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Subsidy-free 40 MW UK Solar Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l Report)
Hive Energy
Date: 2017-07-21
In the UK, U.K., solar energy developer Hive Energy reports receipt of planning permission from the Test Valley Borough Council to construct a 40 MW solar farm abutting its global HQ near Romsey, southern England. The project will be developed without subsidies or other forms of government support.

The approval is subject to a number of conditions, one being the restoration of the land to its original state after 25 years. The developer must also ensure that the solar farm's disruption to the ecological footprint of the farmland is minimal, and the formation of a biodiversity management plan that will allow for sheep grazing, wildflower seeding and the planting of new trees and hedgerows at the site. (Source: Hive Energy, PV Mag, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Hive Energy, Giles Redpath, +44 1794 324343, www.hiveenergy.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


"Gov. Brown's Climate Change Deal a Lesson in Compromise That Should be Studied in the White House" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2017-07-21
"(California Governor) Brown's hardball messages (on climate change and cap-and-trade), his willingness to compromise and personal dealings with lawmakers were persuasive enough for him to win arguably his biggest legislative victory as governor.

"It was a model of how to finesse controversial bills through a Legislature. And it stood in stark contrast to the bumbling we've been watching in the White House and Congress, most notably the failed, humiliating efforts on healthcare.

"The merits of Brown's (climate change - carbon emissions) cap-and-trade legislation are not the point here. Many Republican conservatives complain that it's just another tax hike on consumers. Democratic liberals grouse about a giveaway to big oil. Supporters -- the vast majority of legislators -- proudly proclaim that California is showing the world how to save the planet." -- George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 20 July, 2017)

Editor's Note: HERE, HERE -- We Couldn't agree more!

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Smartcool Drives Mercedes Dealership Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Smartcool Systems
Date: 2017-07-21
Vancouver-headquartered Smartcool Systems Inc. reports that its ECO3 energy solution product has driven in excess of 30 pct energy savings at the Mercedes-Benz, Ipswich auto dealer in the UK. The dealership is part of the Jardine Motor group.

LCS Energy, an energy efficiency and reduction services specialist, working with Smartcool engineers, installed Mitsubishi heat pumps at the Merdeces-Benz dealership site site via an OEM control card without downtime. Smartcool engineers then installed device level sub- metering to measure energy consumption through a web portal. The data showed continued savings in excess of 30 pct. Contact: SmartCool, James Martin, Bus. Dev, , (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net, www.smartcooleco3.com LCS Energy, +44 (0) 1480 470064, office@lcsenergy.co.uk, www.lcsenergy.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smartcool Systems ,  Energy Efficieny,  Energy Management,  


energyOrbit Automating PNM Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
energyOrbit
Date: 2017-07-21
In Albuquerque, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) reports it has tapped the Demand Side Management (DSM) platform from San Francisco-headquartered energyOrbit to track and report on its customer energy efficiency and rebate programs.

By leveraging the cloud-based energyOrbit platform allows seamless access to multiple parties or outside sources to submit their data electronically, all in one place. The energyOrbit platform is suitable for both small and large energy efficiency programs and can be scaled up to service substantial program growth and expansion.

By engaging with energyOrbit, similar utilities have achieved improved efficiency and DSM operational savings by as much as 75 pct. Powered on the Salesforce platform, the energyOrbit customer engagement solution is designed to provide an integrated user experience to streamline energy audits and free up administrator workloads, resulting in greater administrative focus on program strategy and implementation. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, 18 July, 2017) Contact: EnergyOrbit, Udi Merhav, CEO, www.energyorbit.com, Twitter(@energyOrbit; PNM, Pat Vincent-Collawn, Pres., (505) 241-4548, www.pnmenergyefficiency.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PNM,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Management,  


EIB Commits €4.3 Bn to Renewable Energy Worldwide (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2017-07-21
The Brussels-based European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it placed €19 billion in loans worldwide to help mitigate climate change and adapt to its impact. That sum represented 26 pct of the EIB's lending in 2016.

The EIB commits at least 25 pct of its lending portfolio to low-carbon and climate-resilient growth around the world, and in 2016 provided €16.9 billion to support environmental projects. Further, on climate action, the EIB exceeded its lending target for the seventh year in a row, providing €19 billion. (Source: EIB, July, 2017) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank ,  


EIB Lends €19Bn to Climate Change Mitigation Efforts (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2017-07-21
The Brussels-based European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it placed €19 billion in loans worldwide to help mitigate climate change and adapt to its impact. That sum represented 26 pct of the EIB's lending in 2016.

The EIB commits at least 25 pct of its lending portfolio to low-carbon and climate-resilient growth around the world, and in 2016 provided €16.9 billion to support environmental projects. Further, on climate action, the EIB exceeded its lending target for the seventh year in a row, providing €19 billion. (Source: EIB, 18 July, 2017) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News EIB,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Funding Extended (Funding)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date: 2017-07-21
The U.S. DOE reports that the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at the University of Wisconsin--Madison will receive an additional 5 years of funding to develop sustainable alternative transportation fuels from dedicated bioenergy crops such as switchgrass, poplar trees and sorghum. These bioenergy crops will be grown on marginal -- non-agricultural -- land. In its previous research, GLBRC worked with biofuels from crops grown on agricultural land. GLBRC has received a total of approximately $267 million funding for research.

Established in 2007 by the DOE Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research program, GLBRC is based at the UW--Madison's Wisconsin Energy Institute and includes a major partnership with Michigan State University (MSU). The cross-disciplinary center draws on the expertise of biologists, chemists, engineers and economists, and employs over 400 researchers.

Over 10-years, GLBRC's academic and industrial partnerships have yielded more than 1,000 scientific publications, 160 patent applications, 80 licenses or options, and five start-up companies. (Source: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstocks,  


Sault Ste. Marie Energy Storage Pilot Opening Soon (Ind. Report)
Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator
Date: 2017-07-21
New York-headquartered Convergent Energy + Power is reporting the launch of a 7-MW battery energy storage pilot project in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The project is overseen by Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which will pay Convergent to store and supply power.

Construction on the complex began in December. The facility is expected to be fully operational by mid August. The facility was built with engineering and construction support from the PUC, General Electric, Whitby Hydro, S&T Group, JB Excavators, SalDan Construction, STEM Engineering Group, WSP, and N-Sci Technologies. (Source: Convergent Energy + Power, Sootoday, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Convergent Energy + Power, Johannes Rittershausen, CEO, Robin Gray, VP Operations, (917) 508-0190, info@convergentep.com, www.ConvergentEP.com; Ontario IESO, John Cannella, (416) 506-2823, www.ieso.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Convergent Energy,  IESO,  Energy Storage ,  


SolarReserve Chilean Solar Thermal, Storage Project Approvad (Int'l)
SolarReserve,
Date: 2017-07-21
Santa Monica, California-headquartered SolarReserve, the industry leader in baseload solar power solutions and advanced solar thermal technology with energy storage, is reporting receipt of Chilean government environmental approval for construction of a 390 solar thermal power station with 5,100 mWh of energy storage.

Utilizing SolarReserve's proprietary solar thermal energy storage technology, the Likana Solar Energy Project in the Antofagasta region of Chile, will incorporate 130 MW solar thermal towers, each with 13 hours of full load energy storage. The facility will operate at a capacity factor and availability percentage equal to that of a fossil fuel fired power plant, while providing a highly competitive price of power and with zero emissions, according to the company. (Source: SolarRsereve, PR, July, 2017) Contact: SolarReserve, (310) 315-2200, www.solarreserve.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarReserve,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  


Apex Clean Energy to Manage 4th IKEA Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-07-21
Virginia-based renewable energy developer Apex Clean Energy reports it has inked a multiyear contract to operate an IKEA Canada wind project, Oldman 2, located near Pincher Creek in Alberta. Apex will provide both remote asset management and on-site facility management.

Oldman 2 incorporates 20 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines and generates 46 MW of energy for the Alberta Electric System Operator market. The Oldman 2 facility is the 12th project in Apex's asset management fleet totaling over 1.75 GW. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, NA Windpower, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy,  


Alectra Energy Solutions, AMP Partnering for Ontario Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
Alectra Energy Solutions,AMP
Date: 2017-07-21
Mississauga, Ontario-based Alectra Energy Solutions and AMP Solar Group in Port Credit, Ontario, report they will enter into a strategic relationship to develop large-scale energy storage solutions for industrial, commercial and institutional customers in Ontario. The two firms will work collaboratively to construct, operate, own and manage an integrated portfolio of distributed on-site energy storage assets that will reduce energy costs and enhance operational resiliency.

AMP develops and owns clean energy projects that include utility-scale and Distributed Generation (DG) assets in multiple markets around the world. AMP has developed, financed and constructed/contracted over 520MW of DG and utility scale energy projects since its inception in 2009.

The Alectra companies in Ontario include Alectra Inc. (Mississauga), Alectra Utilities Corporation (Hamilton) and Alectra Energy Solutions (Vaughan). (Source: Alectra Energy Solutions, PR, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Alectra Utilities, John Friesen, (844) 372-4400, (877) 517-4727, www.alectrasolutions.com; AMP Solar Group, Dave Rogers, (416) 993-6078, drogers@ampsolargroup.com, www.ampsolargroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alectra,  Energy Storage,  


REGI Lauds California Low-Carbon Fuels Standard Extension (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2017-07-21
Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) is lauding California lawmakers for approving pro-low carbon fuels legislation A.B. 398. The legislation included a ten-year extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which encourages greater use of biomass-based diesel.

"As a leading provider of lower-carbon biomass-based diesel in California and North America, REG is thankful to Golden State legislators for these forward thinking actions that will further improve California's carbon reduction efforts and help provide cleaner burning fuel for its citizens. As a long-time Californian, I have seen firsthand how the LCFS and cap-and-trade have improved our air quality and enhanced our energy security. This long term commitment will further both of those worthwhile goals and provide many more environmental and economic benefits." (Source: REGI, July 19, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, (703) 822-1972, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  


$60Mn Fraud Earns Former Biodiesel Execs. Prison Time (Ind. Report)
Triton Energy
Date: 2017-07-21
On Tuesday, the US Dept. of Justice announced that Fred Witmer and Gary Jury, the former co-owners of Fort Wayne, Indiana-headquartered biodiesel producer Triton Energy LLC, have been sentenced to 57 months and 30 months in prison for generating more than $60 million in false tax- and renewable-fuel credits.

Witmer admitted that fuel falsely designated for transportation was instead used to make fire-starter logs and for asphalt and cement production. Jury, received a 30-month sentence for conspiring to fraudulently claim tax credits and for providing false statements to the US EPA, according to the Justice Department press release. (Source: US Dept. of Justice, Various Media, 18 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Triton Energy,  Biodiesel ,  


Glacial Lakes Energy Marks 15th Year of Operation (Ind. Report)
Glacial Lakes Energy
Date: 2017-07-21
South Dakota-based corn ethanol producer Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE) is celebrating it 15th year of operations in Watertown where it recently completed a unit train shipping facility.

The Watertown plant uses more than 43 million bpy of locally grown corn to produce 100 million gpy of ethanol and 340,000 tpy of distillers grain (DDGs). GLE also operates an ethanol plant in Mina, South Dakota. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association , Ethanol Prod., 18 July, 2017) Contact: Glacial Lakes Energy, (605) 882-8480, www.glaciallakesenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Glacial Lakes Energy ,  Ethanol,  


NATSO Applauds Biodiesel Blenders' Tax Credit Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
NATSO
Date: 2017-07-21
NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, has commended Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) for introducing bipartisan legislation that would extend the biodiesel blenders' tax credit and ultimately phase it out over five years.

"We applaud Representatives Black and Kind for introducing a measure that will enable consumers to have access to cleaner-burning fuel at the lowest possible cost.

"The five-year phaseout contained in this legislation -- which mirrors policy that has been enacted for other alternative energy sources such as wind and solar -- is designed to provide much-needed policy certainty to the market. The phaseout is also compatible with congressional efforts to reform and simplify the tax code.

"By keeping the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level, it will impose downward pressure on the retail price of fuel in all markets in the United States." (Source: NATSO, July 18, 2017) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, (703) 739-8578, www.natso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NATSO,  Biodiesel,  


USDA Grants $8Mn to Address Climate Change, Environmental Impacts on Agriculture (Funding)
USDA
Date: 2017-07-21
In Washington, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is reporting the awarding of nine grants totaling more than $8 million to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The funding is made possible through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program

AFRI is America's flagship competitive grants program for foundational and translational research projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area aims to provide risk management information and tools to enable land managers to stay viable and productive, and reduce the use of energy, nitrogen, water, and greenhouse gas emissions . Since 2009, more than $150 million in research and extension grants have been awarded through AFRI in support of efforts to adapt to and minimize the impacts of climate change.

FY16 Climate Outreach and Extension grants include: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, $250,000; New Mexico State University, $249,900; Cornell University, $250,000; University of Vermont, $248,900. Climate and Land Use grants include: University of Florida, $3,414,911; University of Idaho, $3,414,911; Clemson University, $147,744; George Mason University, $35,300; and Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, $49,260.

Among the grants, a New Mexico State University project aims to increase climate change literacy while supporting both adaptation and mitigation activities for different and diverse groups through a comprehensive program. A University of Florida project will identify and test climate adaptation and mitigation in fruit and vegetable supply chains using a holistic, systems approach based on crop, economic, and environmental modeling.

(Source: USDA, PR, 19 July, 2017) Contact: NIFA, www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts , Twitter @USDA_NIFA

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


UK Carbon Footprint Shrinking, says DEFRA (Int'l Report)
DEFRA
Date: 2017-07-21
Following-up on our August 3rd, 2016 report -- UK Goods &Services Carbon Footprint Rising -- a recent report from the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) claims the UK's carbon footprint fell by 1 pct between 2013 and 2014 across both emissions associated with UK produced goods and household emissions. Overall, it means the UK's carbon footprint has shrunk by 20 pct between its 2007 peak of 1,296 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent and 2014, the latest year for which data is available.

The report identifies the UK's greenhouse gas -- carbon footprint as: CO2, methane, nitrous oxide and three fluorinated compounds.

Critics have argued that while the UK's domestic emissions have fallen sharply in recent years as the power system has shifted away from coal and energy efficiency has improved, the country's overall carbon footprint has changed less due to global supply chain emissions.

Today's statistics confirm emissions relating to the consumption of goods and services produced in the UK have fallen sharply, dropping 27 per cent on 1997, the first year for which these annual statistics were collected. Meanwhile, the proportion of the total GHG footprint generated directly by UK households has remained at around 17 per cent between 1997 and 2014, according to Defra.

On the other hand, emissions related to imports used by businesses and directly by consumers have risen by 19 pct over the same period, reflecting the country's shift towards a service-based, import-reliant economy.

The latest estimates follow a report in April which found the UK's per capita greenhouse gas emissions fell 33 pct between 1992 and 2014, while GDP grew by 130 pct over the same period. (Source: DEFRA, July 17, 2017) Contact: DEFRA, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  UK Carbon Emissions,  DEFRA,  


Greatcell Solar, JinkoSolar Ink Collaboration Agreement (Int'l)
Greatcell Solar, JinkoSolar
Date: 2017-07-21
In the Land Down Under, Canberra-headquartered Greatcell Solar Limited (formerly Dyesol Limited) is reporting a non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with Chinese PV solar panel manufacturers JinkoSolar with support from Nanyang Technology University (NTU) in Singapore.

Under the terms of the agreement, Greatcell will make available developmental Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) devices and associated information on a strictly confidential basis to enable Jinko to further evaluate the technology. Jinko's aim is to enter into a long-term agreement with Greatcell to commercialize the technology and establish large scale manufacturing. (Source: Greatcell, ABN, July, 2017) Contact: Greatcell, Dyesol , Richard Caldwell , MD, Marine Andre, +61-2-6299-1592 mandre@greatcellsolar.com, www.greatcellsolar.com; JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792, pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greatcell Solar,  JinkoSolar,  Solar,  Dyesol,  


DRAX Advancing Coal to Woody Biomass Conversion Plans (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2017-07-21
In the UK, DRAX, the operator of a coal and biomass plant in North Yorkshire, reports it is advancing it is moving forward with plans to convert an existing coal-fired power generation unit to biomass. The company produced about 17 pct of the UK's renewable electricity in the first half of 2017.

Three of the company's six generating units are currently powered by compressed wood pellets and receive support from Renewable Obligation Certificates (for two units) and a Contract for Difference (CfD) (for one unit). (Source: DRAX, Bioenergy Insight, Other Media, 20 July, 2017) Contact: DRAX Group, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com

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


Empyro Touts Fast Pyrolysis Bio Oil Production (Int'l Report)
BTG Bioliquids ,Empyro
Date: 2017-07-21
In the Netherlands, BTG Bioliquids B.V.reports that its Empyro Fast Pyrolysis Bio Oil plant in Hengelo, Netherlands, has produced a total of 15 million litres of Fast Pyrolysis Bio Oil (FPBO) fuel since its start-up in 2015.

Technip Benelux B.V. and BTG Bioliquids B.V. are currently marketing FPBO plants which can utilize a wide range of feedstocks. Connecting the two worlds of biomass and the petrochemical world is possible via this process and its product, according to Technip Benelux B.V. (Source: Empyro, Bioenergy International, July 20, 2017) Contact: Empyro B.V., +31 53 4861186, www.empyroproject.eu; BTG Bioliquids BV, www.btg-btl.com , www.btg-btl.com/en/company/projects/empyro; Technip Benelux B.V., Jan A. de Jager, VP New Technologies, +31 79 329 3600, www.technip.com/en/entities/netherlands/technip-zoetermeer

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  Empyro,  Technip Benelux,  


Northern Arizona Univ. Building Awarded LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Northern Arizona University
Date: 2017-07-21
In Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University's new Science and Health building has been rated LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council. It is the 14th ampus building to be LEED certified.

The five-story building features 54 faculty offices, 10 "interaction" spaces, 18 research labs, eight instructional labs, five classrooms and three lecture halls with a total capacity of 440 seats. (Source: Northern Arizona University, ProudGreenBuilding, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Northern Arizona University, (928) 523-9011, www.nau.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


Buildings Must be Net-Zero Carbon by 2050, says WGBS Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2017-07-21
According to the World Green Building Council's (WGBC) new From Thousands to Billions -- Coordinated Action towards 100 pct Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 report, the world building sector must operate at "net-zero carbon" by 2050. And, Since the building and construction sector is responsible for around 30 pct of global energy consumption and the associated emissions, this sector will play a significant role in finding the solutions.

In the report, World GBC calls for all new buildings to operate at net zero carbon from 2030, and 100 pct of buildings must operate at net zero carbon by 2050. The report outlines how these goals can be achieved through concerted action by business, government and NGOs. Achieving these targets would help to ensure that the worst impacts of climate change are avoided, and bring about many other political and economic benefits.

The International Energy Agency estimates that the current global building stock is 223 billion square meters, and will almost double to 415 billion square meters by 2050. According to the Global Alliance for Building and Construction, current renovation rates amount to less than 1 pct of the existing building stock each year. In order to achieve universal net zero carbon in the building sector by 2050, renovation rates must increase by 3 per cent every year starting in 2017, and must accelerate for every year of delay.

Access the report HERE. (Source: WGBC, 17 July, 2017) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Carbon,  Energy Efficiency,  World Green Building Council,  


Pinnacle Pellets Purchases 50th Andritz Pellet Mill (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Andritz
Date: 2017-07-19
Prince George, British Columbia-based woody biomass pellet maker Pinnacle Renewable Energy reports the purchase of its 50th pellet mill -- a Sprout 26LM II -- from Andritz Feed & Biofuel. The unit was manufactured at Andritz's Muncy, Pennsylvania plant.

Andritz pellet mills produce more than 50 pct of all biofuel pellets worldwide, according to the company.

Pinnacle operates seven pellet plants throughout B.C. and produces more than 1.5 million tpy of woody biomass pellets. The pellet plants are located in Houston, Burns Lake, Meadowbank, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Armstrong and Lavington. In total, we employ more than 250 people in those communities.(Source: Andritz, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Andritz, Mike Curci, Global Biomass Manager, Bertil Stromberg, (518) 745-2975, bertil.stromberg@andritz.com, www.andritz.com; Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., Leroy Reitsma, COO, (604) 270-9613, leroy.rettsma@pinnaclepellet.com, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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


ORNL Biofuels, Bioproducts R&D Receives Funding (Ind. Report)
ORNL
Date: 2017-07-19
The US DOE reports it has chosen the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) as one of four bioenergy centers to receive funding to advance a new bio-based economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. The DOE will provide a total of $40 million in initial funding for the four centers in Fiscal Year 2018, with plans for a total five years of funding.

CBI will focus on the creation of high-yielding biofuel feedstock plants, using genetic studies to accelerate the domestication of perennial plants. CBI will create biocatalytic methods for high-yield production of advanced biofuels that can be blended with existing transportation fuels. The Center will also study ways to develop valuable byproducts from lignin left over after biomass processing.

CBI will work with partners from the University of Georgia, NREL, Dartmouth College, GreenWood Resources, MIT, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, University of California-Riverside, University of Colorado-Boulder, Penn State and others. (Source: US DOE, ORNL, 17 July, 2017) Contact: ORNL Center for Bioenergy Innovation, Gerald Tuskan, (865) 576-8141, tuskanga@ornl.gov, www.ornl.gov; US DOE Office of Science, http://science.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORNL,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


"CCS Would Make Renewables, Nuclear Energy Look Cheap", says Report (Ind. Report)
Global Warming Policy Foundation
Date: 2017-07-19
"Eminent energy economist warns that carbon capture and storage will never be viable That is the stark message of Professor Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh and a former adviser to the World Bank. In a new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Professor Hughes says that claims that costs will fall quickly are unlikely to be borne out in practice and even if they are, the total investment required makes CCS little more than a utopian dream.

"And even if the technology can be made to work for gas, it would come at a price that 'would make renewables and nuclear look cheap'. This is in part because of a lack of joined up policy, as Professor Hughes explains: 'Successive governments haven't thought their policies through. The focus on renewables is making CCS -- already a marginal technology -- even less viable.' A coherent strategy could reduce carbon emissions at a fraction of the current cost by switching to gas with the option to install CCS if/when it makes economic sense."

Access the full The Bottomless Pit -- The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage report HERE, (Source: Global Warming Policy Foundation, July, 2017) Contact: Global Warming Policy Foundation, +44 2073406038, info@thegwpf.org, www.thegwpf.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Cabon Capture and Storage,  CO2,  Global Warming Policy Foundation,  


ExxonMobil, UW-Madison to Advance Biomass-to-Transportation Fuel Research (R&D)
ExxonMobil, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date: 2017-07-19
Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it and the University of Wisc.-Madison have agreed on a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. The agreement aims to build a stronger understanding of the basic chemical transformations that occur during biomass conversion into diesel and jet fuels.

Over the past two years, research has focused on a multi-step approach for converting cellulosic biomass to transportation fuels. A new approach with the potential to reduce the number of processing steps will be explored in this collaboration. This approach using solvents could potentially dissolve the entire biomass, which might make it possible to convert the whole biomass into fuel-sized molecules in a single reactor.

Another potential process involves the catalytic transformation of bio-derived ethanol into bio-derived diesel and jet fuel. This technology could potentially allow larger diesel and jet fuel molecules to be produced from renewable sources.

ExxonMobil also partners with MIT, Princeton, Michigan State, Stanford, University of Texas and Georgia Institute of Technology in a range of areas from the development of lower-carbon energy sources to energy-efficient plastics manufacturing. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 17 July, 2017) Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP R&D, for ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmoil.com; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Prof. George W. Huber,(608) 262-3571, gwhuber@wisc.edu, http://biofuels.che.wisc.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  University of Wisconsin-Madison,  Biomass,  Biofuel ,  


Bord na Mona Plans €1.2Bn Renewable Energy Investment (Int'l)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2017-07-19
In Ireland, Newbridge, Co.Killdeer-headquartered Bord na Mona, the semi-State peat and renewable energy company, reports it will invest €1.2 billion in developing major infrastructural projects in wind, biomass and other renewable energy sources over the next 13 years.

The move to renewables follows a €13 million drop in operating profits and problems following the previously reported acquisition of a horticulture business in the UK. The company is involved in Powergen, Biomass, Peat, Fuels, Waste Recovery, and Horticulture businesses. (Source: Bord na Mona Plc, STE News, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona,  


Berkeley Joint BioEnergy Institute Funding Renewed (Funding)

Date: 2017-07-19
The US DOE's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), reports it has been selected as one of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs) to share in $40 million DOE funding in support of biofuels and bioproducts R&D. The funding is part of the the Office of Biological and Environmental Research within DOE's Office of Science.

JBEI was among three BRCs established by DOE a decade ago to accelerate fundamental research in advanced, next-generation biofuels, and to make such technology cost-effective and widely available. The other two centers were the BioEnergy Science Center, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University.

To date, JBEI research has yielded 672 peer-reviewed publications, 85 licenses, 23 patents, and five startups. JBEI has contributed to many scientific achievements, including: engineering bioenergy crops to increase sugar-containing polymers and decrease lignin in plant cell walls; developing an affordable and scalable ionic liquid pretreatment technology; developing microbial routes for the conversion of biomass-derived sugars into advanced, "drop-in" blendstocks for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels. (Source: JBEL, PR, 17 July, 2017) Contact: LBL, www.lbl.gov; DOE Office of Science, science.energy.gov


Al-Corn Modernization-Expansion Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Al-Corn Clean Fuel
Date: 2017-07-19
Claremont, Minnesota-based Al-Corn Clean Fuel Co-Op is reporting that its plant expansion and modernization project is several months ahead of the scheduled July, 2018 completion. The expansion includes two 112-foot silos, two 2 million gallon ethanol storage tanks, four 75-feet tall fermenters with a total capacity 4 million gallons, and new corn storage bins.

Al-Corn, founded in 1994, grinds 17.5 million bpy of corn and produces 50 million gpy of ethanol. The expansion and modernization will expand ethanol production to 120 million gpy. (Source: Al-Corn, agrinews.com, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Al-Corn Clean Fuel , Randall Doyal, CEO, (507) 681-7100, www.al-corn.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Al-Corn Clean Fuel,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


EeMAP Energy Efficient Mortgage Website Launched (Ind. Report)
EU,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-07-19
The Energy efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative, a market-led and first-of-its-kind initiative, aims to incentivize people to purchase energy efficient properties or improve the energy efficiency of existing properties by offering preferential finance linked to the mortgage.

The initiative aims to demonstrate that energy efficiency has risk mitigation effects for lenders because of its impact in enhancing a borrower's ability to service their loan and on the value of the property which could, therefore, qualify for a better capital treatment.

EeMAP is an initiative by the European Mortgage Federation -- European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC); UK Green Buildings Council; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Ca' Foscari University of Venice, E.ON and SAFE Goethe University Frankfurt. The project has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The website also hosts a series of videos summarizing the debates held at the Kick-Off Meeting and the comments of key supporters, including MEP Bendt Bendtsen, rapporteur on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. (Source: EeMap, Lending News, 18 July, 2017) Contact: EeMAP Initiative, www.energyefficientmortgages.eu Twitter at @EEMActionPlan.

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ConEd Energy Management, Efficiency Program Extended (Ind. Report)
New York State Public Service Commission,Consolidated Edison
Date: 2017-07-19
In the Empire State, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) reports it has extended and expanded Consolidated Edison's (ConEd) Brooklyn Queens Demand Management (BQDM) program which is expected to save customers approximately $24.5 million over the life of the program.

BDQM will add additional distributed energy resources -- fuel cells, solar power, battery storage and thermal storage -- that will enable ConEd to delay additional traditional infrastructure construction and thus create savings for customers. ConEd's Energy efficiency initiatives have resulted in more than 110 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of annual energy reduction for small business hours and 27 GWh in multi-family residences and individual apartments, according to the NY PSC release. (Source: NY PSC, Energy Manager, 17 July, 2017) Contact: New York State PSC, (518) 474-7080, www.dps.ny.gov; Con Edison, Vicki Kuov, (212) 460-4600, kuov@coned.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  New York State Public Service Commission,  Consolidated Edison ,  


Pace Avenue Scores up to $1.5Mn Sunshot Funding (Funding)
SunShot Initiative,Pace Avenue
Date: 2017-07-19
The U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative reports it will award Oakland, California-based Pace Avenue up to $1.5 million as part of its SunShot Technology to Market 3 (T2M3) program. The grant will fund the development of "big data" and predictive analytics to identify homeowners, especially low- and moderate-income (LMI) homeowners, who could use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to install solar as well as make energy efficiency improvements. Pace Avenue will provide a match of up to $1.5 million for the two-year project.

The SunShot T2M3 funding program supports solar energy R&D and aims to maintain and accelerate the growth of next generation solar power technologies.

All T2M3 grants are subject to final negotiation between the awardee and recipient. (Source: Pace Avenue, PR Web, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Pace Avenue, Micah Myers, CEO CEO, www.PaceAvenue.com; SunShot Technology to Market 3 (T2M3) program, https://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/technology-market-3-t2m3

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Energy Efficiency Projects Save $54.5Mn in UAE (Int'l. Report)
Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau
Date: 2017-07-19
In its 2016 annual report, the Dubai Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau (RSB) for electricity and water notes that by the end of 2016, Dubai's accredited energy service companies have launched energy efficiency projects worth nearly $54.45 million. The projects are expected to deliver annual electricity savings of 95 gigawatt hours and water savings of 210 million imperial gallons (MIGD), and nearly 2,000 buildings will benefit from retrofitting for greater energy efficiency and savings.

The RSB also notes that power plants licensed by the RSB will constitute 18 pct of power generation capacity by 2021, with cooling accounting for one-half or more of electricity demand. The report also notes that cooling systems using recycled water for cooling consume as much as 30 pct less power than air-based cooling systems. (Source: Gov. of Dubai, dubai.ae, 17 July, 2017)Contact: Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau, + 971 4 3072024, info.rsb@rsbdubai.gov.ae, www.rsbdubai.gov.ae

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Winery Solar System to Offset 95 pct of Power Bill (Ind. Report)
SolarCraft
Date: 2017-07-19
In the Golden State, Napa-based Monticello Vineyards reports it has installed a solar system expected to offset 95 pct of its monthly electric utility bill.

The solar PV system, provided and installed by Sugarland, Texas-headquartered SolarCraft Inc. utilizes 540 SunPower 327-watt solar panels, will produce 280,000 kWh annually, and pay for itself within 7 years, according to SolarCraft. (Source: SolarCraft Inc., Energy Manager, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Monticello Vineyards, www.corleyfamilynapavalley.com; SolarCraft, (281) 340-1224, https://solarcraft.net

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Did Trump Hoodwink French Pres.? (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-19
While re-capping his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, asserted in a Sunday report by Le Journal du Dimanche that the American leader may rescind his universally criticized withdrawal of the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

The neophyte French President was apparently under "the Donald's" spell and based his judgement on a vague Trump comment "that he would try to find a solution in the coming months."

Trump will no doubt deny the comment as "fake news." We can only hope that Macron has not been deceived. (Source: Sputnik, Various Other Media, July, 2017)

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Winery Energy Efficiency, Storage Saves $15Mn (Ind. Report)
Jackson Family Wines
Date: 2017-07-19
In Santa Rosa, California, Jackson Family Wines (JFW) reports that its 2015 installation of 21 Tesla Energy Power Wall stationary energy storage systems with a total 4.2 megawatts of storage capacity, along with other energy efficiency measures, have cut energy costs by more than $15 million. They also reduced the energy and water required to produce one gallon of wine.

The company is committed to reinvesting the energy efficiency savings in onsite renewable energy. (Source: Jackson Family Wines, Energy Manager, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Jackson Family Wines, (707)544-4000, www.jacksonfamilywines.com; Tesla Powerwall, www.teslamotors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  Tesla Power Wall,  ,  Energy Storage,  


Calif. Climate Change Act Extended to 2030 (Reg & Leg)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-07-19
On Monday in Sacramento, the California State House and Senate Legislature extended the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 -- the Golen State's cap-and-trade climate change program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Act limits carbon emissions and requires polluters to acquire permits for each ton of carbon released. The program is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and is generally seen as a model for using regulatory financial pressure to encourage carbon-emitting industries to cut emission levels. The bill was supported by Governor Jerry Brown, national environmental groups and business interests seeking to limit emissions and fighting climate change. State law requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 pct from 1990 levels by 2030.(Source: The Standard, AP, Various Other Media, I, 18 July, 2017)

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CWRU Testing PERC Solar Cell Durability (Ind. Report)
Case Western Reserve University
Date: 2017-07-19
In CLeveland, Case Western Reserve University reports it has been awarded $1.47 million in federal grant funding to determine the durability of a new, more powerful solar panel design that is presently commercially available.

The new "Passivated Emitter Rear Cell" (PERC) typically boosts the output of an off-the-shelf solar panel by 10 pct. And manufacturers can make the design changes without major re-tooling of production lines. What this means for customers is that installers can use fewer solar panels to get the same level of power, lowering the overall cost of a project. Or, if space is not an issue and the budget not as critical, installers can boost the total output of a solar array. (Source: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.com, 14 July,2017) Contact: Case Western Reserve Univ., Roger French, CWRU Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Research Center, (216) 368-3655, roger.french@case.edu

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EDF Renewable Energy Acquires Nevada Solar Projects (M&A)
EDF Renewable Energy,First Solar
Date: 2017-07-19
San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy recently has announced its acquisition of two solar project presently under construction in Nevada from Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar Inc. Terms of the deal, which was announce on July 14, have not been disclosed.

NV Energy subsidiaries Nevada Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Power Co. will purchase power from the two projects. Although this acquisition is EDF's entry into Nevada, the company has developed nine gigawatts of wind, solar, biomass and biogas projects in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. (Source: EDF, San Diego Bus. Journal, Others, 14 July, 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Ryan Pfaff, Exec. VP, Tim Wheeler, Onshore Wind Development Manager, www.edf-er.com; First Solar, Brian Kunz, VP Project Dev., Steve Krum (602) 427-3359, steve.krum@firstsolar.com, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

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Duke Unveils Kentucky Solar Power Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-07-19
Charlottle, NC-headquartered Duke Energy is reporting plans to develop, build and operate three solar power plants on sites in Kenton and Grant counties Kentucky . Power from the three projects will incorporate approximately 31,500 solar panel and generate roughly 6.8 MW that will be fed onto Duke Energy Kentucky's electric grid.

Construction is expected to get underway later this summer for completion by the year end. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 14 July, 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Kentucky, Jim Henning, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

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Granite State Renewable Energy Rebates on Hold (Ind. Report)
NH Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2017-07-19
The NH Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports that due to exceedingly high demand and a long waiting list valued at $1.5 million, the state-managed rebate program for renewable energy investments is being put "on hold" at least until September. The hold order applies to the Commercial and Industrial Solar Rebate Program, as well as the Residential Solar and Wind Rebate Program, are closed to new applicants until at least September 1st.

The residential rebate program provides a one-time incentive of up to $2,500 for installation of new solar panels and wind turbines. According to the PUC, the program budget for fiscal year 2017 was approximately $2.4 million. As of May 23rd, the funds were fully reserved, and by the close of the fiscal year, on June 30th, the wait list exceeded $500,000 in potential rebates. The rebates are funded through "alternative compliance payments" assessed on electric suppliers. . (Source: NH Public Utilities Commission, NHPR, 17 July, 2017) Contact: NH Public Utilities Commission, (603) 271-2431, www.puc.state.nh.us

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Siemens Shuttering Ontario Wind Blade Plant (Ind. Report)
Siemens Wind Power
Date: 2017-07-19
Canadian-based Siemens Wind Power Ltd. reports that due to falling prices, changing demands and increasing completion, it is shuttering its wind turbine blade plant in Tillsonburg, Ontario.

The plant was commissioned 6 years ago as part of a province-wide effort to boost the province's reputation as a "renewable-energy hub." (Source: Siemens Wind Power, CBC, Others, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Siemens Wind Power, David Hickey, CEO, www.siemens.ca

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Notable Quote

Date: 2017-07-19
"It's up to you and it's up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change.

"President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris agreement, but he doesn't speak for the rest of America. We in California and in states all across America believe it's time to act, it's time to join together and that's why at this climate action summit we're going to get it done." -- California Governor Jerry Brown)Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov

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ACCIONA Acquires Balance of Ontario's Ripley Wind Farm (M&A)
ACCIONA Energy,Suncor Energy
Date: 2017-07-19
Renewable energy developer ACCIONA Energy International (AEI) reports that its Canadian subsidiary has acquired 50 pct of the 76 MW Ripley Wind Farm from Suncor Energy Inc. The Ripley Wind Farm was originally built as a joint venture by Suncor and ACCIONA in 2007. With the acquisition, AEI becomes the wind farm's sole owner and operator.

The Ripley Wind Farm near the eastern shore of Lake Huron generates sufficient electric power for 24,000 homes and has a 20-year PPA with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). (Source: Acciona, PR, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Suncor Energy Steve Williams, Pres., CEO, Sustainability Office, (800) 558-9071, info@suncore.com, www.suncor.com; ACCIONA Energy Canada, (416) 214-7040, www.acciona.ca

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Overstock HQ Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-07-19
Overstock's 231,000-square-foot Peace Coliseum global headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded LEED Gold Certification.

Features contibuting to the LEED Gold Certification include the selection of a former EPA Superfund site as the location; installation of View Dynamic Glass to reduce energy costs; a heating and cooling system that uses variable refrigerant flow technology that transfers heat energy created from an onsite data center to heat the building; water-saving plumbing fixtures; fresh air intake monitoring system; sourcing one third of the facility's construction materials from within 500 miles; sourcing nearly one quarter of construction materials from recycled components; and adjacency to a commuter rail and other public transportation. (Source: Overstock, USGBC, HomeWorld Business, 18 July, 2017)Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Overstock, (801) 947-3100, http://corporateofficehq.com/overstock-com-corporate-office

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UPM's Straw Ethanol Plants Left Blowing in the Wind (Int'l)
UPM
Date: 2017-07-19
The future of Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels' proposed straw bioethanol plants in Myllykoski and Savonlinna in southeast Finland appears to be in doubt with the reported failure of an un-named Shenzen-based Chinese investor to supply €200 million of agreed upon funding.

The Chinese investor was supposed to sign the financing agreement in March this year so that the facilities could begin production in June 2019. The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy previously awarded €30 million in grant funding to the planned bioethanol plants in an arrangement that is valid until the end of July. (Source: UPM Biofuels, Kouvolan Sanomat, Yle, 17 July, 2017)Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345, www.upm.com

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World's GHG Policies "Not Enough, " Scientists Say (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-19
New research indicates that simply reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not enough to avoid the massive costs and environmental destruction that young people are likely to face if the effects of climate change compound and worsen. The research is part of the scientific basis for legal action in Juliana et al. v. United States, filed in Eugene, Oregon Federal Court in 2015 by 21 young people, claiming the president and major government agencies are violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by failing to address climate change.

According to a just published Columbia University study by Professor James Hansen, former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies , most carbon in the atmosphere can be removed through improved forestry and agricultural practices alone, which would be comparatively inexpensive, and could enhance forest products and soil fertility. And, while reforestation and other measures to remove CO2 from the atmosphere will help, elevated fossil fuel emissions will require costly technological solutions to extract additional CO2 and prevent global warming.

However, if CO2 emissions grow at a rate of 2 pct a year -- they rose 2.6 pct a year from 2000 to 2015 -- nations would need to extract more than 1,100 gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere by 2100. This could be achieved only by using expensive technological solutions, according to the study. According to Hansen, CO2 should be reduced to fewer than 350 ppm from the current level of about 400 ppm. To do so, nations must reduce CO2 emissions by 6 pct a year by 2021, and extract roughly 165 gigatons ( 1 gigaton = 1 billion tonnes) of carbon from the atmosphere by 2100. Even if global average temperatures stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels -- the primary goal of the 2015 Paris climate agreement -- climate feedbacks could be "slowed," to the partial melting of ice sheets and resulting sea level rise. (Source: Court News, July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Climate Change,  

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Atlantic Renewable Energies' 5th Brazilian Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
Atlantic Renewable Energies
Date: 2017-07-17
In Curitiba, Brazil, Atlantic Renewable Energies reports that construction of its R$ 1.3 billion Lagoa do Barro Wind Farm Complex in Piaui state, Brazil, is now underway. At full operating capacity, the complex will incorporate eight wind farms with a total of 65 wind turbines with a total capacity of 195 MW.

The Lagoa do Barro Wind Farm Complex is the company's fifth development since 2009. The company currently has active operations in Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina -- 652 megawatts of power have already been sold.

Atlantic Renewable Energies is 100 pct controlled by the British private equity investment fund Actis, which has a growing portfolio of investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America. (Source: Atlantic Energias Renovaveis, PR, 13 July, 2017) Contact: Atlantic Energias Renovaveis, +55 41 3079-7100, http://atlanticenergias.com.br/en

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House Anti-Climate Change Amendment Defeated (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-07-17
Last Thursday in Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected an amendment proposed by Arizona Rep. Scott Perry (R) that would have blocked a requirement in the pending National Defense Authorization Act for the armed services to study the impact of climate change on the military over the next 20 years.

That requirement was included in Democratic amendment requiring each military service to identify which 10 of its bases were most threatened by the effects of climate change. That amendment passed with support from Republicans. (Source: Climate Solutions Caucus, Think Progress, Others, 14 July, 2017)

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Shell Commits $1Bn to Clean New Energies Division (Ind. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2017-07-17
Bloomberg is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell will spend as much as $1 billion per year on its New Energies division as the company expands into renewable power and electric vehicles.

Shell sees opportunities in hydrogen fuel-cells, liquefied natural gas and next-generation biofuels for air travel, shipping and heavy freight, especially in countries and regions that are not locked into coal-driven fossil fuel energy.

Shell says these regions and countries can potentially transition directly onto a less energy-intensive pathways to development but will still require fossil fuels to develop steel, cement and other energy intensive industries. (Source: Shell, Strait Times, 10 July, 2017)

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