The cap, which limits how many tonnes of GHG pollution businesses and institutions can emit, will drop each year to encourage lower emissions. Companies must have enough carbon credits to cover their emissions if they exceed the cap. Companies can trade allowances to help them comply or to sell surplus credits. Facilities and natural gas distributors with over 25,000 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions are required to participate in the program. Electric power importers and fuel suppliers that sell more than 200 lpy are included.
The Ontario Government expects the program to generate approximately $1.9 billion per year which will be invested in projects that cut GHG pollution.
(Source: Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Tax News, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Christine Van Geyn, Ontario Director , (647) 343-4150, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Ontario Carbon Tax, Ontario Cap-and-Trade ,
The Good Traveler Program began a year ago at the San Diego International Airport and has offset about 9.8 million air miles or 1,770 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to an airport release. (Source: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin American Statesman, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, www.abia.org; The Good Traveler, www.thegoodtraveler.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Good Traveler Program , Carbon Emissions, Carbon Footprint,
This study examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using dedicated energy crops: a subsidy for bioelectricity generation; a national Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS); and a national cap-and-trade policy to limit CO2 emissions.
Model results suggest that energy crops as a share of total cropland by region would be greatest in the Northern Plains, Southeast, and Appalachia. Even though the impact of energy crop production on land use across scenarios is similar by design, the impacts on other model outputs are quite different, including the mix of electricity-generating technologies, the price of electricity, CO2 emissions and the cost relative to a no-policy reference scenario. For example, the price of electricity increases with cap-and-trade but declines with a bioelectricity subsidy. In all scenarios, U.S. CO2 emissions decrease relative to the reference scenario, but are greatest in the cap-and-trade scenario.
Both the EPA and Dept. of Interior have written rules to limit the methane emissions from oil and natural gas drilling.
All of the rules McCarthy mentioned were finalized by Obama last year within the time period that allows Congress to undo them through the Congressional Review Act. (Source: The Hill, Various Others, 4 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Rep. Kevin McCarhy, (202) 225-2915, https://kevinmccarthy.house.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Coal,
The following trends were identified by The Climate Trust based on interactions with their diverse group of working partners -- government, investors, project developers, large businesses, and the philanthropic community:
"In 2016, a number of our predictions came to fruition, including an increased number of institutions committing to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of the transition to a clean energy future. The divest movement has provided a valuable market signal to support the needed flows of conservation finance. Riding this wave of interest from large institutions, late last year, The Trust executed a milestone contract with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation -- securing a $5.5 million Program-Related Investment to seed our first-of-its-kind carbon investment fund," said The Climate Trust's Director of Investments Kristen Kleiman.
The Climate Trust was founded to administer the first legislation in the nation to curb carbon emissions -- the Oregon Carbon Dioxide Standard which requires fossil fuel-fired power plants to reduce or offset their emissions. The Trust provides funding for high-quality projects that reduce pollution. As of June, 2016, over 920,000 tonnes of CO2 have been retired from Oregon projects that are expected to reduce almost 2 million tonnes of emissions over their lifetime.
(Source: Climate Trust, PR, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: The Climate Trust, Sean Penrith, Executive Director, (503) 238-1915, www.climatetrust.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News The Climate Trust, Carbon Market,
The AFPM syas its refining members are adversely impacted by EPA's "overestimate of 2016 cellulosic biofuel production" and are unable to acquire the requisite amount of cellulosic biofuel Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to comply with EPA's 2016 cellulosic mandate under the RFS.
"Although the 2016 compliance year is not complete, it is now obvious that there will be a significant shortfall in the quantity of cellulosic biofuels available for compliance. Indeed, the EPA Moderated Transaction System (EMTS) data posted through October (the most recent data available) confirms that the cellulosic biofuel industry has not produced enough qualified product to enable compliance with the 2016 cellulosic standard.
In fact, analyzing the amount of cellulosic fuel produced through November results in a 2016 annualized cellulosic biofuel production rate between 173.8 and 190 million gallons, approximately 40-60 million gallons short of EPA's estimated target," the AFPM said. (Source: AFPM, Various Media, Jan., 2017)
Contact: AFPM, C. Thompson, (202) 457-0480, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.afpm.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Cellulosic Biofuel, RFS,
Making the US Navy 'green' has been one of the current SECNAV's stated goals. A recent GAO report stated, "alternative jet fuels produced on a commercial scale using the HEFA process would require a subsidy of $0.35 to $2.86 per gallon to be price-competitive with conventional jet fuels in 2020." (Source: Naval Aviation News, SOFREP News, 4 Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News SECNAV, Greatr Green Fleet, US Navy, Biofuel, Jet Biofuel, Green Fleet,
The agency offers a $1,500 rebate for vehicles that run exclusively on propane and natural gas and a $1,350 rebate on bi-fuel vehicles purchased on or after Jan. 1. It also offers rebates for battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and for electric vehicle charging stations.
(Source: DNREC, NGT News, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: DNREC, www.dnrec.state.de.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Bi-Fuel, Alternative Fuel,
For 2017, Greensmith predicts:
energy storage market will go global; there will be more federal funding and tax credits for energy storage systems;
grid-scale batteries ship for under $300 per kWh;
control software will take center stage;
energy storage providers will be pressured for greater industry consolidations; and
developers will ask for fewer pilot projects and more long-term solutions and strategies.
(Source: Greensmith Energy, PR, Bus.Wire, Dec., 2016) Contact: Greensmith Energy, John Jung, Pres., Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950, email@example.com, www.greensmithenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greensmith Energy, Energy Storage,
Receipt of orders prior to the year end is noteworthy as
Dec. 31 is the deadline of the federal wind Production Tax Credit.
Projects that start construction in 2016, a definition that includes the option of spending millions of dollars on orders of wind turbines to be installed over the next few years, qualify for a $23 tax credit for every megawatt the wind farm produces ever hour for its first 10 years in operation.
For projects that begin construction in 2017, the credit is at 80 pct of the full value; dropping to 60 pct for projects started in 2018; down to 40 pct of the original value for projects started in 2019.
(Source: Vestas, Denver Bus. Journal, Other Media, 29 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas, Wind,
According to the report, the airside energy efficiency market is expanding globally as the need for higher ventilation competes with the need for lower energy costs. Installing airside energy efficient systems is a relatively inexpensive way to ensure continued savings, especially in highly conditioned buildings such as data centers. The global airside energy efficient HVAC market is expected to grow from $2.7 billion in 2016 to $4.4 billion in 2025.
North America and Europe, markets with stricter energy efficiency regulations, are expected to grow rapidly during the next decade, with Europe accounting for more than half of the ERV market by 2025.
The report provides an analysis of the market issues, including drivers and barriers associated with airside energy efficiency. Global market forecasts are broken out by region and building type, extend through 2025. The report also examines the key technologies related to airside energy efficiency, as well as the competitive landscape.
Review a free report executive Summary at
www.navigantresearch.com. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact:
Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.navigantresearch.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research, HVAC, Energy Efficiency,
The New Bridge Note was issued January 1, 2017 and replaces the US$5,000,000 secured bridge note issued by BIOX in June 2016 concurrent with BIOX's investment in the World Energy BIOX Biofuels LLC joint venture, which acquired a 90 million gpy nameplate capacity biodiesel facility in Houston, Texas.
BIOX, which owns 287.5 million lpy of nameplate biodiesel production capacity at plants in southern Ontario and Texas, uses its proprietary and patented production process that uses pure seed oils, animal fats an other feedstocks. (Source: BIOX Corp, PR, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: BIOX, Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253, email@example.com, www.bioxcorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BIOX Corp., Biodiesel,
The new Climate Leadership Plan, which came into effect on Jan. 1, imposes carbon levies for energy use by Alberta residents, companies, municipalities and just about everything in between.
(Source: Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, Mountain View Gazette, Dec. 27, 2016) Contact: Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties,
Al Kemmere, Pres, (780) 955-3639, www.aamdc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax, Climate Change,
The Lufthansa-owned Swiss International Air Lines contended that its treatment under the EU's Emission Trading System (EU ETS) infringed on the principle of equal treatment under EU law by treating Switzerland differently from other third countries. The ECJ disagreed with the airline and ruled that the bloc was not obliged to treat all countries outside the bloc equally.
Although not an EU member, Switzerland has a special trading status within the EU, including on climate legislation. It is also the only nation outside the EU whose flights are subject to the EU ETS. As such, Swiss International Airlines has had to surrender its emissions allowances for flights to and from EEA states and Switzerland. It had sought damages for these carbon permits, worth millions of euros.(Source: Swiss Air, Manila Bulletin, Other Media, Reuters, 27 Dec., 2016) Contact: European Court of Justice, http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/j_6/en/; Swiss International Air Lines, www.swiss.com/corporate
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS, Carbon Emissions,
The provincial levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the circumstances, at the rate of CAD $20 per tonne in 2017 rising to $30 per tonne in 2018.
The carbon tax is expected to raise $9.6 billion over the next five years. $3.4 billion will be used to support large scale renewable energy, bioenergy and technology. $2.2 billion will be plowed into green infrastructure, including public transit; and $645 million is earmarked for the Energy Efficiency Alberta program. The remaining $3.4 billion will go towards assisting mitigate the impacts of the levy on low and middle income families, businesses and other groups.
The province aims to phase out all coal-fired power in the province by 2030 and has set a 30 pct target for renewable energy production.
Download Alberta carbon levy and rebates details
HERE. (Source: Province of Alberta, Various Media, 3 Jan., 2016)Contact: Province of Alberta, Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, http://esrd.alberta.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax,
Citing the Ontario Auditor General's report that indicates cap-and-trade will cost businesses and households about $8 billion from 2017 to 2020, the Green Party coalition of chambers expressed concern over the tax's economic impact.
The Chambers of Commerce group cited the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president was a reason to delay cap-and-trade.
According to the group, if Canada imposes a carbon tax and Trump doesn't, Canadian industries will be hurt. (Source: Various Media, Sudbury Star, 26 Dec., 2016) Contact: Ontario Chambers of Commerce, www.occ.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade, CarbonTax, Cap-and-Trade,
Volta, which was founded in 2014, manufactures turn-key lithium-ion energy storage systems for recreational vehicles, marine and specialty commercial vehicle applications. Volta systems use tested, automotive-grade lithium-ion technology to provide more energy with less noise, space, weight, and charging time than traditional methods.
(Source: Volta Power Systems, PR, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Volta Power Storage,
Jack Johnson, (616) 931-3661, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.voltaps.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Volta Power Systems , Lithium-ion, Energy Storage,
Editor's note: According to Architectural Record, U.S. federal buildings have been seen as leaders in energy-efficient retrofits and new green construction -- but that could change. Trump has vowed to rescind many of President Barack Obama's executive orders, which could include the one signed in February 2015 requiring that federal buildings cut energy use by 2.5 pct each year through 2025. (Source: Washington Policy Center, Others, Architectural Record, 1 Jan., 2017) Contact: Washington Policy Center, Center for the Environment, Todd Myers, Dir., (206) 937-9691, email@example.com, www.washingtonpolicy.org/centers/detail/center-for-the-environment
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, LEED CertificationCenter for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center,
Pumped storage facilities are dams. During low-demand periods, power from alternatives such as wind and solar facilities is used to pump water up behind the dams. When demand increases, water is released through hydroelectric generators to produce power.
(Source: Absaroka Energy, Alpena News, 3 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Absaroka Energy, (406) 585-3006, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.absarokaenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Solar, Energy Storage,
Turbine delivery is slated for Q2 of this year for commissioning before the year end. (Source: Vestas, SeeNews, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Vestas, Chris Beaufait, Pres., Asia Pacific and China, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Huadian Power International Corporation,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas, Wind Turbine,
RES will serve as the lead developer and balance-of-plant provider for projects. The deal allows Southern Power to serve as co-developer for future projects. (Source: Southern Co., Kallanish Energy, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Southern Power, Buzz Millar, CEO, CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com;
Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, www.res-americas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Wind,
LM Wind Power's carbon neutral "CleanLM" program includes: reductions in the company's carbon emissions through operational efficiencies; using 100 pct renewable electricity, particularly from wind, in conjunction with partners and customers and effective from 2017; and offsetting its remaining emissions through carbon credits.
Since its 1978 launch, LM Wind Power has produced more than 185,000 blades which corresponds to approximately 77 gigawatts of installed wind power capacity which each year effectively replaces approximately 147 million tons of CO2.
(Source: LM Wind Power, Offshore Wind Journal, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: LM Wind Power, Marc de Jong, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, email@example.com, www.lmwindpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power, Wind, Carbon Neutral,
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global ethanol bus market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report covers ethanol-based vehicles and their development timeline and ethanol buses in detail.
According to the report, E10 is the most commonly used ethanol blended automotive fuel available in the US, but E15 has huge growth potential in the US automotive industry.
Report details are available HERE (Source: ReportsnReports, Dec., 2016) Contact: ReportsnReports, + + 888 391 5441, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.reportsandreports.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Biofuel Blend, E10, E15,
LanzaTech is currently building commercial ethanol facilities using waste gases in China with China's largest steel company, Shougang, and in Belgium with the world's largest steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal. (Source: LanzaTech, Stuff NZ, 3 Jan., 2016) Contact: ArcelorMittal, www.arcelormittal.com; PNNL, www.pnnl.gov; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, email@example.com, www.lanzatech.com; Virgin Atlantic, Craig Kreeger, CEO, www.virgin-atlantic.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Virgin Atlantic, LanzaTech, ArcelorMittal, Aviation Biofuel, PNNL,
The 8.335-cent-per-gallon payment rate applies to eligible blends that contain a minimum of 10 pct biofuel. The rate increases 0.8335 cents for every 1 pct of biofuel content above 10 pct, up to a maximum BPI payment rate of 25 cents per gallon. According to the CCC, up to $50 million is expected to be available for the incentive program through fiscal year 2018.
Details and additional information is available
HERE. (Source: USDA Commodity Credit Corp, Jan., 2017) Contact: USDA Commodity Credit Corp., (202) 720-3865, www.fsa.usda.gov/about-fsa/structure-and-organization/commodity-credit-corporation/index
More Low-Carbon Energy News Drop-in Biofuel, USDA, Biofuel Incnetive, Navy Biofuel,
The order, which is scheduled for 2017 and 2018 delivery, includes compact heat exchangers that will be used to recover energy in the gas cleaning process, thereby cutting the plant's power consumption and CO2 emissions.
(Source: Alfa Laval, 2 Jan., 2017) Contact: Alfa Laval, Svante Karlsson, Pres., Process Technology, Peter Torstensson,
VP Communications, + 46 46 36 72 31, www.alfalaval.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval, Energy Efficiency ,
Viridity serves primarily retail energy providers, utilities, and large industrial and commercial clients. The company's offerings help clients optimize and monetize their energy management, demand response and storage facilities potential by interacting on their behalf with regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.
Viridity has over 850 MW across 3,000 sites, including management of a portfolio of non-utility storage assets located in the northeastern US, under contract. (Source: Ormat Technologies, PR, 3 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Ormat Technologies,
Investor Relations, (775) 376-2030,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ormat.inc; Viridity Energy, Mack Treece, COO, CEO, (484) 534-2222, email@example.com, http://viridityenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridity Energy, Ormat Technologies, Energy Storage,
To that end, the Changhua County Commission
will seek central government approval to engage in carbon emissions trading. The Commission is also working with state-run Taiwan Power Company to develop green energy. The Commission has also sealed deals with four non-Chinese companies for the construction of wind and solar facilities valued at more than $30.billion, according to the Changhua County Commission.
(Source: Changhua County Commission, Taipei Times, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Taiwan Power Company, www.taipower.com.tw
More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market, Taiwan Power Company , China Carbon Emissions, Carbon Market,
The Cass County Board of Supervisors will issue a $4 million bond for infrastructure work on the 102-acre site just outside of Atlantic.
(Source: IRFA, Various Media, Wallaces Farmer, 2 Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Elite Octane,
The process uses patented carbon-stripping technology from UK-based Carbon Clean Solutions to capture 60,000 tpy of CO2. The plant, which has received no government support, is now running with virtually no emissions seeping into air or water.
The Carbon Clean Solutions technology converts captured carbon into soda ash, which is used as a base chemical in glass manufacturing, paper production and others applications.
Carbon Clean's technology differs from current CO2-derised chemical materials, most of which are usually produced cheaply in the brewing industry, in that it is less corrosive, and requires less energy and equipment handling, according to the company.
(Source: Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals, Carbon Clean Solutions, edie, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Carbon Clean Solutions, Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +91 22 26545 1955, www.carboncleansolutions.com;
Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals, +91 44 2434 4305, www.tacfert.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Clean Solutions, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Capture,
The facility, which has been out of production since 2015, will be used for storage and pre-treatment of feedstocks for Neste's renewable diesel refineries. (Source: Neste. Various Media, Biofuel Int'l, Jan., 2016) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379, (713) 407-4400 - Houston, Texas office, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.neste.com;
Electrawinds ReFuel B.V., +31 115 478 420, ewi.electrawinds.be
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste, Biodiesel,
The Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance would require buildings of 20,000 square-feet or more to annually report energy and water usage to the Department of Building and Safety. These buildings, along with buildings of 15,000 square-feet or larger, will be required to take action to reduce their consumption.
A preliminary analysis by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA and the nonprofit City Energy project finds that 50 pct of L.A.'s electricity demand comes from just 4 pct of its buildings.
(Source: My News LA, Proudgreenbuilding, Others, Jan. , 2017) Contact: Los Angeles City Council, www.lacity.org/city-government/city-council; California Center for Sustainable Communities, ccsc.environment.ucla.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Angeles City Council, Energy Benchmark, Energy Efficiency,
NJRCEV invests in, owns and operates clean energy projects that provide low-carbon energy solutions. To date, the company has focused on commercial and residential solar project development in New Jersey and onshore wind projects across the country.
(Source: New Jersey Resources, Dec., 2016) Contact: New Jersey Resources,
Laurence M. Downes, CEO, Joanne Fairechio, Investor Relations, (732) 378-4967,
More Low-Carbon Energy News NJR Clean Energy, Wind ,
The Salt Fork Wind Project, located in Donley and Gray Counties, Texas, utilizes 87 Vestas wind turbines. The Tyler Bluff Wind Facility in Cooke County, Texas, consists of 52 Siemens wind turbines.
EDF Renewable Services, the operations and maintenance subsidiary of EDF RE, will provide balance-of-plant services for the projects. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, Electric Light & Power, Other Media, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, www.edf-renewable-energy.com; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power, EDF Renewable Energy, Wind,
As part of the $587 million sale, Petrobras sold its 46 pct stake in ethanol producer Guarani SA, which was acquired for $202 million by its French partner Tereos SA, which will now own all of the company.
Petrobras also reported the sale of two petrochemical units -- Petroquimica Suape and Citepe -- to Mexican group Alpek SAB de CV subsidiaries Grupo Petrotemex SA de CV and Dak Americas Exterior SL for $385 million.
Petrobras is selling off noncore assets in a bid to reduce its $125 billion debt, the largest in the global oil industry.
(Source: Petrobras, MercoPress, 30 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Petrobras, www.petrobras.com; Tereos, Alexis Duval, CEO, email@example.com, www.tereos.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Petrobras , Biofuel, Sugar Ethanol, Tereos,
The $7 million project is thought to be in response to the rising costs of blending ethanol under the federal renewable fuel standard, which reportedly cost PBF Energy $95 million during Q2, 2016.
(Source: (Source: PBF Energy, AgWeb, AP, News Journal of Wilmington, delawareonline, Dec. 28, 2016) Contact: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, www.dnrec.state.de.us; PBF Energy, (973) 455-7500, www.pbfenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Ethanol, PBF Energy, Ethanol Blend, Ethanol Storage,
Retail fuel costs, which are significantly higher in Bangladesh compared to international market prices, have yielded huge profits for the government in previous years. The government is apparently reluctant to implement the fuel carbon tax due to possible public backlash, even though the World Bank proposal
calls for the government to assist the most vulnerable segments of the population with a portion of the collected tax.
(Source: World Bank, Daily Times, 26 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Bangladesh Minister for Finance and Planning, www.mof.gov.bd; World Bank, (202) 473-1000, www.worldbank.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Bangladesh, World Bank,
"If you examine the temperature record of the last decade, it really hadn't changed. I know you will like to hear that as it (does not) comport to some of the views of others, but last 10 years' temperatures had been relatively flat." -- Rex Tillerson, Exxon CEO, Pres.-elect Trump's Secretary of State nominee
More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon, Climate Change,
In its year-end draft report, EC4 recognizes progress on mitigating greenhouse gases but concludes that Rhode Island must make drastic changes to its energy and transportation sectors to meet long-term emission reductions. Forty percent of those emissions come from the transportation sector, 20 pct from electric power production and 20 pct from residential heating.
The report also states how these sources of emissions might transform over the next 33 years. The biggest changes call for a dramatic shift from natural gas and diesel power to renewable energy, biofuels and electric vehicles. In order to cut emissions 80 pct by 2050, 76 pct of car and truck travel must come from electric vehicles and the vast majority of electric power generation must be fueled by carbon-free sources.
The report further suggests that can be curtailed by expanding local and state-wide energy-efficiency initiatives and programs, promptly repairing natural-gas leaks, reducing landfill gas emissions and supporting energy storage technologies, all of which can be supported by economic-stimulus programs. Recommended policies include further expansion of regional emission-reduction efforts for New England and eastern Canada. This is includes the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Rhode Island has already reached its emission-reduction target for 2020. The challenge is meeting longer-range cuts -- 45 pct by 2035 and 80 pct by 2050.
(Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, eco'RI news, 28 Dec., 2016) Contact: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Janet Coit, Dir., (401) 222-6800, http://www.dem.ri.gov; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org; Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, www.planning.ri.gov/statewideplanning/climate
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, RGGI,
The province also has a plan to help wean Islanders off of carbon-based fuels by providing home energy audits and energy efficiency retrofit grants to offset the carbon tax.
(Source: Guardian, Various Media, CBC, 28 Dec., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, PEI Carbon Tax,
The report sets the foundation for the development of BETO's multi-year program plans, annual operating plans, and technology program areas as well as identifying opportunities to adapt and align BETO activities and project portfolios with those in both the public and private sectors.
The Strategic Plan centers around four key opportunities: enhancing the bioenergy value proposition; mobilizing the nation's biomass resources; cultivating end-use markets and customers; and expanding stakeholder engagement and collaboration. The Strategic Plan outlines goals for each of these key opportunities, which will be implemented through a range of sub-strategies and measured by specified success indicators.
Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy details are HERE. (Source: US DOE, BETO, PR, 29 Dec., 2016)
Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Technologies Office ,
The following universities are being funded:
Cornell University in Ithaca NY, New York University, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Dearborn , University of Alabama,
Louisiana State University , Mass. Institute of Technology, Yale University,
University of Central Florida (Orlando, Florida. (Source: US DOE, PR, EIN, 30 Dec., 2016) Contact: DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, Vehicle Technologies Office https://energy.gov/eere/vehicles/vehicle-technologies-office
More Low-Carbon Energy News BETO, Biorefinery, Biofuel, DOE EERE,
Studied in many academic and industrial laboratories for two decades, organic solar cells have experienced a continuous and steady improvement in their power conversion efficiency with laboratory values reaching 13 percent compared to around 20 percent for commercial silicon-based cells. Though polymer-based cells are currently less efficient, they require less energy to produce than silicon cells and can be more easily recycled at the end of their lifetimes. Thin films of organic semiconductors and their blends are immersed in polyoxometalate solutions in nitromethane for a brief time -- on the order of minutes. The geometry of these new devices is unique as the functions of hole and electron collection are built into the light-absorbing active layer, resulting in the simplest single-layer geometry with few interfaces.
Organic solar cells are unique within the context of providing transparent, flexible and easy-to-fabricate energy-producing devices. These could result in a host of novel applications, such as energy-harvesting windows and films that enable zero-cost farming by creating greenhouses that support crops and produce energy at the same time.
The work was funded in part by a Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research Award, through the MURI Center CAOP, Office of Naval Research Award and by the Department of Energy through the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium.
(Source: UCSB, PR, Nature Materials, NoozHawk, 28 Dec., 2016) Contact: UCSB Center for Polymers and Organic Solids , Guillermo Bazan, Dir., (805) 893-5270. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chem.ucsb.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News University of California-Santa Barbara, Solar Cell, Organic Solar Cell,
As part of the newly-signed cooperation agreement, ACC will provide construction and financing for the solar systems, while SUMEC New Energy & Development Co Ltd will deliver technical support, engineering design and other services.
ACC noted that this cooperation will speed up the development of its rooftop solar business in mainland China. Earlier this year, the company announced partnerships with solar modules suppliers Ten K Solar of the US and Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) and Canadian Solar (Source: ACC, Various Media, SeeNews, 28 Dec., 2016) Contact: ACC, www.asiacleancapital.com; SUMEC New Energy & Development Co., en.sumec.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Asia Clean Capital, Solar, China Solar,
The funded projects are required to share the cost at a minimum of 50 pct and to develop and execute plans for the manufacturing of advanced or cellulosic biofuels, bioproducts, refinery-compatible intermediates, and/or biopower in a domestic pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. Projects could receive additional federal funds of up to $15 million for pilot-scale facilities or $45 million for demonstration-scale facilities.
The following projects will utilize thermochemical, biochemical, algal, and hybrid conversion technologies to generate the data required to enable future commercial-scale facilities: