Privately held G2BE has a wood pellet production facility and operations in Rzeczenica, Poland, and sells wood pellets to biomass energy producers throughout Europe, including the UK, Germany, Poland, Italy and Denmark.
(Source: Brigade Resource Corp., Military News, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Brigade Resource Corp., Glenn Little, CEO, (778) 379.3023, email@example.com
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Along with the construction of more transmission lines and substations, Laos also plans to expand the country's current 42 operational power plants with installed capacity of 6,391MWgenerating generate about 33,822.4 GWh annually .
The number of power plants will increase from 42 to 50. (Source: Gov't of Laos, Various Media, China Daily, Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Renewable Energy,
The report specifically noted that construction and operation of renewable energy projects in the San Joaquin Valley has created 31,000 jobs since 2002. It also found that California's cap-and-trade policies that reduce carbon emissions contributed $119 million in direct economic benefits for the Valley.
Report details HERE.
(Source: UC Berkekey, Capitol Public Radio, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: UC Berkeley School of Law and its Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, Ethan Elkind, Director, Climate Program, www.law.berkeley.edu/research/clee
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Climate Change, UC Berkeley,
The AES Energy Storage arrays will provide sufficient storage capacity to power 1,000 homes. The pair of 2-MW Advancion energy storage arrays are expected to become operational in early 2017.
APS anticipates Arizona's energy needs will be approximately 25 percent higher by 2025. The company plans to meet 50 percent of that growth with renewable energy and energy efficiency. (Source: AES, Electric Light & Power, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: , AES Energy Storage, www.aesenergystorage.com;
Arizona Public Service Co., www.aps.com
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Crescent Dunes is a utility-scale, 110-MW CSP facility utilizing SolarReserve's proprietary molten salt energy storage technology. The facility has a 25-year PPA with NV Energy,the state's major utility.
SolarReserve is the project developer and managing investor, along with initial equity investors ACS Cobra and Santander will hold their ownership stake.
(Source: Capital One Bank, SolarReserve, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Solar Reserve, (310) 315-2200, www.solarreserve.com
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RES developed the project and also served as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor. The project is RES' seventh operational wind farm in Oklahoma and the first in the state for Exelon Generation, who purchased the project in December 2015.
. RES has a renewable energy and storage construction portfolio that exceeds 9,000 MW and over 100 projects, currently operates more than 250 MW of renewable energy and storage projects. (Source: RES, PR NewsWire, 18 Jan., 2017)
Contact: RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.res-americas.com
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The US Residential AC Battery, based on LG Chem's JH2 cell technology, has been certified to meet US national standards and passed rigorous internal testing at both Eguana and LG Chem. Deployments in the Hawaii and California markets have taken place in both homeowner and utility applications.
Eguana will also expand its AC Battery product line to introduce a 15kVA/37kWh commercial energy storage product based on the JH3 cell in the same standalone module format in the second quarter 2017. (Source: Eguana Technologies Inc., PR, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: LG Chem,
Peter Gibson, US Sales Director , www.lgchem.com, www.lgesspartner.com; Eguana Technologies Inc. , Vishwas Ganesan, Bus. Dev., (408) 685-2670, Vishwas.Ganesan@EguanaTech.com, www.EguanaTech.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eguana Technologies Inc., Battery, Energy Storage, LG Chem,
The multi-unit Tesla Powerpack battery system, combined with a 10,751 solar panel array, enables Sierra Nevada to store energy for use at times of peak consumption in the brewing process. By drawing energy from the Tesla Powerpack battery system instead of from the grid, the beer-maker has cut its electric power consumption by 20 pct, according to Sierra Nevada. (Source: Tesla, 17 Jan., 2017)Contact: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, www.sierranevada.com; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Power Pack, Solar, Energy Storage,
Access the FFV brochure HERE.
Additional information on pricing and availability of E85, E15 and other flex fuels, visit www.E85prices.com.
(Source: Renewable Fuels Association , 18 Jan., 2017)
Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Industry Relations , (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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The two firms have been jointly researching and developing oil from algae for use as a renewable, lower-emission alternative to traditional transportation fuels since launching the program in 2009. Work continues toward developing strains of algae that demonstrate significantly improved photosynthetic efficiency and oil production through selection and genetic engineering of higher-performance algae strains.
ExxonMobil is engaged in a broad range of research on advanced biofuels, partnering with universities and other companies. The purpose of these research and development programs is to explore new technologies and seek the best pathways toward scalable and cost-effective production of advanced biofuels. (Source: ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, PR, 18 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Synthetic Genomics, www.syntheticgenomics.com;
ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
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According to the company, the US market for biofuels is facing uncertainty as the incoming Trump administration could cut back the Obama Clean Power Plan designed cut utility greenhouse gas emissions as well as the Renewable Fuels Standard ethanol and biodiesel- gasoline blend program. (Source: Novozymes, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: Novozymes.
Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com
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According to World Coal, "Coal will continue to be part of the global energy supply for the foreseeable future. Therefore, clean coal technologies are critical to achieve the goals in the Paris Climate Agreement including high efficiency-low emissions technologies, methane management, carbon capture and storage and identifying the most efficient coal resources."
(Source: World Coal, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: UNECE, www.unece.org; WCA, Benjamin Sporton, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7851 0052, email@example.com, www.worldcoal.org
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According to the study, methane emissions are about 1.8 times what the BAAQMD has estimated. In statistical parlance, the study results had a 95 pct confidence level that methane emissions are 1.3 to 2.3 times the inventory. The study also found that about 82 pct is from biological -- landfill -- sources and 17 pct from fossil fuel sources. The study combined measurements of air samples from six towers in and around the BAAQMD with calculations based on atmospheric transport models.
Methane is a short-lived greenhouse gas that traps about 83 times more heat than carbon dioxide per unit mass when averaged over a 20-year timescale. Methane stays in the atmosphere for about 10 years, whereas carbon dioxide may stay in the atmosphere for more than 100 years. The researchers believe methane is 10 to 15 pct of California's total greenhouse gas emissions on a 100-year timescale.
The research was funded by the California Energy Commission's Natural Gas Research Program.
(Source: LBL. News Release, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: LBL, Marc Fischer, Researcher, (510) 486-5539, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lbl.gov;
California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4287, www.energy.ca.gov
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The researchers found that guanidine solutions develop crystals containing carbonate formed when air-bourne CO2 reacts with water. The research team has developed a process for vaporizing carbon crystals at temperatures between 80 and 120 degrees Celsius and piping the released gas to underground storage reservoirs.
The researchers believe the discovery could be adapted to capture CO2 emissions directly from industrial sources.
Carbon capturing crystals are not new, but prior to their formation in guanidine, it required vaporization at temperatures up to 900 degrees Celsius -- a process that ended up creating more CO2. Guanidine's much lower vaporization temperature could be accomplished via solar energy, and has ORNL scientists hopeful the process could advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate climate change. (Source: ORNL, Construction Dive, Others, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: ORNL, (865) 574-5035, www.ornl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Dioxide, CO2, Oak Ridge National Laboratory , Carbon Capture, CCS,
According to the report, 6.4 million Americans now work in the traditional energy and the energy efficiency sector, which added more than 300,000 net new jobs in 2016. Solar -- both PV and concentrated -- employed almost 374,000 workers in 2016, followed by fossil fuels 187,117 workers across coal, oil and natural gas generation technologies, and the wind industry provides the third largest share of Electric Power Generation employment with 102,000 workers at wind firms nationwide.
The report attributes growth in the solar sector labor force to high capacity additions in both distributed and utility-scale photovoltaic solar and the fact that solar is quickly becoming the cheapest form of electricity production in the world, and other factors. (Source: US DOE, Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind,
In terms of funding, solar power will receive 1 trillion yuan, as China aims to boost capacity five-fold or by about 1,000 major solar power plants. Some 700 billion yuan will go on wind farms, 500 billion to hydro power, biomass, tidal and geothermal would receive the balance.
By 2020, China's government expects the country to reach at least 200 GW of solar and 250 GW of wind power and is targeting annual cost reductions of 2 pct for solar and between 3-5 pct for wind.
Compared to the European Union, China's investment of over $110 billion in clean energy in 2015 exceeds the EU's $40 billion investment. China's investment in clean energy as a proportion of GDP has reached 1 pct, compared with less than 0.3 pct for the EU.
(Source: China National Energy Administration, Oil & Gas Eurasia, DW, 10 Jan., 2017) Contact: China National Energy Administration, http://english.gov.cn
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Green Deal loans cater to those facing heavy upfront costs for essential upgrades such as boiler replacements, homeowners who want to increase the value of their home with green upgrades and landlords that have been requested to upgrade the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of a home.
Green deal loans offer competitive interest rates and are repaid through household energy bills, which are likely to have been reduced from the energy savings generated from measures installed using the loan. (Source: Greenstone Finance Ltd., Aurium Capital Markets, Energy Live, 16 Jan,, 2017) Contact: Greenstone Finance Ltd., Kilian Pender, CEO, www.greenstonefcs.com;
Green Deal Finance Company, www.tgdfc.org
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According to Phys.org, seagrass and underwater meadows have the capacity to store large amounts of carbon dioxide. While seagrass meadows are found worldwide, scientists have pinpointed one meadow in Denmark which they say is the most efficient.
The meadow is located in a bay called Thurobund on the island of Thuro in the South Funen Archipelago of Denmark.
According to Professor Mariann Holmer of the University of Southern Denmark, Thurobund bay has unique conditions that add to its carbon capturing capabilities.
Thurobund stores 27,000 grams of carbon per square meter. The highest numbers found in other locations around the world have never been more than 10,000 to 11,000 grams per meter squared. (Source: Inhabitat, Phys.org, 16 Jan., 2016) Contact: Professor Mariann Holmer, University of Southern Denmark, www.sdu.dk/ansat/holmer.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, CO2, Carbon Sink,
SunCommon offers solar canopies costing approximately $30,000 at no upfront cost, using financing obtained through Vermont credit unions.
In 2016, the state set a goal of sourcing 90 pct of its power needs from renewable sources by 2050.
(Source: SunCommon, VT Digger.org, 12 Jan., 2017)
Contact: SunCommon, James Moore, (802) 882-8181, www.suncommon.com
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Veolia currently provides energy management services to more than 100 hospitals in the UK and Ireland. (Source: Veolia. PR, Various Media, 16 Jan., 2017)Contact:
Cynergin Group, +44 (0) 845 257 7080, email@example.com,www.cynergin.com; Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com
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In a December 31st statement, FP&L reported the commissioning and startup of three 74.5-MW universal solar power plants in Florida -- the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center, the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center and the FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center. This year, the utility intends to build four more universal solar power plants, of the same size, in Alachua, Putnam and DeSoto counties. Local approvals have been obtained for construction work as early as Q1.
The company also plans to install a number of solar systems in local communities and is developing further large-scale solar projects at an unspecified later date. (Source: FP&L, SeeNews, Various Media, 16 Jan., 2017)Contact: Florida Power & Light, www.fpl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light, Solar,
The standards are projected to result in average fleet-wide consumer fuel economy sticker values of 36 mpg by model year 2025, 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average. Since the first year of the GHG standards, manufacturers have been developing and adopting fuel economy technologies at unprecedented rates. At the same time, the American car industry has been thriving. The Administrator is retaining the current standards to provide regulatory certainty for the auto industry despite a technical record that suggests the standards could be made more stringent.
(Source: EPA, PR, 13 Jan., 2017( Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas-ghg
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Vehicle Emissions, GHGs,
The two facilities, which will incorporate 1,000 Vestas 2-MW turbines, are expected to be completed by the year end. (Source: MidAMerican Energy, Various Media, 16 Jan., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, CEO, Pres., Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy, Wind,
The report considers each of these four areas in turn, explaining industry activity, progress and initiatives:
The report sets out the following requests for government backing to help the aviation industry meet its aspirations of carbon reduction:
According to Airlines UK, "UK airlines have invested in more than 470 new aircraft since 2005, at a cost of over £37 billion, helping the industry reduce its carbon emissions by 20 million tonnes."
(Source: Airlines UK, Travel Weekly, 16 Jan., 2017) Contact: Airlines UK, Tim Alderslade, CEO, +44 20 7808 7111, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://airlinesuk.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions, Carbon Emissions,
Integrated solar panels mounted at the top of the turbine generate additional energy during the day and air filters inside the turbine fins help to clean the air, capturing CO2.
The Capture Mobility turbine can be placed by the side of highways, train tracks and other low-height areas where air movement is generated. Capture Mobility's turbines harvest air movement created by vehicles as a supplemental source to local power grids.
Capture Mobility, which is based at the Ideas Lab of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), has received financial support from oil giant Shell, the City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International and Business Gateway, and others. The firm has received orders from France, China, Brazil and Chile. (Source: Capture Mobility, Edinburgh City A.M., 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Capture Mobility, Sanwal Muneer, CEO, www.capturemobility.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine, Micro-turbine,
The report provides an overview of the CBM industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures.
The report states the global Coal Bed Methane (CBM) market size (volume and value), and the segment markets by regions -- USA, Europe, China and Japan, and others -- types, applications and companies, complete with corporate profiles, are also discussed. CBM industry development trends and marketing channels are also analyzed.
Request a report sample HERE.
(Source: Report Bazzar, Jan., 2017) Contact: ReportBazzar, Mary Jane,
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This recognition follows Hilton's system-wide ISO 50001 Energy Management certification across its entire hotel portfolio in 2014.
Energy is typically the second or third largest cost for the average hotel, and there are strong financial and performance incentives in reducing overall usage and driving greater efficiencies. Through LightStay, its proprietary measurement platform across more than 4,500 hotels globally, Hilton has gathered data across its global portfolio to analyze how hotels are managing energy performance and driving improvements over time.
Hilton has also set targets in the areas of water conservation, waste diversion, carbon reduction and social impact. Hilton is also partnered with the U.S. DOE through the Better Buildings Challenge to achieve a 20 pct energy savings goal over the next ten years. (Source: Hilton Worldwide, PR, Jan., 2017) Contact: Hilton Worldwide, Fallon Mcloughlin, (703) 883-5549,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, ISO 50001, Better Buildings Challenge,
Under the terms of the contract, Siemens will install the Desigo CC building management system which will see optimization of the control strategies for the mechanical plant. The system also has the future capability to integrate with the existing lighting, fire and security system at the Museum. The energy consumption of the chiller plants will be optimized using Demand Flow at the Melbourne Museum, whereas at the Immigration Museum, the existing chillers will be replaced completely. All museums will see upgrades that reduce water use and make lighting more energy efficient via implementation of a new lighting design that incorporates the latest LED technology. (Source: Siemens, 14 Jan., 2017) Contact: Siemens Building Technologies, www.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies
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To be eligible for the funding, buildings, or groups of buildings, must have total annual energy expenditures of $1 million or more. Eligible structures include multifamily housing, office buildings, retail facilities, colleges and universities, hospitals and health-care facilities, government buildings, not-for-profit and private institutions, industrial facilities, and public and private K-12 schools.
This funding will support the following training initiatives: on-site training laboratories; curriculum development; coaching/mentorships; apprenticeships and internships; training trainers within a company; and partnerships with manufacturers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set a state goal to reduce energy use in buildings by 23 pct over 1990 levels. The 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund is a core component of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to achieve a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. It is designed to deliver on New York State’s commitment to reduce ratepayer collections, drive economic development, and accelerate the use of clean energy and energy innovation. It includes a focused effort to bring more clean energy opportunities and benefits to low- to moderate-income communities throughout the State. The Clean Energy Fund supports the aggressive Clean Energy Standard of 50 pct of the Empire State's electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030. (Source: SF Gate, 15 Jan., 2017) Contact: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (518) 474-8390, www.governor.ny.gov
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The company expects that an investment of €100 million in improving the energy efficiency of its own buildings and production facilities will lower energy costs by approximately €20 million per year beginning in 2020.
According to Siemens, the company's biggest contribution to climate protection is its Environmental Portfolio, which bundles the company's technologies in the areas of renewable energies and energy efficiency. In fiscal 2016, the Environmental Portfolio generated revenue of €36 billion, or 46 pct of the company's total revenue.(Source: Siemens, PR, 14 Jan., 2017) Contact: Siemens, www.siemens.com/sustainability
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutrality, Siemens, Carbon Emissions, CO2, Carbon Footprint,
This is the first time that the EPA has approved a pathway for an advanced biofuel that uses starch from feed corn to produce an alcohol. With a partial substitution of fossil based energy sources that are currently used at Luverne with green energy sources, such as biogas, it should be possible for GEVO to achieve the 50 pct or greater greenhouse gas emissions reduction needed to claim the advanced D5 Renewable Identification Number (RIN), according to the pathway approval.
GEVO’s isobutanol from feed corn starch currently generates D6 RINs, and with this approval could generate D5 RINs valued at approximately $1.00 versus approximately $0.75 for a D6 RIN. Isobutanol can be converted into renewable jet fuel and gasoline. Each of these products would also qualify for RINs. (Source: GEVO Inc., NASDAQ, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: GEVO Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, email@example.com, www.gevo.com
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Under the terms of their agreement, Butagaz will support Global Bioenergies' industrial development in exchange for the first batches of Global Bioenergies' renewable isobutene production, which is expected early next year. Butagaz plans to offer this plant-based compound into its propane and butane bottles and tanks.
(Source: Butagaz, Global Bioenergies, Labiotech, Jan., 2017) Contact: Butagaz, www.butagaz.fr;
Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt, CEO, Thomas Buhl, Business Dev., +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.global-bioenergies.com
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Around 74.17 million litres of the biofuel were intended for export while 2.03 billion litres were sold on the domestic market.
(Source: Unica, SeeNews, Others, 16 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Unica, english.unica.com.br
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The agreement focuses on the technological and economical feasibility of the project and will assess the biomass availability at a competitive cost, identify technology bottlenecks in process lines, and validate the acceptable level of risk.
BioEnergy La Tuque's (BELT) objective is to build the first Canadian large scale biorefinery to harvest and convert forest residues into biofuel feedstocks. (Source: Neste, PR, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Neste, Lars Peter Lindfors, SVP Technology, +358 50 458 3605, www.neste.com
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First, the idea is to selectively breed for larger camelina seeds. Typically, they are about the size of sesame seeds, but smaller seeds are less efficient for processing since there is not enough oil relative to the husk and rest of the seed.
Secondly, Lu wants to improve the quality of the oil coming from the camelina seeds, which is too high in unsaturated fat and could render oil that is prone to oxidation and spoilage. The goal of the grant work is to make the oil more like olive oil and increase its proportion of oleic acid from about 15 pct naturally to about 80 pct.
(Source: Montana State Univ. News, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: Montana State Univ.,
Chaofu Lu, Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, (406) 994-5741, email@example.com, http://plantsciences.montana.edu
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The proposed expansion includes four new 730,000-gallon fermenters and several smaller above-ground storage tanks.
With the expansion, the amount of corn processed at the plant would increase from 25 million to 38.5 million bpy and dried distillers grain (DDGs)and wetcake production would also rise. (Source: Bushmills Ethanol Inc., West Central Tribune. 10 Jan. 2017)
Bushmills Ethanol Inc., (320) 974-8050, www.bushmillsethanol.com
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Specifically, the electric power sector is expected to consume 0.216 quadrillion Btu (quad) of wood biomass this year, increasing to 0.222 quad in 3018. The sector is also expected to consume 0.272 quad of waste biomass in 2017, increasing to 0.273 quad in 2018. The industrial sector is expected to consume 1.23 quad of wood biomass in 2017, maintaining that level through 2018. The sector is also expected to consume 0.195 quad of waste biomass in both 2017 and 2018. The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.078 quad of wood biomass in 2017 and 2018. The sector is also forecast to consume 0.049 quad of waste biomass this year, maintaining that level of consumption into 2018.
The residential sector is expected to consume 0.426 quad of wood biomass in both 2017 and 2018.
The EIA also estimates 2.48 million U.S. households will use wood as a primary heating fuel during the 2016-2017 winter, up 1.3 pct when compared to last winter.
(Source: US EIA, Jan., 2017)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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The oil sells for a bout 10 cents less per gallon the diesel
Eco Fuels Kenya also sells the seedcake paste byproduct of the fuel production as protein-rich poultry feed. The waste nut husks are ground and sold as an organic fertiliser for depleted soil.
Last year company processed about 1,000 tonnes of nuts and helped local farmers plant 100,000 croton trees as part of a plan to expand their operations.
Eco Fuels Kenya plans to open a second production facility in 2018.
(Source: Eco Fuels Kenya, Guardian, Others, 10 Jan., 2017)Contact: Eco Fuels Kenya, www.efkgroup.co.ke
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The report is the first comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities provided by feedstocks, including wastewater treatment-derived sludge and biosolids, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats and greases, biogas, and carbon dioxide streams. These feedstocks can be converted into renewable natural gas, diesel, and aviation fuels, or into valuable bioproducts.
Complementary to the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, this new resource assessment, conducted by NREL and PNNL, concludes that wet and gaseous organic waste streams represent a substantial and underutilized set of feedstocks for biofuels and biopower. The analysis found that the United States has the potential to use 77 million dry tons of wet waste per year, which would generate about 1,300 trillion Btu of energy. Also, gaseous feedstocks, which cannot be "dried" and therefore cannot be reported in dry tons, and other feedstocks assessed in the report could produce an additional 1,300 trillion Btu of energy -- bringing the total to nearly 2.6 quadrillion Btu annually. For perspective, in 2015, the U.S. total primary energy consumption was about 97.7 quadrillion Btu.
Access Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities HERE. Download the
2016 Billion-Ton Report HERE. (Source: US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, Jan., 2017)Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
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project, which is expected to come in at $9 million or more upon completion in late 2018, could pay for itself within two years. (Source: SioulandMatters.com, 9 Sept., 2017) Contact: Sioux City Utilities, Mark Simms, Dir., (402) 454-7520, www.sioux-city.org/utilities
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The new power plan estimates renewable energy will account for 72 pct of the total by 2030. The estimates expect Molokai could reach 100 pct renewables by 2020. Hawaii Island would reach 80%, Maui 63 pct, and Oahu 40 pct by the same year, thanks to expanded use of solar, wind, biofuels and storage.
(Source: HECO, SolarLove, Others, 11 Jan., 2017)
Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hawaiianelectric.com/landRFI, www.HawaiianElectric.com
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In October 2016, NV Energy said it worked with a broad coalition of customers and participants in the rate case to lower annual electricity rates for residential and small general service customers by approximately $2.92 million annually, or a total of $8.77 million over the three-year period. The cost savings would be shared across a broad base of Northern Nevada electric customers.
NV Energy argues that the December order directed the savings to a limited number of customers who install rooftop solar systems and get a retail rate credit from the utility for the excess electricity the systems generate.
(Source: NV Energy, Review Journal, 12 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Nevada PUC, (775) 684-6101, http://puc.nv.gov; NV Energy, www.nvenergy.com
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PCE, which has a short-term PPA energy retailer Direct Energy, offers an electricity packages that provides 50 pct renewable energy, and second package provides 100 pct renewable energy. PG&E offers a the 30 pct renewables package.
According to PCE, it will soon need a larger, longer term supply of renewably generated power to meet the demand. To that end,
PCE last fall issued a request for offers from energy suppliers and is currently evaluating bids.
(Source: Peninsula Clean Energy, Half Moon Bay Review, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Peninsula Clean Energy, Jan Pepper, CEO, George Wiltsee, Director of Power Resources, (866) 966-0110, www.peninsulacleanenergy.com
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