet for the next several decades -- as either prime movers or range extenders. Our research is part of a broad effort to make them more efficient and less polluting," says Xuan. "We are working on just one aspect, sooting behavior of biofuels, of this big problem."

Yale will conduct laboratory research to measure the tendencies of various biofuels -- alcohols, esters, ethers, anisoles and others -- to release soot when burned, and Xuan will use computation to model emission indexes of the biofuels, enabling the selection of fuels that minimize soot emissions. (Source: Penn State Univ., Mar., 2017) Contact: Penn State Univ., Yuan Xuan yux19@psu.edu; U.S. DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative, https://energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/co-optimization-fuels-engines

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  CO2 Emissions,  Soot,  Transportation Emissions,  


Schmack Biogas Inks Second French Biomethane Contract (Int'l)
Schmack Biogas Contracts for Second French Biomethane Plant (Int’l)
Date: 2017-03-08
Schwandorf, Germany-headquartered Schmack Biogas GmbH reports has been awarded a further contract from SARL Letang Biomethane as the general contractor for the construction of a "natural gas quality" biomethane plant in Sourdun, northern France.

The planned biogas plant is expected to produce 250 Nm3/h of raw biogas in the first phase of the development. The plant is designed to accommodate a possible second development phase to increase production to 500 Nm3/h of raw biogas. The raw biogas will be refined to a methane content of at least 97 percent by means of pressure swing adsorption (PSA process). As a result, the biogas will be of natural gas quality and will be able to be fed into Sourdun's local supply network. (Source: Schmack Biogas GmbH, March 2017) Contact: Schmack Biogas GmbH, www.schmack-biogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  Methane,  


Global Biomass Pellets Market 2017 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Wood Pellet
Date: 2017-03-08
The report entitled Global Biomass Pellets Market 2017 presents key insights into the global Biomass Pellets market along with the latest up-to-date industry details and forthcoming Biomass Pellets industry trends, which will assist the readers to focus on product specification and end users driving the overall market revenue and profitability.

The Global Biomass Pellets Market 2017 offers comprehensive details of the market investors, key industry players which will enable them to make vital decisions in regards to Biomass Pellets growth opportunities and future investment scope.

This report highlights the prominent industry competitors and provides the deep analysis of the major factors influencing the market. The report also covers the forecasts market study related to industry trends, market volume, market share estimates and company profiles of top industry players. The report also examines the global Biomass Pellets market concerning product type, application service, client and geography. Finally, the research study provides a comprehensive view of the global Biomass Pellets market, offering market size and estimates for the period from 2016 to 2021, keeping in mind the above mentioned factors.

Access a sample copy and details of the Global Biomass Pellets Market 2017 report HERE. (Source: DailyHover, MarketBiz, 8 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biomass Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


Utilidata Technology to Deliver Energy Savings to AEP Ohio Customers (Ind. Report)
Utilidata,American Electric Power
Date: 2017-03-06
Providence, R.I.-headquartered energy security and efficiency software specialist Utilidata, Inc. is reporting a new project that will delivery energy savings to American Electric Power (AEP) customers in Ohio through Utilidata's patented optimization technology that captures real-time, apparently random signals from the electric grid.

As part of AEP Ohio's efforts to expand its use of smart grid technology, the company will deploy Utilidata's AdaptiVolt™ technology on 160 circuit of the electric system throughout Ohio. The technology leverages real-time information from the distribution grid to optimize the delivery of electric power and save energy as electricity travels from substations through the electric distribution system.

The AdaptiVolt™ technology is expected to save AEP Ohio customers 235,390 MWh annually -- the equivalent of $210 million in overall bill savings over 15 years. In addition to its work with AEP, Utilidata has partnered with major utilities across the country, including National Grid, Pacific Gas & Electric, Ameren Illinois, and Vectren. (Source: Utildata, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Utilidata, Josh Brumberger, CCO, (401) 383-5800, info@utilidata.com, www.utilidata.com; American Electric Power Ohio, www.aepohio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Utilidata,  American Electric Power,  Energy Software,  


HERO Financing OK'd in Hillsborough County, Fla. (Ind. Report)
HERO Program,Property Assessed Clean Energy
Date: 2017-03-06
In Tampa, Florida, the Hillsborough County Commission has approved a measure that will give homeowners access to the HOme Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program, the nation's largest residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program, later this year. HERO is part of the Florida Development Finance Corporation's (FDFC) residential PACE Program.

HERO will help Hillsborough County homeowners make energy efficiency, renewable energy and hurricane-protection improvements and to pay for them at a fixed interest rate over time through an additional line item on their property taxes.

The HERO Program is expected to launch in Florida later this year for an estimated 268,000 eligible homes in unincorporated Hillsborough County. (Source: Hillsborough County Commission, PR, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org; Hillsborough County Commission, (813) 272-5660, http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/government/board-of-county-commissioners; HERO, www.heroprogram.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  HERO Program,  Energfy Effficiency ,  


Reliable Enterprises Wins $84,000 Energy Efficiency Grant (Funding)
Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board
Date: 2017-03-06
In Washington State, Transalta Corp, is reporting that Reliable Enterprises has scored more than $84,000 in grant funding from the Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board, which is funded by Transalta Corp., for expansion and energy efficiency efforts that include insulated steel doors, new exterior insulation, energy efficient windows, LED lighting fixtures and a new 95 percent high efficiency gas forced air furnace with heat pumps.

The grant is the third one to be awarded by the weatherization board, one of three boards tasked with allocating $55 million over 10 years to ease the impacts as TransAlta shifts away from coal.

Not-for-profit Reliable Enterprises supports the growth of disadvantaged and disabled individuals by expanding opportunities in employment, education and affordable housing. (Source: Transalta, PR, Reliable Enterprises, The Chronicle, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board, (360) 742-3052, coaltransitionboard@transalta.com, http://cctgrants.com, www.transalta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TransAlta,  Energy Efficiency,  


White House Denies RFS Point of Obligation Exec. Order (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association,Carl Ichan
Date: 2017-03-06
In Washington, it is being widely reported that the Trump Administration will soon issue an Executive Order shifting the biofuels blending point of obligation from refiners, manufacturers and importers downstream to blenders or position holders.

The possible Executive Order is reportedly the culmination of a "backroom" deal between Trump Administration advisor Carl Icahn and the Renewable Fuels Association that would shift the obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from refiners to fuel retailers.

A White House spokesperson reportedly denied rumors of a change to the ethanol mandate and said "there isn't an ethanol Executive Order in the works." (Source: Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing, Various Others, 1 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Point of Obligation,  Biofuel Blend,  Carl Ichan,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


Notable Quotes
Carl Ichan
Date: 2017-03-06
"The RIN market is the quintessential example of a 'rigged' market where large gas station chains, big oil companies and large speculators are assured to make windfall profits at the expense of small and midsized independent refineries which have been designated the 'obligated parties' to deliver RINs. As a result, the RIN market has become 'the mother of all short squeezes. It is not too late to fix this problem if the EPA acts quickly." -- Carl Ichan

Ichan is an American business magnate, investor, activist shareholder, and Donald Trump Advisor. He is the founder and majority shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate holding company based in New York City.

More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs news,  Biofuel news,  RFA news,  Renewable FUel Standard news,  


ASE Comments on U.S. Energy Sec. Perry's Confirmation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Alliance to Save Energy, US DOE
Date: 2017-03-06
The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)released the following statement on Rick Perry's confirmation as U.S. Energy Secretary: "We look forward to working with Sec. Perry to make sure energy efficiency continues to play a central role in U.S. energy policy. We were encouraged by his comments supporting efficiency at the confirmation hearing, particularly his commitment to Sen. Portman that he would help pass the "Portman-Shaheen" efficiency bill.

"We are eager to begin working with his team and showing them the real impact that smart efficiency policy has on innovation and economic growth -- whether it's creating a more competitive American manufacturing sector or helping middle-class homeowners cut their energy bills. The fact is we can't meet our nation's energy and environmental goals without strong national efficiency initiatives." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, Kateri Cllahan, Pres.,www.ase.org

LC Energy Editor's Note: It is difficult to forget the newly-minted Energy Secretary's pledge to eliminate the US Department of Commerce, Department of Education and the ... "Oops, I forget" ... Department of Energy during the Republican presidential nominees debates. Perry's selection seems as poor a choice as giving a fox a key to a hen house.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


REGI Biodiesel Sales Exceed 2Bn Gallons (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group Inc., REGI
Date: 2017-03-06
Less than three years after marking its first billion gallons of cumulative biomass-based diesel sales, Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) announced that the company has sold more than 2 billion gallons cumulatively of biomass-based diesel.

An important part of REGI's sales growth is the successful operation at full production capacity at its 75 MMgy nameplate capacity renewable hydrocarbon diesel biorefinery in Geismar, Louisiana. Following two incidents in 2015, REG made repairs and process improvements at the biorefinery including added feedstock and finished fuel storage and significant proprietary pre-treatment capabilities.

REGI also acquired Petrotec, the leading used cooking oil to biodiesel producer in Continental Europe. The acquisition brings to REGI an excellent team, waste-based biodiesel plants in Emden and Oeding, Germany, and Vital Fettrecycling, a used cooking oil collection business. This expansion into Europe increases REGI's worldwide nameplate capacity to over 500 MMgy and establishes a position for international trade and further growth opportunities.

REGI also saw strong production across its U.S. fleet of biorefineries in 2016. REGI Grays Harbor produced 72.3 million gallons of biodiesel for the year, which is 48 pct higher than the previous record there. REGI Madison, the 20 MMgy nameplate plant acquired in March 2016, made immediate contributions to production and sales. (Source: Renewable Energy Group Inc., PR, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  ,  Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


Banks Confirms £210Mn Funding for UK Wind Projects (Int'l Funding)
Banks Renewables
Date: 2017-03-06
In the UK, Durham-headquartered Banks Renewables reports it has secured £210 million in financing from Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions, Santander, ING, National Australia Bank and Rabobankfor the construction of three UK wind farms totaling 151MW.

The wind projects are the 88MW Kype Muir and 51MW Middle Muir projects in South Lanarkshire and the 12MW Moor House wind farm near Darlington in northeast England.

The three projects, which will utilize Senvion turbines, have signed long-term PPAs with DONG Energy and are expected to come online in 2018 and 2019. (Source: Banks Renewables, renews, 2 Mar., 2017)Contact: Banks Renewables, +44 (0) 844 209 1515, www.banksgroup.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Banks Renewables,  


R.I. Gov. Wants Tenfold Increase in Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Rhode Island
Date: 2017-03-06
In Providence, the office of Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is calling for, but not legislating or mandating, an expansion of the state's clean energy goal to 1,000 MW of renewable energy generation by 2020. The governor's goal coincides with her initiative to double the number of Rhode Islanders working in clean-energy sector also by 2020.

The governor also supports virtual net-metering, and expansion of clean energy bonds and a state-wide reduction in energy consumption, as well as the state's Renewable Energy Growth program and the Renewable Energy Fund, designed to encourage the growth of clean energy projects.

The state presently generates 138 kilowatts of renewable energy, including Deep Water Wind's 30-MW offshore wind farm and various small-scale solar projects. (Source: Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, Providence Business News, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, (401) 222-2080, www.governor.ri.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Jamaica Ahead of Renewable Energy Schedule (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-03-06
In Kingston, Jamaican Energy Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley is reporting that the Island Nation is ahead of schedule in sourcing 30 pct of its energy from renewable energy sources by the year 2030. The Minister notes that Jamaica is currently sourcing 13.5 pct, and as much as 15.5 pct during some periods, of its electricity from renewable sources. The country's grid can accommodate somewhere between 40 to 45 pct from renewable energy sources, according to the Minister. (Source: Jamaican Energy Minister, Jamaica Observer, 4 Mar., 2017) Contact: Jamaican Energy Minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, *876) 929-8990, www.mset.gov.jm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jamaica,  Renewable Energy,  


Siemens, TCC Seal 15-year Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
Siemens
Date: 2017-03-06
In the Sunshine State, Tallahassee Community College (TCC) reports it has inked a 15-year performance contract with Siemens for building technology and infrastructure improvements that are expected to save the school more than $8.6 million in energy costs and nearly $750,000 in operational costs.

Before the end of this spring, Siemens will refurbish two chillers and a cooling tower, upgrade in building and parking lot lighting to LED campus wide, migrate building controls to Siemens' integrated building management platform to help improve the school's energy efficiency and systems monitoring. The installation of a new 500-ton chiller and cooling tower for the campus air conditioning system began in February. Work on the project is expected to be completed by January 2018. (Source: Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee Democrat, 2 Mar., 2017)Contact: Siemens Building Technologies, www.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies; Tallahassee Community College, www.tcc.fl.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Energy Efficiency,  


Franklin, Xcel Seal Colorado Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
Franklin Energy Services
Date: 2017-03-06
Wisconsin-based energy efficiency program implementation specialist Franklin Energy Services reports it has inked a deal with Xcel Energy Colorado for "on-site Energy assessments and small building tune-ups for small business and commercial and industrial customers" from its existing office in the Denver area.

Under the terms of the agreement, Franklin will conduct energy assessments to identify cost effective energy efficiency improvements in support of Xcel Energy's demand side management programs through customer education and awareness of potential energy saving opportunities. (Source: Franklin Energy Services, PR, 3 Mar., 2017) Contact: Franklin Energy Services, LLC, Kevin McDonough, Pres., Jamie Delk, (262) 284-3838, jdelk@franklinenergy.com, www.franklinenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Franklin Energy Services,  Energy Efficiency,  


Residential Solar Specialist SolarCity Shrinks Payroll (Ind Report)
SolarCity
Date: 2017-03-06
The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that according to regulatory filings, SolarCity laid off 20 pct of its workforce in 2016, due to a slowdown in the residential solar industry.

The cuts and layoffs affected workers in operations, installations, manufacturing, sales, and marketing, according to the filings. Prior to the cuts, the company reportedly had 15,273 employees. (Source: Christian Science Monitor, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarCity,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  Residential Solar,  


$116M Solar Energy Center Slated for Barefoot Bay (Ind. Report)
Florida Power & Light
Date: 2017-03-06
In the Sunshine State, Florida Power & Light Co. reports it plans to construct a $116 million solar energy center south of Barefoot Bay, in Brevard County . The facility would generate 74.5 megawatts of power, which is enough energy to power about 15,000 homes. Subject to regulatory and other approvals, the facility could break ground before the year end for commissioning in March, 2018.

FPL presently operates more than 335 MW of solar generating capacity, enough to power 60,000 homes. The includes the 10-megawatt FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center at Kennedy Space Center. (Source: Florida Power & Light, Florida Today, WKMG, Others, 3 Mar., 2017) Contact: FP&L, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO, www.fpl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light,  Solar,  


UK's CO2 Emissions Hit 19th Century Levels (Int'l)
Carbon Brief
Date: 2017-03-06
According to the Carbon Brief website, carbon dioxide emissions in the UK have slipped to their lowest level since the 19th century as coal use continues its fall. CO2 emissions fell almost 6 pct year-on-year in 2016, Carbon emissions in 2016 are around 36 pct below 1990 levels, against which legal targets to cut climate pollution are measured. The assessment suggests carbon emissions in 2016 were around 381 million tonnes, putting the UK's carbon pollution at its lowest level - apart from during coal mining disputes in the 1920s - since 1894.

CO2 emissions from coal fell 50 pct in 2016 as use of the fossil fuel dropped by 52 pct , contributing to an overall drop in carbon output of 5.8 pct in 2016 compared with 2015, according to Carbon Brief . The assessment reveals that coal use has fallen 74 pct in just a decade due in part to the falling demand for coal, low priced gasoline, increased use of renewable energy, an increase in carbon taxes and other causes.

While emissions from coal use fell in 2016, carbon output from gas rose 12.5 pct due to the increased use of the fuel to generate electricity Emissions from oil rose 1.6 pct as low oil prices and economic growth lead to more miles being driven in the UK, the Carbon Brief assessment found.

The analysis uses energy consumption data from the Department of Energy, Business and Industrial Strategy, and comes ahead of the department's own estimates for UK carbon dioxide emissions which are due to be published at the end of the month. Gas use for home and business heating has been falling for a decade, thanks to more insulation and efficient boilers, but the rate of progress has stalled. Emissions from oil also increased slightly, by 1.6%, as low oil prices and economic growth lead to more miles being driven in the UK, the assessment by Carbon Brief found. The analysis uses energy use figures from the Department of Energy, Business and Industrial Strategy, and comes ahead of the department's own estimates for UK carbon dioxide emissions which are due to be published at the end of the month. (Source: BusinessGreen,Belfast Telegraph, Carbon Brief, Others, 6 Mar., 2017)Contact: UK Statistics Authority, www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk; Carbon Brief, www.carbonbrief.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Brief,  Carbon Emissions,  


RMI Scales Community Solar Nationwide (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Institute
Date: 2017-03-06
More than a year ago, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) announced its Shine Program would focus on community-scale solar. It claimed that community-scale solar -- 0.5 MW to 5 MW arrays connected to the distribution grid -- could be procured at costs close to utility-scale solar by 2020. However, they could not have predicted the success of the initial projects. As RMI is enabling PPAs at prices 40 pct below median bids, it is seeing increasing interest in community-scale solar and expanding efforts across the nation.

The following are among the strategies that have enabled RMI to deliver PPAs at lower prices: procure solar through a competitive procurement rather than through a direct agreement with a solar developer; form regional coalitions of buyers and increasing the volume of a portfolio to lower costs even when individual systems are less than 5 MW; extend PPA contract length; and support developers with siting, interconnection, zoning and permitting.

Going forward, RMI's Shine Program will further reduce costs by testing new opportunities, including: reducing financing costs; cutting costs of land through dual-use applications; simplifying the solar procurement process; and increasing pressure on solar developers to streamline system design.

RMI's Shine Program is supporting about 100 MW of ongoing projects in New Mexico, New York and Colorado, and exploring new projects in the South and Southeast, including Texas and North Carolina. This work brings them well toward reaching our goal of directly supporting 1 GW of new community-scale solar systems by 2020. (Source: RMI, Mar. 3, 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Institute, www.rmi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Institute,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


NY State K-Solar Program Expands with New Vendors (Ind. Report)
New York Power Authority
Date: 2017-03-06
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports it is expediting the opportunities for the state's school districts to "go solar" and participate in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's K-Solar initiative with the addition of two additional solar power vendors; Greenskies Renewable Energy will assist schools in Central and Northern New York and Long Island, and Solar Liberty will bring schools on-line in Western New York and the Southern Tier. SolarCity will continue to be the designated developer for the Hudson Valley, Capital Region and New York City.

K-Solar is a first-of-its kind program launched in January 2014, to combat climate change by promoting renewable energy use. The K-Solar program is administered by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NYPA works with each school district and matches them with a solar developer to move ahead with installation.

To date, 25 districts have signed 48 individual power purchase agreements with K-Solar developers and are ready to proceed with solar panel installations. (Source: NYPA, PR, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: NYPA, (914) 681-8186, paul.demichele@nypa.gov, www.nypa.gov; John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Solar,  New York Power Authority ,  Solar,  


University of BC Mobile Sensors Measure City Emissions -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Uiversity of British Columbia
Date: 2017-03-06
At the University of British Columbia, professor Andreas Christen and UBC geography graduate Joseph Lee are reporting the creation of small sensors that attach to vehicles and measure street level carbon dioxide emissions.

Access the A mobile sensor network to map carbon dioxide emissions in urban environments report HERE. (Source: University of British Columbia, CBC, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of British Columbia, Preof. Andreas Christen, (604) 822-6620, andreas.christen@ubc.ca, www.ubc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,  


Climate Change Could Release 3.5 pct of Global Methane Deposits by 2100 (Ind. Report)
Methane,Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute
Date: 2017-03-06
A team of researchers from the University of Granada's Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute (IACT) and the UK's University of Cambridge are reporting that 3.5 pct of the world' s deposits of methane hydrate -- equivalent to about 60,000 million tons of carbon -- could begin to melt by 2100 due to climate change and the warming of ocean waters, and thus discharge tons of this potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

As explained by one of the authors of this paper, Julyan Cartwright, from the IACT and the Carlos I Institute of Theoretical and Computational Physics (UGR), "there are places under the seas and oceans where methane from lower rock layers emerges. We often find huge deposits of methane hydrates -- solid material containing methane, a potent greenhouse gas -- within the seabed. There is a risk that these deposits could be melted with climate changeand discharge massive amounts of methane into the environment." (Source: Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute, Eurasia Review, Mar., 2017) Contact: Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute, https://www.ugr.es/en/pages/institutos_centros/instituto_andaluz_ciencias_tierra

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Seabed Methane,  Climate Change,  


Oregon Considering Carbon Cap-and-Trade Legislation (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2017-03-06
In Salem, Oregon, state lawmakers are considering legislation that would carbon emissions in the state to help stem climate change and its impacts.

Senate Bill 557 and House Bill 2135 would create a cap-and-trade program that would link to programs in California, Quebec and other provinces. Both bills would impose a collective cap on greenhouse gas emissions statewide, then auction off allowances to emit those gases. Proceeds would be invested differently, but would generally be returned to communities to help with the transition.

House Bill 2468 would put a cap on emissions and directs the Environmental Quality Commission to develop the program that would accomplish that goal. Senate Bill 748 would put a cap on emissions and contains a penalty schedule for companies that don’t meet the cap. Another bill, which will be introduced in the House, does not set a cap, but sets an annually increasing tax on carbon. (Source: Statesman Journal, Various Media Sources, Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Cap-and-Trade,  


Nestle, Danone Creating PET Bottle from Biomass (Ind. Report)
Nestle, Danone,Origin Materials
Date: 2017-03-06
Nestle Waters r3eports it is partnering with Danone, a French multinational food-products corporation based in Paris, and US startup Origin Materials and have formed the NaturALL Bottle Alliance to develop a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle made from 100 pct renewable and sustainable biomass materials such as previously used-cardboard or sawdust. PET is one of the most commonly-used plastics in the polyester category.

The partners have pledged to use 75 pct bio-based material in PET bottles by 2020, and 95 pct by 2022. Currently, the technology exists to make only 30 pct of PET bottles out of bio-based materials. (Source: Nestle Waters, European Supermarket, Others 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Nestle Water, www.nestle-waters.com; Danone, www.danone.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic,  Danone,  PET Plastic,  


ANL, Roeslein Test Wastewater Sludge-to-RNG Tech. (Ind. Report)
Argonne National Laboratory,Roeslein Alternative Energy
Date: 2017-03-06
The U.S. DOE's Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) reports it has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within the digester, thus creating pipeline-quality renewable natural gas and a biochar co-product.

ANL has demonstrated success using biochar from gasification of both corn stover and woody sources. Anaerobic digestion usually creates biogas that is mainly a combination of CO2 and methane, and extra steps are required to upgrade the biogas to renewable natural gas by removing the CO2 and other contaminants. Adding biochar directly to the anaerobic digester sequesters the CO2 and creates a biogas stream that is more than 90 pct methane and less than 5 ppb hydrogen sulfide, thus reducing the need for upgrading steps.

ANL is preparing to scale up the technology with Roeslein Alternative Energy, a company experienced at operating large-scale digester facilities to produce renewable natural gas ecologically and economically. The company plans to perform field demonstrations during 2017 and drive the commercialization of the technology.

The project received $1.5 million funding from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) which supports the development of sustainable, cost-competitive biofuels and bioproducts from cellulosic biomass. (Source: Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, March 01, 2017) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com; Argonne National Laboratory, (630) 252-2000, www.anl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laboratory,  Roeslein Alternative Energy,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Methane,  anaerobic digestion,  


Comet Biorefining's Sarnia Plant Completes Funding Round (Funding)
Comet Biorefining
Date: 2017-03-06
Following on our Dec. 5th, 2016 coverage, London, Ontario-based Comet Biorefining is reporting completion of a round of equity financing for its planned plant in Sarnia, Ontario, to turn corn stover and wheat straw into sugar for industrial uses.

The equity financing was led by PM Equity Parnership, the corporate venture and private equity investment arm of Philip Morris International. Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), a government-funded non-profit agency that helps companies develop renewable and bio-based technologies, and Sofinnova Partners also participated. The terms of the financing were not disclosed.

Design and engineering work is underway for a planned commissioning in 2018. The plant is expected to produce 60 million ppy of dextrose sugar. (Source: Comet Biorefining, Sarnia Observer, Mar., 2017) Contact: Comet Biorefining, Rich Troyer, CEO, (519) 494-7514, info@cometbiorefining.com, www.cometbiorefining.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Comet Biorefining,  Corn Stover,  Cellulosic ,  


Bioenergy Crop Cap Could Threaten UK Biofuels Industry (Int'l)
Vivergo Fuels,Ensus
Date: 2017-03-06
In the UK, Vivergo Fuels, which converts 1.1 million tpy of feed-grade wheat into bioethanol,is reporting it could face closure if the Government advances plans to restrict the blending of crop-based biofuels in petrol. The government has mandated a 10 pct blend rate by 2030, but the Department for Transport has planned to limit the volume of crops used to produce biofuels at 2 pct , or 0 pct. effectively ending biofuel blending. Under the EU, which the UK has voted to "Brexit", 7 pct is the maximum allowable blending rate.

Another UK biofuels plant, Ensus, reports it has halted production several times due to low demand, and says it could close the business altogether. (Source: Vivergo Fuels, FG Insight, 4 Mar., 2017) Contact: Vivergo FUels, Mark Chesworth, Managing Dir., +44 1482 700800, www.vivergo.co.uk; Ensus Ltd., +44 (0) 1642 794040, www.ensus.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuels,  Ensus,  UK Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


Woodstock NY Achieves Carbon-Neutrality (Ind. Report)
Woodstock New York
Date: 2017-03-03
In the Empire State, the town of Woodstock in Ulster County reports it has reached its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2017, thanks to the installation of geothermal heating, heat pumps, and solar panels at several town facilities, according to the Ulster County Climate Smart Committee.

Additionally, the town has identified 500 acres of unmanaged forest that can absorb the town's carbon emissions, 20 pct of which come from electric power generation. (Source: Town of Woodstock NT,Woodstock Times, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Town of Woodstock, Town Clerk, (845) 679-2113 X 11, http://woodstockny.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  


Gopher State Legislation Doubles Renewables Portfolio Standard (Reg & Leg)
Renewabled Energy
Date: 2017-03-03
In the Gopher State, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith's office reports the tabling of bill HF 1772 doubling Minnesota's current renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 25 pct by 2025 to 50 pct by 2030. The state is currently on track at 21 pct renewable energy, according to the Lt. Governor's office.

The bipartisan HF 1772 bill builds on Minnesota's Next Generation Act requiring utilities to provide technical assistance for all residential and commercial projects that incorporate green building practices in their construction.

If passed into law, the modified RES would create an average of 1,500 new jobs and help reduce annual energy imports, as the state currently spends about $13 billion importing fossil fuels including coal, oil and natural gas, from other states and countries. (Source: Office of Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, https://mn.gov/governor/dayton/smith-bio.jsp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Portfolio Standard,  Renewable Energy,  


Samsung SDI Supplies 240MWh ESS in California (Ind. Report)
Samsung SDI
Date: 2017-03-03
Seoul-headquartered energy solutions and electronic materials specialist Samsung SDI Co. Ltd reports it has provided a 240MWh battery energy storage system for a California installation that will store sufficient energy for 40,000 homes for up to four hours, The system is the largest capacity storage system in the Golden State, according to Samsung SDI. (Source: Samsung, Feb. 27, 2017) Contact: Samsung SDI, www.samsungsdi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung SDI,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  


Sistine Solar Launches Camouflaging Photovoltaics (New Prod & Tech)
Sistine Solar
Date: 2017-03-03
Summerville, Mass. MIT spinoff Sistine Solar is touting its "SolarSkin" roof-mounted solar panels that can feature a graphic interlayer that can display images such as flags, logos, etc. with no negative impact upon panel performance. SolarSkin costs about 10 pct more than a typical PV installation.

The SolarSkin system is designed to make rooftop solar systems more visually appealing -- a factor, along with cost, that has been holding back adoption. (Source: Sistine Solar, Construction Dive, 1 Mar., 2017)Contact: Sistine Solar, (203) 685-0524, info@sistinesolar.com, www.sistinesolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  PV,  


Hawaiian Airlines Joins Int'l. Climate Change Study (Int'l)
Hawaiian Airlines
Date: 2017-03-03
In Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines reports it has become the first U.S. airline to join the not-for-profit In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System, a Belgium-based international research project on air quality and climate change. Members include research organizations, universities and weather services from Germany, France and the UK. The organization's data is used by about 200 universities in Europe, the United States, Japan, South America, India and China.

As part of its participation in the organization, the Hawiian Airlines recently installed air quality sampling equipment on one of its Airbus A330 airplanes. The equipment will collect atmospheric air samples and record key high-altitude greenhouse gas measurements that are expected to yield valuable metrics due to the airlines' central Pacific flights and location. (Source: Hawaiian Airlines, Federal News Radio, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Hawaiian Airlines, www.hawaiianairlines.com/corporate

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Climate Change,  


DuPont Intros New Metallization Pastes (New Prod & Tech)
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
Date: 2017-03-03
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions is reporting the launch of its DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization paste.

Specifically designed for double printing, Solamet PVD1x and PVD2x comprise an integrated two-layer solution to maximize cell performance. The first layer demonstrates super low contact resistance and excellent fine line printing, while the second layer delivers better electrical conductance and good solderability for high adhesion. This leading solution for double printing enables more than 0.1 pct efficiency gain.

DuPont is also launching Solamet PVM1x to support the new development of the Mesh-Cross-Free (MCF) screen. Solamet® PVM1x has excellent matchability with various MCF parameters, outstanding printability and yield to both multi and mono wafers with 0.1 pct efficiency gain. (Source: DuPont, PR, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: DuPont Photovoltaics, http://photovoltaics.dupont.com, www.dupont.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont,  DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions,  PV,  Solar,  


JinkoSolar, Marubeni Ink ADWEA Solar PPA (Int'l Report)
JinkoSolar,Marubeni,ADWEA
Date: 2017-03-03
Shanghai-headquartered JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it and Marubeni Corporation have formed JinkoSolar Marubenia, special purpose company, and have inked a 25-year PPA with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC) for a Solar PV Independent Power Project located at Sweihan, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

JinkoSolar Marubeni, and ADWEA will construct, operate and maintain the 1,177 MW (DC)PV plant. All power generated will be sold to ADWEC, a wholly owned entity of the ADWEA. Financial details of the project are expected to close in April 2017 with commercial operation expected to begin in 2019. (Source: JinkoSolar Holding, PR, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Sebastian Liu, +86 21-5183-3056, ir@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com; ADWEA, www.adwea.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Solar,  Marubeni,  


EU Emissions Trading Scheme Set for Overhaul (Int'l. Report)
EU ETS,European Union
Date: 2017-03-03
The European Union member states have reportedly approved an overhaul of the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), including establishment of a €12b billion innovation fund to study and plan for cleaner emissions technology, pollution cuts, and plugging loopholes in current EU ETS legislation.

The EU ETS is the EUs key policy for combating climate change by reducing emissions from more than 11,000 installations in the power sector and energy intensive industries. The policy involves a market-based cap and trade system which forces companies to purchase "allowances" to emit carbon. There have been widespread concerns that emissions were not being sufficiently capped due to an oversupply of allowances on the carbon market.

Under the proposed directive the number of allowances can be gradually reduced, to drive up up their cost and provide an incentive for industries to adopt cleaner technologies. With the overhaul, the cap on emissions is expected to fall by 2.2 pct per year until at least 2024. (Source: EU, edie, Guardian, Various Others, 1 Mar. 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union,  EU ETS,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


Calif. Carbon Market Permit Sales Still Miserable (Ind. Report)
Carbon Markets
Date: 2017-03-03
Reuters is reporting that the Golden State's carbon market, along with its Quebec partner market, attracted limited interest and sold only 18 pct of the over 65 million permits offered to businesses at its February 22 sale. The permits cleared at the minimum allowed $13.57 per metric tonne to raise approximately $8.2 million.

Since its November, 2012 inception, the program has raised approximately $4.4 billion for low-carbon energy, transportation and related state initiatives and programs, including Governor Jerry Brown's proposed $64 billion high speed rail project. (Source: California Air Resources Board, 24 Feb., 2017))Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450,helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Carbon Market,  Jerrry Brown,  California Air Resources Board,  


Westar Touts Western Plains Wind Farm Commissioning (Ind. Report)
Mortenson Construction,Infinity Wind,Westar Energy,Great Plains Energy,Kansas City Power & Light
Date: 2017-03-03
In Topeka, Westar Energy is reporting the completion and commissioning of the new 280-MW Western Plains Wind Farm in Ford County, near Spearville, Kansas.. Westar will own and operate the Siemens turbine-equipped wind farm which was developed by Infinity Wind and constructed by Mortenson Construction. Western Plains is the third wind farm owned by Westar Energy, in addition to eight wind farms and a land fill gas generator that Westar makes possible through long-term power contracts. (Source: Westar, Hurch Post, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: Westar Energy, Greg Greenwood, VP Strategy, www.WestarEnergy.com; Infinity Wind Power Inc., (805) 569-6180, info@infinitywind.com, www.infinitywindpower.com; Mortenson Construction,www.mortenson.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Infinity Wind,  Westar Energy,  Great Plains Energy,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  Mortenson Construction.,  


Japanese Wind Power Flying High, says JWPA (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Japan Wind Power Association
Date: 2017-03-03
In a recently released study, Japan's Wind Power Association (JWPA) reports that with a month to go this fiscal year, the country's installation of new wind power capacity in 2016-17 is set to come in at 300 MW, almost double that of the previous 12 months. The report credits the growth to higher tariffs guaranteed by Tokyo and a rising number of offshore wind farms.

The JWPA projects wind power capacity will jump more than tenfold to 36.2 gigawatts by 2030, depending on environmental assessments and acceptable grid capacity. (Source: Japan Wind Power Association, reve, Others, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: Japan Wind Power Association, www.jwpa.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Japan Wind,  Japan Wind Power Association,  


SolarEdge Rolls Out Residential Solar Solution (New Prod & Tech)
SolarEdge Technologies
Date: 2017-03-03
SolarEdge Technologies is reporting the roll-out of its new complete residential solar energy solution in Europe. The new solution's device control suite manages and monitors solar energy generation, electricity consumption, energy storage and device control for lower costs and greater energy independence. SolarEdge's StorEdge solution shifts consumption to meet PV production patterns and includes a plug-in socket with metering, switch with metering, dry contact switch, and an immersion heater controller, according to the company (Source: SolarEdge Technologies, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: SolarEdgeTechnologies, (510) 498-3200, info@solaredge.com, www.solaredge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarEdge Technologies,  Solar,  


UKEF Backing 558-MW Beatrice Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
Beatrice,UK Export Finance
Date: 2017-03-03
UK Export Finance (UKEF) reports it is backing a £100 million contract for the development of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm in the Outer Moray Firth off the Caithness, Scotland.

UKEF will support Scottish steel structures manufacturer Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) access financing for its contract with Dutch Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) -- the project's EPC contractor. Under the contract, BiFab will supply 26 wind turbine jacket substructures.

The 558-MW Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, which will incorporate 84 Siemens SWT-7.0 wind turbines, is expected to begin construction this year for completion and commissioning in 2019. (Source: Global Trade Review, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd., www.4coffshore.com/windfarms/beatrice-united-kingdom-uk53.html; UK Export Finance , www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance

More Low-Carbon Energy News Beatrice Wind,  Offshore Wind,  UK Export Finance,  


Ontario Upgrades Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Date: 2017-03-03
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has issued new guidelines to help builders reach Ontario Building Code energy efficiency targets for new small and large buildings. With the changes, large buildings constructed in 2017 and beyond are required to be 13 pct more energy efficient and small buildings, such as single-family homes, must be 15 pct more energy efficient than the baseline standard of 2012.

Two sets of Supplementary Standards have been issued with different mechanisms that builders can follow as they strive to reach the new targets. In February 2016 the draft Supplementary Standard SB-12 for smaller buildings was released to the industry with those standards finalized in the summer. Then draft SB-10 standards for larger buildings were circulated in September with the final version coming into effect in January.

The SB-12 standards with the new prescriptive compliance packages will impact exterior insulation values and continuous insulation, window, door and skylight efficiency, space heating equipment and domestic water heaters, indicates the ministry. Heat transfer is also addressed in SB-12 with heat recovery or energy recovery ventilator systems now mandatory for all prescriptive compliance packages. Drain water heat recovery units are now required for prescriptive compliance packages.p> (Source: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Daily Commercial News, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Chris Thompson, Builing Codes Mgr., (416) 585-6500, www.mah.gov.on.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


Is Trump Planning RFS Point of Obligation Changes? (Ind. Report)
RFS Point of Obligation
Date: 2017-03-03
It is being widely reported that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to change the point of obligation in the Renewable Fuel Standard, According to the Renewable Fuels Association. The executive order reportedly will change the point of obligation from refiners and importers of gasoline and diesel to ethanol blenders.

The Renewable Fuels Assocoation (RFA) has come out in opposition to such a change. "We were told the point-of-obligation change was going to happen, whether we were involved or not," RFA Communication Director Rachel Gantz told DTN. "We wanted to make sure E15 RVP parity was addressed." Then, the RFA offered a statement from its President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Dinneen, who said his group remains opposed to changing the point of obligation. "We received a call from an official with the Trump administration, informing us that a pending executive order would change the point of obligation from refiners to position holders at the terminal, a potentially small increase in the number of obligated parties, but one which would distribute the obligation more equitably," Dinneen said. Dinneen added, "Despite our continued opposition to the move, we were told the executive order was not negotiable."

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday quoted a White House spokesperson as saying "there are no pending executive orders related to ethanol." (Source: Various Sources, DTN Progressive Farmer, Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS Point of Obligation,  


Ethanol Contributes $2Bn to Gopher State Economy (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Biofuels Association
Date: 2017-03-03
In the Gopher State, a recently completed study conducted by ABF Economics for the Minnesota Biofuels Association finds that the ethanol industry contributed nearly $2 billion dollars to Minnesota's economy in 2016.

Minnesota's ethanol industry generated almost $1.5 billion dollars in household income and paid $80 million in state and local taxes in 2016. The study concluded that more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol was produced in Minnesota last year. (Source: Minnesota Biofuels Association, BrownField Ag News, Others, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Biofuels Association, Tim Rudnicki, Exec. Dir., (612) 888-9138, www.mnbiofuels.org

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CarbonCure Slatted for Alberta Concrete Plants (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure,Emission Reduction Alberta
Date: 2017-03-03
Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies reports it expects to receive as much as $3m from Emission Reduction Alberta (ERA) to further optimise and accelerate the adoption of its carbon dioxide-utilisation technology in Alberta, Canada.

CarbonCure's retrofit technology sources CO2 emissions from local industrial emitters and converts the greenhouse gas into nano-sized minerals which are then injected into concrete for added strength. The technology is currently installed in more than 40 concrete plants across North America, and is part of a growing new sector of technologies that convert CO2 emissions into products which could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 pct by 2030.

Emissions Reduction Alberta was established as a key partner of the Government of Alberta to address climate leadership priorities. The Alberta government provides grants to ERA to enable it to fulfill its mandate. This funding comes from Alberta's large emitters who choose to pay into the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund as a compliance option if they are unable to meet emissions reduction targets. ERA aims to accelerate development of innovative technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and secure the province's success in a lower carbon economy. (Source: CarbonCure, GasWorld, 2 Mar., 2017)Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, , (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; Emission Reduction Alberta , www.eralberta.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Cement,  


CO2 to Bioplastics: Beneficial Re-Use of Carbon Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants Using Microalgae R&D Scores $1.2Mn Funding (R&D, Funding)
University of Kentucky,US DOE Office of Fossil Energy
Date: 2017-03-03
In Lexington, the University of Kentucky (UK) Centre for Applied Energy Research's (CAER) Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group is reporting receipt of $1.2 million in US DOE Office of Fossil Energy grant funding for research into utilizing coal-fired power plant CO2 emissions to develop bioplastics.

The UK grant was one of seven projects to receive a total of $5.9 million for similar CO2 utilization projects.

CO2 to Bioplastics: Beneficial Re-Use of Carbon Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants Using Microalgae, the University of Kentucky project is led by Mark Crocker, CAER associate director and chemistry professor. The UK CAER team has become a global leader in developing technology to capture carbon dioxide from coal-fired flue gas using microalgae, with subsequent conversion of the resulting algal biomass to bioplastics, biochemicals and biofuels. The CAER team will investigate a combined photobioreactor/pond cultivation process to decrease the cost of algae cultivation while developing a strategy to maximize value from the algal biomass. (Source: University of Kentucky, gasworld, 1 March 2017)Contact: University of Kentucky, Prof. Mark Crocker, (859) 257-0295, mark.crocher@uky.edu, http://www.caer.uky.edu/biofuels/home.shtml; US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  Algae,  Biofuel,  CO2,  Bioplastic,  CO2,  


GOP HECC Prioritizing RFS,Ethanol Pipeline Legislation (Reg & Leg)
RFS
Date: 2017-03-03
In the Nation's Capital, Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee (HECC) are reportedly planning to push legislation this year to change the federal ethanol mandate (RFS) and make pipeline approvals easier in an effort to "put the consumer first and build policy from there. The ultimate goal of just freeing up the market, getting rid of the mandate and letting competition fill the void."

President Trump has said he supports the RFS, and his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has committed to enforcing it. Pruitt previously expressed his concern about the impact of a high-volume mandate.

Notable quote from Scott Pruitt: "The American People are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses." (Source: The Hill Blog, Various Media, 1 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  RFS,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  ,  


Abengoa Reports 2016 Loss of €7.6Bn (Int'l. Report)
Abengoa
Date: 2017-03-03
In its recently published 2016 financial results Spanish renewable energy specialist and ethanol producer Abengoa reports a €7.6 billion loss for 2016, a significant portion of which it attributes to restructuring. The company reported a €1.2 billion in 2015.

Abengoa's bioenergy units were particularly hard-hit with several bioethanol plants in the US and Europe paralyzed by bankruptcy proceedings. (Source: Abengoa, Biofuels Int'l, Various Media, 1 Mar., 2017)Contact: Abengoa Bioenergy, www.abengoa.com, www.abengoabioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa,  Biofuels,  


BP Acquiring Clean Energy Fuels' Biomethane Operations (M&A)
BP,Clean Energy Fuels Corp
Date: 2017-03-03
Oil giant BP reports that it will purchase Clean Energy Fuels Corp.'s existing renewable natural gas -- biomethane -- production facilities, its share of two new facilities and its existing third-party supply contracts for renewable natural gas for $155 million (€147 million), subject to regulatory approval.

Under the terms of the deal, Clean Energy will have access to a secure and expanding supply of renewable natural gas to expand its retail network and grow its customer base for its "Redeem"-branded renewable natural gas fuel through a long-term supply contract with BP.

Clean Energy will purchase renewable natural gas fuel from BP and collect royalties on gas purchased from BP and sold as "Redeem" at it retail stations. This royalty payment is in addition to any payment under BP's contractual obligation. (Source: BP, PR, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: BP, www.bp.com; Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew Littlefair, Pres., CEO, Tony Kritzer, IR, (949) 437-1403 tkritzer@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com;

More Low-Carbon Energy News British Petroleum,  Clean Energy Fuels Corp,  BP,  Biomethane,  Renewable Natural Gas,  

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