While emissions from electrical plants fell in 2015, driven down partly by the rapid growth of large solar facilities, transportation related emissions rose, due in part to low fuel prices and an improving economy, both of which typically entice people to drive more. Transportation is the state's largest source of emissions with 39 pct.
Since peaking in 2004 at more than 489 million metric tons, California's emissions have fallen about 10 pct to 440 million metric tons.
California legislation calls for emissions to return to their 1990 level of 431 million metric tpy by 2020, then drop another 40 pct by 2030.
(Source: CARB, San Francisco Grate, Others, 9 June, 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board, CARB, Carbon Emissions, Climate Chanhe,
The city previously committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 pct from the year 2005 to 2025 under the previous Obama presidential administration. (Source: Cicago Mayor Office, Chicoagoist, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Chicago Mayor's Office, https://www.cityofchicago.org/Mayor
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement, Trump,
BETO's Advanced Algal Systems Program aims to demonstrate an algal biofuel intermediate yield of 2,500 gpy per acre by 2018 and 5,000 gallons per acre per year by 2022. The program also aims to cut the total production costs of microalgae biofuels to $3/gasoline gallon equivalent by 2030, with or without co-products.
Researchers are currently cultivating 30 strains of algae, which they will narrow down to the four most promising strains. Of the four strains the researchers will determine which have the highest oil, protein, and carbohydrate content, as well as other factors, such as bacterial resistance and potential for creating valuable co-products. The team will then compare the strains to two well-studied algae strains, and the top-performing strains will be further tested to identify the optimal algae strain for biofuel production.
(Source: PNNL, EIN PressWire, June, 2017) Contact: PNNL, (509) 371-6989, www.pnnl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alagal Biofuel, Algae, Biofuel, PNNL, BETO,
The completed facility will incorporate a yeast processing plant, an oilseed crushing plant for the creation of non-food grade vegetable oil, and a biodiesel plant.
Construction is slated to get underway in 2018. Upon completion, the planned commercial scale facility would have the capacity to produce up to 26,000 tpy of soymeal, 2,000 tpy of yeast products and 15 mega litres per year of biodiesel. (Source: Bio Processing Australia, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 9 June, 2017)
Contact: Bio Processing Australia , John Lockhart, CEO, +61 2 6365 2266, www.biopro.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio Processing Australia, Biofuel, Biodiesel,
The pilot, which is coupled to LUT's solar power plant, incorporates a solar power plant, equipment for separating CO2 and water from the air, a section that uses electrolysis to produce hydrogen, and synthesis equipment for producing a crude-oil substitute from CO2 and hydrogen.
The project aims to demonstrate the technical performance of the overall process and produce 200 litres of fuels and other hydrocarbons for research purposes.
After the piloting phase, synthesis units will be used in future EU projects. (Source: VTT Research, Renewable Energy, 10 June, 2017) Contact: VTT Research, +358 20 722 7070, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vttresearch.com; LUT, Professor Jero Ahola, +358 29 446 2111, www.lut.fi/web/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT Technical Research Centre,
Former KiOR CEO Fred Cannon, lead investor Vinod Khosla and former Chief Financial Officer John Karnes are to pay the money under the settlement. Lawyers are to receive $1.5 million of the $4.5 million, plus expenses. The state claims KiOR Khosla and others knew KiOR had limited chances for success but defrauded Mississippi into loaning $75 million. Components from the $230 million plant to two other renewable fuel companies for a paltry $2.7 million.
Separately, Mississippi Attorney General is suing Cannon, Khosla and others in state court in Jackson, demanding repayment of $77 million, plus interest. Mississippi loaned $75 money to KiOR, which built a biofuel plant in Columbus. (Source: Clarion Ledger, AP, Others, 10 June, 2017) Contact: Khosla Ventures, (650) 376-8500, www.khoslaventures.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vinod Khosla, KiOR, Cellulosic, Biofuel,
According to APROBI data, Indonesian biofuels production capacity presently stands at 11 million kilolitres per year, 4 million of which is sold to the domestic market. The remaining 7 million kilolitres are "idle" and could be sold in the Chinese market, according to APRBOI. (Source: Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association, Jakarta Post, June 12, 2017) Contact: APROBI, +62 21 2938 0882, email@example.com, www.aprobi.or.id
More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association, Biofuel, Biodiesel ,
The report covers the current and future growth prospects of the global cellulosic ethanol market for 2017-2021. The report presents a detailed picture of the market and forecasts the global cellulosic ethanol market to grow at a CAGR of 45.1 pct during the period 2017-2021. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors -- Beta Renewables, DuPont, Enerkem,Fiberight,GranBio, Borregaard, Clariant and others.
Browse full table of contents and data tables at HERE. Request a sample copy at HERE.
(Source: MarketResearchNest. Com, June, 2017) Contact: MarketResearchNest, JKeet Jain, Sales Manager, (240) 284-8070, +44-20-3290-4151(U.K),
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic, Biofuel, Ethanol,
The California Senate also passed a bill that would speed up the Golden State's 50 pct by 2030 renewable portfolio standard by four years and set the stage for a 100 pct renewable energy target by 2045.
The Senate also passed SB 71 requiring rooftop solar installations on most new buildings in the state. (Source: SF Gate, Others, June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Residential Energy Storage,
Madison's energy assessment program is based on a model designed by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit provider of tools, training, and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs.
(Source: Madison Environmental Commission, Ciel Power, Madison Eagle, 5 June, 2017) Contact: Ciel Power, (201) 632-3463, www.cielpower.com/madison; New Jersey Clean Energy Program, (866) 657-6278), www.njcleanenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,
The sale includes the transfer of shares associated with Abengoa Bioenergy France S.A., a 66 MMgy facility located at the at the Petrochemical Platform at Lacq, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, France; Biocarburantes de Castilla y Leon S.A., a 53 MMgy facility located in Babilafuente, Salamanca, Spain; Bioetanol Galicia S.A., a 52 MMgy plant located in Teixeiro, Coruna, Spain; Ecocarburantes Espanoles S.A., a 40 Mmgy plant located in Cartagena, Murcia, Spain; and Ecoagricola S.A., a company within the Abengoa Bioenergy business group that is focused on grain purchases and DDGS.
Abengoa sold its U.S. ethanol plants last year. (Source: Abengoa, PR, June, 2017)Contact: Abengoa, www.abengoa.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs, Ethanol, Abengoa, Abengoa Bioenergy, Biofuel,
The German municipal utilities network Trianel GmbH holds a 37.99 pct interest in the Trianel Borkum II project, while utility EWE AG owns 37.5 pct . The remaining 24.51 pct is held by Zurich-based municipal utility Elektrizitaetswerk der Stadt Zuerich (EWZ) and its investment partner Fontavis.
The project, which will incorporate 32 Senvion wind turbines 45 kilometres (28 miles) north of the island of Borkum , is expected to be completed in late 2019.
(Source: KfW Group, RenewablesNow, Others, 7 June, 2017)Contact: KfW Group, www.kfw.de/KfW-Group
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind, German Offshore Wind,
Minnesota Power is seeking Minnesota PUC approval for and additional 250 MW of wind power capacity, 10 MW of solar power capacity and 250 MW of combined-cycle natural gas generation. The new resources will increase the company's wind portfolio of 620 MW and double its solar generation capacity.
Minnesota Power aims to meet or exceed state standards for renewable power, energy conservation and carbon emission reduction through fleet transition of smaller coal units and the addition of renewable energy. The utility has already achieved a 25 pct renewable energy mix well ahead of the state's goal of 25 pct by 2025. Minnesota Power expects to reduce carbon emissions on its system by about 40 pct by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. (Source: Minnesota Power, PowerGrid, Others, June 7, 2017) Contact: Minnesota Power, ALLETE, Alan Hodnik, Pres., CEO, Dave McMillan, Exec. VP, (218) 722-2625, www.mnpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Power, Allete, Renewable Energy,
According to ACEEE, energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective ways for utilities to save energy and ensure electric service to their customers -- every $1 invested in energy efficiency saves Connecticut residents and businesses $3.89, according to the Acadia Center. Every year energy efficiency programs generate hundreds of millions of dollars in lifetime utility bill savings. Programs delivered by utilities in 2016 alone will ultimately save customers more than $960 million.
(Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) , 6 June, 2017)Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org; ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI, Energy Efficiency, ACEEE,
The funding will be used for new employees, expansion and development of high-efficiency nanocrystals that help cut lighting cost and lower carbon footprint. (Source: Lumisyn, 13ABC WHAM, 6 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light, Energy Efficiency,
The state's Clean Climate Careers initiative calls for the creation of 40,000 new jobs in the clean energy sector by 2020. The New York initiative is the largest renewable energy pledge of any state in U.S. history, according to the governor's release.
(Source: Office of the Gov, WAER Syracuse Univ., 6 June, 2017) Contact: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; NY State Clean Energy Fund, www.nyserda.ny.gov/About/Clean-Energy-Fund
More Low-Carbon Energy News Governor Cuomo, Renewable Energy,
The new EEA agency is focused on providing programs and services to help Albertans save money and energy. This is the agency's first business, nonprofit and institutional program.
(Source: ICF, PR, Business Wire, June, 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, (844) 357-5604, www.efficiencyalberta.ca;
ICF, Duncan Rotherham, VP,
Erica Eriksdotter, (703) 934-3668
More Low-Carbon Energy News ICF, Energy Efficiency Alberta,
The building, which was designed by San Antonio-based architecture firm Lake & Flato, utilizes a south-facing, saw-tooth roof designed to allow for a huge array of solar panels, LED lighting, heat load reduction techniques, and north-facing windows to brighten the store with natural and artificial light without generating direct heat. The building also incorporates Tesla Powerwall battery energy storage units.
(Source: TreeHouse, Texas Monthly, 6 June, 2017) Contact: TreeHouse, https://tree.house
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Positive, Tesla Powerwall, Energy Storage,
The Energy Star Challenge for Industry is a national call-to-action to improve energy efficiency by 10 pct within five years. The Cemex terminals achieved it in just one year. The company plans to roll out the programme to all of its logistics operations. (Source: Cemex, Cemnet, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Cemex USA President, Ignacio Madridejos, Pres., Matt Wild, VP Logistics, Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799, www.cemexusa.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cemex, ENERGY STAR, Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation,
Santa Barbara, the first city on the Central Coast to make the commitment, will transition all municipal buildings and operations to 50 pct clean energy by 2020. (Source: City of Santa Barbara, 7 June, 2017) Contact: City of Santa Barbara, http://www.santabarbaraca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, 100 pct Renewable Energy,
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said, "I don't believe you can have a real conversation about clean energy without including CCUS. We have already seen the success of projects like Petra Nova in Texas, which is the world's largest post-combustion carbon-capture system," Sec. Perry said. The system at Petra Nova can capture 1.6 million tpy of CO2 from an existing coal-fired power plant unit, a capture rate of up to 90 pct from a supplied slipstream of flue gas.
According to IEA Exec. Dir. Dr. Faith Birol, "Investment has flowed to CCUS projects where there is a confluence of factors which constitute a viable business case. We need to find more such opportunities, where a commercial case for CCS can be built with reasonably modest well targeted public interventions." (Source: IEA, PR, Free Press Wire Service, 6 June, 2017) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org; CEM-8, www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Events/CEM8
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, CCUS, International Energy Agency, CCS, Carbon Capture and Storage,
The carbon capture facility incorporates three stacked shipping containers that hold six CO2 sponge-like collectors each. . Fans draw ambient air into and through the collectors until they are fully saturated, while clean, CO2-free air is released back into the atmosphere, a process that takes about three hours. The containers are closed and then heated to 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit), after which the pure CO2 gas is released into containers that can be buried or used for other purposes.
Climeworks sell containers of carbon dioxide gas to a number of key markets, including food and beverage industries, commercial agriculture, the energy sector and the automotive industry.
(Source: Climeworks, Digital Journal, 6 June, 2017) Contact: Climeworks, www.climeworks.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, CO2, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Capture,
Carbon-based fuels supply more than 85 pct of China's primary energy needs. Based on 2012 a pilot study, a commercial scale demonstration project could abate 1 million tpy of CO2, which is equivalent to abating annual CO2 emissions from nearly 220,000 cars. The demo project would be the first such CCS project in the PRC.
The Asia Development Bank (ADB) will support technical and front-end engineering design work for the CCS project, including a feasibility study, environmental and social impact assessments, and monitoring. The technical assistance will support a team of experts at the Joint Engineering Research Center at Northwest University in designing a comprehensive strategy to help China promote CCS. (Source: ADB, NDRC, The Financial, 6 June, 2017) Contact: Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of China, en.ndrc.gov.cn;
Asia Dev. Bank, www.adb.org;
Northwest University Joint Engineering Research Center, (847) 491-5224, http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture, Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of China, ADB,
During the TCM test campaign, ION conducted over 150 individual experiments, testing its system on residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) gas from Statoil's refinery, which closely resembles the CO2 concentration of the flue gas produced in coal-fired power plants. It also tested on flue gas from TCM's combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which is fueled by natural gas.
ION's proprietary ALAS is comprised of a liquid absorbent, process technology, and the company's newest analytical technology, a Multicomponent Liquid Analyzer, (MLA), which is capable of near-real-time compositional analysis of the liquid absorbent.
To date, ION is the only U.S. company to have successfully tested its capture technology on RFCC gas at TCM.
Over $25 million in funding for the tests was provided by the US Dept. of Energy's NETL, with significant in-kind contributions from TCM.
(Source: ION Engineering, PR, 7 June, 2017) Contact: ION Engineering, Dr. Buz Brown, CEO,
www.ion-engineering.com; Technology Center Mongstad, +47 56 34 52 20, www.tcmda.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ION Engineering, CCS, Mongstad ,
One plants it proposed near the CarbonNet carbon disposal project in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, and the other near the Collie South West Hub sequestration project in Western Australia. For the plants to be economically viable, the price of oil needs to be approximately $95 per barrel, according to Collie Synfuels.
(Source: Collie Synfuels, Australia Financial Review, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Collie Synfuels, Collie Synfuels, director Costa Tsesmelis, MD, +61 (0)8 9446 9057, www.collie-synfuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Synfuel,
GCE plans completing projected production figures, production goals, sales figures and site acquisition costs in the very near future, and
will be meeting with its' underwriter to determine the REIT pricing, according to a release. Global Clean Energy plans on becoming the managing general partner and retain 20 pct equity ownership of the REIT. The final size of the offering will be determined based on the speed at which the operation can be built out. (Source: Global Clean Energy Inc., PR, 6 June, 2017) Contact:
GLOBAL Clean Energy, INC.,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy, Algae, Biofuel,
The Arunachal Pradesh government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NRL for supplying locally sourced bamboo for feedstock.
Three-quarters of Arunachal Pradesh's abundant and fast-growing bamboo resources are presently wasted.
(Source: Numaligarh Refinery, Indian Express, Think Change India, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery, www.nrl.co.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bamboo, Biofuel,
The transcriptome was characterized to search for homologous transcripts of genes involved in important metabolic pathways, such as lignin and cellulose biosynthesis. Homologous transcripts of genes involved in stomatal development and those related to stress-associated proteins (SAPs) were also identified.
This study provides the first available leaf transcriptome for giant reed. These data will be highly useful for studying the mechanisms underlying its extreme adaptability. The identification of homologous transcripts of metabolic pathways also offers a platform for genetic improvement. (Source: Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA), 7 June, 2017) Contact: University of Tuscia, +39 0761 3571, http://www.unitus.it
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,
CEZ Group has been active in the wind energy sector in Romania, Germany, Turkey and the Czech Republic, and currently operates more than 700 MW of wind farms in Europe.
ABO Wind has to date developed and connected 616 turbines with a total installed capacity of over 1,300 MW, 286 MW of which is in France. (Source: CEZ Group, June, 2017) Contact: CEZ Group, Tomas Pleskac, Chief Renewable Energy and Distribution Officer,
+420 211 041 111, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cez.cz; ABO Wind, +49 (0)611 267 65-0, email@example.com, www.abo-wind.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CEZ Group , ABO Wind, Wind,
Since RAP launched late 2015, close to 10 pct of New Westminster's rental apartments have participated, collectively saving over 9,000 gigajoules (GJ) of natural gas, cutting energy consumption by 12 to 27 pct(depending on the building size and level of participation), and cutting CO2 output by more than 500 tonnes. (Source: City of New Westminster, Canadian Free Press Release, 5 June, 2017) Contact: City of New Westminster, Norm Connolly, Community Energy Manager, (604) 527-4572, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.newwestcity.ca;
FortisBC, www.fortisbc.com, www.fortisbc.com/commercialawards
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, FortisBC,
The 2017 Enviva Forest Conservation Fund grant recipients are:
$175, 000 to Ducks Unlimited to assist with the acquisition of more than 6,000 acres in Camden County, North Carolina; North Carolina Coastal Land Trust is receiving $200,000 to help acquire 1,000 acres in Bertie County, North Carolina; and the Virginia Department of Forestry willreceive $125,000 to support a conservation easement on more than 1,000 acres in Sussex County, Virginia.
(Source: Enviva Holdings LP, June 07, 2017) Contact: Enviva Biomass, www.envivabiomass.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva, Enviva Biomass,
Construction on the first of the woody biomass plants will begin on 13 June in the city of Kamisu, Ibraki Prefecture, on the site of a former factory. With construction set to finish in April 2019, the 24,400kw facility is expected to generate 200 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year by burning woodchips. (Source: Goldman Sachs,
Nikkei Asian Review, June, 2017) Contact: Japan Renewable Energy, www.jre.co.jp/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Goldman Sachs,
The 125-turbine wind farm, near Wilmont, is currently under development with construction slated to get underway in the second half of 2018. Commissioning and startup is expected in December 2019.
The Nobles 2 project is part of a development portfolio that Tenaska acquired in 2016 from PRC Wind. Minnesota Power, which selected the project following a competitive process, has an option to purchase the wind farm after 10 years of production. (Source: Tanaska, Minnesota Power, RenewablesNow, Others, 7 June, 2017)
Contact: Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, email@example.com; www.tenaskacapital.com; Minnesota Power, ALLETE, Alan Hodnik, Pres., CEO, Dave McMillan, Exec. VP, (218) 722-2625, www.mnpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Power, Tenaska, Wind,
According to the economists, the high price and price certainty would give businesses and governments an incentive to lower emissions even when fossil fuels are relatively inexpensive. They also suggest that poor countries could aim for a lower tax since their economies are more vulnerable.
On March 15, 2017 we quoted Lord Stern: "The basic scientific conclusions on climate change are very robust and for good reason. The greenhouse effect is simple science: greenhouse gases trap heat, and humans are emitting ever more greenhouse gases." (Source: AFP, Various Media, June, 207) Contact: Lord Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics, +44 (0) 20 7955-7871; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lse.ac.uk; Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University, (212) 854-1481,email@example.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Lord Nicholas Stern,
According to the report, ADB is helping to improve regional energy systems by: promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy; maximizing access to energy; and promoting energy sector reform, capacity building, and effective governance.
The report also provides a summary of existing operations and regional initiatives as well as the impacts of ADB-supported energy initiatives completed in 2016 and ongoing in 2017.
(Source: Asian Development Bank, Pacifik, 5 June, 2017) Contact: ADB, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, www.adb.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank, Renewable Energy, Clean Energfy, Renewable Energy,
The utility, which has money each year for incentive programs including a lighting rebate and HVAC rebate, would not require additional funding from the city for the new program.
The Water and Light Advisory Board has approved further development of the new incentives program which is still in its conceptual stage.
(Source: Columbia Water & Light, Columbia Tribune, 4 June, 2017) Contact: Columbia Water & Light, Tina Worley, Utility Services Manager, John Wulff, Key Accounts Energy Management, (573) 874-7325, www.como.gov/WaterandLight
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Eficiency Incentive,
According to the company, SEER identifies, secures, and commercializes patented and proprietary environmental clean technologies in several multibillion dollar sectors (including oil & gas, renewable fuels, and all types of waste management, both solid and gaseous . The company four wholly-owned operating subsidiaries: REGS, LLC; Tactical Cleaning Company, LLC; MV Technologies, LLC and SEER Environmental Materials, LLC; and two majority-owned subsidiaries -- Paragon Waste Solutions, LLC; and ReaCH4biogas . (Source: SEER, PR, 6 June, 2017) Contact: SEER, John Combs, (720) 460-3522, www.seer-corp.com;
New Seneca Partners, www.senecapartners.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources,
The company plans to build a complex of three limited liability companies including
Boise Biogas which will operate anaerobic methane gas digesters to produce biogas and byproducts that will result in fertilizer, compost and livestock bedding.
DualFuel Technology will clean and compress the biogas so it can be delivered through a pipeline for retail sale, but the gas will not be stored on site. Another company, Bio Ag Resources will use sorghum fiber in a pulping process to make fiber-molded plates, bowls and other products. (Source: Treasure Valley Renewables, Idaho Press Tribune, 5 June, 2017) Contact: Treasure Valley Renewables,
Neill Goodfellow, VP, 804 Nw 24th St B,
Fruitland, ID, 83619, USA
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum news, Biogas news, anaerobic digestion news, Methane news,
In Easton, Solect Energy has constructed a 2.8-MW SunPower solar carport system at Stonehill College. The college will buy electricity generated by the system at a competitive rate under a power purchase agreement (PPA) arranged by SunPower which requires no upfront investment.
In Bridgewater, Green Street has developed a 4.1-MW SunPower® Helix™ Roof system at Ajax United Drive, LLC. Green Street will own the offsite solar power system and renewable energy credits while Attleboro Public Schools will purchase the power through a 20-year PPA. Energy from the system is expected to meet about 75 pct of electricity needs for five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.
SunPower solar technology has also helped a number of Massachusetts schools save on energy costs, including Cape Cod Community College, Clark University, Edgerly School, Harvard University, and University of Massachusetts Lowell. (Source: SunPower Corp., PR, Stockhouse, June, 2017) Contact: Solect Energy , www.solect.com; SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP, www.sunpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower, Solar,
The Paris targets are actually less ambitious than those in the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act which calls for a 30 pct reduction by 2025, and 80 pct by 2050. Since 2007, Minnesota has required utilities to increase their use of alternative energy sources and has tracked greenhouse gas reductions by sectors.
2007 Next Generation Energy Act, http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=861895ac-f2eb-4489-a922-231b94a57a64.
(Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, Various Others, 2 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, GHGs, Paris Climate Accord,
GBCI Canada is expected to begin delivering LEED v4 and all other GBCI rating systems via LEED Online and Arc during early 2018. It will use Canadian staff for support.
On Monday, CaGBC announced the Zero Carbon Building Standard for Canada and will continue to deliver and support this program, which aims to both eliminate carbon from buildings and promote the creation of more renewable energy in these structures. (Source: CaGBC, PR, June, 2017)
Contact: Green Business Certification Inc., (202) 828-1145, www.gbci.org; CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council, Green Building, LEED Certification, ,
SB145 requires the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) beginning on January 1 and ending in December 2023, to authorize the payment of incentives of up to $2 million per year for the installation of solar energy systems and distributed generation systems at locations that benefit low-income customers. The bill also requires creation of a Legislative Committee on Energy, and directs it to conduct an interim study analyzing the development of renewable energy, viability, expansion and implementation of energy efficiency programs. The bill also directs the new committee to analyze the viability of establishing green banks and similar entities to help finance the use and harnessing of clean energy projects in this State, for commercial and residential properties.
The governor also signed Senate Bill 204, which was recommended by the Governor's New Energy Industry Task Force and requires the PUC to determine if it is in the public interest for utilities to purchase energy storage. The act becomes effective on July 1, 2017 and the PUC must make its determination by October 1, 2018. (Source: Office of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, PV Mag, Others, June, 2017)
Contact: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, gov.nv.gov/Contact/Email-the-Governor
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Incentive, Solar, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage,
In partnership with the ILR School's Worker Institute at Cornell University and Climate Jobs NY, the scheme will significantly expand energy efficiency and solar installations at public buildings, with a particular focus on wind and solar.
Additionally, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is partnering with a consortium of banks to help municipalities finance energy efficiency and solar projects and plans to install more than 125MW of solar capacity in schools and other public buildings by 2020. (Source: NYSERDA, NYPA, Energy Live News, Others, 5 June, 2017) Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; NYPA, (914) 681-8186, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nypa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA, Wind.Solar, NYPA,
In exchange for providing the program with building information, owners will be offered financial and non-financial incentives such as tenant information workshops, awards recognition and a rebate of up to $1,500 for each building that undergoes commercial energy audits. They will also be advised of Energy Efficiency Alberta programs for which they may qualify. The city will use the information gathered to set future benchmarks for building owners and develop strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The city has committed 20 of its own building to the program, including City Hall. (Source: City of Edmonton, Edmonton Journal, 5 June, 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Lisa Dockman, Snr. Environmental Project Manager, (780) 442-5311, www.edmonton.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
Lockheed Martin is one of 21 companies selected to implement Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) designed to create federal infrastructure improvements and energy savings. The individual projects are part of an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract shared across all contractors, and with a base period of five years with one 18-month extension option.
Under previously awarded contracts, Lockheed Martin Energy has implemented and is developing numerous innovative projects, including an energy retrofit of the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua that delivers savings of more than 50 percent in energy use and cost.
Lockheed Martin Energy is a line of business within Lockheed Martin that delivers comprehensive solutions across the energy industry to include demand response solutions, energy efficiency, energy storage, nuclear systems, tidal energy technologies and waste-to-energy generation.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, PR, 5 June, 2017) Contact: Lockheed Martin, said Bobbie Griffin, Federal Energy Solutions Programs Manager, www.lockheedmartin.com/energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lockheed Martin, Energy Efficiency,