The net zero-targeting project is part of Canada Green Building Council and World Green Building Council pilots that will establish benchmarks for carbon neutral buildings.
The Joyce Center facility is designed to support the expansion of the college's engineering program, although it will ultimately accommodate up to 1,000 students from various disciplines in flexible learning spaces.
The facility is expected to operate at roughly 70.5 to 71 kWh per square metre on an annual basis, one-third of which is assigned to equipment and plug loads and two-thirds of which is assigned to building systems.
The facility features geothermal and photovoltaics systems for heating and cooling, as well as occupancy sensor controlled
lighting and ventilation.
(Source: Mohawk College, Canadian Facility Management & Design, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Mohawk College, (905) 575-1212, www.mohawkcollege.ca;
Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org; World Green Building Council, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council, Canada Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency, Net-Zero Building,
Industry watchdog groups Stand.earth and SumOfUs argue that by outsourcing jean production to contractors in developing countries, apparel companies are able to avoid accountability for the carbon emissions created by manufacturing their products. A newly-launched campaign from Stand.earth in partnership with SumofUs is targeting denim pant makers for ignoring their greenhouse gas emissions and calling on them to take responsibility for their devastating environmental impacts and to immediately begin addressing their greenhouse gas emissions.
According to an apparel industry study, the industry generates approximately 3 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions -- the equivilant of 163,000 passenger vehicles.
(Source: stand.earth, 20 July, 2017)
Contact: stand.earth, Todd Paglia, Exec. Dir., (415) 863-4563, www.stand.earth
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Climate Change,
Additionally, Innovate UK will hold R&D competitions to bring the most promising results of the Battery Institute closer to market.
The competition is aimed at finding the best proposal for a new open access National Battery Manufacturing Development facility.
(Source: Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy PEI, 24 July, 2017) Contact:
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Prof. Philip Nelson,www.epsrc.ac.uk; Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.innovateuk.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Battery, InnovateUK,
According to the Alliance to Save Energy, "NREL has been at the forefront of innovation, from high-performance building efficiency with research into whole building and net zero energy design, to fuel efficiency and sustainable transportation innovations."
Additionally, last March the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) presented NREL with its Technology Advancement and Industry Impact Award
for "consistently delivering on the crucial technologies that have driven the incredible expansion we've seen in each of the advanced energy industries."
(Source: NREL, PR, 24 July, 2017) Contact: NREL, Dr. Martin Keller, Director, www.nrel.gov
Alliance to Save Energy, www.ase.org;
ACORE, Greg Wetstone , CEO,, (202) 777-7584, www.acore.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL, Energy Efficiency, ACORE, Alliance to Save Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy,
With the switch to biomass pellets, the 125-MW plant's air pollutant emission intensity of nitrogenous compounds and sulfur oxides have decreased drastically.
(Source: Korea South-East Power, Korea Bizwire, Yonlap, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Korea South-East Power, www.koenergy.kr/kosep/en/main.do
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet, Woody Biomass Pellet,
Sumitomo Corporation, which owns several power generation plants in Japan, has been importing wood pellets for power generation since 2008.
Since 1994, PBEC has exported approximately 3.5 million tonnes of wood pellets to markets in Europe and Asia. This equates to more than $600 million in sales. (Source: Pacific BioEnergy Corporation , 24 July, 2017)
Contact: PBEC , Don Steele, CEO, (250) 562-7220, www.pacificbioenergy.ca;
Sumitomo Corporation, www.sumitomocorp.co.jp
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woodt Pellet, Pacific BioEnergy, Sumitomo Corporation ,
When fully operational in November 2018, the expanded IGPC plant is expected to create over $248 million per year in economic activity in Ontario and add $73 million in GDP while generating $31 million in direct and indirect wages. It will also add an estimated $85 million over 25 years in tax revenues to federal government coffers. (Source: IGPC Ethanol Inc., Various Media, 24 July, 2017)Contact: IGPC Ethanol Inc., Jim Grey, CEO, (519) 765-2575, www.igpc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News IGPC Ethanol , Ethanol,
A new Johns Hopkins' report on the university's meeting its emissions and climate change commitment through fiscal year 2016, which ended on June 30, 2016, notes that
"While total energy consumption has increased since our baseline year, we are getting more efficient per square foot. Consumption has decreased since last fiscal year, and total emissions are down thanks to conservation, efficiency gains, and improvements in our regional grid."
The report adds that since determining a baseline measure of greenhouse gas emissions in 2008, Johns Hopkins has already achieved a 35 pct reduction through energy conservation strategies.
(Source: Johns Hopkins, University News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Johns Hopkins University, Bob McLean, VP Real Estate and Facilities, (410) 516-8000, www.jhu.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Footprint, Johns Hopkins University,
The recent upgrades include two water chillers for District Energy Plant IV, an under-construction water plant that will produce chilled and hot water to cool and dehumidify campus buildings.
The chillers will hold 4,000 tons (1 million gallons) of chilled water that will serve Research Building 1 and be added to an existing underground infrastructure that serves nearly 75 pct of campus buildings. Over the lifespan of the presently under construction District Energy Plant IV the university is estimated to save $121,000 annually in operation costs.
The remaining $78,000 of the recent rebate is from automation controls installed in Student Health Services, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering II buildings. The controls use CO2 sensors that measure when more outside air is needed to balance the CO2 levels in the buildings. Vents admit fresh air as needed to reduce the demand on de-humidification equipment.
(Source: Univ. of Central Florida, Campus News, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com;
UCF, Curtis Wade, Dir. Utilities & Energy Services.(407) 823-2000, www.ucf.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy, Energy Efficiency Rebates,
According to EEC, "These projects represent innovative initiatives that provide long-term benefits to the citizens of Kentucky. Some projects build upon existing programs that have already demonstrated the value of investments in energy efficiency while other projects integrate new technologies and practices in areas that support infrastructure in local communities."
The grant funds are provided under a 2011 settlement agreement for Clean Air Act violations. The settlement required the permittee to invest in new and upgraded state-of-the-art pollution controls that will reduce pollution, save energy and protect public health and the environment. Kentucky received $11.2 million to implement environmental mitigation projects.
(Source: Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Northern Kentucky Tribune, 25 July, 2017)
Contact: Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, (502) 564-3350, www.eec.ky.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
"I really did think there was a chance (Trump) would come to his senses (and keep the U.S. in the Paris accord). But I was wrong about that." --
Al Gore, Climate Change and environmental activist, former US Vice President, Senator and Congressman , 24 July, 2017
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement, Climate Change, Donald Trump,
The beer maker is targeting the elimination of carbon emissions at its breweries by 2030 through the use of climate-friendly technologies, and engaging its value chain to reduce its beer-in-hand carbon footprint by 30 pct by 2030. The company also plans to be using 100 pct renewable energy generated electricity at its breweries by 2022.
In keeping with its commitment, Carlsberg recently joined RE100 -- a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100 pct renewable electricity.
(Source: Carlsberg, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Carlsberg Group, Anders Bering, VP Corp. Affairs,
+45 4179 1217, +45 3327 3300, https://carlsberggroup.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
In January-June 2017, smart grid companies raised $304 million while VC funding into energy efficiency technology companies totaled $242 million in 20 deals. On a quarter on quarter basis, VC funding for battery storage companies jumped to $422 million in 10 deals in April-June this year compared to $58 million in eight deals in January-March 2017. VC funding into energy efficiency technology companies fell significantly to $29 million in Q2 2017 compared to the $213 million in in Q1 2017, the report said. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, PTI, Financial Express, Others, 25 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Mercon Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, email@example.com, www.mercomcapital.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercom Capital Group, Energy Efficiency, Battery, Energy Storage, SmartGrid,
Under the IEEA scheme, between 15 and 30 technology developers and industrial companies may receive funding ranging from £150,000 to £1 million to support demonstration projects. The programme also aims to address technical and commercial challenges by providing "incubation support" and funding to increase UK expertise, exports and jobs.
The industrial sector accounts for 17 pct of the UK's total energy use, up to 40 pct of which is lost due to inefficiency in equipment, mechanical limitations and heat loss during the manufacturing process.
(Source: Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, 25 July, 2017)
Contact: Carbon Trust, UK Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, www.carbontrust.com/client-services/programmes/industrial-energy-efficiency-accelerator
With Enercon's re-entry into the Indian market, approximately 800 inactive wind turbines and a further 400 operating in curtailed mode totaling 860 MW capacity India could be refurbished and re-activated.
During Enercon's legal exclusion from the Indian market, its former joint venture partner WindWorld India illegally used Enercon's technology to manufacture wind turbines, according to Enercon.
Enercon will now supply original spare parts and required tools to Renom Energy Services, Kintech Synergy, and Powercon Ventures India, the firms that will repair and maintain the more than 6,700 Enercon wind turbines in India.
(Source: Enercon, Various Media, July 24, 2017) Contact: WindWorld India, +91 22 6692 4848, www.windworldindia.com; Enercon Gmbh, Arno Hildebrand, www.enercon.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon, Wind, WindWorld India,
A rotating-based floating solar power station combines a floating structure with ground-based solar energy generation technology which, due to its ability to track the sun's movement, could generate 10 to 20 pct more electricity than a "fixed" installation.
(Source: Hanwha Q Cells Co., Maeil Business News Korea 21 July, 2017)Contact: Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells , Solar, Solar Farm,
The Centre will investigate and develop the use of tidal power at ocean energy at sites in Strangford Lough and the North Antrim Coast in Western Scotland.
Matching funds for the project were provided by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation and the Department of Economy in Northern Ireland.
Scotland's University of Highlands and Islands, the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and the Agricultural Food and Biosciences Institute are participating in the project. (Source: Queens University, Power Technology, Others, 25 July, 2017)
Contact: Queen's University, Belfast, www.qub.ac.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy, Wave Energy,
According to Statoil, the new wind farm will be the first of many in waters too deep to anchor conventional wind turbines on the seabed.
Instead, the turbine tower is mounted on a huge, weighted tube that floats 78 meters deep in the sea and held in place by underwater mooring lines.
The 12,000 tonne, 253 meter-high towers were built in Spain and assembled at Stord in Norway.
The Hywind project costs £190 million ($337 million) and was subsidised by the British government. (Source: Statoil, BBC, Strait Times, Others, 25 July, 2017)Contact: Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, Leif Delp, Hywind Project Dir., +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil, Floating Offshore Wind, Wind,
Vattenfall and Stadtwerke Munchen (SWM) are reporting inauguration and commissioning of the 288 MW Sandbank offshore wind farm 90 kilometers west of the island of Sylt in the German Bight. The 72-turbine Sandbank project is Vattenfall and SWM's second joint project and will generate sufficient power for as many as 4000,000 German homes. p>
The investment costs for the Sandbank offshore wind farm are around . Vattenfall holds a 51 pct stake in the €1.2 billion Sandbank Offshore project while Stadtwerke Munchen retains the balance. (Source: Vattenfall, PR, 23 July, 2017) Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, Senior VP Wind, +46 (0) 8 739 50 10, www.vattenfall.com;
Stadtwerke Munchen GmbH, www.swm.de/english.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall, Offshore Wind, Wind,
Agrisoma Biosciences created Carinata oilseed specifically for sustainable low-carbon aviation biofuel production and for the production of nutritious protein for animal feed.
(Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., PR, 24 July, 2017)
Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345, www.upm.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences, Carinata, UPM,
Praj to adapt GEVO's isobutanol technology to using non-corn based sugars and lignocellulose feedstocks. The aim is to develop a process design package that will be offered for commercialization to cane juice and molasses-based ethanol plants, as licensees of GEVO's isobutanol technology. Licensing is expected to be focused on Praj plants located in India, South America and South East Asia.
Praj is working to adapt GEVO's technology to Praj's second-generation bio-refineries, enabling the production of isobutanol from lignocellulosic biomass.
Gevo is expected to be the primary off-taker, marketer and initial distributor for isobutanol produced from the plants built by Praj that use Gevo's isobutanol technology. (Source: Praj, GEVO, Others, Biofuels Int'l, 25 July, 2017)Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com; Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, email@example.com, www.praj.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo, Praj, Isobutanol,
Origin pioneered the development of bio-based chemicals, which can be processed into many products for application in global markets worth over $200-billion.
AECI and its investment will assist Origin and its partners in developing and industrializing its process for producing at least 95 pct bio-based polyethylene terepthalate plastic bottles at commercial scale as early as 2020.
(Source: AECI, Engineering News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Origin Materials , John Bissell, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.originmaterials.com; AECI, Mark Dytor, CEO, +27 (0) 11 806 8700, email@example.com, www.aeci.co.za
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic, AECI, Biochemical, Bioproduct, Origin Materials,
Haizea Wind is controlled by TecnoAranda, a Spanish wind tower manufacturer with a 400 tower per year manufacturing plant in the province of Burgos.
(Source: Port of Bilbao, Port Technology, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Port of Bilbao, www.bilbaoport.eus; Haizea Wind, TecnoAranda,
+34 947 280 000 / Fax. +34 947 280 050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tecnoaranda.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Offshore Wind, Wind Towers,
The two firms are set to develop an area off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, that reportedly has the potential for 2 gigawatts (GW) or more of capacity. The partners have deployed three meteorological buoys to measure wave and wind speeds, as well as wave direction and currents.
The two floating light and detection ranging buoys (FLIDARs) buoys and the single metocean/current buoy will be deployed for two years to gather additional project data.
(Source: BOEM, Eversource, CleanTewchnica, 21 July, 2017) Contact: BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; DONG Energy, Thomas Brostrøm, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind, BOEM, DONG Energy, Eversource,
As we reported on 26 June,
Innogy opened the 90-MW Innogy Zuidwester wind farm along the shore of the IJsselmeer lake as part of the 86-turbine, 430-MW Noordoostpolder wind power project.
(Source: Innogy Windpower, Others, CTBR, 18 July, 2017)
Contact: Noorderzijlvest, +31 50 304 8911, www.noorderzijlvest.nl; Innogy Wind, Jan Boorsma, Innogy Windpower Netherlands, +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy Wind, Innogy, Wind,
"I am not a climate change denier. I have said publicly that I don't know the answer. I am for clean air and clean water." -- Anthony Scaramucci, New White House Communications Director, March 11, 2016
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,
The project, with Oxfordshire-based CCm Research, is being undertaken at Viridor's anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Walpol. The plant treats household food waste and with the intent to add value and create new markets for the readily available waste resource."
According to Viridor, CCm Research's technology reduces carbon intensity and utilizing waste streams in the manufacture of compound fertilizer. The trial follows a successful initial project conducted over two years at Viridor's Ardley landfill site.
(Source: Viridor, Air Quality News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Viridor, www.viridor.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion, Landfill Gas, Methane,
New and modified requirements include:
solar-ready roofs and conduits;
reduction of trade-offs between building bnvelope and heating systems for energy efficiency compliance
requirement of heat or energy recovery units in all buildings;
encouraging "greywater" reuse systems;
continuous insulation requirements; energy-efficient windows and sliding doors requirements; air leakage testing and air tightness requirements, and others. (Source: Ministry of Municipal Affairs , Globe, Miller Thompson LLP, Lexolocy, 20 July, 2017)
Contact: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, (416) 585-7041, www.mah.gov.on.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero, Energy Efficiency, Building Code, Ontario Building Code,
Key additions and energy efficiency improvements include: new wall and roof insulation, thermal windows, aluminum exterior panels and sun shades, a "cool" white roof to reduce heat gain; high efficiency HVAC and new LED lighting; rooftop solar array and wind turbine capable of providing 15 pct of the building's annual energy needs; improved ventilation; energy recovery; heat pump; and others. The combination of systems makes the building 51 pct more efficient than a comparable baseline building. (Source: Burns & McDonnell, PR, 20 July, 2017)Contact: Burns & McDonnell, www.burnsmcd.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, USGBC,
REGI took sole ownership of the Emden biorefinery in January after its initial majority investment in the former Petrotec AG in December, 2016. (Source: REGI, Business Record, 20 July, 2017)
July 20, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Pres, Anthony Hulen, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, Jean Scemama, VP REG Energy Europe, (703) 822-1972, email@example.com, www.regi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group, Ethanol, REGI,
The federal government funding is aimed at further developing bioenergy crops crops that can be converted into biofuels, lubricants and other products more efficiently.
Researchers are hoping to treat the bioenergy crops themselves as factories, coming up with ways to get them to grow desired products internally, such as oils or triglycerides, rather than being turned into high-value end products later. For example, field grasses have attracted researchers' attention because they come back year after year and are efficient plants. (Source: Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Crains, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Univ. of Illinois Center for Advanced Bioenergy & Bioproducts Innovation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vijay Singh, Director, email@example.com;
Brian Jacobson, Pilot Plant Systems Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,
The company has received $32,400 as the first in a series of 3 planned energy efficiency incentive payments from Idaho Power. (Source: Baker & Murakami Produce Co., The Packer, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Idaho Power,
Baker & Murakami Produce, Idaho Power, www.idahopower.com;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power , Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Rebate,
The bill would establish and implement a comprehensive plan to ramp up renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the electrification of transportation and heating, while halting the development of fossil fuel infrastructure.
Commenting on its proposal, Environment America's energy program director Rob Sargent said: "The reality is inescapable: fossil fuels pollute our air, water and land, threatening our health and changing our climate even faster than scientists predicted. But we can have healthier communities today and a livable future for our kids. In order to do that, we need to transform how we produce and consume energy. That starts with a commitment to move toward 100 percent clean, renewable energy. The 100 by 50 bill puts forward the right goal. Clean energy is on the rise, its costs are declining. Given the environmental benefits, it should be the go-to energy option for business, utilities, government and households across the country."
Environment America is a federation of liberal U.S. state-based environmental advocacy organizations. The organization researches and advocates for environmental policies through lobbying and the mobilization of public support. (Source: Environment America, PR, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Environment America, (202) 683-1250, www.environmentamerica.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment America, Renewable Energy,
EWE Gasspeicher presently uses caverns for natural-gas storage and is looking to bring the novel redox flow "brine4power" (b4p)technology to market by 2023.
The project will be based on a process developed at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Thuringia, which employs electrolytes based on recyclable polymers dissolved in salt water.
Following testing, EWE is planning a second aboveground prototype of up to 500 kilowatts and 2.5 megawatt-hours.
(Source: EWE, EWE GasspeicherPR, gtm, 20 July, 2017)
Contact: EWE Gasspeicher GmbH, +49 441 350100, www.ewe-gasspeicher.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, redox flow battery, Battery,
According to the report, energy crops should only be cultivated on marginal land which is unsuitable for food production or housing, or has been degraded through deforestation.
The report also calls for a renewed focus on converting waste cooking oil, municipal solid waste, whisky production dregs and others into second generation biofuels.
On the downside, limiting bioenergy crop production could cause new problems. Vivergo Fuels, which converts 1.1 million tpy of feed-grade wheat into bioethanol, has previously said it could face closure if crop-based biofuels in petrol were to be restricted.
UK National Farmers Union (NFU) NFU combinable crops chairman Mike Hambly says: "This report clearly demonstrates the need for biofuels and we are pleased to see the RAENG recognise the role UK agriculture has to play in this.
The report focuses heavily on the benefits of second generation biofuels -- something the NFU has long supported -- but we caution investment into this next step will only be secured on the back of first generation fuels and the Government must recognise this in future policy making."
(Source: NFU, Royal Academy of Engineering, FG Insight, 28 July, 2017) Contact: NFU,www.nfuonline.com; Royal Academy of Engineering, www.raeng.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Crop,
The ordinance, which comes into force Sept. 18, requires
175 square-feet of solar panels per 1,000 square feet of roof. (Source: City of South Miami, AP, Various Media,21 July, 2017) Contact: City of South Miami, (305) 663-6338, www.southmiamifl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Rooftop Solar ,
The Governor said "Despite what's going on in Washington, I am committed to doing our part." (Source: NECN, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vermont Governor Phil Scott, governor.vermont.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, GHGs, Paris Climate Agreement, Climate CHange,
Pittsburgh residents are able to purchase Vivint Solar's energy systems through monthly installments or purchase them outright. The company operates in 20 US states and has installed over 100,000 solar systems.
Vivint Solar recently expanded into Virginia, as well as Vermont. (Source: Vivint Solar, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vivint Solar, Vivint Solar, David Bywater, CEO, Rob Kain, VP Inv. Relations, (801) 229-6460, email@example.com, www.vivintsolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivint Solar, Solar,
The legal actions claim the companies have deliberately sown misinformation and doubt on climate change and are at least partially responsible for related damages such as shoreline erosion. According to the City of Imperial Beach suit, "Defendants ... have known for nearly a half century that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate."
The lawsuits draw on legal precedents used against tobacco companies, which reached a U.S. settlement of $368.5 billion in 1998.
The claims allege the defendants are collectively responsible for 20 pct of total CO2 emissions between 1965 and 2015.
(Source: Canadian Press, Chronicle Herald, Various Others, 20 July, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Encana, Climate Change,
The new entity is framed by various UN initiatives and projects, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project. The initiative aims to reduce the barriers to the uptake of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly transportation energy systems that already exist. Often time the technology creates considerable environmental damage and cost reductions, although they come with upfront capital costs.
According to a statement from Ricardo following the launch of the GIA, the GIA partners will work together to address key barriers to transitioning maritime shipping towards a low carbon maritime future, focusing on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, and alternative fuels. (Source: Ricardo, Consultancy.UK, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Ricardo, Ricardo-AEA, Robert Bell, Managing Director, +44 (0)1273 455611,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ricardo, Maritime Emissions, Shipping Emissions,
"E15 is a federally approved fuel for all cars made since 2001. It boosts octane, saves consumers up to 10 cents per gallon, and improves the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and displacing toxic additives in gasoline. Consumers have recently surpassed 1 billion miles driven on the fuel, and it is now available at more than 900 retail sites across 29 states. Drivers are demanding E15, and more retailers are offering it every day.
"However, due to an outdated regulation that hasn’t been updated since 1990, gas stations are forced to restrict their sales to flex-fuel vehicles only, or remove it from sale altogether between June 1 and Sept. 15. That means that when gas prices are at their peak, consumers are denied the choice of an affordable, cleaner option for their cars.
"A vote against this bill is a vote against consumers -- it's saying that you don't trust consumers to make their own choices at the pump. In fact, Growth Energy released a survey showing that U.S. small engine owners are pleased with the performance of their fuel and find it easy to pick the best option, including regular unleaded blends of 10 pct ethanol (E10).
"This legislation is a common-sense fix that has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. We applaud the bill's champions in the Senate for keeping the focus where it needs to be -- ensuring year-round consumer savings at the pump." (Source: Growth Energy Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy, RFS, Ethanol, Ethanol Blend,
The plan roughly outlines a series of mitigation measures and actions ranging from national transportation electrification, lower speed limits, decreased parking spaces to discourage drivers and encourage the use of public transit, to increasing the country's forestry cover from 11 pct to 18 pct by 2050, all of which would contribute to a lowering of carbon emissions.
The immediate challenge is to prepare for the EU targets that Ireland will take on for 2030. The plan, in its current form, offers few details.
(Source: The Planner, July, 2017) Contact: Ireland Environment and Climate Action Ministry, +353 1 678 2000, www.dccae.gov.ie
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation, Decarbonization ,
Earlier this year, Suzlon Energy had entered into the solar energy market by winning rights to build solar projects with a combined capacity of 210MW in the Indian state of Telangana, as per a report in The Hindu.
Last month, Suzlon Energy entered into a joint venture with CLP India for a 100MW solar project in Telangana at Veltoor which is a part of the 210MW portfolio. (Source: Suzlon, CTBR, 18 JUly, 2017)
Under the terms of the contract, Vesta will deliver and install the turbines beginning in Q1, 2018 for commissioning in Q3, 2018.
Elecnor will build the wind farm under a $89.1-million turnkey contract from Spanish utility Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Haina SA (EGE Haina). (Source: Vestas, Various Media, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com;
Elecnor SA, www.elecnor.es/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas, Wind, Elecnor S,