In its initial rulemaking, the EPA defined an obligated party as a refiner or importer and explained then that they considered placing the point of obligation at the terminal. The EPA now says the RFS would be maintained, but responsibility for compliance would be shifted from refiners to fuel blenders.
Fuels America apparently took umbridge to RFA CEO Bob Dinneen's recent statement that the association "received a call from an official with the Trump administration" informing it that a pending White House order would remove oil refiner's obligation to blend ethanol with gasoline. (Source: Fuels Amercia, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org;
Fuels America Coalition, www.fuelsamerica.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, point of obligation, Fuels America, Renewable Fuels Association ,
The Texas Waves projects will provide ancillary services to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market and will be capable of responding to shifts in power demand more quickly, increasing system reliability and efficiency. The project is expected to be online before the year end.
E.ON will be partnering with energy storage software and services provider Greensmith Energy for the Texas Waves projects.
(Source: E.ON North America, PR, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: E.ON North America, Mark Frigo, VP Energy Storage, Mark Frigo, (503) 481-8622, email@example.com, www.eon.com; Greensmith Energy, www.greensmithenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON , Energy Storage, Lithium-Ion Battery, ERCOT, Greensmith Energy,
The AccESS plug-and-play Energy Storage System (ESS) easily integrates power storage into new and existing solar installations, both on and off grid. The system includes award-winning battery technology combined with a Schneider Electric inverter charge controller, associated power electronics and overall system management as well as pre-programmed software settings and system performance monitoring for a variety of installations, including self-consumption or net metering.
(Source: SimplPhipower, PR, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: SimplPhipower, Catherine Von Burg, CEO, www.Simpliphipower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Solar,
NRG Energy will develop and build the battery storage system, which will consist of two mobile battery trailers and one mobile electrical switchgear trailer. Con Edison's first battery storage project, in partnership with GI Energy, will place batteries totaling 1 MW at the properties of four customers across the city.
"Battery storage technology is advancing quickly and can provide us with another tool to keep our service reliable on the days our customers need it the most," said Con Edison's VP fo Distributed Resource Integration, Matthew Ketschke.
(Source: ConEdison, Mar., 2017) Contact: ConEdison Development, Matthew Ketschke, www.coneddev.com; NRG Energy Inc., (609) 524-4500, www.nrgenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NRG Energy, ConEdison, Energy Storage,
Siemens is involving its Wind Power business and its next47 venture unit to help refine SkySpecs technology for utility-scale wind turbine inspections and prepare it for commercial readiness. The joint effort will enable Siemens to incorporate more advanced preventive maintenance techniques and provide significant turbine maintenance and power generation data.
(Source: SkySpecs, PR, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Skyspecs, Danny Ellis, CEO, Theresa Trevor, Media,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.skyspecs.com; Siemens Wind Power, www.siemens.com; next47, www.next47.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SkySpecs, Wind, Siemens Wind Power,
Ground breaking is slated for this month and production is expected to begin in June 2018.
The company operates factories in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Poland, Spain and the United State, and has produced more than 185,000 blades since 1978. (Source: LM Windpower, PR, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: LM Wind Power, Alexis Crama, V.P. Offshore, Marc de Jong, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, email@example.com www.lmwindpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power, Wind, Wind Blade,
With the completion of Meikle Wind farm, British Columbia's total wind energy capacity now stands at 673.6MW, according to Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). (Source: pattern Development, PR, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Pattern, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.patternenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Development, Wind,
It is the first solar project developed by TTI-FSS's landlord, Shepard Capital Partners
Tampa-headquartered solar and electrical contractor Solaradvantage completed the the installation. (Source: Tampa Tank, February 28, 2017)
Contact: Tampa Tank, http://tti-fss.com; Shepard Capital Partners, www.shepardcap.com; Solaradvantage, Martin Clewis, (813) 399-1231, www.solaradv.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Rooftop Solar, solaradvantage,
Solar panel owners who feed surplus energy to the power grid are currently compensated at a retail market rate that helps pay off their investments. The new bill would drastically reduce that rate in five years, although existing solar panel owners would be grandfathered in for 30 years. The legislation requires Indiana House of Representatives approval.
Vattenfall was behind the 11-turbine Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm (AOWFL) -- aka the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) offshore wind farm that now-US President Donald Trump claimed would ruin the view from his nearby golf resort.
On July 25, 2016, then presidential hopeful Trump tweeted
"Offshore wind will destroy Scotland." As far as we can determine, Trump has not yet tweeted his opposition to Vattenfall's planned expansion and Scotland remains un-destroyed.
(Source: Vattenfall, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 27 Feb., 2017)Contact: Vattenfall Wind, Gunnar Groebler, Sr. VP Wind, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre , Vattenfall, Donald Trump,
AB 262 calls for the state to develop a formula to comparatively assess emissions associated with designated building or construction material production and for agencies to strive to purchase materials with the lowest emissions, regardless of production origin. Under AB 262 infrastructure project bidders would complete a standard form stating cumulative greenhouse gas emissions in materials' production.
"By focusing the buying power of California's budget, of which approximately $10 billion per year goes to infrastructure each year, AB 262 will help ensure a thriving market exists for low-carbon industrial products," according to Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). (Source: Office of California Assembly member Rob Bonta, Sacramento Concrete News, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Buy Clean California, www.buycleancalifornia.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
According to the US EPA's 2011 report, China was responsible for 28 pct of the total global CO2 emission coming from the fossil fuels. This was followed by the US at 16 pct, while India was responsible for 6 pct of carbon emission.
The Greenpeace report also notes that China's absence of commitments to cut greenhouse gases other than CO2 will occasion an increase on GHG emissions until at least 2030. (Source: Greenpeace East Asia, Various Media,Feb 28 2017)Contact: Greenpeace East Asia, www.greenpeace.org/eastasia
More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions, GHG Emissions,
The ENRC and its researchers are working to support the implementation of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) plan to increase the use use of biofuels and slash aviation carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050.
(Source: Egyptian National Research Centre, SciDev.net, Feb., 2017) Contact: Egyptian National Research Centre, +20 2 3337 1615, www.nrc.sci.eg; IATA, +41 22 770 2967, email@example.com, www.iata.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IATA, Jatropha, Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel,
Texas Pellets is the owner and developer of a wood biomass pellet manufacturing facility located in Woodville, Texas. Louisiana Pellets is based in in Urania, Louisiana.
Although DRAX' bids could be accepted by the sellers, the successful purchaser will probably be determined through auctions which are being held today, March 1 and tomorrow, 2 March 2017.
According to a DRAX statement, "Drax has previously indicated its intention to expand its self-supply compressed wood pellet operations to support 20-30 pct of its generation requirement.
Subject to a disciplined approach to pricing in the auctions, the acquisition of these assets would help Drax meet this target."
(Source: DRAX, Insider Media, 27 Feb., 2017)Contact: DRAX, Andy Koss, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX, Wood Pellet, Woody Biomass,
Factors attracting investment are popularity of clean power technologies and implementation of discharge compliance norms. Regulations from the U.S. transportation department & the EPA for medium and heavy-duty vehicles can improve the demand for carbon capture technology. Since this market is in the nascent stage, there is no clarity on the price of stocked up carbon. This may hamper demand in the forthcoming years.
The global Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market is divided into applications, technologies, and regions and segmented into industrial, agriculture, and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)which witnessed the highest demand and contributed to more than 50 pct of the overall revenues in 2015.
Significant technological improvements in non-power sectors can positively influence overall demand. Such positive initiatives regarding the application of latest technologies could benefit the global market in the long run. Moreover, greater awareness among policy makers about the importance of limiting carbon discharge can attract substantial investments. The various technologies are pre-combustion, post-combustion, oxy-firing, and industrial. Demand for pre-combustion technology in the United States may witness robust growth. Major global CCS players are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.; The Linde Group; Sulzer Ltd.; AkerSolutions ASA; and Statoil ASA, according to the report.
Browse report details HERE.
(Source: Hexa Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Hexa Research, Ryan Shaw,
(800) 489-3075, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hexaresearch.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Carbon Capture & Sequestration,
One of the sites at a SDG&E substation in Escondido, California , hosts a 30 MW, four-hour duration energy storage project, representing the world's largest lithium-ion battery-based energy storage installation, 50 pct larger than the next largest installation. Both SDG&E sites join more than 200 MW of installed Advancion battery storage capacity deployed around the world.
In July 2016, SDG&E fast-tracked energy storage projects to enhance regional grid reliability and selected Advancion 4, AES' fourth generation battery-based energy storage platform. Already a leader in sourcing renewable energy for its customers with more than a third of its supplied energy drawn from wind and solar, SDG&E accelerated the deployment of battery-based energy storage to improve reliability and allow integration of greater amounts of renewable energy moving forward.
Advancion is the world's most proven energy storage platform, with more than 3.5 million MWh of delivered service and 436 MW in operation, construction or late stage development across seven countries and four continents. Designed for rapid deployment, AES delivered and interconnected SDG&E's Advancion arrays in six months.
(Source; SDG&E, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: SDG&E, www.sdge.com; AES Energy Storage, email@example.com, www.aesenergystorage.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News AES Energy Storage, Energy Storage, SDG&E,
VELCO will be an investor and strategic partner in the new company. IBM Research's Smarter Energy team -- alongside the unit's intellectual property and technologies portfolio -- will also become part of Utopus Insights.
IBM and VELCO hope the new venture will be able to "create dependable, industry-tested software" for the green energy market.
Contact: Utopus Insights, Dr. Chandu Visweswariah, Pres., CEO, (914) 257-7254, http://utopusinsights.com; VELCO, (802) 635-2331, www.velco.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vermont Electric Power , IBM, Energy Software, Energy Efficiency,
Delta Building Automation Solutions are featured with a comprehensive and integrated building management and control platform, which has been applied to many buildings globally to improve the operation efficiency of building systems and to reduce management complexity and cost.
Since 2006, Delta has built 23 green buildings worldwide incluing its headquarters building in Fremont, California, which has been certified as a LEED Platinum green building and is targeted to achieving the Net Zero standard. (Source: Delta, PR, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Delta, www.deltaww.com , www.deltaelectronicsindia.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, Green Building,
The development of the WELL Community Standard focuses on evidence-based research and understanding requirements for community health and wellness to derive appropriate, actionable strategies and interventions. WELL Community Standard Working Group Members include Arup, Gale International, Hart Howerton, HKS, McLennan Design, Shanghai UBPA and the Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science, Tropicana Field Conceptual Master Plan Project in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the U.S. Green Building Council and others.
The WELL Community Standard™ will build on the existing IWBI WELL Building Standard, a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings and communities that impact human health and wellness. To date, WELL has over 350 projects registered or certified encompassing over 73 million square feet in 28 countries worldwide.
The International WELL Building Institute(IWBI) is a public benefit corporation focused on human health and wellness through the built environment.
(Source: International WELL Building Institute, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: International WELL Building Institute, Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO, Callie Stanton, (646) 654-3438, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wellcertified.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News International WELL Building Institute, US Green Building Council, LEED Certification,
The new HQ building, which was inaugurated in June, 2016, consumes 90 pct less electricity and 75 pct less water than its predecessor.
The annual MIPIM conference is the world's largest real estate event. (Source: Henning Larson Architects, GlassonWeb, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact:
Henning Larsen Architects, www.henninglarsen.com; Siemens AG, www.siemens.com/sustainability, www.siemens.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Sustainable Building, Energy Efficiency, Siemens AG, LEED Certified,
Under its programme, the insurer will offset 10 pct of its new customers' auto and home carbon emissions for the first year of their policy by backing carbon reduction projects in Ghana and Kenya. For each auto policy it will offset 10 pct of customers' cars CO2 emissions in the first year by supporting the provision of cookstoves in Ghana, which are up to 50 pct more efficient than the stoves they replace.
For each home policy, Co-op Insurance will offset 10 pct of customers' home CO2 emissions in the first year by purchasing water filters for Kenyan families . Furthermore, Co-op Insurance has been offsetting customer emissions through its Ecoinsurance motor policy enabling customers to offset more than one million tonnes of CO2 to date. With the new programme, the insurer will have a carbon offset as standard on all new home and motor policies purchased directly through Co-op Insurance.
Co-op Insurance is part of the Co-operative Group, which sources 99 pct of its electricity from renewables. The Co-op has reduced its direct carbon footprint by 43 pct since 2006.
(Source: Co-op Insurance, Co-operative News, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Co-operative Insurance, Mark Summerfield, CEO,
Robert Stevens, Climate Care Partnerships,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,
ENGIE Advantage™ is available to all qualified commercial and industrial customers, and includes:
To date, Opterra has helped customers in multiple industries achieve over $2 billion in energy savings by enhancing energy performance in educational, commercial, health care, municipal and other markets.
(Source: ENGIE Resources, PR, NewsWire, 28 Feb., 2017)
Contact: ENGIE Resources, J.D. Burrows, VP Marketing, (866) 999-8374, www.engieresources.com; Think Energy, (888) 923-3633, email@example.com, www.thinkenergy.com; OpTerra Energy, www.opterraenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE Resources, OpTerra, Energy Efficiency,
The SulfAx™ System eliminates hydrogen sulfide by optimizing a high-capacity granular media that is readily disposable as a non-hazardous material under California's stringent solid waste regulations. SulfAx™ Systems are for use in treating biogas streams from landfills to anaerobic digesters at farms, wastewater treatment facilities, and food & beverage processing operations.
(Source: Seer Group, PR, MarketWire, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Seer Group, John Combs, CEO, (720) 460-3522, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.seer-corp.com;
MV Technologies, www.mvseer.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas, anaerobic digesters, Landfill Gas, Methane Emissions ,
When fully operational, the plant will have a soybean crushing capacity of 125,000 bushels per day and will produce 490 million pounds of oil, half of which will be used to produce biodiesel and other marketable products.
MnSP owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel operation in Brewster, Minnesota.
(Source: MnSP, World-Grain, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Soybean Processors, Scott AUstin, GM, (507) 842-6677, www.mnsoy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Soybean Processors, Soybean, Biodiesel,
According to Iowa Biodiesel Board Exec. Dir. Grant Kimberley, "It's no accident that Iowa's biodiesel manufacturing sector is thriving above all other states. Our proactive state biodiesel policies have effectively increased production and consumption in Iowa, benefiting our economy." As an example, "the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program gives grants for equipment changes needed to handle biofuels," Kimberley added. (Source: Iowa Biodiesel Board, Business Record, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Iowa Biodiesel Board, Grant Kimberley, Director, (866) 683-4172, www.iowabiodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Iowa Biodiesel Board ,
1414 Degrees' process can store 500 kWh of energy in a 70-centimeter cube of molten silicon -- about 36 times as much energy as Tesla's 14KWh Powerwall 2 lithium ion home storage battery in about the same space, the company points out.
The device stores electrical energy by using it to heat a block of pure silicon to melting point – 1414 degrees Celsius. It discharges through a heat-exchange device such as a Stirling engine or a turbine, which converts heat back to electrical energy, and recycles waste heat to lift efficiency. The devices could increase the revenue of a wind farm by 25 pct, through increased output and exploiting higher wholesale prices when the wind isn't blowing. For a hydroponic farm, it can provide heat as well as electricity, according to the company.
1414 Degrees also reports it has raised $500,000 of a $2 million seed capital issue and is in talks with a hydroponic herb farm and wind farm suppliers about pilot commercial scale trials of its technology. The company is also planning a $10 million IPO to fund construction of the first two 200 MWh units. (Source: 1414 Degrees, Next Big Future, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Kevin Moriarity, Chairman, +61 408 173 157,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Battery,
Community battery systems can help network operators adjust their electricity system and prepare for a growing share of renewable energy in the energy mix.
The consortium will fine-tune the business case in consultation with grid operators, specifically focusing on what's required for an agreement between the grid operators and the commercial party using distribution grid services from the storage system. The major result from the project will be a business model framework and the accelerating adoption of community storage projects.
The consortium expects to publish the results and the framework in September 2017. (Source: DNV GL, PR, 21 Feb., 2017)Contact: DNV GL, +49 40 361 490, www.dnvgl.com; Alfen BV, +31 6 13 98 8600, http://alfen.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL, Battery, Energy Storage,
According to Unicel Architectural, the company's Control® integrated louvers can contribute significantly toward obtaining LEED certification and deliver long-term cost savings. (Source: Unicel Architectural, PR, WebWire, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Unicel Architectural, www.unicelarchitectural.com www.unicelarchitectural.com /en/specialty-glazing.html; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
The installation is the latest development in the MeyGen project which deliver tidal power to as many as 175,000 homes in Scotland.
The MeyGen project is the largest tidal energy project in the world. Atlantis plans to deploy nearly 270 turbines to generate about 400 MW of energy, enough to power 175,000 homes.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, PR Newswire, 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: Lockheed Martin, Frank Armijo, VP, www.lockheedmartin.com/energy; Atlantis Resources Limited, +44 131 659 9690 – Edinburgh Office, www.atlantisresourcesltd.com; MeyGen Ltd., Dan Pearson, CEO, +44 (0) 3137 3467, www.meygen.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Maygen, Atlantis Resources, Lockheed Martin , Tidal,
The project has four sites throughout the Northwest and northern California.
One acre of poplar trees can produce roughly 2,000 gallons of ethanol every three years. The poplar trees can be chipped and then converted into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and ethanol, as well as other chemicals.
(Source: Greenwood Resources, Albany Democrat Herald, 22 Feb., 2017) (Source: Contact: GreenWood Resources, Brian Stanton, CTO, Rick Stonex, Opereations Mgr., (800) 279-4509, www.greenwoodresources.com;
Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest, www.hardwoodbiofuels.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Oregon State University, Biofuel, Biofuel Feddstock, Ethanol, Poplar, Greenwood Resources,
The 4.6 MW project is set to enter commercial operation later this year.
The Red Lake Falls project will utilize GE's Wind Integrated Solar Energy technology platform to integrate the solar panels through the wind turbine's converter so that both wind and solar share all the same balance of plant to increase annual energy production by up to 10 pct.
(Source: GE Renewable Energy, CleanTechnica, Others, 24 Feb., 2017)Contact: GE Renewable Energy
Pete McCabe, President & CEO, Onshore Wind, www.ge-energy.com;
Juhl Energy, Dan Juhl, CEO, Jody Janson, IR, (888) 438-5845, email@example.com, www.juhlenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy, Juhl Energy, Wind, Solar,
Compliance with this standard ensures that Dynapower's MPS-250 smart inverter is California Rule 21 and Hawaii Rule 14H compliant through the use of Intertek's SATELLITE™ Data Acceptance Program.
In addition to the smart inverter features required by the new standard, Dynapower also incorporated Dynamic Transfer as a standard feature into the Generation 2 MPS-250. Dynamic Transfer enables a "backup power" mode of operation for energy storage systems.
More than 300 MW of Dynapower's high reliability, energy storage inverters are deployed worldwide. (Source: Dynapower, PR, Bus. Wire, 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: Dynapower, Chip Palombini, sales manager of the energy storage group. www.Dynapower.com; Intertek, Sunny Rai, VP Renewable Energy, www.intertek.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Dynapower, Intertek, Inverter, Energy Storage,
RES is the world's largest independent renewable energy company with a 12 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe. RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission, according to the company's website. (Source: RES, Various Media, 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: RES +44 0 1923 299200, www.res-group.com; NREL, www.nrel.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL, Wind, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy Systems ,
According to the report, almost 2.2 million work in energy efficiency, over 600,000 in clean power generation, 100,000 in advanced grid technologies, 100,000 in biofuels and 200,000 in advanced transportation, which includes hybrid and electric vehicles.
In 2016, DSM entered into a commercial alliance with Sunshine. Now, through this acquisition, DSM will expand its product portfolio for the solar PV market to include polymer sheets that protect PV solar cells.
(Source: Royal DSM, BS B2B Bureau , Feb., 2017 )
Contact: Royal DSM, www.dsm.com; Suzhou SunShine New Materials Technology, +86 89168588 , www.js-sun.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal DSM, Solar, PV, Backshgeet, Suzhou SunShine ,
However, 7.4 billion kWh or 11.18 pct of PV power generation was wasted, mostly in northwestern China due to insufficient local grid capacity as well as overdue payments of PV feed-in subsidies.
Total PV installation capacity for PV power-generating stations and distributed PV systems to be completed in in China in 2017 is estimated at about 20GWp. Since the China government will lower PV feed-in tariffs beginning July 1, installation is expected to be in rush in the first half of 2017 and then significantly drop in the second half.
(Source: China Photovoltaic Industry Association , DIGITIMES, 20 February 2017] Contact: China Photovoltaic Industry Association, www.enfsolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News China Solar, China PV,
"The rehabilitation and reforestation of damaged forest stands will provide significant greenhouse gas benefits and increase the use of low-quality fibre," according to the Provincial Forest Carbon Initiative. The initiative aims to cut carbon emissions in the forest sector and increase tree planting over an area of up to 300,000 hectares through 2021.
The Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia was created by the B.C. government in February 2016 with an initial cash infusion of $85 million. The organization operates at arm's length from government and funds projects aimed at forest enhancement and wildfire reduction on provincial Crown land. (Source: Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia, PR, EcoLog, 24 Feb., 2017) Contact: Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia, Jim Snetsinger, Vice Chair, www.fesbc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration, Reforestation,
Airex Energy's torrefaction process converts biomass residues into biocoal pellets as a replacement for coal and oil. Biocoal's unique properties allows it to easily disintegrate, so it can be ground up and combined with bituminous coal in thermal power stations producing electricity, without major changes to existing systems for handling, storing, and grinding coal.
The CarbonFX system also produces biochar for soil remediation, liquid filtration and metal reduction and rehabilition of inactive mining sites.
(Source: Airex Energy, PR, 24 Feb., 2017) Contact: Airex Energy, Sylvain Bertrand, CEO , (450) 661-6498, www.airex-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Airex Energy, biomass torrefaction, Biochar, Biocoal, Wood Pellets,
Pacific Biodiesel is planting sunflowers as its first biofuel crop on Maui, applying the knowledge learned from its past experience and partnership with the US military as part of the Hawaii Military Biofuels Crop Program that demonstrated the planting, growing and processing of biodiesel feedstocks on Oahu and Hawaii Island.
Based on previous experience growing sunflowers, the company expects an initial yield of 100+ gallons of oil per acre per harvest, with up to three harvests per year possible.
(Source: Pacific Biodiesel Technologies,
Maui Now, Various Other Media,
,February 24, 2017) Contact: Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, (808) 877-3114, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biodiesel.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, Biodiesel ,
The PAS revision was sponsored by BEIS Home Energy and supports the government's Energy Company Obligatio nenergy efficiency scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The revisions in PAS 2030 were prompted by changes in UK legislation relating to energy efficiency and to meet the requirements of suppliers and users of energy efficiency measures.
The revised PAS includes requirements for installation processes, process management and service provision, as well as criteria relating to installation methods, equipment, tools, product or system and material suitability. The commissioning of installed measures and the training, skills and competence of the people undertaking such installation, is also covered in PAS 2030.
(Source: British Standards Institution, 27 Feb., 2017)
Contact: British Standards Institution, www.bsigroup.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Building Energy Efficiency,
Recognizing Singapore's vulnerability to possible sea level rises brought about by climate change, the Finance Minister described his carbon tax proposal as the "most economically efficient and fair way" to meet Singapore's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target under the UN's Paris climate agreement. Singapore has committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2030.
The Singapore government is considering a carbon tax between S$10 (US$7) and S$20 (US$14) per tonne of climate-warming GHG emissions. Six GHGs, including CO2, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons, will be covered.
The tax will apply to power stations and other large emitters producing over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. An estimated 30 to 40 companies fall in this category, according to the
International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). (Source: Gov. of Singapore, Finance MinisterBridges, 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: Singapore, Finance Minister, www.mof.gov.sg; International Emissions Trading Association, www.ieta.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Emissions Trading Association, Carbon Tax, Singapore, Carbon Emissions,
Britain is more reliant on biomass, alongside wind and solar power, amid pressure to close dirty coal-fired stations.
DRAX, which supplies about 7 pct of Britain's electricity, now generates two-thirds of its power from U.S. produced woody biomass pellets.(Source: DRAX, Sunday Times, Various Media, 26 Feb., 2017) Contact: DRAX, Andy Koss, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX, Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet,
"It's a welcome sign that support for a carbon tax has been growing in recent weeks, including from the new CEO of ExxonMobil, who has reaffirmed the company's stated position in favor of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. After years of opposing climate action, it's time for ExxonMobil to fully align its considerable lobbying power, including through trade associations, to support an effective price on carbon.
"The announcement comes on the heels of a proposal from several respected Republican leaders for a carbon dividend. We are hopeful that these announcements will jump-start a serious bipartisan conversation about how to enact a federal carbon policy that drives down emissions and benefits people." (Source: World Resources Institute, 24 Feb., 2017)
Contact: World Resources Institute, (202) 729-7600, www.wri.org; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon, ExxonMobil, Carbon Tax, WRI, World Resources Institute,
To expedite its goal, St. Paul city staff spent the past year gathering related data and found that St. Paul's emissions, which are caused by everything from car trips to home energy use to industrial processes, equaled 3.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015, not including emissions from power plants.According to the data, transportation was responsible for 37 pct of the city's emissions, 35 pct was from commercial businesses and 17 pct was emitted by residential properties.
Xcel Energy began working with the city last year to collect energy usage data and improve building efficiency as part of the company's "Partners in Energy" program, which dovetails with the city's action plan. (Source: Xcel Energy, StarTribune, Mar., 2017) Contact: Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, www.compactofmayors.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Compact of Mayors, Carbon Emissions, Climate Action Plan,
Guinea Bissau, a former Portuguese colony (pop. 500,000 +-), suffers chronic power shortages. In 2015, China pledged almost $60 billion in supports for African energy and other projects. In Guinea Bissau, china has covered the cost of a national stadium, main parliament building and a government palace. The b city is located on the Geba River estuary, off the Atlantic Coast of Africa. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, Feb, 207)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Woody Biomass,
The project is the latest in MGE's Energy 2030 framework, under which the company pledges to supply 30 pct of its electric sales with renewable resources by 2030, rising to 25 pct by 2025. The framework includes MGE's Shared Solar project in partnership with the city of Middleton, reduction of its ownership in the coal-fired Columbia Energy Center in Portage, and the Smart Thermostat Demand Response Pilot Program for residential customers, which, if approved, could be rolled out later this year.
(Source: Madison Gas & Electric, Milwaukee Bus. Journal, Feb 22, 2017) Contact: Madison Gas and Electric , Gary Wolter, CEO, (608) 252-7222, www.mge.com
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The Eastman Business Park is home to a comprehensive suite of test, validation, prototyping, and pilot manufacturing tools specifically designed to help accelerate innovation out of the lab to high volume manufacturing in the energy storage sector. The Park's facilities, capabilities and amenities support energy-related technologies requiring thin film coated electrodes and other components, from batteries to ultra-capacitors to fuel cells to photovoltaics and beyond.
(Source: NEST iON, PR, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: NEST iON, Boris Gragera, CEO, +353 87 173 0954, email@example.com, www.nest-ion.com
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