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US DOE Promoting Zero Energy Ready Homes Program (Ind. Report)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2019-08-28
The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is touting it Zero Energy Ready Homes Program which it claims "offers a superior homeowner experience."

According to the agency, Zero Energy Ready homes last longer because its requirements combine the best of building science with the latest technologies and systems, innovative building practices, and risk management solutions.

Every certified Zero Energy Ready Home: breathes better with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality features; provides complete top-to-bottom water protection; incorporate DOE ENERGY STAR products throughout; ensures quality with independent verification, testing, and diagnostics; and delivers $10,000s of utility bill savings over the life of a mortgage, the agency release noted. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-homes; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


American Green Fuels Cutting Biodiesel Production (Ind. Report)
American GreenFuels,Kolmar
Date: 2019-08-28
In New Haven, Conn., waste restaurant cooking oil-to- biodiesel producer American Green Fuels/Kolmar, fka American Green Leaf, reports it is reducing projected production at its New Haven plant for Q4 2019. The company noted uneconomical feedstock prices and continued policy uncertainty from both Congress and the EPA were factors in its production slowdown. (Source: American Green Fuels/Kolmar, New Haven Independent, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: American Green Fuels/Kolmar, Kevin Luddy, CFO, Mikulas Gasparik, VP Operations, (203) 873-2149, www.americangreenfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American GreenFuels,  Kolmar,  Biodiesel,  


Mozambique Announces $200Mn PV Power Plant Project (Int'l.)
Mozambique,Gigawatt Global
Date: 2019-08-28
In Maputo, the capital city of of Mozambique, the government's director of Mineral Resources and Energy is reporting the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Anglican church in Niassa and Amsterdam, the Netherlands-based Gigawatt Global for the construction of $200 million photovoltaic power plant in Lichinga, the capital of Niassa province, in northern Mozambique.

The 50 MW project, which is expected break ground in September, will deliver its power production to the national grid. (Source: Construction Review Online, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gigawatt Global, +31 20 262 3893, info@gigawattglobal.com, www.gigawattglobal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV,  


TOTAL Snares French Wind Developer Vents d'Oc (M&A, Int'l)
TOTAL,Vents d'Oc.
Date: 2019-08-28
Oil major TOTAL is reporting its renewable energy subsidiary Quadran has acquired Montpeller, France-based wind developer Vents d'Oc and its renewable energy project pipeline of more than 200MW.

With this acquisition, Quadran now holds a wind, solar PV and hydro portfolio of more than 830MW. As of 1 Sept., Quadran will change its name to Total Quadran. (Source: TOTAL, Windpower, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Vents d'Oc, +33 4 67 47 86 61, www.ventsdoc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Wind,  


Vestas Claims German "Lighthouse" Wind Project (Int'l Report)
E.ON, Vestas
Date: 2019-08-28
Danish global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports receipt of an order from German utility E.ON's Avacon Natur subsidiary for a 29 MW wind power plant at a steel production facility in Lower Saxony.

The order is a "lighthouse project" due to its location and limited space on the steel producer's premises, according to Avacon Natur. To accommodate, Vestas will develop specific transportation and installation solutions as well as engineer, procure and construct turbines, foundations, roads and crane pads for the site-specific approach. The project will generate roughly 75 GWh per year -- sufficient power for over 20,000 German households. (Source: Vestas, Clean Energy Wire, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Vestas, +34 689 64 83 91, crtca@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  E.ON,  


UK Clean Alt Fuels R&D Funding Announced (Int'l, Funding)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Date: 2019-08-28
In London, the UK government reports £300 million will be spent on the development of "green" transportation.

As part of the initiative, five new transport research networks will each receive £5 million for their work developing cleaner fuels and other tech innovations to reduce emissions and improve air quality.

The new transport research networks will be led by the University of Birmingham, the University of Leeds, the University of Durham, Cardiff University and University College London with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). (Source: Air Quality News, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, +44 0 1793 444000, www.epsrc.ukri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fual,  Alternative Fuel,  Clean Transportation ,  


Quito Airport Lands Airport Carbon Accreditation (Int'l)
Airport Carbon Accreditation
Date: 2019-08-28
In Ecuador, Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport reports it is Latin America's first international airport to achieve carbon-neutral status in ACI's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

The Quito airport Operator, Corporacion Quiport, joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme in 2015 and has achieved carbon-neutral status through concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce fuel consumption, increase energy efficiency, improve water management, maintain conservation areas for flora and fauna and more. The Quito Airport's 2018 carbon footprint was calculated at 3,273 tons of CO2 emissions, a 41 pct drop compared to 2014 as the base year (5,534 tons of CO2).

The airport offsets its direct emissions by buying certified carbon credits in sustainable projects including the MANOA REDD+ Project which works to preserve 74,000 hectares of forest in Rondônia State, Brazil. (Source: TASS, World Airport, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation, +44 845 868 2708, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Airport Carbon Accreditation,  


UPM Raflatac Touts Wood-Based Polypropylene Film (New Prod & Tech)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2019-08-28
Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM Biofuels is touting "Forest Film", new product developed with UPM BioVerno naphtha, a 100 pct wood-based solution originating from sustainably managed forests.

The new product replaces traditional fossil-based virgin materials and offers an efficient way to reach sustainability goals without compromising on product performance, according to a release.

At UPM Raflatac, UPM Biofuels converts woody biomass pulp pulp production residue into renewable naphtha, a drop-in raw material for the chemical industry. (Source: UPM Raflatac, UPM Biofuels, Labels & Labeling, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: UPM Raflatac, +44 1723 583661, www.upmraflatac.com; UPM Biofuels, Panu Routasalo, +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels ,  


Navy Sinks Climate Change Task Force (Ind. Report)
U.S. Navy
Date: 2019-08-28
The Navy Times is reporting the U.S. Navy scuttled its Obama-era Navy Task Force Climate Change in March. The task force was designed to prepare naval leadership for global shifts in sea levels, melting ice sheets and ocean temperatures. Navy officials have been quoted as saying the task force's mission was "no longer needed" (under the Trump administration?).

While Trump downplayed, denied and generally ignored climate change, his Pentagon continued to follow a the task force's "climate change adaptation roadmap" to protect against catastrophic storms that put coastal bases at tremendous risk. For example, Naval Station Norfolk, in Virginia -- headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet -- sea levels have risen nearly 15 inches since World War I. The facility floods about 10 times annually, a number estimated to rise to 280 events per yearby the year 2100, according to a report by The Union of Concerned Scientists.

Former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and retired Marine Corp General and Trump Sec. of Defense James Mattis have warned against the possible catastrophic effects of climate change and the need to address it, relative to the military, but apparently to no avail. (Source: Navy Times, 27 Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Navy,  Climate Change,  


UK Investing £1.4Bn in Global GHG Emissions Fight (Int'l)
Green Climate Fund
Date: 2019-08-28
The Environmental Journals is reporting the UK will spend £1.44 billion over the next four years to help developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The UK contributed £724 million between 2014 and 2019.

Over 40 countries are currently funding similar projects through the Green Climate Fund (GCF) which has provided a total of $5.2 billion and mobilized over $13.5 billion of private sector and other co-investment for projects to reduce emissions and protect and preserve natural habitats in the developing world. GCF projects are expected to remove the equivalent of 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. (Source: Environmental Journal, Thomas Barrett, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82 32 458 6059, info@gcfund.org, www.greenclimate.fund

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Green Climate Fund,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


More RFS "Hardship" Waivers! (Ind. Report)
EPA,American Soybean Association
Date: 2019-08-26
On Friday the 23rd, the EPA announced it was granting 31 more Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) "hardship" waivers -- a whopping 31 of 38 total Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) applications for the 2018 compliance year.

In July, EPA announced biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volumes for 2021 will remain stagnant but again failed to account for the significant gallons lost because of SRE, which makes the proposed volume, in effect, a reduction for biofuels.

The waivers announced Friday evening combined with those issued for 2016 and 2017 RFS volumes brings the total number to more than 80 retroactive waivers, which significantly reduces biodiesel demand and results in billions of dollars in economic harm to the U.S. biodiesel industry, including soybean farmers.

Kentucky soybean grower and American Soybean Association (ASA) president Davie Stephens responded to the latest round saying "Of course ASA is unhappy. These exemptions undermine President Trump's pledge to support the RFS and undermine the Administration's efforts to support farmers who are already bearing the brunt of trade disruptions. EPA's decision is another blow to yet another market for soybean farmers." (Source: American Soybean Association, Daily American, Various Media, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: American Soybean Association, Dave Stephens, Pres., (314) 576-1770, www.soygrowers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  "Hardship" Waivers,  American Soybean Association,  


UK Warned of Missing Net-Zero Emissions 2050 Target (Int'l)
Science and Technology Select Committee
Date: 2019-08-26
In London, the UK the government's Science and Technology Select Committee is warning country will miss its legally binding net-zero 2050 target with "dire consequences" unless climate policies are rapidly implemented.

In its warning, the Committee notes Governments policies and efforts to reduce emissions have been undermined by "unacceptable" grant funding cutbacks and policies to improve residential and other building energy efficiency. Hitting the target requires efforts to cut carbon emissions from heating systems, improve home energy efficiency, tackle vehicle pollution, support onshore wind and solar power and sustain nuclear power without growing the industry, the report said.

The committee's report calls government to advance a previous;y imposed ban on the sale of new conventional cars and vans planned for 2040 to 2035 at the latest. It also called for moves to tackle emissions from car manufacturing, and urged greater efforts to reduce vehicle ownership, and boost public transport and car sharing, as well as walking and cycling. The report also said the government must commit now to large-scale trials of low carbon heating technology such as heat pumps, and replacing gas with hydrogen. A policy to make new homes "zero carbon", which was scrapped before it was implemented in 2016, should be urgently reintroduced, and incentives are needed to encourage people to make energy efficiency improvements, it said.

The government should also publish an easily accessible central guide for members of the public explaining what measures individuals and households can take to support the UK's emissions-cutting. (Source: UK Science and Technology Select Committee, The Independent, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: UK Science and Technology Select Committee, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_and_Technology_Select_Committee

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


Colorado 150-MW Arriba Wind Farm Project Announced (Ind. Report)
Holy Cross Energy,Guzman Energy
Date: 2019-08-26
Glenwood Springs, Colorado-based Holy Cross Energy (HCE) and Guzman Energy in Denver are reporting an agreement with NGC Partners to develop the 150-MW Arriba Wind Farm in Lincoln County, Colorado. HCE will purchase 100 MW of the project's total 150 MW output which is expected to come online in mid-2021.

Guzman has the option to commission another 50 MW in increased project size, and expand its share of the project to 100 MW. HCE's is aiming to source 70 pct of its annual energy from clean and renewable sources without increasing power costs for their members.

NGC Partners is an investment and asset management firm focused on the clean energy sector. (Source: Holy Cross Energy, Facebook, Twitter, 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: Holy Cross Energy, Bryan Hannegan, CEO, (970) 945-5491, www.holycross.com; Guzman Energy, (720) 778-2000, www.guzmanenergy.com; NGC Partners, +34 914 319 994, info@ngcpartners.com, www.ngcpartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Holy Cross Energy,  Wind,  


FP&L's Indian River Solar Power Plant Approved (Ind. Report)
Florida Power & Light
Date: 2019-08-26
Following up on our 18th January coverage, Florida Power & Light Co. (FP&L) reports its planned 74.5 MW, 476-acre solar power project in Indian River County Florida has been given the nod by the county commissioners.

The solar plant, to be named the FPL Orange Blossom Solar Energy Center, is expected to include solar panels and an on-site electrical substation. Construction is expected to get underway in 2020 for commissioning and startup in early 2021.

FPL currently operates 18 solar plants, each of which generates sufficient electric power for an average of 15,000 homes, according to FPL. (Source: FPL, TC Palm, 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: Florida Power & Light, Melanie Roger, Project Manager, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO, www.fpl.com

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


DOE Releases Annual Wind Market Reports (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2019-08-26
The U.S. DOE has released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, offshore, and distributed wind.

According to the report, the utility-scale Land-Based Wind Sector had another strong year with 7,588 MW installed during 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices. The U.S. distributed wind sector now stands at 1,127 MW from over 83,000 wind turbines across all 50 states. And the U.S. offshore wind industry has a pipeline of 25,824 MW in various stages of development. The report found:

  • The U.S. wind industry installed 7,588 MW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity to over 96 gigawatts (GW).

  • Wind industry employment is at an all-time high, supporting 114,000 jobs

  • In total, 41 states operated utility-scale wind projects -- Texas leads the nation with nearly 25 GW of wind capacity, while California, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma have more than 5 GW.

  • Wind energy provides 6.5 pct of the nation's electricity, more than 10 pct of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30 pct in Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

  • The trend of installing wind turbines that are larger and more powerful continued in 2018 and the price of wind energy being sold in long-term contracts is at an all-time low.

    The 2018 Distributed Wind Market report highlights include:

  • Distributed wind power is used at or near where it is generated, as opposed to wind power from wholesale generation, where power is sent to consumers via transmission lines and substations.

  • Employed by households, schools, farms, industrial facilities, and municipalities, distributed wind doesn't only refer to small-scale turbines; it includes any size turbine or array of turbines that generates power for local or on-site use.

  • U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 1,127 MW in 2018. This capacity comes from over 83,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

  • The trend of using larger wind turbines in distributed applications continued in 2018. The average capacity of large-scale turbines installed in distributed applications in 2018 was 2.1 MW -- almost double the capacity of turbines used in 2003.

  • Commercial and industrial distributed wind projects increased in 2018, representing 29 pct of total project capacity. Distributed wind for utility customers remained the most prevalent use, representing 47 pct of capacity in 2018.

  • Of small wind turbines (100 kilowatts or less) deployed in the U.S., turbines of less than 1 kW are contributing an increasingly larger percentage of both the total number of turbines (99 pct) and capacity (47 pct) of small wind projects.

    The 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report found:

  • The U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline grew to a potential generating capacity of 25,824 MW across 13 states, including the Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016.

  • Projects totaling 21,225 MW have exclusive site control -- a lease or other contract to develop the site. Most of these projects are on the Eastern seaboard, with one in the Great Lakes.

  • California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase.

  • The DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctions for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts brought in winning bids of $135 million indicating strong interest and confidence in the U.S. offshore wind market.

  • Offtake prices for the first commercial-scale U.S. offshore wind project -- Vineyard Wind off the coast of Massachusetts -- came in lower than expected at $65–$75 per MWh.

  • Technology trends toward larger turbines continued, with offshore turbines installed globally in 2018 averaging 5.5 MW, and turbines with capacities of 10- 12 MW coming to market in the next couple years. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office., 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


  • Vectren's RFP Responses Dominated by Renewables (Ind. Report)
    Vectren
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Evansville, Indiana-based Vectren reports its "all-source" request for proposals (RFP) to supply up to 700 MW of power has received approximately 100 proposals for various means of energy generating capacity. The RFP was issued in consideration of the company's intention to close its coal-fired A.B. Brown plant in Posey County and most of its F.C. Culley plant in Warrick County by 2023.

    According to the company's website, solar and wind generation dominated the proposals. Other proposals included combining solar power with energy storage technology. The utility originally sought to replace the coal-burning plants with an 850-MW natural gas-fueled combined cycle but the proposal was nixed by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission which suggested Vectren consider various combinations of less expensive alternatives such as renewable energy sources. (Source: Vectren Website, Evansville Courier & Press Published , 23 Aug., 20190 Contact: Vectron, 800-227-1376, www.vectren.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vectren,  Renewable Energy,  


    Avfuel Supplying Aviation SAF at Jackson Hole Demo (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel Corporation
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it will supply 7,300 gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to operators flying in and out of Jackson Hole Aviation airfield on September 3 and 4. The initiative is part of a demonstration event to encourage further commercial-scale SAF production and use.

    According to Avfuel, "We're committed to raising awareness on the viability of sustainable aviation fuel. Events like these show that the product exists, it is safe, it is simply jet fuel and it provides a great benefit to our environment. By raising awareness, we're hoping to garner commitments from more operators to use SAF and present those commitments to producers, in essence saying -- "Here are our customers. The demand is there. We simply need the supply." (Source: Avfuel Corporation, PR, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Alt. Fuels Manager, (734) 663-6466, www.avfuel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel news,  Aviation Biofuel news,  Jet Biofuel news,  SAF news,  


    UK's Isle of Wight Council Buildings Going Green (Int'l)
    Ecotricity
    Date: 2019-08-26
    The Isle of Wight Council is reporting all council building will increase energy efficiency and cut energy consumption with the use of 100 pct renewable electricity from green energy provider, Ecotricity. The one year contract will cover all council buildings, including fire stations, care homes, offices and leisure centres. (Source: Isle of Wight County Press, 26 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Corvus to Intro Battery Power in Carnival Cruise Ships (Ind. Report)
    Corvus Energy
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, is reporting its German brand AIDA Cruises has inked an agreement with marine battery and energy storage specialist Corvus Energy for the installation of lithium-ion battery storage systems onboard the AIDA Cruises fleet in 2020. The aim is to test stored battery power for emission-free ship operation for an extended period as well as to meet onboard energy needs.

    Norwegian-Canadian company Corvus Energy is a pioneer in the development of maritime energy storage systems. The introduction of battery power to ships is the latest in a series of innovations that supports Carnival's "green cruising" strategy, which includes the introduction of new technologies, approaches and investments in sustainability.

    In total, Carnival Corporation has 10 next-generation "green" cruise ships on order and is pioneering the use of ship-board Advanced Air Quality Systems "scrubbers" , the CO2-free production of liquefied gas from renewable sources through its "Power-to-Gas" project, and the use of LNG fuels. (Source: Carnival Corp., PR, 26 Aug., 2019)Contact: Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, Pres. & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, spuchalski@corvus-energy.com, www.corvus-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Corvus Energy,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Biden's Climate Plan in a Nutshell (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-26
    US Democratic former V.P. and 2020 presidental hopeful Joe Biden, like every candidate, has released his plan to address the climate change crisis.

    Biden's $1.7 trillion plan calls for a $400 billion over ten years investment in R&D targeted at: grid-scale storage; small modular nuclear reactors; zero net energy buildings; using renewables to produce carbon-free hydrogen; decarbonizing industrial heat needed to make steel, concrete, and chemicals; leveraging agriculture to remove carbon dioxide from the air; and sequestering carbon dioxide from power plants deep underground. A climate adaptation agenda.

    Biden's plan has all the usual "shoutouts to climate justice and protection for fossil-fuel workers who lose their jobs" and a program to "rally the world" to address climate change and reach zero-emissions by 2050. See the former Vice-President's website for details. (Source: Mother Jones, 24 Aug., 2019) Contact: Joe Biden, www.joebiden.com/climate

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Climate Action Network Questions G7 Climate Commitment (Int'l)
    Climate Change,Climate Action Network Canada
    Date: 2019-08-26
    In its report on the recent G7 meeting, the Ottawa-based Climate Action Network, a global association of more than 1,300 climate groups, notes that the world's wealthiest countries -- including Canada -- are lagging instead of leading and need to do more in the fight against global warming.

    The report also notes Canada's current policies are consistent with global warming exceeding 4 C compared to pre-industrial levels, more than twice the stated goal of the Paris agreement of staying as close to 1.5 C as possible. The U.S. and Japan are also both in the 4 C category, while France, Italy, Germany and the UK -- the other four G7 members -- have policies consistent with more than 3 C in warming.

    The Climate Action Network ranks Canada's climate plan as having the same impact on global warming as the policies of the United States, where President Donald Trump has rejected the Paris agreement. Even so, the report applauds Canada's plan to eliminate coal as a source of electricity by 2030, the national price on pollution and the goal to stop selling combustion-engine cars by 2040. But it says all of the government plans "remain insufficient to meet Canada's targets and the Paris Agreement." Canada's current targets call for cutting emissions 30 pct of 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Climate Action Network, Canadian Press, 24 Aug., 2019) Contact: Catherine Abreu,Exec. Dir., (855) 254-6638, nhattan@climateactionnetwork.ca, www.climateactionnetwork.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Action Network,  Climate Change,  Canada Climate Change,  


    LONGi Solar Scores PV ModuleTech AA-Bankability Rating (Int'l)
    LONGi Solar
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Xi'an, China-based LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd, reports it has achieved AA-Rating status, in the first quarterly release of PV-Tech's new PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings.

    The PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings system is the solar industry's first qualified tool that allows investors to understand and benchmark solar module suppliers. The analysis tracks a wide range of manufacturing and financial performance metrics, combining these to generate an overall bankability score between 0 and 10. Companies are then graded across nine risk categories from AAA-Rated (most bankable) to C-Rated (high risk). The system evaluates the investment risk -- financability -- rating for all PV module manufacturers, which combined with manufacturing capacity and financial health scores. At present, no company has been rated AAA and the Top 4 companies are all rated AA.

    LONGi is one of China's leading solar manufacturers, with a fully vertically integrated monocrystalline supply chain from silicon ingot, wafer, cell to module. The company's cell and module capacities will reach 10GW and 16GW respectively by the end 2019, and are expected to reach 15GW and 25GW at the end of 2020. (Source: LONGi Solar, PR, TASS, 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: LONGi Solar, Dr. Lv Jun, VP, + 86-021-6104 7380, Ted Yang, +86-153-886-37121, en.longi-solar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Longi Solar,  Solar,  


    Amazon Wildfires -- Notable Quotes
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-26
    "We will never save the rain forest until a living tree is worth more to Brazil than an incinerated one." -- Johan Eliasch, The Telegraph, 25 Aug., 2019

    "The fires raging in parts of the Amazon rain forest are symptomatic of a 'climate emergency which does not know international boundaries. The Amazon is a global resource as well as a national one." -- The Bishop of Salisbury, Nick Holtam, Church Of England Environmental Affairs Leader

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  


    Ohio Dumps Renewables Portfolio, Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)
    Ohio
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Last Friday in Columbus, the Ohio State Republican-dominated legislature easily passed, and Gov. Mike DeWine (R) quickly signed, HB 6 which subsidizes First Energy's Davis-Bessie and Perry nuclear power plants to the tune of $150 million. The bill also supports two aging coal-fired power plants and dismantles Ohio's 10-year-old Renewable Portfolio Standards and Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, both of which mandated the growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    The Renewable Portfolio Standard required Ohio electric utilities to generate 12.5 pct of their energy from renewables by 2027 and reduce electric energy consumption by 22 pct by increasing efficiency. (Source: Various Media, Athens Messenger, 25 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ohio Coal.Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Porsche Carbon Offsetting Tool Offered in N. America (Ind. Report)
    Porsche
    Date: 2019-08-26
    German automaker Porsch AG is touting the launch of Porsche Impact aimed at helping its North American customers lower their carbon footprint.

    Porsche Impact is a web-based emissions calculator that allows Porsche owners to assess and compensate for CO2 emissions, based on mileage and average fuel consumption. Customers can then follow a quick link to make financial contributions to environmental projects designed to offset their individual carbon footprint.

    Porsche Impact users can choose from four different internationally certified projects to support. The available programs are focused on forest protection in the U.S., hydropower in Vietnam, solar energy in Mexico, and habitat preservation in Zimbabwe.

    The Porsche Impact offset programs are managed by South Pole, a Swiss-based provider of carbon offsetting projects and sustainability financing that has been active internationally for more than a decade. Impact has been available to customers in Germany, the UK, and Poland since late 2018. (Source: Porsche AG, PRN, 25 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Consumers Willing to Pay More for Net-Zero Energy (Ind. Report)
    Propane Education & Research Council
    Date: 2019-08-26
    A recent survey by the Propane Education & Research Council of 2,200 U.S. adults planning to purchase, remodel or build a home, found most have a favorable opinion of Net-Zero Energy (NZE) homes. Of those surveyed, 83 pct of purchasers would consider an NZE home even if it meant paying more -- cost savings and environmental benefits of NZE homes being the prime motivation.

    Of the survey respondents planning to remodel their existing homes, 81 pct said they'd be willing to pay 20 pct to 30 pct more on the cost of their projects to achieve NZE.

    Construction professionals estimate, on average, that it would cost 36 pct more for a home to meet ZNE standards compared to a standard home. (Source: Propane Education & Research Council, Realty Business News, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: Propane Education & Research Council, www.propane.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  


    German Ministry Calls for Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Int'l)
    Energy Incentives
    Date: 2019-08-26
    In Bonn, the German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community is supporting the introduction of tax incentives for residential energy efficiency upgrades and renovations. According to the Ministry, tax incentives for home heating systems, insulation and water heating should be possible but would mean at least €1 billion loss in tax revenues.

    Previously, the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU, proposed the issuance of climate bonds with a guaranteed interest rate for citizens who want to invest in climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovations. A premium payable to home owners for scrapping inefficient furnaces, hot water heaters and major appliances was also proposed. Federal interior minister Horst Seehofer previously proposed making the climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovation of older buildings tax deductible. (Source: Merkur, Clean Energy Wire, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Ministry_of_the_Interior,_Building_and_Community

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Incnetives,  


    Trump Ups RFS Biofuels Quota to Placate Farm States (Ind Report)
    Trump. EPA
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Bloomberg is reporting President "The Donald" Trump, seeking to avoid political fallout in U.S. farm states essential to his re-election, last week ordered federal agencies to change, or simply rescind, many of the 80 or more recently issued "hardship" waivers relieving some oil refineries of requirements to use biofuel such as corn-based ethanol.

    Trump and his team have since apparently decided they wouldn't, or couldn't make changes to just-issued waivers without risking the wrath of the oil companies, which may also be crucial to his reelection plans. And so, to resolve his self inflicted predicament, Trump has ordered a boost in biofuels quotes to make up for expected exemptions beginning in 2021. In other wards, The Donald is trying to cover his political butt while siding with the farmers and at the same time ignoring his previous commitments to the ethanol sector.

    As previously noted, "hardship" waivers were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source: Bloomberg, 26 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  EPA,  RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


    Florida PSC Reconsidering Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Florida Public Service Commission
    Date: 2019-08-26
    At the urging of Sarasota, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, St. Petersburg and other cities and county governments, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is reportedly considering the re-establishment of energy-efficiency standards that would require utilities to take basic steps to reduce energy waste.

    State-mandated utility energy efficiency programs in the Sunshine State were virtually eliminated several year ago. Consequently, Florida has some of the weakest energy-efficiency standards in the country, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). (Source: Florida Public Service Commission, Herald-Tribune, Meg Lowman, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: Florida Public Service Commission, (800) 342-3552, www.psc.state.fl.us: ACEEE, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ACEEE,  


    USDA Invests in Energy Efficiency Improvements ... Seven Businesses In New Mexico Among Recipients
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2019-08-25
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Bette Brand has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants for projects in all states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions. Under today’s announcement, USDA is investing $9.3 million through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the nation. Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019. USDA will make additional funding announcements in the REAP program in coming weeks. Recipients can use REAP funding for a variety of needs, such as conducting energy audits and installing renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar. Funds also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration. This announcement includes, seven businesses in rural New Mexico that received funding to purchase energy saving systems. Listed below are the REAP investments made for seven rural businesses in rural New Mexico: • CIA Inc. an insurance company in Ruidoso will receive $9,236 to install a solar array system at that company's building, which will save $1,849 in the company's electric bill every year. • Conley's Lumber Mill in Española will receive $7,897 to install a solar array system at the lumber mill. By installing the solar power system, the company will save $1,857 per year in electricity, which is a 100 percent of the electricity used by the lumber mill for its business. • Four Peaks Energy LLC of Sunland Park will receive $20,000 to upgrade its lighting, HVAC system, and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) (connected to motors) insulation upgrades, and an environmental shade screen at the Camino Real Landfill Facility. This project will save $17,638 per year in electricity costs. • Pamela N. MacArthur of Rancho De Taos will receive $2,811 to install a solar array system for her horse boarding facility. The solar array will save $529 per year in electricity costs, which is equal to 103 percent of the yearly energy usage for the business. • Joseph J. Mathieu of Deming will receive $7,500 to install LED lighting and energy efficient windows at his Denny’s Restaurant. By installing the energy efficient systems $9,987 in electricity will be saved yearly. • Roxie Properties LLC of Santa Rosa will receive $18,711 to install a solar array system at the El Rancho Motel. The new solar power array will save $5,122 per year in electricity costs for the business. • Taos Veterinary Clinic PC of Taos will receive $ 11,021 to install a solar array system. By installing the solar panels, the business will save $3,796 per year in electricity or a 103 percent of the electricity used by the veterinary clinic.

    To view the report in its entirety, view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB). USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. (Source: USDA, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Rural Development news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Illinois Coal-Fired Power Plants Getting the Axe (Ind. Report0
    Vistra Energy
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Irving, Texas-headquartered Vistra Energy are reporting it and its subsidiaries will be shuttering four Illinos, coal-fired power plants -- Coffeen Power Plant, Duck Creek Power Plant (in Canton), Havana Power Plant, and Hennepin Power Plant -- in order to comply with the Illinois Pollution Control Board's (IPCB) recently approved revisions to the Multi-Pollutant Standard rule.

    The Multi-Pollutant Standard rule regulates emissions and calls for a reduction in annual mass caps for SO2 and NOx, requiring the company to permanently shut down 2,000 MW of capacity from the eight MPS group of plants by the end of the year, pending approval by grid operators -- Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and PJM Interconnection, and approval of the termination of certain tariffs by FERC. The revised rule also requires adjustments of these annual caps as additional power plant units are shut down or transferred. As a result, the retirement of the four plants will further reduce annual allowable SO2 and NOx emissions in the MPS group of plants, driving total allowable emissions down by 57 and 61 pct respectively. CO2 emissions will also be significantly reduced by approximately 40 pct relative to 2018 levels. (Source: Vistra Energy, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, www.vistraenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vistra Energy,  Coal,  CO2,  Emissions ,  


    Syzygy Raises 5.8Mn for Renewables-Powered Reactor (Funding)
    Syzygy Plasmonics Inc
    Date: 2019-08-23
    In the Lone Star State, Houston area-based 2017 startup chemicals firm Syzygy Plasmonics Inc. reports it has raised $5.8 million in Series A funding to continue work on a photocatalytic chemical reactor that runs on light from renewable power rather than heat from burning fuel.

    Syzygy's technology is based on technology licensed from Rice University in Houston, and is the world's highest performance photocatalyst and the cost and carbon emissions in the production process for various major chemicals such as fuel, fertiliser and plastic. according to the company. (Source: Syzygy Plasmonics Inc. Renewables Now, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Syzygy Plasmonics Inc., Trevor Best, CEO, info@plasmonics.tech, www.plasmonics.tech

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Syzygy Plasmonics,  ,  


    Habitat Energy Awarded UK Battery Energy Storage Deal (Int'l Report)
    Habitat Energy
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Oxford, UK based start-up Habitat Energy reports it has been selected operate a 40-MW battery storage facility, which is currently under construction in the UK on behalf of clean energy asset investor Arlington Energy. Habitat will provide optimization services for the installation through its algorithmic trading platform and facilitate its marketing.

    The system will be registered as a balancing mechanism (BM) unit and will be one of the UK's largest such systems when it comes online in October.

    The company is also involved in a 50-MW Oxford battery project with Pivot Power, which is planned for completion in 2020. (Source: Habitat Energy, Various Media, 20 Aug, 2019) Contact: Habitat Energy, Dr. Andrew Leurs, CEO, +44 (0)1865 261 470, www.habitat.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Habitat Energy ,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    Gexa Energy Switches to 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Gexa Energy,NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Houston-based electric power retailer Gexa Energy LP reports it is proceeding with its plans to provide 100 pct renewable energy to residential customers at no additional cost.

    As a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, the world's largest generator of wind and solar energy, Gexa Energy operates more than 17,000 MW of wind and solar generation in North America and has over $20 billion invested in clean, renewable energy technologies. (Source: Gexa Energy LP, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gexa Energy LP, Brian Lundrum, Pres., (866) 329-4392, www.GexaEnergy.com; NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gexa Energy,  NextEra Energy Resources,  Renewable Energy,  


    Stony Brook Scores $79Mn for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
    Stony Brook University ,New York Power Authority
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Stony Brook University, part of the SUNY system, is reporting receipt of $79 million in comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades funding from New York State.

    The improvements, part of an initiative by SUNY and the New York Power Authority, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28,000 tpy and save the university roughly $6 million per year in energy and maintenance costs, according to a release.

    Funded energy efficiency upgrades include: lighting, HVAC, and building management systems in various campus buildings such as residence halls, science buildings and hospital.

    The university previously received more than $500,000 in energy efficiency rebates from PSEG Long Island, according to the statment. (Source: Stoney Brook Univ., Long Island Business News, Aug., 2019) Contact: Stoney Brook University, www.stoneybrook.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stony Brook University ,  SUNY,  New York Power Authority,  


    dynaCERT Touts Fuel, Emissions Reduction Technology (Ind. Report)
    dynaCERT
    Date: 2019-08-23
    York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERTdynaCERT Inc.-- the CERT in dynaCERT stands for Combustion Emission Reduction Technology -- reports it is advancing global sales of HydraGEN™ (HG), the next generation of Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for diesel engines.

    Independent TUV testing of dynaCERT HG units confirms emission reduction in NOx of 55 pct, CO of 50 pct, and particulate matter of 75 pct, all while saving fuel, providing better torque, and lowering maintenance costs, according to the company.

    dynaCERT has also initiated Carbon Credit applications for its HG Technology and engaged UK-based International Environmental Partners Ltd for that effort. (Source: dynaCERT, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: dynaCERT Inc., Jim Payne, CEO, (416) 766-9691 x 2, jpayne@dynaCERT.com, www.dynaCERT.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News dynaCERT,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  


    NaiKun Wind Inks "Indicative" Offhhore Wind Agreement (Ind. Report)
    NaiKun Wind Energy Group
    Date: 2019-08-23
    In British Columbia, Vancouver-based NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. reports the inking of an "indicative offer" with an unnamed major offshore wind development company to develop wind resource in Hecate Strait, a few kilometers east of Haida Gwaii island, within the traditional territory of the Haida Nation. A definitive agreement is expected within the next few weeks, subject to shareholder, regulatory and TSX Venture Exchange approval.

    Under the terms of the agreement, the offshore wind developer will provide technical expertise, dedicated financial resources, and establish a framework for a long-term relationship. of the strongest and most consistent in the world. (Source: NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc., PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc., Mike O'Connor, President & CEO, 604-631-4483, moconnor@naikun.ca, www.naikun.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NaiKun Wind Energy Group ,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Notable Quotes -- Iowa Congresswoman Axne calls for EPA "Hardship" Waivers Investigation

    Date: 2019-08-23
    "I remember hearing the president say that he's the best thing that happened to farmers, as a matter of fact, that's a joke, he's creating problems that are hurting our farming community."

    "What we're seeing with this administration is a dogged approach to allow the biggest fossil fuel players an opportunity to put more money back into the pockets of their large shareholders and take that money from the pockets of hard-working farmers right here in Iowa ... making sure that we protect the ethanol industry and stop issuing these waivers that aren't needed, that are unnecessary and don't benefit anybody but these large fossil fuel companies." -- Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) (Source: KMTV Omaha, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: Congresswoman Cindy Axne, www.axne.house.gov


    juwi's Rhineland-Palatinate Wind Park Work Underway (Int'l Report)
    juwi Group, Vestas
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Worrstadt-based German renewable energy developer juwi Group reports pre-construction -- site preparation -- work is underway at the site of its Lauda-Koenigshofen wind project in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Wind tower foundations excavation work is slated for Sept. with plans to have two Vestas V126-3.45 MW turbines installed and commissioned by year-end.

    When fully operational, the wind farm is expected to generate an estimated 17.5 million kWh per year of electric power -- sufficient for as many as 5,300 local households. (Source: juwi Group, Renewables, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: juwi group, Christian Hinsch, Communications, 011 +49. (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, hinsch@juwi.de, www.juwi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News juwi Group,  Vestas,  German Wind,  Wind,  


    Oklahoma Follows Only Texas Nat. Wind Energy Growth (Ind. Report)
    Environment America Research & Policy Center,Frontier Group
    Date: 2019-08-23
    According to the just released Renewables on the Rise 2019 -- A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group, Oklahoma, with over 70 entities selling electricity, played second fiddle only to Texas when it came wind energy power generation. The report also noted the Sooner State was among the top 20 states when it comes to energy efficiency improvements over the past decade.

    at the Environment America Research & Policy Center, one of the entities that generated the report, attributed Oklahoma's ranking in that category to energy efficiency programs offered to Oklahoma customers. The report notes that the continuing decline in per-capita energy consumption and the drop in renewable energy costs and prices have fostered continued growth in the wind energy sector, and is expected to continue doing so. (Source: Environment America Research & Policy Center, The Oklahoman, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Environment America Research & Policy Center, Rob Sargent, Energy Program Director, www.environmentamericacenter.org; Frontier Group, www.frontiergroup.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment America Research & Policy Center ,  Frontier Group,  Wind,  Oklahoma Wind,  


    NYSERDA Launches Second Phase of Home Energy Efficiency Rating Pilot (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Following up on our March 4th coverage, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the launch of the second phase of its multi-year Home Energy Rating Pilot (Pilot), the first phase of which was launched in February, 2019.

    Under the programme, licensed home inspectors will deliver home energy ratings to home buyers as part of the pre-purchase inspection -- an independent third-party examination report detailing the condition of a home. The aim is to help purchasers understand the efficiency, comfort, and value of the home they are considering purchasing.

    Home energy ratings are similar to vehicle miles per-gallon ratings, providing easy-to-understand visual reports that provide insight into how a home performs in areas like insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling efficiency, and water heating efficiency. With nearly 60 pct of home buyers considering a property that needs renovating, a home energy rating can provide a roadmap of energy efficiency opportunities that can be made after the purchase is complete.

    Under the NYSERDA program, two home energy rating systems will be piloted: the US DOE Home Energy Score and the Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. The pilot is being implemented in four phases through 2020.

    Programme funding is from the state's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Pearl Home Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557-5543, www.pearlcertification.com; US DOE Home Energy Score, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/home-energy-score

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pearl Home Certification,  NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


    SaskPower's Boundry Dam CCS Unit Reports Strong July (Ind. Report)
    Boundary Dam,SaskPower
    Date: 2019-08-23
    On the Canadian Prairies, SaskPower and the Estvan Mercury are reporting the carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at SaskPower's Boundary Dam Power Station captured 80,530 tonnes of CO2 in July -- an average of 2,598 tpd with a peak one-day capture rate of 2,871 tonnes.

    The 80,530 tonnes of CO2 captured in July marked about 80 pct capacity for CO2 for the second consecutive month. The 12-month average for tonnes of CO2 captured was 51,297 tonnes, or about 51 pct.

    Since start-up in October 2014, the facility has captured over 2.8 million tonnes of CO2. (Source: SaskPower, Estevan Mercury, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  CCS,  Boundary Dam,  


    Think Tank Warns of Carbon Tax "Carbon Leakage" (Ind. Report)
    Fraser Institute
    Date: 2019-08-23
    A recently released study from the Canadian think tank, the Fraser Institute, contends Canada's federal carbon tax will increase production costs in certain key sectors and could trigger "carbon leakage" -- a phenomenon where firms relocate industrial activity to countries with less-stringent climate policies.

    According to the study, the federal carbon tax, which is set to reach $50 per tonne in 2022, will increase the cost of energy and make some Canadian businesses less competitive compared to firms in other countries including the U.S..

    The study identifies petroleum and coal-product manufacturing sector (which will see costs increase 24.8 per cent due to the federal carbon tax), agriculture chemical manufacturing (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.), basic chemical manufacturing, cement and concrete product manufacturing, and primary metal manufacturing as the most vulnerable to waning competitiveness and carbon leakage.

    Access the report HERE (Source: Fraser Institute, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Fraser Institute, Elmira Aliakbari, Dir. of Natural Resource Studies, (514) 281-9550, www.fraserinstitute.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraser Institute,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Leakage,  


    ComTech Snares Alt. Fuels Dispenser Specialist Kraus Global (M&A)
    Comtech Energy, Kraus Global
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Toronto-based compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure developer ComTech Energ reports acquisition of a controlling interest in Winnipeg-headquartered alternative fuels dispenser manufacturer Kraus Global Ltd.

    ComTech designs, builds and maintains CNG fueling infrastructure across Canada under the "Swift Fuel Solutions" moniker,

    Kraus designs and manufactures transportation fuel dispensers, components and electronics for various types of alternative fuels. More than 6,000 Kraus dispensers have been installed in over 30 countries around the world. (Source: ComTech Energy, Yahoo, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: ComTech Energy, www.comtechenergy.ca; Kraus Global, www.krausglobal.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CNG,  Alternative Fuels,  


    Irish Bio-coal Developer Raises £ 2Mn (Int'l. Report, Funding)
    Silform Technologies
    Date: 2019-08-23
    On the Emerald Isle, Belfast-based Silform Technologies reports it has raised £2 million ($2.5 million +-) from the Bank of Ireland to establish a pilot factory in Northern Ireland for its unique process that turns coal mine waste into industrial fuel.

    Silform's technology includes a formula and process that process coal mine waste into a water resistant pellet fuel. The company is also developing a pellet that mixes 30 pct biomass "biocoal" with 30 pct less CO2 emissions compared with traditional coal and 70 pct more calorific value compared to pure wood Biomass pellets.

    The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund (NI) fundg will establish the plant and also scale-up R&D on broader applications of the technology and products. (Source: Silform Technologies, PR, Irish Times, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Silform Technologies, +44 28 9446 3759, www.silform.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Silform Technologies,  Coal,  Bio-coal,  Biomass,  


    Philly Switching 100,000 Streetlights to "Smart" LEDs (Ind Report)
    Philadelphia Energy Office
    Date: 2019-08-23
    In the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Energy Office reports it will issue a call for vendors to convert all 100,000 city streetlights to energy efficient LEDs over a two to three year time frame. The aim is to reduce the city's carbon footprint and to lower the city's $15 million annual street lighting expense by 40 pct. The LED conversion is expected to cost between $50 million to $80 million, which would likely be covered by a bond issue. (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Office, Adam Agalloco, Dir., www.phila.gov/departments/office-of-sustainability/about/energy-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  LED Streetlight,  ,  


    Velocys' Altalto Planning UK Waste-to-Jet Fuel Plant (Int'l Report)
    Altalto Immingham,Velocys
    Date: 2019-08-23
    In the UK, Velocys subsidiary Altalto Immingham Limited reports it is collaborating with British Airways and Shell on the development of a waste-to-jet fuel project at its site in Immingham, North East Lincolnshire.

    Velocys is leading the project and is supplying the central processing unit -- micro-Channel Fischer-Tropsch reactors with the proprietary Velocys Actocat catalyst.

    The plant would process more than 500,000 tpy of non-recyclable household and commercial solid waste destined for landfill or incineration into more than 60 million llpy (15.85 million gpy) of cleaner-burning sustainable jet and road fuel. Velocys' technology will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 pct for every tonne of sustainable jet fuel that replaces a tonne of conventional fossil fuel.

    Subject to planning, funding decisions and regulatory approvals, the plant is expected to break ground in 2021 for full production in 2024. British Airways intends use jet fuel produced at the plant. (Source: Altalto Immingham, Green Car Congress, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Altalto, www.altalto.com; Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Altalto Immingham,  


    Trump Dumps on Auto Giants for Backing Stricter Vehicle Emissions Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Trump
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford would be "very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn't work as well, because execs don't want to fight California regulators" (over vehicle emissions legislation).

    "The Legendary Henry Ford and Alfred P. Sloan, the Founders of Ford Motor Company and General Motors, are 'rolling over' at the weakness of current car company executives willing to spend more money on a car that is not as safe or good, and cost $3,000 more to consumers. Crazy! -- President "The Donald" Trump, Aug., 2019.

    Ford, GM, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen -- which interestingly was recently paid a more than $10 billion fine for deliberately skewering their vehicle emissions tests and cheating on excessive emissions levels -- have all struck a voluntary deal with California on emissions rules, defying Trump's bid to strip the state of its right to fight climate change by setting its own standards. According to California attorney general Xavier Becerra, Trump's proposed rules would create an extra 540 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases. (Scource: City A.A., 22 Aug., 2019)

    Editor's Note: It's hard not to ask -- "When will the Trump circus end?"

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Trump,  


    IFC, Bank Windhoek Introduce Green Building Software (Int'l.)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2019-08-21
    In Namibia, Bank Windhoek and the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) are reporting the joint introduction free to use Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) green building certification system for emerging markets.

    Developed and created by the IFC, EDGE is a measurable way for builders to optimize their designs, leading to a more investment-worthy and marketable product. EDGE helps project design teams and owners identify and assess the most cost-effective ways to incorporate energy and water saving options into nuilding projects.

    In December 2018, Bank Winhoek and IFC collaborated to develop the Bank's Green Bond Framework for the Green Bond. The Bank obtained additional sources of funding for its green lending activities by raising funds in the debt market through a local Green Bond issuance, of which the proceeds will be used solely to finance eligible green projects and assets throughout Namibia. (Source: IFC, Bank Windhoek, New Era, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Bank Windhoek, www.bankwindhoek.com.na; World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation ,  


    Russian, S. African Towns Tagged World's Top SO2 Emitters (Int'l.)
    NASA, Greenpeace India,Eskom
    Date: 2019-08-21
    Just issued US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite data has identified the world's anthropogenic sulphur dioxide (SO2) emission "top hot spots -- Russia's Norilsk smelter complex inside the arctic circle and Kriel, a coal town in South Africa's eastern coal mining province. The NASA data was commissioned by Greenpeace India.

    Norilsk, 186 miles inside the Arctic Circle, is home to Norilsk Nickel, the world's leading nickel and palladium producer. The company is reportedly implementing a major effort to deal with environmental issues and to slash SO2 emissions by 75 pct from 2015 levels by 2023.

    The South African town of Kriel is the site of state-owned power utility Eskom's 2,850 MW Kriel Power Station and two other nearby coal-fired plants, as well a Sasol owned coal-to-liquid plant. Eskom operates a fleet of aging coal-fired plants and is reportedly struggling to meet its emissions targets.

    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) South Africa is among the world's top 10 coal producers with an estimated 3.5 pct of the world's coal resources. (Source: NASA, Voice of America, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Greenpeace India, www.greenpeace.org/india/en; NASA, www.nasa.gov; Eskom, www.eskom.co.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Greenpeace,  SO2,  Eskom,  Coal,  

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