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Chevron Reaches Million Ton Australian CCS Milestone (Int.l. Report)
Chevron
Date: 2020-02-14
In the Land Down Under, Chevron is reporting it has passed a milestone of one million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions captured and sequestered underground at its $2.5 billion Gorgon Island LNG plant in Western Australia.

When fully operational, the CO2 capture system is expected to reduce Gorgon's greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 pct -- more than 100 million tonnes over its life. (Source: Chevron, Financial review, 15 Feb., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron news,  CCS news,  LNG news,  


UK Survey Investigates Energy Efficiency Retrofits (Int'l.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-02-14
In a recently released UK survey of over 100 built environment experts including leading architects, property developers and public and private sector building administrators, 51 pct considered "energy efficiency and decarbonisation as the most important outcomes for the retrofit of buildings." Of those surveyed, 85 pct said there is not currently enough legislation around retrofit project investment in their region, which in turn is slowing progress towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions.

To be successful in retrofit projects, 51 pct of respondents said more innovation in renewable power generation and energy storage is needed, with 48 pct agreeing that solar power will provide the biggest performance gain on retrofit projects over the next two years. As well, digitalised energy systems, which could feed into smart meters or energy use apps, look set to allow customers greater control over their energy use to the point where efficiencies can result in a surplus of energy, was also widely agreed upon. 50 pct of respondents believe that net-zero carbon buildings will soon be able to generate income by selling excess energy. The survey also found an ambitious national retrofit campaign is needed. (Source: WSP Consultancy, pbctoday, Feb., 2020) Contact: WSP, Nick Offer, UK Building Services Head, www.wsp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Green Bldg. Materials Compliance Platform Launched (New Prod. & Serv.)
Green Building
Date: 2020-02-14
In the Land Down Under, Manely, NSW-based Edge Environments is touting its new Building Products Information Rating (BPI) national database that allows the building industry to check the sustainability credentials of construction materials in order to ensure material compliance with regulatory standards and "green" rating requirements.

BPI is intended to give greater transparency the construction industry's thatselection and use of materials that meet sustainability regulations intended for "green" building ratings.

In addition to the green rating of building materials, the free BPI Rating also assesses the expected performance and resilience of products and the companies producing them.

The BPI search platform is the brainchild of Jonas Bengtsson, CEO of sustainability advisory firm Edge Environments and was developed by IT firm ComplyFlow with the backing of a government grant from AusIndustry and support from the Insurance Council of Australia. (Source: Edge Environment, Hotel Management, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Edge Environment, Jonas Bengtsson, CEO, +61 2 9438 0100, www.edgeenvironment.com


Utility Reimbursement for Energy Efficiency Prog. Losses (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2020-02-14
In the Garden State, a draft proposal from the staff of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is at the core of the agency's efforts to achieve the state's 2018 mandated energy efficiency goals that promote a shift to 100 pct clean energy by 2050 -- a target unlikely to be met without overhauling the NJBPU's energy efficiency programs since the demand for electricity is expected to double by mid-century.

Under the staff proposal, utilities will be able to recover lost revenues attributable to their energy efficiency programs, as well as programs to reduce peak-time energy consumption -- all of which runs contrary to established utility business models that encourage energy consumption to the point of wastefulness for growth and higher profits.

The draft proposal is modeled on energy efficiency programs adopted by South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas more than a decade ago, so-called limited decoupling. Dubbed Conservation Incentive Programs (CIP), they rely on incentives funded by shareholders to implement conservation programs. The staff draft balances the interests of both the utilities and ratepayers and allows utilities to earn a return on their energy efficiency investments, according to the NJBPU. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, NJ Spotlight, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ,  Energy Efficiency,  


EIB Commits €12Mn to Slovenian Energy Services Provider (Int'l.)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2020-02-14
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is reporting a €12 million loan to Slovenian energy efficiency and energy management solutions provider Resalta.

The loan funds will be used to accelerate commercialisation of the company's services and enhance its positive environmental impact in South-Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans. Part of the EIB loan will be used for digitalisation and development of new energy management systems such as supervising functions, technical intelligence, smart meters and sub-meters controls etc. The remaining funds will be invested in new services and IT technologies crucial for the improvement of energy performance of buildings. (Source: EIB, European Commission Europa, PR, 13 Fab., 2020)Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Resalta, www.resalta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  


Martha's Vineyard Offshore Wind Project Delayed (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2020-02-14
Following up on our 12th August, 2019 report, offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind is reporting U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) environmental impact study for its planned 84-turbine offshore wind farm off of Martha's Vineyard has been delayed and the project's originally anticipated completion date will accordingly be delayed. (Source: Vineyard Wind, CapeCod.com, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vineyard Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Saceem, Ventus Enerji Partnering for Columbian Wind Projects (Int'l)
Ventus,Saceem,
Date: 2020-02-14
Montevideo-based Uruguayan construction company Saceem reports it is partnering with Turkish renewable energy developer Ventus Enerjj to form Consortium Saceem Ventus to bid on wind energy and solar projects in Columbia farms in the country of Colombia.

Saceem brings scale and financial muscle to the alliance, while Ventus has been operating in Colombia since 2017. Both companies have been active in wind energy projects in Uruguay. Ventus is presently constructing five solar farms totaling over 60 MW in Colombia. (Source: Saceem, PR, reve 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Saceem, +598 2916 0208, www.saceem.com; Ventus Enerji, Francis Raquet, Bus. Dev., (312) 284 66 32, info@ventusenerji.com.tr, www.ventusenerji.com.tr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  Ventus,  


Eco-Energy Arizona Ethanol Terminal Nears Completion (Ind. Report)
Eco-Energy
Date: 2020-02-12
Ethanol marketing and logistics specialist Eco-Energy Global Biofuels LLC subsidiary Eco-Energy in Franklin, Tennessee reports construction of its 4 million gallon ethanol distribution facility in Phoenix, Arizona, is nearing completion. The facility, the company's 10th distribution terminal, is expected to come online in Q3, this year. (Source: Eco-Energy, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Eco-Energy, Josh Bailey, CEO, (615) 778-2898, Chad Conn, VP, (615) 786-0401, www.eco-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eco-Energy,  Ethanol,  


Green Plains Adding Corn-Based Livestock Feed (Ind. Report)
Green Plains Inc
Date: 2020-02-12
Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. reports it will invest $400 million over the next two years to refocus its business on the production of corn-based, high protein animal feeds at its various production facilities. With this refocusing, ethanol will become a low-margin byproduct for the company.

According to Reuters, the company's new game plan is in response to an uncertain ethanol market outlook, the Trump administration's continued issuance of RFS ethanol blending "hardship waivers" and an almost 20 pct drop in revenues from ethanol sales in 2019.

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 waiver request for an exemption was denied. (Source: Green Plains, Successful Farming, Feb., 2020)Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains Inc.,  DDGs,  Ethanol,  RFS,  


Nationwide "Green" Mortgages Incentivize Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
Nationwide Building Society
Date: 2020-02-12
In the UK, Swindon-headquartered Nationwide Building Society reports it will make £1 billion available in a range of new "green" mortgages to "kickstart" green home improvements and energy efficiency retrofitting efforts. The "green" mortgages will have preferential rates for those buying a new-build EPC A-rated home, and preferential rates starting from 1 pct for the first two years when borrowing up to £25,000 to make home improvements.

Nationwide is also calling on the government, home builders and lenders to create meaningful incentives for home energy efficiency and greener homes in general.

Nationwide Building Society is a British mutual financial institution, the seventh largest cooperative financial institution and the largest building society in the world with over 15 million members. Nationwide is one of over 40 members of the Green Finance Institute's Coalition for Energy Efficiency of Buildings, of which developing the market for financing net-zero carbon and climate-resilient homes is a "key objective. (Source: Nationwide Building Society, PR, 10 Feb., 2020) Contact: Nationwide Building Society, www.nationwide.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nationwide Building Society ,  


US DOE Offering $125.5 Mn for Solar R&D Initiatives (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2020-02-12
The US DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $125.5 million financing for research and development projects focused on reducing the cost and enhancing the cooperativeness of domestic solar energy.

Of the total, $39 million is earmarked for one or two projects seeking to develop a test site to speed up the commercialization of supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles used by concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. Up to 11 projects will qualify for a total of $30 million for developing community microgrids and boosting the cybersecurity for solar inverters and power plants.

An additional $15 million will be shared by between * and 12 projects aimed at prolonging the lifespan of PV systems and cut hardware costs for plants using traditional silicon solar cells, as well as thin-film, tandem and perovskite cells. Innovative solar manufacturing projects, emerging technologies, solar farm siting and artificial intelligence applications for the solar sector will also qualify for funding under this offering. (Source: US DOE, Feb., 2020) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov › eere › office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy, energy.gov/solar-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Solar,  ,  


UPM-Kymmene Investing in Woody Biomass Chemicals Plant (Int'l.)
UPM, UPM-Kymmene
Date: 2020-02-12
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered UPM-Kymmene Oyj reports it will invest €550 million ($600 million) in a biorefinery at Leuna, Germany, that will use locally-sourced wood biomass to produce a variety of 100 pct wood-based biochemicals -- bio-monoethylene glycol (BioMEG), bio-monopropylene glycol (BioMPG), industrial sugars and lignin-based renewable functional fillers. The facility is expected to produce roughly 220,000 metric tpy when fully operation by the end of 2022.

UPM-Kymmene' buiness companies include: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood (Source: UPM-Kymmene Corp., 10 Feb., 2020) Contact: UPM-Kymmene Corp, Jussi Pesonen, Pres., Tel. +358 204 15 111, Fax. +358 204 15 110, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood.Woody Biomass,  UPM,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


GE Developing Advanced PV Inverter Technology (Ind. Report, R&D)
GE Research,
Date: 2020-02-12
GE Research, the central technology development arm for the General Electric Company is reporting receipt of $4.2 million in funding from the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to help develop and deploy advanced grid-forming photovoltaic (PV) inverter control technologies to support higher amounts of solar power on the grid. GE will contribute $1.4 million to the project.

The development of "grid-forming" controls will allow wind and solar inverters to form voltage and frequency levels like traditional generators, creating an opportunity for greater and more resilient integration of these resources into the grid. (Source: GE Research, PR, 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, energy.gov/solar-office; GE Research, www.ge.com › research

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Research,  PV,  US DOE SETO,  


Dominion Ups Emissions Goal to Net-Zero by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2020-02-12
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy reports it is expanding its greenhouse gas emissions-reduction goals with a commitment to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its electric power generation and and gas infrastructure operations by 2050.

Dominion previously committed to cut methane emissions from its natural gas operations by 50 pct between 2010 and 2030 and carbon emissions from its power generating facilities by 80 pct between 2005 and 2050. To date, Dominion has cut carbon emissions approximately 50 pct since 2005 and reduced methane emissions by nearly 25 pct since 2010.

The utility has committed to invest in carbon-beneficial renewable natural gas (RNG) projects that will capture an amount of methane from U.S. farms at least equivalent to any remaining methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the company's natural gas operations, making Dominion's gas infrastructure area net zero 10 years before the overall company. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, NewsWire, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Thomas F. Farrell, CEO, Pres., www.dominionenergy.com

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


Fargo Ponders Residential Wind Turbines Ordinance (Ind Report)
City of Fargo
Date: 2020-02-12
In North Dakota, Valley News Live is reporting the City of Fargo -- pop. 123,000 +- -- city commissioners and planning authority at considering allowing the installation of home wind turbines.

In its deliberations, the city is defining home wind turbines as being roughly 20 feet high, if ground mounted, or 20 feet above roof height. The models under consideration can generally be ordered through companies like Home Depot, Amazon, and eBay. (Source: City of Fargo, Cuty Live, 10 Feb., 2020) Contact: City of Fargo, www.fargond.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine,  ,  


Mocean Developing Sub-Sea Wave Energy Power (New Prod & Tech)
Mocean Energy
Date: 2020-02-12
Aberdeen, Scotland-headquartered Mocean Energy is reporting its collaboration with UK North Sea independent Chrysaor, subsea energy storage specialist EC-OG, and AUV developer Modus to assess the potential of Mocean Energy's Blue Star wave energy converter and EC-OG's HALO subsea energy storage system to sub-sea sub-sea applications.

The project is being funded by the partners and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) in Aberdeen. If the initial work is successful, the partners will commit to a field trial using a Mocean Energy prototype offshore Orkney, northern Scotland, later this year. In 2019, Wave Energy Scotland agreed to supply £3.3 million ($4.27 million) to the company to construct and test a half-scale version of its technology at sea. (Source: Mocean Energy, PR, 10 Frb., 2020) Contact: Mocean Energy , Cameron McNatt, Managing Director, +44 (0)131 651 7959, hello@mocean.energy, www.mocean.energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mocean Energy.Ocean Energy,  Wave Energy,  


Lavazza Joins KLM's Corporate BioFuel Programme (Int'l. Report)
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Date: 2020-02-12
Today (05 February 2020), Italian coffee giant Lavazza and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are reporting Lavazza is first Italian partner in KLM's Corporate BioFuel Programme aimed at making the airline industry more sustainable through the increased use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). SAF has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by up to 85 pct compared to fossil fuels.

As part of Fly Responsibly, KLM invites passengers to participate in its CO2ZERO compensation Corporate BioFuel Programme aimed at increasing the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and achieving carbon reduction targets in the aviation sector. (Source: KLM, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: KLM, www.klm.com/travel/nl_en/corporate/index.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News KLM ,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel Royal Dutch Airlines,  Aviation Biofuel ,  


WMU Scores $9.6Mn for Li-Ion Battery RED (R&D, Funding)
Western Michigan University
Date: 2020-02-12
In Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University (WMU) is reporting receipt of $9.6 million in US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy grant funding for a new sustainable lithium-ion battery R&D project entitled "Enabling Advanced Electrode Architecture through Printing Technique."

The project focuses on developing cost-effective manufacturing process for better lithium-ion batteries for various applications. The project is being led by assistant professor Dr. Qingliu Wu of WMU's Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering. (Source: Western Michigan University, WKZ, 10 Feb., 2020) Contact: Western Michigan University, Dept. of Paper and Chemical Engineering, (269) 276-3500 www.wmich.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


mCloud Interested in BuildingIQ Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
mCloud Technologies
Date: 2020-02-12
Vancouver, B.C.-based mCloud Technologies Corp., a provider of asset management solutions combining IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, reports it has inked an Expression of Interest (EoI) to acquire BuildingIQ a cloud-based building technology provider, founded in Australia with offices in the U.S.

BuildingIQ, which uses IoT and AI to create energy savings and maximize building efficiency, currently connects more than 1,350 commercial buildings worldwide with over 140 million square-feet under management.

Subject to certain conditions and regulatory approvals the proposed transaction is expected to close on June 19, 2020 .

mCloud offers complete asset management solutions to three distinct segments: smart facilities, power generation, and process industries including oil and gas. (Source: mCloud Technologies Corp., PR, CNW Feb., 2020) Contact: mCloud, Russ McMeekin, CEO, www.mcloudcorp.com; BuildingIQ, www.buildingiq.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News mCloud,  BuildingIQ,  


SPI Energy Submits Projects to Oregon Community Solar (Ind. Report)
SPI Energy
Date: 2020-02-12
In Santa Clara, California, Hong Kong-headquartered SPI Energy Co Ltd reports it has submitted its previously closed 18 MW portfolio of solar projects to the Oregon PUC Oregon Community Solar Programme. The program will be offered to non-profit organisations and homeowners in the territory of local utility Portland General Electric.

The SPI portfolio includes closed projects in Yamhill, Polk, Marion and Clakamas counties . SPI Energy also announced the agreed acquisition of up to eight projects with a combined capacity of 21 MW in Oregon in July. All projects have 20-year PPAs with Portland General Electric.

SPI Energy Co., Ltd. provides photovoltaic solutions for business, residential, government, and utility customers and investors. It offers engineering, procurement, and construction services to independent power developers and producers, and commercial and industrial companies. The company also develops, owns, and operates solar projects that sell electricity to power companies and other electricity off-takers. As of April 30, 2019, it owned and operated 15.706 MW of solar projects. The company operates in Greece, the United States, Italy, Japan, the U.K., Australia, and Germany. (Source: SPI Energy Ltd, Renewables, Feb., 2020) Contact: SPI Energy Ltd., www.spigroups.com; Oregon Community Solar Programme, www.oseia.org › communitysolar

More Low-Carbon Energy News SPI Energy,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


Indian Solar Cell, Module Manufacturer CEL Seeks Purchaser (Int'l)
Central Electronics Limited
Date: 2020-02-12
On the sub-continent, the government of India reports it is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the proposed sale of all shares in solar cell and module manufacturer Central Electronics Limited (CEL). CEL is a government enterprise under the administrative control of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology. The company has 10 MW solar cell capacity and 38 MW capacity for module manufacturing.

As per the EoI document, the winning bidder will be required to lock in its shares for a period of three years during which it cannot undertake the sale of its stake in CEL. The last date for the submission of interest is March 16, 2020. Private or public limited company registered under the Companies Act can participate in the offering. (Source: Indian Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, PR, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology; www.dst.gov.in; Central Electronics Limited, +91-120-2895155, 2895156, +91-120-2895142, 2895148 - fax, www.celindia.co.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Central Electronics Limited,  India Solar,  Solar,  


Equinor Announces New Net-Carbon Intensity Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
Equinor
Date: 2020-02-12
Following up on our 10th Jan. report, Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor -- fka Statoil -- reports the launch of a new climate roadmap aiming to ensure a competitive and resilient business model in the energy transition, fit for long term value creation and in line with the COP15 Paris Climate Agreement. In short, Equinor plans to:
  • Reduce the net carbon intensity, from initial production to final consumption, of the energy produced with at least 50 pct by 2050.

  • Cut absolute emissions from operated offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by 40 pct by 2030, 70 pct by 2040 and towards near zero by 2050.

  • Slash CO2-emissions per barrel of oil and gas produced to below 8 kg by 2025 from operated fields;

  • Run carbon neutral operations globally by 2030;

  • Eliminate routine flaring before 2030;

  • Maintain methane emissions near zero;

  • Continue to apply an internal price on CO2-emission of at least $55 per tonne in all investment decisions;and

  • Continue support of the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). (Source: Equinor, PR, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Sætre, Pres., CEO, www.equinor.com

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


  • SoCalEd Efficiency Programs Saved $55.6 Mn in 2019 (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas
    Date: 2020-02-12
    In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalEd) is reporting its various energy efficiency programs collectively saved $55.6 million in 2019. The savings were equivalent to removing more than 265,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and taking more than 57,000 cars off of California roads for one year, according to a release.

    SoCalGas energy efficiency programs include offering rebates on hundreds of home appliances and products such as smart thermostat,LED lighting, energy efficient furnaces, Energy Star appliances and others that help cut energy consumption and reduce costs. (Source: SoCalGas, CNS, Feb., 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Darren Hanway, manager of energy programs and strategy , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Indonesia Schedules B40 Palm Oil Biodiesel Road Tests (Int'l. Report))
    Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association
    Date: 2020-02-12
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association (APROBI) reports it will begin road trials of 40 pct palm oil biodiesel (B40) fuel next month. According to APROBI, the national government is eager to increase the mix of palm oil in diesel fuel to encourage domestic palm oil consumption and reduce oil imports, which contribute heavily to the country's trade deficit. (Source: Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association, Jakarta Post, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: : Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association, +62 2129380882, office@aprobi.co.id, www.aprobi.or.id

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association ,  Biodiesel,  B30,  B40,  Palm Oil,  


    Advanced Economies Lowered Carbon Emissions in 2019 (Int'l Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2020-02-12
    According the International Energy Agency (IEA), global energy-related carbon emissions stopped growing and remained unchanged at 33 gigatonnes in 2019 even as the world economy expanded by 2.9 pct. The drop was primarily due to declining emissions from electricity generation in advanced economies, an increased reliance on wind and solar power, the declining role of coal and an increase in natural use as well as increased nuclear power generation. Milder weather in several countries and slower economic growth in some emerging markets was also a factor, according to the IEA release.

    The US recorded the largest emissions decline on a country basis, with a fall of 140 million tonnes -- 2.9 pct. US emissions are now down by almost 1 gigatonne from their peak in 2000. In 2019, EU emissions fell by 160 million tonnes, Japan's emissions dropped by 45 million tonnes, while Emissions in the rest of the world grew by close to 400 million tonnes -- with almost 80 pct of the increase coming from Asian countries where coal-fired power generation continued to rise. (Source: IEA, ESI Africa, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: IEA, Dr Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  IEA,  


    Cincinnati Piloting WarmUp Cincy Energy Efficiency Aid (Ind. Report)
    Cincinnati
    Date: 2020-02-12
    On the banks of the Ohio River, the city of Cincinnati's new "WarmUp Cincy" program aims to help low- and moderate-income -- less than $40,000 per year for a family of three -- renters in multi-family buildings with home energy assessments, energy efficiency upgrades, energy education and financial assistance as needed. Now in a pilot phase, the program will serve 65 families over a 90-day period.

    Following the pilot, the City will work with program partners and participants to develop a strategy for enhancing the program including scaling up to reach more renters in need of these services. Additional plans to expand the program include addressing whole-building energy efficiency challenges of multifamily structures.

    The City is working with the Community Action Agency, People Working Cooperatively, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, and American Cities Climate Challenge to implement the project. (Source: City of Cincinnati, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: City of Cincinnati, www.cincinnati-oh.gov; WarmUp Cincy Program, www.facebook.com/warmup.cincinnati

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Chevron Tech Ventures Investing in CCS (Ind. Report)
    Chevron Technology Ventures,SVante
    Date: 2020-02-12
    Oil giant Chevron reports its Houston-based investment and innovation arm Chevron Technology Ventures has has commissioned a carbon capture study with Vancouver-based Svante Inc., an at-scale carbon capture technology company.

    The study, which will explore the success of a 10,000 tpy carbon capture unit in a California Chevron facility, is expected to be completed in the first half of this year.

    Chevron first invested in Svante in 2014, and established its $90 million Future Energy Fund in 2018 to focus on technologies that enable the low-carbon energy transition, according to the release.

    Burnaby, British Columbia-based Svante -- f.k.a. Inventys Inc. -- has developed a commercially viable option to capture large-scale CO2 emissions from existing infrastructure. (Source: Chevron Technology Ventures, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Chevron Technology Ventures, Barbara Burger, Pres., techventures@chevron.com, www.chevron.com/technology/technology-ventures; Svante Inc., Claude Letourneau, , Pres., CEO, Julia McKenna , Inv. Relations, 604.456.0504, jmckenna@svanteinc.com, www.svanteinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron Technology Ventures,  Svante,  


    Oberon Fuels, SHV Energy Partner on Renewable DME (Ind. Report)
    Oberon Fuels,SHV Energy
    Date: 2020-02-12
    San Diego-based ultra-low-carbon, renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) transportation fuel producer Oberon Fuels reports it is partnering with the Netherlands-headquartered global propane fuel distributor SHV Energy to accelerate the use of renewable DME to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuel. The two firms will collaborate on: further developing DME fueling infrastructure and vehicle development; using SHV Energy's technical resources to test the use of rDME blended with propane, and; using SHV's global distribution network to facilitate greater use of rDME in numerous energy applications worldwide.

    Oberon Fuels, which raised over $30 million in private funding since 2010, received $2.9 million in California grant funding to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale and facilitate -- the first production of rDME in the U.S., with a target production capacity of approximately 1.6 million gpy of DME.

    DME is approved as a renewable fuel under the U.S. EPA Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), and is eligible for RIN credits when made from biogas by the Oberon process. California Air Resources Board (CARB) has estimated that dairy manure converted to DME by the Oberon process has a CI of -278 gCO2e/MJ compared to ultra-low-sulfur diesel which has a CI of 100 gCO2e/MJ, according to the company. (Source: Oberon Fuels, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Oberon Fuels, Ruben Martin, CEO, 619.255.9361, 619.756.6470 - fax, info@oberonfuels.com www.obersonfuels.com; SHV Energy, Bram Graber, CEO, +31 (0) 23 5555 700, +31 (0) 23 5555 701 - fax., www.shvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oberon Fuels,  SHV Energy,  


    Nationwide "Green" Mortgage Incentivises Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Nationwide Building Society
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In the UK, Swindon-headquartered Nationwide Building Society reports it will make £1billion available in a range of new "green" mortgages for "green" home purchases and home energy efficiency retrofitting. The "green" mortgages will have preferential rates for those buying a new-build EPC A-rated home, and preferential rates starting from 1 pct for the first two years when borrowing up to &poud;25,000 to make home improvements.

    Nationwide is also calling on the government, home builders and lenders to create meaningful incentives for home energy efficiency and greener homes in general. Nationwide is calling for Government to commission an independent review of council taxes, explore how it could incentivize green home improvements, as well as transition the Help to Buy program to a Help to Green program. Nationwide also notes the government's Future Homes Standard is set to be introduced in 2025, introducing higher energy efficiency standards for new build homes.

    Nationwide Building Society is a British mutual financial institution, the seventh largest cooperative financial institution and the largest building society in the world with over 15 million members. Nationwide is one of over 40 members of the Green Finance Institute's Coalition for Energy Efficiency of Buildings, of which developing the market for financing net-zero carbon and climate-resilient homes is a "key objective. (Source: Nationwide Building Society, PR, 10 Feb., 2020) Contact: Nationwide Building Society, www.nationwide.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nationwide Building Society,  "Green" Home,  "Green" Mortgage,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Greenko, Renew Power Win 1200MW Indian Solar-Storage Tender (Int'l)
    Greenko Group,Solar Energy Corporation of India
    Date: 2020-02-10
    Greenko Group with 900 MW and Renew Power with 300 MW are reporting winning the New Delhi-headquartered Solar Energy Corporation of India's (SECI) tender for for 1200 MW, with 600 MW assured storage capacity. The tender includes pumped hydro and battery of about 3000 MW and renewable energy generation capacity.

    The Indian Union Power Ministry has mandated at least 21 pct of all energy requirements be from renewable energy sources by 2021-22. (Source: Greenko Group, Hindu Business Line, 2 Feb., 2020) Contact: Solar Energy Corporation of India, corporate@seci.co.in, www.seci.co.in; Greenko Group, Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO, +91 40 40301000, info@greenkogroup.com, www.greenkogroup.com; ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.renewpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renew Power,  Solar Energy Corporation of India,  Greenko Group,  India Solar,  


    Formosa I Offshore Wind Deploys Renewable Strategy Software (Int'l)
    Formosa 1,Renewable Strategy
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In Taiwan, Formosa 1 reports its 128-MW commercial-scale offshore wind farm is incorporating computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) from Kent, UK-based Renewable Strategy Ltd. The RSL Manager will monitor, analyze and manage FOWI spare part assets.

    The Formosa 1 wind energy project, Taiwan's first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, is a joint venture project of Orsted, JERA, Macquarie's Green Investment Group and Swancor Holding. Renewable Strategy Limited (RSL) is an offshore wind and wind software solutions, training and advisory firm, with emphasis on systematic solutions, data integrity, asset integrity management and operations and maintenance insights. The company's wind farm management software is used by wind farm owners, operators and asset managers to harness wind farm data turning it into a strategic asset that enables users to monitor and supervise offshore activities across multiple wind farms whilst gathering inventory information and performance statistics. (Source: Renewable Strategy Ltd., PR reve, 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: Renewable Strategy Ltd., Natalie Dencker, Co-Founder, +44 20 3290 6335, www.renewablestrategy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Strategy,  Formosa 1,  Wind,  


    INSTAAR Studies Permafrost Thaw, Climate Change (Int'l. Report)
    Climate Change,Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Researc
    Date: 2020-02-10
    A study from the University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) in Boulder has found the possibility of abrupt permafrost thawing will likely occur in less than 20 pct of permafrost frozen land. The study found the evidence is mixed as to whether this not-so-permanent, slowly thawing permafrost has started to vent significant quantities of methane or CO2.

    Global Permafrost covers an area almost equal to Canada and the United States combined, and holds about 1,500 billion tonnes or carbon -- twice as much as in the atmosphere and three times the amount humanity has emitted since the start of industrialization.

    According to the UN's scientific advisory body for climate change, the IPCC, global permafrost areas show a decrease of 24 pct by 2100. The IPPC also notes that 70 pct of permafrost could gradually disappear if fossil fuel emissions continue growing over the next 50 years and release 60 to 100 billion tonnes of carbon by 2300. This is in addition to the 200 billion tonnes of carbon expected to be released in other regions, according to the study. (Source: Arctic and Alpine Research, Nature, AFP, Feb., 2020) Contact: INSTAAR, Merritt Turetsky, (303) 492-6387, (303) 492-3287 - fax, www.colorado.edu › innovate › institute-arctic-and-alpine-research

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


    Capstone Expanding Energy Efficiency Business (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Turbine
    Date: 2020-02-10
    Van Nuys, California-based microturbine specialist Capstone Turbine Corporation is reporting its exclusive distributor in the UK, SCE Energy has won an order for a C1000 Signature Series ICHP microturbine for an industrial processing business park in Scotland. The order is phase one of a multi-phase development project with a scheduled commission date of April 2020. An additional one to two megawatts are expected to be installed within the next eighteen months rounding out phase three of the development project in 2022.

    The latest C1000S ICHP microturbine order will be installed at a recycling plant and will be utilized in a combined heat and power (CHP) application. The order includes a Capstone supplied integrated roof mounted heat recovery module (HRM). The HRM is able to capture the waste heat from the microturbine, thereby achieving two outputs - electrical and thermal - from a single fuel source, in this case, low-pressure natural gas. The integrated CHP solution provides greater than 80 percent overall efficiency, while reducing NOx and greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions. Capstone's energy efficiency business has grown from 40 pct of total revenues last year to 54 pct this year, according to the release. (Source:: Capstone Turbine Corporation, PR, AccessWire, 10 Feb., 2020) Contact: Capstone Turbine Corp., Darren Jamison, Pres., CEO, 818-407-3628, ir@capstoneturbine.com, www.capstoneturbine.com; SCE Energy, Sam Clark, Pres., www.scengy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine,  CHP,  


    Heriot-Watt Touts New Carbon Capture R&D (Int'l. Report)
    Heriot-Watt University
    Date: 2020-02-10
    As previously reported chemical engineers from Heriot-Watt University in the UK are reporting a collaboration with international researchers to design materials that could synthesize new metal-organic framework materials (MOFs) -- porous crystals that combine metal nodes with organic linkers -- that can capture CO2.

    To that end, the research team conducted experiments that mimicked real industrial operations and compared the performance of their new materials with those that are currently commercially available.

    According to Dr Susana Garcia, Assoc. Dir., Heriot-Watt Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, "Instead of the conventional trial and error, we computer-generated 325,000 MOFs and identified the features of the best performers. We now have the tools to tailor-make a material that will separate carbon dioxide in the most economical way for a given source, like industrial emissions, and make it available for other purposes like carbon storage or as a resource for the chemical industry," Dr. Garcia noted. (Source: Heriot-Watt University, PR, Engineer Live, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: Heriot-Watt University, Dr Susana Garcia, Assoc. Dir., Heriot-Watt Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, www.hw.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Heriot-Watt University ,  Carbon Capture,  


    Nigerian Cassava Biorefinery Construction Nears Startup (Int'l Report)
    Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
    Date: 2020-02-10
    Following up on our 5th Sept., 2018 coverage, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is reporting funding has been secured and a feasibility study is underway for construction of a biofuel refinery at Alape in Kogi State.

    Kogi State Government, the NNPC and private investors have also finalized agreement to an agreement to establish a 20,000 hectare sugarcane and cassava biofuel feedstock cultivation zone to supply the new biorefiney. (Source: Nigerian National Petroleum, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Nigerian National Petroleum, Danjuma Yakubu, contactus@nnpcgroup.com, www.nnpcgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,  Cassava,  Biofuel,  


    Shell Announces First Australian Solar Project (Int'l Report)
    Shell Australia
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In the Land Down Under, Perth-headquartered Shell Australia is reporting its first solar farm to be constructed in Queensland.

    The project, which will incorporate approximately 400,000 PV panels for an annual capacity of 120MW, is slated to come online in 2021 and will be connected to existing infrastructure. (Source: Shell Australia, PR, CSO. 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: Shell Australia. Shell Energy, Greg Joiner, VP Australia, +61 8 9338 6600, www.shell.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell Australia ,  Solar,  Australia Solar,  


    Hydro-Quebec Taking Stake in Innergex Renewable (M&A)
    Innergex Renewable Energy ,Hydro-Quebec
    Date: 2020-02-10
    Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports provincially- owned Hydro-Quebec will invest roughly 661 million Cdn ($497 million US) for 34.6 million common shares -- a nearly 20 pct stake in Innergex.

    The two companies plan to invest in wind and solar projects with battery storage or transmission, distributed generation, off-grid renewable energy networks, and other sectors.

    Innergex anticipates using about $50 million from the private placement to develop its 200 MW Hillcrest solar photovoltaic project in Brown County, Ohio, according to the Reuters report. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, Reuters, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy, Jean Trudel, (450) 926-2550, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com; Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005, www.hydroquebec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex Renewable Energy ,  Hydro-Quebec,  


    Poland Scores €140Mn for Climate Change Fight (Int'l. Report)
    Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment
    Date: 2020-02-10
    TheFirstNews is reporting coal-dependent Poland will receive €140 million in grant funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment's Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme. Under the funding agreement, Poland will invest a further €24.7 million in the effort.

    The grant funds, which are aimed at addressing climate change though enhanced energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy, will be targeted to local Polish governments, NGOs, higher education institutions and private enterprises. The project is aiming to cut the country's CO2 emissions by 600,000 tpy. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, TheFirstNews (Poland), 17 Feb., 2020) Contact: Norway Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/kld/id668

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    SMMPA Opting for Renewables to Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
    Date: 2020-02-10
    The Rochester-based nonprofit power provider Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) reports it plans to produce 80 pct of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2030.

    The agency gets much of its power from the coal-fired Sherco 3 power plant in Becker, Minn. SMMPA holds a 41 pct stake in the generating unit. But Sherco 3's majority owner, Xcel Energy, announced last year it intends to retire the plant in 2030. SMMPA notes that with the declining costs of wind and solar it makes sense to replace most of that coal-fired electricity with renewables -- probably an equal mix of wind and solar. The planned change would result in a 90 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 levels.

    SMMPA currently sources over 20 pctof its power from renewable sources, Schoenherr said. It also gets carbon-free electricity from hydropower projects.

    SMMPA provides electricity to 18 city-owned utilities, mostly in the southern and central parts of the state, including Rochester, Austin, Owatonna and Mora. (Source: SMMPA, MN Public Radio. 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: SMMPA, Dave Geschwind, Exec. Dir., CEO, 507-285-0478, www.smmpa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency ,  SMMPA,  ,  


    Avangrid's Karankawa Texas Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In the Lone Star State, Avangrid Renewables, LLC on Dec 30, 2019, announced the commissioning of the 124 turbine, 307.06 MW Karankawa Wind Farm in San Patricio and Bee counties in south Texas.

    The facility supplies clean electricity to Austin Energy which has committed to meet 65 pct of its customers' energy demand with renewable resources by 2027, and Nike which has committed to power 100 pct of its owned or operated facilities with renewable energy by 2025 as a part of its RE100 commitment.

    The Karankawa facility is the sixth and largest Avangrid Renewables wind farm in the state of Texas. The company's Texas wind portfolio has a capacity of over 1,200 MW delivering clean electricity to commercial and utility customers, according to the release. (Source: Avangrid Renewables, Power Eng., 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane , ceo, www.avangridren.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables,  


    Illinois County Claims LED Lighting Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Ameren
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In the Land of Lincoln, Madison County Facilities Director Rob Schmidt reports the county saved more than $47-thousand on energy costs after switching electric providers in April 2019 and gained a net savings of $15,266 after paying a $32,520 termination fee with its previous provider.

    According to Schmidt, the savings were the result of switching 12,608 light bulbs with LED bulbs at 15 of the counties 26 facilities through Ameren Illinois' Energy Efficiency Program. The switch to LEDs is expected to save the county roughly $67,900 in annual energy costs. (Source: Madison County, WBCZ Radio, Alton Daily News, 9 Feb., 2020) Contact: Madison County, County Clerk, Debbie Ming-Mendoza, (618) 692-6290, Rob Schmidt, County Facilities Director, www.co.madison.il.us: Ameren Illinois, www.ameren.com/illinois

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Illinois,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


    BGU Touting New Waste-to-Gas Technology (Int'l., New Prod. & Tech.)
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Laboratory for Clean Combustion
    Date: 2020-02-10
    Israeli Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Laboratory for Clean Combustion are touting a new gasification technology that uses the "unique chemical properties" of supercritical water -- heated to 374 degrees Celsius and pressurized to more than 219 atmospheres -- to actively decompose organic material into gases with a range of potential uses.

    Using the BGU system, organic components are dissolved by supercritical water into hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide. Hydrogen and methane produced by dissolving organic materials can serve as fuel sources and feedstocks for the chemical industry, and hydrogen is particularly relevant to the automotive industry's efforts to replace gasoline. Accoding to the BGU researchers, the combination of unique properties of supercritical water and continued technological innovation will ultimately outperform existing waste-to-gas solutions.

    The BGU researchers are reportedly in discussions with two companies to develop a pilot facility and commercialize their technology. (Source: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Jerusalem Post, 9 Feb., 2020) Contact: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Dr. Efim Korytnyi, 972-8-6461111, in.bgu.ac.il

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Energy,  Waste-to-Gas,  


    Vermont Efficiency Efforts to Include Heating, Transport (Ind. Report)
    Efficiency Vermont
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In Montpelier, the Vermont Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee is reporting approval of a bill that would allow the state's electric efficiency utilities -- Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department -- to spend up to $2 million over the next three years on heating and transportation efficiency projects. Previous projects included home weatherization which saved Vermonters an estimated $1.7 billion from 2000-2018. Transportation and heating account for close to 80 pct of Vermonters' energy costs as well as contribute to climate change pollution.

    Vermont legislators set a goal to weatherize 80,000 homes by 2020 but as of 2018, only 27,186 homes had been weatherized, according to a 2020 energy report from the state Department of Public Service.

    Download the Vermont Energy Burden Report 2019 HERE. Source: Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Digger, 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Vermont,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CanWEA, CanSIA Announce July 1st Amalgamation (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Wind Energy Association,Canadian Solar Industries Association
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In November 2019, the members of both the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) voted to approve the amalgamation of the two organizations, effictive July 1, 2020.

    The new group's first Annual General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the inaugural Electricity Transformation Canada meeting this November in Toronto. (Source: CanWEA, CanSIA, Electrical Business, 9 Feb., 2020) Contact: Canadian Wind Energy Association, Robert Hornung, President, (613) 915-4857, www.canwea.ca; CanSIA, 866-522-6742, www.cansia.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Wind,  CanSIA,  Canadian Wind Energy Association,  


    Virginia Grassroots Coalition Calls for Removal of Biomass-Fired Facilities from Renewable Portfolio Standard (Ind. Report)
    Virginia Grassroots Coalition
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In the Old Dominions State, a letter to the Virginia General Assembly from the Virginia Grassroots Coalition, with over 40 participating member groups, calls for the removal of biogass-fired power facilities from Virginia's renewable portfolio standard, as follows:
  • Though touted as a clean, environmentally safe alternative to fossil fuels, wood pellets are a carbon-intense, destructive and polluting industry based in flawed carbon accounting in international agreements;

  • Wood pellet material sourcing leads to massive deforestation of critical habitats, and Enviva alone is responsible for 50 acres a day of clear-cut land:

  • Pellet production facilities release dangerous air pollutants including particulate matter and volatile organic compounds putting surrounding communities at higher risk for health complications.

  • Burning wood pellets releases 65 pct more CO2 than coal per megawatt hour. In order to keep global climate change below 1.5 degrees Celsius, wood pellets must not be used as an energy alternative.

    The letter also notes UK-based researchers found last year that burning wood is a "disaster" for climate change because older trees release large amounts of carbon when they are burned and aren't always replaced with replanted forests. Even when trees are replaced, it can take up to 100 years to cultivate a wooded area that soaks up as much carbon as was previously released. And the fuel burned in shipping wood pellets to Europe is also a significant source of emissions. (Source: Virginia Grassroots Coalition, 9 Feb., 2020) Contact: Virginia Grassroots Coalition, www.virginiagrassroots.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


  • UK ADBA Promoting Biogas to Meet Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
    Date: 2020-02-10
    Following the indefinite suspension of fracking for shale gas in England, the London-based Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is urging the UK Government to look at anaerobic digestion -- biogas as an alternative to meeting its Net-Zero by 2050 emissions reduction goals.

    ADBA notes that AD biogas 'ready-to-use' technology helps cut emissions in the hardest-to-decarbonize sectors of heat, transport and agriculture. Upgraded to biomethane, biogas can be injected into the grid with no changes needed to the existing gas infrastructure and used as a green transportation fuel, ADBA notes.

    In the last decade, the UK AD sector grew 350 pct and is now employing over 3500 people. But it still needs policy incentives and investment to reach its full potential. In 2019, 650 AD plants across the UK produced 10.7TWh of energy. Over the next 10 years, ADBA anticipates that in addition to reducing emissions by 22.5m tonnes of CO2-equivalent every year -- about 5 pct of total UK greenhouse gases emissions -- it has the potential to meet nearly 20 pct of current domestic gas demand while providing 30,000 new green jobs in rural areas. The sector has also developed world-leading expertise which gives the UK a real opportunity to be at the heart of a growing global biogas industry, according to the release. (Source: UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association Contact: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, Charlotte Morton, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3176 0503, +44 (0) 84 4292 0875 – fax., enquiries@adbioresources.org, www.adbioresources.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Sunnova Offers Bundled Roofing + Solar Finance Pkg. (Ind. Report)
    Sunnova Energy
    Date: 2020-02-07
    Houston, Texas-headquartered residential solar and battery storage service provider Sunnova Energy International Inc. is reporting a new product which bundles financing for roof replacements with a Sunnova solar or solar + battery storage system under a single loan or finance agreement.

    This offering will enable homeowners to install a new roof together with a state-of-the-art home solar system covered by the Sunnova Protect™ 25-year service guarantee. (Source: Sunnova Energy International Inc., PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Sunnova Energy, John Berger, CEO, Kelsey Hultberg, (281) 985-9900, Kelsey.Hultberg@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

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    White Dog Labs Acquiring Central MN Renewables Biorefinery (M&A)
    White Dog Labs, Central Minnesota Renewables
    Date: 2020-02-07
    New Castle, Delaware-headquartered White Dog Labs (WDL) is reporting plans to purchase Central Minnesota Renewables' shuttered former ethanol -- biobutanol plant in Little Falls, Minnesota, and to upgrade the facility to produce ProTyton, a corn-based aquaculture feed product. The upgraded plant will managed by Midwest Renewable Energy, which operates a corn ethanol plant near Sutherland, Nebraska.

    The facility was originally constructed as the 21 MMgy Central MN Ethanol Co-op corn ethanol plant. Green Biologics Inc., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based biotechnology and renewable chemical company Green Biologics Ltd., purchased the facility in December 2014 through its Central MN Renewables LLC affiliate. The facility was retrofitted to produce biobased butanol and acetone and resumed operations in 2016. In mid-2019, Green Biologics announced it could not secure funding to continue operations and would close the plant.

    According to the WDL website, White Dog Labs was established in 2012 on the foundation of harnessing natural microorganism diversity to address global challenges in food sustainability, climate change and general human and animal nutrition. The company goes beyond discovery to also design and scale bioprocesses with end product application in mind.

    Core to WDL discovery is its proprietary Protocol B™ process coupled with additional high-throughput selection techniques for the isolation and cultivation of microbiome-derived anaerobic microorganisms. WDL's approaches result in large, diverse and novel strain libraries informed through emerging applications in microbiome science, and yield promising solutions for animal nutrition and health. WDL also invented a novel class of fermentation technology called MixoFerm™ that allows cultivation of previously "unculturable" bacteria while also improving the carbon efficiency of fermentation processes by 50 to 100 pct, according to the WDL website.(Source: White Dog Labs, PR, Ethanol Producer, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: White Dog Labs., Bryan Tracy, (302) 220-4763, btracy@whitedoglabs.com, www.WhiteDogLabs.com; Central Minnesota Renewables, 320-632-1614, www.centralmnrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News White Dog Labs ,  Central Minnesota Renewables,  


    LLNL Envisions CO2 Cuts Without Cutting CA Oil Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Livermore National Lab
    Date: 2020-02-07
    In the Golden State, a new study from the US DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) has found that California can bury or offset 125 MW per year of CO2 by 2045 through land management practices, waste material processing, capturing atmospheric CO2 and storing the gas deep underground without negatively impacting the state's oil production.

    The study also suggests the local economy might be able to avoid fallout from Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to achieve carbon neutrality, in part, by managing the decline of California's Kern-centric oil industry and Kern's previously recognized geologic underground carbon storage capacity.

    The LNL report -- Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California -- also notes the entire effort would cost less than $10 billion per year, or less than .05 pct of the state's economic output.

    According to the report, 84 megatons per year of CO2 emissions can be rerouted by creating biofuels from biomass and that carbon associated with such activities could then be buried. Another 25 megatons per year could be avoided by restoring woodlands, grasslands and wetlands, among other land-management practices. Additional savings could be pulled right out of the air using energy-intensive technology. (Source: Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Bakersfield.com,3 Feb., 2020) Contact: Lawrence Livermore National Lab, www.llnl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California,  Lawrence Livermore National Lab ,  


    Community Solar Slated for Saranac Lake, New York (Ind. Report)
    Sunvestment Energy,RER Energy
    Date: 2020-02-07
    In the Empire State, the village of Saranac Lake reports it expects to host the area's first community solar project to be constructed by Sunvestment Energy Group and RER Energy of Rochester and Reading, Pennsylvania.

    The project, which is expected to generate sufficient solar power for roughly 250 homes. will be constructed by RER Energy and managed by Sunvestment. (Source: Saranac Lake, Adirondack Daily Entersprise, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Sunvestment Energy, www.sunvestmentgroup.com; RER Energy, Mike Barnes, COO, mbarnes@rerenergygroup.com, 717-554-5801, www.rerenergygroup.com

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