The agreement, which aims to enhance the conservational impact and development of district cooling in the UAE, defines common objectives and a collaborative framework intended to increase deployment of district energy in respective countries around the globe. The goal is to increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions, strengthen local and regional economies, and deliver the social and environmental benefits of efficient district energy systems.
The Global Co-operation Agreement brings together countries such as Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the UAE, the UK, and the US to jointly share efforts to advance the district energy industry and promote sustainable and resilient technologies.
(Source: Empower, Trade Arabia, Emirates News Agency WAM, 3 July, 2017) Contact: Empower, Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, +97 14 375 5555, info@empower,ae,www.empower.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News Empower, Energy Efficiency,
The 18-acre solar array, which will break ground this summer, will serve many as 400 homes. (Source: Town of Grand Island, WIVB, 5 July, 2017)
Contact: Town of Grand Island, Town Clerk, (716) 773-9600x600, email@example.com, www.grandisland.ny.us;
Blue Rock Solar, (315) 418-4400, www.bluerocksolar.com; Active Solar Development, (800) 865-3625, www.activesolarusa.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar, Solar,
EPA administrator Pruitt, a noted climate change skeptic, had imposed a 90-day moratorium, which he later extended to two years, on enforcement of parts of the Obama era methane regulation and argued that his action was not subject to court review. But the appeals court disagreed and ruled that the EPA's decision was "unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious." The court ruled that the agency lacked authority under the Clean Air Act to block the methane rule but did have authority to reverse the methane regulations. The court also ruled that the agency would have to undertake a new rule-making process to undo the Obama regulation.
(Source: Various Media, NY Times, 3 July, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Methane Rule, EPA,
The Low Carbon Transit Operations Program is funded through the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) cap-and-trade program auction proceeds into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. CALTRANS says the projects are part of the California Climate Investments. (Source: CALTRANS, Equipment World, 5 July, 2017) Contact: CALTRANS, Malcolm Dougherty, Director, www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/splctop.html; California Climate Investments, http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov; CARB,
(800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade, California Department of Transportation, California Air Resources Board,
There are now minimum GHG requirements, with 5 Star Green Star buildings needing to obtain three Greenhouse Gas Emissions credit points and be 25 pct more efficient than a standard building; and 6 Star Green Star buildings needing a minimum of 6 credits and to be 50 pct more efficient than a standard building. Ninety-five pct of Green Star-rated buildings currently meet the requirements.
According to the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, "significant" increases in minimum energy standards have been made in the 2019 National Construction Code update.
Other changes include measures to build industry capacity in air-tightness testing, a new materials pathway to incentivize the use of sustainably sourced structural timber; the Construction Environmental Management credit has been renamed the Responsible Construction Practices credit, and includes a point for project teams that can demonstrate staff support through health and wellbeing programs.
Another change includes new innovation challenges on carbon neutrality, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks. (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, TheFifthEstate, 4 July, 2017) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au; Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, www.asbec.asn.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia, Green Building, Energy Efficiency,
Heritage Hall has also recently received the Governor's Energy Award for public buildings in Michigan. (Source: Western Michigan University, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Western Michigan University, Peter Strazdas,
Associate VP of Facilities Management, (269) 387-8584,
https://wmich.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Platinum, Energy Efficiency,
The nacelles for this project will be assembled in Siemens Gamesa's new factory in Cuxhaven, Germany, and the blades will be produced in Hull, England.
The 8-MW turbine is based on the existing Siemens Gamesa offshore direct drive platform.
The 752-MW Borssele 1 and 2 project will generate sufficient electric power for one million households.
(Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa, Offshore Wind, Wind, DONG Energy,
Innergex's net share of the purchase price will amount to about €16.5 million ($24.2 million) and will be paid through available funds under its corporate revolving credit facility. Non-recourse debts related to the projects, which are already in place, will amount to €72.0 million ($105.7 million) and will remain at the project level.
Innergex will hold a 69.55 pct interest in the wind farms and Desjardins Group Pension Plan will own the remaining 30.45 pct.
(Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, CNW, CISION, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Innergex,
Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556, email@example.com, www.innergex.com; BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e., Innergex Renewable Energy, Wind,
But the moratorium, which means no wind farm will be a granted a state permit before Dec. 31, 2018, was inserted last week into an unrelated NC energy bill -- House Bill 589 -- which now awaits Gov. Roy Cooper's signature. (Source: News Observer, 5 July, 2017)Contact:
Office of NC Governor Ray Cooper, https://governor.nc.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, North Carolina Wind,
The Oxy-PFBC process generates electricity and heat with close to zero emissions by capturing the greenhouse gases created by biomass and coal combustion. PFBC process uses pressurised combustion of oxygen and recycling of CO2 to eliminate the presence of nitrogen and other constituents of air, minimizing the generation of pollutants and allowing the more efficient clean-up of CO2. The PFBC process can produce electricity from coal with nearly zero emissions, while biomass-coal blends can actually achieve negative emissions. (Source: NRCAN, Gas Technology InstituteBioenergy Insights, July, 2017) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, www.nrcan.gc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute, Biomass, Coal, Carbon Emissions,
The proposed CHP plant would utilize locally sourced straw, as well as forestry related woody biomass, as feed-stock. The facility would require a minimum 60,000 tonnes of straw to begin operations in early 2019.
Bord na Mona was founded in 1946 as a partially government-owned company to supply peat from Irish bogs for fuel.
(Source: Irish Farmers Journal, 3 July, 2017) Contact:
Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Hon. Denis Naughten, +353 1 678 2000, www.dccae.gov.ie; Bord na Mona, Mike Quinn, CEO, www.bordnamona.ie; Bioenergy Ireland, http://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/energy/topics/Renewable-Energy/bio-energy/Pages/Bio-Energy.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona, Woody Biomass, Forest Biomass, Biomass, Straw,
"We remain confident in a positive outcome in the trade complaint against unfairly subsidized imported biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, and are just as confident that U.S. production can make up for any lost import volumes. And finally, there is momentum to reinstate and reform the federal biodiesel tax incentive to focus it on domestically produced fuel. So, we look forward to additional meetings with the Administration in the coming weeks to show how an industry that is only running at about 65 percent capacity, has ample feedstock supply, and is helping fill growing diesel demand can help President Trump reaffirm his commitment to growing the supply of all American made fuels." (Source: REGI, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Pres,
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Biodiesel Tax IncentiveRenewable Energy Group,
The proposal would require refiners use 19.24 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2018, down from the 19.28 billion gallons required in 2017 and about 25 pct lower than the target Congress outlined in 2007. The RFS statue envisions blending 26 billion gallons of biofuel into the fuel supply in 2018. EPA's proposal maintains the 2017 blending requirements for both conventional, corn-based ethanol and biomass diesel but lowers targets for cellulosic and advanced biofuels.
According to an agency statement, its proposed volumes for 2018 are "consistent with market realities."
Biofuel groups generally support the EPA's 2018 target for corn-based ethanol, but call for the mandate for other biofuels to be increased.
(Source: EPA, The Hill, Various Others, 5 July, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard , Biofuel, Biofuel Blend, EPA, Scott Pruitt,
According to study senior author Shishir P. S. Chundawat, an assistant professor in the Rutgers Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering , "The bottom line is we can cut down the cost of converting biomass into biofuels." Typically, the enzymes tapped to help turn switchgrass, corn stover and poplar into biofuels account for 20 pct of production costs. Enzymes cost about 50 cents per gallon of ethanol, so recycling or using fewer enzymes would make biofuels more inexpensive.
"The challenge is breaking down cellulose (plant) material, using enzymes, into sugars that can be fermented into ethanol. So any advances on making the enzyme processing step cheaper will make the cost of biofuel cheaper. This is a fairly intractable problem that requires you to attack it from various perspectives, so it does take time," according to Chundawat.
(Source: Rutgers Univ., AAAS, EurekAlert, Public Release, 5 July, 2017)
Contact: Rutgers Univ., Prof. Shishir Chundawat http://www.rutgers.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic, Biomass, Biofuel, Enzymes, Corn Stover,
In the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland, 71 pct, 68 pct, and 67 pct respectively, are opposed to the federal carbon tax , which will force provinces to have a minimum $10 per tonne tax on carbon by 2018 -- rising to $50 per tonne by 2022. In British Columbia, which already has a carbon tax, half of those polled were opposed to the federal initiative.
Of those polled nationwide, about half said Ottawa should scrap its carbon tax plan to avoid disadvantageous competition with U.S. companies. Most provinces, including Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Quebec, already have some form of emissions plan in place.
The Angus Reid Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and public opinion polling foundation whose insight and analysis is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of issues that matter to Canada and its world. (Source: Angus Reid Institute, CleanTech Canada, 6 July, 2017) Contact: Angus Reid Institute, (604) 559-1771, www.angusreid.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax, Carbon Tax,
The ban will be achieved through a mix of financial incentives for alternative fuel vehicles and increased taxes on older, internal combustion cars.
The plan would also bring in a national carbon tax which would be upward of €100 per tonne of carbon. The plan would also end the issuance of new oil exploration and development licenses and incentivize renewable energy projects, according to Engadget.
(Source: Le Figaro, Financial Times, Engadget, 6 July, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,
Nordex operates manufacturing facilities in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The firm’s product portfolio is focused on onshore turbines in the 1.5 to 3.9 MW class, which are tailor-made for the market requirements in developed and emerging markets. (Source: Nordex, Hamburg News, 4 July, 2017) Contact: Nordex, www.nordex-online.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex news, Wind news, Wind Turbine news,
"Both the International Energy Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have highlighted the crucial role CCS technologies will have to play if the international community wants to meet the emissions pledges set out in the Paris Agreement. Yet in spite of these warnings, and the strong support of world leaders and many climate scientists, OECD governments have been stepping back from funding large-scale CCS projects, thereby slowing the pace of development. As a result, few CCS projects are in the works, and many more have been cancelled, not least by President Obama and the British government. What is more, the hundreds of billions that are being spent on renewable energy have significantly worsened the prospects of the technology ever being applied on anything like the utopian scale that is being advocated.
"This new Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) report explains the reasons for the manifest failure of CCS to progress and illustrates the economic and technological limits of a technology that has been promoted for too long on the basis of wishful thinking."
BOTTOMLESS PIT --
The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage report
HERE. (Source: Global Warming Policy Foundation June, 2017) Contact: Global Warming Policy Foundation, Gordon Hughes, www.thegwpf.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Carbon Capture and Sequestration,
The moratorium through the end of 2020 would give a consultant time to determine where wind farms might conflict with training areas for military aircraft.
The moratorium would block two projects already in development, Alligator River in Tyrrell County and Timbermill Wind in Chowan and Perquimans counties. Both have already been approved by the Department of Defense under the state's 2013 regulations governing wind development.
(Source: WRAL, Other Media, 29 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,
The PACE-funded energy efficiency features include an 884 KW solar array, a "green" roof, LED lighting, HVAC, insulation and storm-water retention systems. The funding is through through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (DC PACE) program, in partnership with locally-based EagleBank. At $25 million, the funding is the nation's largest single PACE note issued to date and the first issued for a stadium project.
The stadium's PACE-funded measures are expected to result in a 25 pct reduction in energy use and a reduction of 820 metric tpy of CO2. (Source: US DOE, ProudGreenBuilding, Various Others, 28 June, 2017) Contact:
DC United, www.dcunited.com; PACE, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pacenow.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy, PACE, Energy Efficiency,
The coalition's notice to the EPA cited the agency's failure to fulfill its obligation under the Clean Air Act to control methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources and for "unreasonably delaying" the issuance of such controls. It also argues that EPA's failure to act since September 2015 to issue controls on methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas industry violates the EPA's non-discretionary duty under the Clean Air Act and is an unreasonable delay in setting such controls.
Last week, a coalition of 14 states filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against EPA's actions halting regulation of methane emissions from new sources in the oil and gas industry. In February, a coalition of seven attorneys general and two environmental agencies urged U.S. Senate leadership to oppose a Congressional Review Act resolution to repeal a rule regulating methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands.
Illinois AG Madigan has also condemned federal executive's attempt to eliminate the Clean Power Plan and opposed the drastic budget cuts proposed for the EPA. (Source: Office of Illinois Attorney General, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Office of Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, (312) 814-3400, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Clean Power Plan,
Meanwhile, Pully, Switzerland-headquartered food packaging specialist Tetra Pak pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its operation by 40 pct from 2015 levels. The company added that by 2040, emissions will be down 58 pct compared to a year ago. Tetra Pak has also committed to reduce GHG emissions across the value chain by 16 pct per unit of revenue by 2020 from a 2010 base-year.
Download DONG's Energy for a Sustainable Future report HERE
(Source: DONG Energy, Tetra Pak, 3 June, 2017) Contact: Tetra Pak, Mario Abreu, VP Environment, www.tetrapak.com; DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
"By 2023, we want to achieve a 96 pct reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions per kilowatt-hour produced compared with 2006. We are very proud to announce today that this target has been approved as being scientifically in line with what we need to do as a company to tackle climate change. With this reassurance, we now know that we are doing our part to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal on climate action as well as the Paris Agreement. That is a big deal to us." -- Filip Engel, Senior Director of Sustainability and Environment, DONG Energy.
More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy news,
GIA members include ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd., DNV GL, Lloyd's Register EMEA, MarineTraffic, Ricardo UK Ltd., Royal Caribbean Cruises, Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. Ltd., Silverstream Technologies, Stena AB, Total Marine Fuels, Wartsila Corp., Mediterranean Shipping Co., and Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (Source: International Maritime Organization, American Shipper, 30 June, 2017) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions, Carbon Emissions, International Maritime Organization,
UPS presently operates more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide including electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane , lower-carbon footprint renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) .
(Source: UPS, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: UPS,
Kristen Petrella, (404) 828-4182, email@example.com, www.ups.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,
The Playbook also offers a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator and a Payback Calculator to track fuel savings, average fleet speed, service intervals, and fuel system capacity requirements.
Natural Gas Playbook www.cwiplaybook.com.
(Source: Cummins Westport Inc., CNW, June 27, 2017)
Contact: Cummins Westport, Todd Skene, Manager, Investor Relations, Westport Fuel Systems, (604)718-2046, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cumminswestport.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas, Cummins Westport ,
The changeover is expected to cost approximately $3.5 million. The North Dakota Industrial Commission Renewable Energy Council is recommending a grant of $500,000 for the project.
(Source: Tesoro, Prairie Public News, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Tosoro Corp., C.J. Warner, Exec. VP Strategy and Business Development, Sam Ramraj, VP, Investor Relations, (210) 626-4757, www.tsocorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesoro, Renewable Diesel, Renewable Diesel, Biodiesel,
The study measured the local exhaust pipe emissions of working machines from two size categories, operating in an environment simulating real-life working conditions. The tests covered, for example, loading and driving of the working machine both with and without load. The results were derived from a comparison between the use of pure Neste MY Renewable Diesel and conventional fossil diesel meeting European EN 590 diesel fuel standard specifications and consisting of 7 percent of conventional biodiesel, in line with the maximum limit specified by the standard.
(Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Neste, Jukka Nuottimäki, Associate, Neste, tel. +358 50 458 2726, email@example.com, www.neste.com; Tampere University of Technology,
Panu Karjalainen, Postdoctoral Researcher, +358 45 359 2979, firstname.lastname@example.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste, Renewable Diesel,
Supercritical alcohol transesterification, a relatively new process, offers advantages over conventional transesterification, such as a faster reaction time , catalyst-free operation, ability to handle inexpensive feedstocks, and higher biodiesel purity. It is conducted at higher temperatures and pressures (supercritical state), where the raw materials exist as fluids that possess a useful combination of liquid and gas properties.
Using algae as raw material and supercritical alcohol transesterification as conversion process, a more sustainable biodiesel production technology can be developed. It would reach large-scale production capabilities on a long-term basis without adverse effect on the food supply chain. In the Review Status and Prospects of Supercritical Alcohol Transesterification for Biodiesel Production published in WIREs Energy and Environment, George Philippidis and colleagues at the University of South Florida present an in-depth look at the current status and future prospects of supercritical transesterification. Its emphasis is on biodiesel production from more sustainable raw materials like algae. The researchers identify the advantages of the new technology and discuss ways to overcome its challenges.
Status and Prospects of Supercritical Alcohol Transesterification for Biodiesel Production HERE.
(Source: University of South Florida, Wiley,
Advanced Science News, 29 June, 2017)
Contact: University of South Florida, George Philippidis, (813) 974-9333, email@example.com, www.usf.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae, Biodiesel,
ICP aims to standardize energy efficiency upgrades through the adoption of best practices that work to make projects more attractive to investors and building owners. The protocols adopted by IREE-certified projects and verified by credentialed Quality Assurance providers help reduce transaction costs and increase confidence in savings to help engage private capital and scale up energy efficiency investments.
The expansion will be overseen by the ICP Europe Consortium, which includes EnergyPro Ltd; RdA Climate Solutions in Portugal and Spain; Serimus in Germany; Denskatt in Austria & Bulgaria; and Verco in the UK; as well as Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes (EEIP) and GRESB, the global ESG benchmark for real assets.
The consortium aims to develop the new energy performance protocols for the additional sectors, referencing existing best practices. (Source: Green Buildings Certification, July, 2017) Contact: Green Building Certifications Inc.,
Sarah Stanley, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gbci.org;
Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe, europe.eeperformance.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Green Building Certifications ,
The Ministry has begun adoption of an Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Methodology as a blueprint to guide the strategic development and modernization of the energy sector over the next 20 years.
When completed, the IRP will establish the projected electricity demand over a 20-year period and determine the generating capacity and technologies necessary to satisfy the demand over the period.
The IRP components include: institutional strengthening; investments in energy efficiency and conservation; demand side management and energy efficiency/conservation education awareness.
The IRP programme is administered by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 30 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
The sale is pending the usual due diligence, stockholder, creditor and regulatory approvals. (Source: Orient Green Power, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 3 July, 2017)Contact: Orient Green Power, S. Venkatachalam, MD, +91 44 490 15678, email@example.com, http://orientgreenpower.com;
Shriram Ventures, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.shriram.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Orient Green Power,
In July 2016, CEE Zhejiang signed a deal to install 20 MW of solar capacity for GCL New Energy in Suzhou, Anhui province. Around the same time, CEE Tianjin agreed to build the second 36.16 MW phase of a 100 MW project that GCL New Energy was developing in Hebei province. CEE Tianjin followed with an additional agreement to complete the third 42.98 MW phase of the Zhangjiakou project.
In a separate announcement, Suzhou GCL revealed plans to transfer shares of Jinhu Zhenhui Photovoltaic and Shandong Wanhai Solar Power to Xi'an Zhongmin GCL New Energy, a GCL New Energy venture with Zhongmin New Energy (Shanghai) Investment. The agreement is related to 130 MW of solar capacity in China.
By the end of 2016, GCL New Energy had roughly 1 GW of solar capacity under construction in China. The company secured approval to issue $254 million of green bonds this past March and expects to complete 1.5 GW to 2 GW of solar capacity before the year end. (Source: China Energy Engineering, PV Mag., 3 July, 2017)
Contact: China Energy Engineering Group Co.Ltd, en.ceec.net.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News China Energy Engineering, Solar, China Solar,
The offshore wind unit will be headed by Michael Simmelsgaard. Sandra Grauers-Nilsson head the onshore group and Claus Wattendrup is in charge of the new PV and batteries division. (Source: Vattenfall, renews, Others, July 3, 2017)
Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall, PV, Energy STorage, Solar, Wind, Offshore Wind,
Trident was the first company to apply for a lease to build a wind farm off the Central Coast. The land it would be leasing is in federal waters, so the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is the responsible agency. Statoil, a Norwegian energy company, has since applied to compete for the lease. (Source: Trident Wind LLC, Tribune, July, 2017) Contact: Trident Winds LLC,, Alla Weinstein, www.tridentwinds.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Trident Winds, Offshore, Deep Water Wind Wind, Floating Wind Foundation,
"Climate change is one of the great dangers we face and it's one we can prevent if we act now." -- Cambridge professor and world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking,
The effort includes controlling HVAC, sensors, software and lighting controls to help Chase branches cut electric and gas consumption by 15 pct.
The deal is the next step of a program that began last year to retrofit Chase office with LED lighting. To date, 2,500 branch offices have had new lighting installed, cutting Chase's lighting energy consumption by 50 pct. (Source: GE, Columbus Dispatch, Others, 3 July, 2017) Contact: GE Power, www.gepower.com;
JPMorgan Chase Corporate Office, (212) 270-0589, www.jpmorganchase.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric, JPMorgan Chase, Energy Efficiency,
Moixa received £500,000 in equity investment from TEPCO and another £500,000 equity investment from First Imagine! Ventures , as well as a £1 million funding facility from Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Moixa says it expects to have installed 50,000 batteries and to be managing twice as many using its patented, cloud-based 'GridShare' platform in the UK by 2020. Moixa holds UK and US patents on managing distributed batteries for grid services. (Source: Moixa, PR, 3 July, 2017) Contact: Moixa, Somon Daniel, CEO,
+44 0 207 734 1511, email@example.com,
www.moixa.com; TEPCO, www.tepco.co.jp/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News TEPCO, Moixa, Battery, Energy Storage,
Schneider Electric's energy efficiency project for the school district consisted of enhanced lighting in classrooms, hallways, gyms and outdoor spaces; mechanical replacements at the central office; new building controls; and the implementation of Voice over Internet Protocol and IT enterprise management systems.
These upgrades cut the district's energy consumption by 29 pct and reduced its utility budget by more than $565,000 annually.
(Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 2 July, 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com;
Etowah County Board of Education, www.ecboe.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric , Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency Incentive,
Loews had set a goal to reduce energy use across all of its hotels by 20 pct in ten years. Over the past two years, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel has improved its energy efficiency by 22 pct and achieved a total energy cost savings of $328,250.
To achieve its goal, the Vanderbilt Hotel upgraded all public-area lighting fixtures to LEDs, installed new direct-drive elevator hoist motors on seven passenger elevators, replaced outdated 750-ton centrifugal chillers with re-sized, highly-efficient 500-ton chillers, and installed a new, more efficient water system. The hotel also installed new variable frequency drives on the existing chilled water and condenser pumps for enhanced HVAC efficiency and replaced the water distribution media inside the cooling tower. And by enhancing and insulating the hotel's exterior envelope and ballroom roof, the building's overall R-value was improved by 20 pct.
(Source: US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center, Contact: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, www.loewshotels.com/vanderbilt-hotel; Better Buildings Solution Center, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/solutions
More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center, Energy Efficiency,
According to the researchers, "Some species of micro-algae can accumulate a large amount of oils, whose origin is the fixation of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These can be used to produce biodiesel in a similar way to the biofuel produced with oils used in frying." The research also investigated the emissions-reducing potential of waste-based fryer oils, and looked at engines of the types used in trucks and buses, some of which incorporate a catalytic system to transform and eliminate pollutants. (Source: Catholic University, Biofuels Digest, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Catholic University, Prof.
Cesar Saez, Engineering, www.researchgate.net/profile/Cesar_Saez-Navarrete/info, www.uc.cl/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae, Biodiesel, CO2 Emissions,
Additionally, the government will ask Hydro-Quebec to develop expertise in solar energy and construct a solar park and increase hydro-electric power production.
The plan includes a goal of converting 25,000 homes from oil-based heating systems to other forms of energy within three years.
(Source: Montreal Gazette, Presse Canadienne, Others, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005, www.hydroquebec.com;
Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, https://mern.gouv.qc.ca/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Hydro-Quebec,
According to the company, the Glory BiFi has been developed to perform optimally in harsh climatic environments, including high temperatures and in areas prone to salt mists and typhoons.
Previously the company
confirmed it is pivoting away from multicrystalline cells to produce only monocrystalline products, with a particular focus on mono-PERC cells. Prior to the opening of its latest fab, the company was running at full 600 MWp capacity for mono. (Source: Neo Solar Power, PV Mag, Others, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Neo Solar Power, Sam Hong, CEO, +866 3578 0011, www.nsp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neo Solar Power, Solar,
Kettering City Schools installed LED energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors at each building which significantly improved energy efficiency and reduced energy costs. The upgrades are expected to save 1,236,000 kWh of energy annually. Other school initiatives include manually turning off lights when not in use and adjusting thermostat temperature set points seasonally.
As a result of these latest projects, Kettering City Schools will achieve energy savings of more than 2.3M kilowatt hours annually.
(Source: AES Corp., Dayton Power & Light, 26 June, 2017)Contact:
Dayton Power and Light, Tom Raga, CEO,
Mary Ann Kabel, 937-224-5940, www.dplinc.com;
AES Corporation, www.aes.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Dayton Power and Light , AES Corporation, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Rebate,
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Guelph Hydro, which maintains the city's street light system, would undertake the switch to LEDs.
In 2016, the city spent $2 million on street lighting -- $1.5 million of that on electricity and the balance on maintenance. The city currently spends $121 annually per street lamp for electricity, but that cost is projected to drop to $67 per light with the change over. (Source: Guelph Today, 26 June, 2017) Contact: City of Guelph, Alex Chapman,
Climate Change Office Manager, (519)822-1260 X 3324, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.guelph.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Lighting ,