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,
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
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,
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,
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,
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, email@example.com, www.utilidata.com; American Electric Power Ohio, www.aepohio.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Utilidata, American Electric Power, Energy Software,
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, firstname.lastname@example.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 ,
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, email@example.com, http://cctgrants.com, www.transalta.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News TransAlta, Energy Efficiency,
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,
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,
"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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.regi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group, , Renewable Diesel, Biodiesel, Biofuel,
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,
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,
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,
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, email@example.com, www.franklinenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Franklin Energy Services, Energy Efficiency,
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
(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,
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,
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,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
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, email@example.com, www.ubc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,
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,
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,
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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
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, email@example.com, www.cometbiorefining.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Comet Biorefining, Corn Stover, Cellulosic ,
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,
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,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sistinesolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Rooftop Solar, PV,
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,
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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, PV, Solar,
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, email@example.com, www.jinkosolar.com; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com; ADWEA, www.adwea.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar, Solar, Marubeni,
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,
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,firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Carbon Market, Jerrry Brown, California Air Resources Board,
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,
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,
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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Building Energy Efficiency,
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,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Minnesota Biofuels Association ,
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, email@example.com, www.carboncure.com; Emission Reduction Alberta , www.eralberta.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure, CO2, Carbon Dioxide, Cement,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
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'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,
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 email@example.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com;
More Low-Carbon Energy News British Petroleum, Clean Energy Fuels Corp, BP, Biomethane, Renewable Natural Gas,