Cities account for two-thirds of the world's energy demand and 70 pct of energy-related emissions, the report said, citing International Energy Agency data.
According to the not-for-profit ACEEE,
"City resources are always tight. The lack of data could also be due to emission-cutting goals having only recently been adopted, or to insufficient political will."
(Source: ACEEE, VOA. July, 2019)
Contact: ACEEE, David Ribeiro, Report Lead Author, Research Manager, www.aceee.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE, Energy Efficiency, Carbon Emissions,
The Egyptian government is aiming to generate 20 pct of the country's power from renewable sources by 2022, increasing to 42 pct by 2035. (Source: EDF Renewables, Middle East Utilities, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Elsewedy Electric, www.elsewedyelectric.com; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables, Solar, PV Solar, Egypt Solar,
Paper Abstract -- "Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from freshwater ecosystems are almost universally predicted to increase with climate warming. Glacier-fed rivers and lakes, however, differ critically from those in non-glacierized catchments in that they receive little terrestrial input of organic matter for decomposition and CO2 production, and transport large quantities of easily mobilized comminuted sediments available for carbonate and silicate weathering reactions that can consume atmospheric CO2.
"We used a whole-watershed approach, integrating concepts from glaciology and limnology, to conclusively show that certain glacier-fed freshwater ecosystems are important and previously overlooked annual CO2 sinks due to the overwhelming influence of these weathering reactions.
"Using the glacierized Lake Hazen watershed (Nunavut, Canada) as a model system, we found that weathering reactions in the glacial rivers actively consumed CO2 up to 42 km downstream of glaciers, and cumulatively transformed the High Arctic's most voluminous lake into an important CO2 sink. In conjunction with data collected at other proglacial freshwater sites in Greenland and the Canadian Rockies, we suggest that CO2 consumption in proglacial fresh waters due to glacial melt-enhanced weathering is likely a globally relevant phenomenon, with potentially important implications for regional annual carbon budgets in glacierized watersheds."
Download report details HERE.
(Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Aug., 2019) Contact: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, www.pnas.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, CO2, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The study, published August 5 in the journal Nature Geoscience, found that accounting for phosphorus-deficient soils reduced projected CO2 uptake by an average of 50 pct in the Amazon, compared to current estimates based on previous climate models that did not take into account phosphorus deficiency. The Amazon Basin is critical to help mitigate climate change due to its trees absorbing around a quarter of the CO2 released each year from the burning of fossil fuels.
According to Berkeley Lab research scientist and study co-author Jennifer Holm, "Most predictions of the Amazon rainforest's ability to resist climate change are based on models that have outdated assumptions; one of those is that a sufficient supply of nutrients such as phosphorus exist in soils to enable trees to take in additional CO2 as global emissions increase," said . "But in reality the ecosystem is millions of years old, highly weathered, and therefore depleted of phosphorus in many parts of the Amazon."
Agriculture, forestry, and other types of land use account for 23 pct of human-caused GHG emissions, yet at the same time natural land processes absorb the equivalent of almost a third of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry, according to the recently released International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on land and climate interactions.
(Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, PR, Eureka Alert, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE
Office of Science, energy.gov/science; LBNL, Jennifer Holm, Research Scientist and Study Co-author, www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-holm-265600b, www.lbl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News LBNL, Rainforest, CO2, Carbon Sink, Climate Change,
"The latest reports say President Trump 'felt misled' about the EPA's most recent batch of small refinery exemptions. That's hardly a surprise. The EPA spent months trying to paper over the devastating impact these refinery (waiver) handouts have had on farm communities and rural workers in America's biofuel sector. They can't hide the simple fact that dozens of biofuel plants have cut production, and ethanol consumption fell for the first time in 20 years in the wake of these exemptions. Closures in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Florida, Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Nebraska are only the beginning.
"Just today, the world's largest ethanol producer closed a major plant in Indiana and cut production across seven states. Hundreds of millions of gallons of production are offline, and hundreds of millions of bushels of grain are falling in value, just as farmers face the worst economic conditions in a generation.
"The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) creates an incentive that opens the market to biofuel blends, including the E15 that President Trump personally embraced. These exemptions destroy that incentive, pure and simple. You cannot carve billions of gallons from America's biofuel targets and still keep this administration's promises to farm families. EPA needs to account for these lost gallons immediately and start repairing the damage before more rural communities lose hope for a comeback."
Growth Energy represents producers and supporters of ethanol working to bring consumers better choices at the fuel pump, grow America's economy and improve the environment. (Source: Growth Energy, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000, EFunderburk@GrowthEnergy.org, www.growthenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy, RFS, Renewable Fuel Standard,
There is no upfront installation cost, no long-term contract, and the monthly rental payment can be canceled at any time. If homeowners want to remove the rented solar system, it will cost $1,500. There is no specification of what happens to the system if homeowners don't want to remove it but also don't want to pay the monthly rental fee. A Powerwall battery unit is not included but can be purchased -- not rented -- separately.
(Source: Tesla, Various Social Media, Aug., 2019) Contact: Tesla, www.tesla.com/solar
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla, Solar, Tesla Solar,
CleanPeak Energy is a specialist distributed energy company, focused on deploying renewable assets, energy storage systems and gas fired generation.
(Source: ReNu Energy, ShareCafe, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: ReNu Energy Limited, +61 7 3721 7599, email@example.com, www.renuenergy.com.au
CleanPeak Energy, +61 2 9437 4065, www.cleanpeakenergy.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, CleanPeak Energy,
" This is absolutely ridiculous that multi-billion dollar corporations would be given a free pass to use renewable fuels because of somehow twisting up an economic hardship to blend a fuel (ethanol) that today is $1.25 a gallon into gasoline that is still, wholesale, well over $1.50. It is just capital cronyism at it's best.
"Three years in a row, under president Trump's leadership, he's decimated this program and I just think it is so disingenuous that he would come out to Iowa and brag about how he loves ethanol and he's for the farmer -- and then to go back and do this. People wanted to give him some room and say that was his EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and he fired him. But now clearly, clearly in the last week president Trump was personally involved and made this decision and it's very, very discouraging for everybody in agriculture." -- Nick Bowdish, CEO, Elite Octane, www.eliteoctane.com.(Source: Atlantic News Telegraph, Aug., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, "Hardship" Waiver, Ethanol, , Trump,
UBC constructed its initial biomass-fueled research and demonstration facility in 2012 in partnership with Vancouver-based bioenergy firm Nexterra Systems and General Electric.
(Source: Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver Sun Aug., 2019) Contact: UBC, David Woodson, Dir. Energy Services, (604) 822-2211, www.ubc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Power, Woody Biomass,
"Compensaid" combines a global airline flight tracking tool with a sustainability platform that makes it possible to directly offset individual CO2 emissions.
The platform offers two options for carbon offsetting -- the option to replace fossil fuel with SAF, which is calculated through a market-based surcharge on flights, or the alternative is to use Compensaid to support a reforestation project in Nicaragua, reducing CO2 emissions in the long-term.
(Source: Lufthansa, Biofuels Int'l., 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Lufthansa Innovation Hub, Gleb Tritus, Dir., https://de.linkedin.com/in/glebtritus, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.lh-innovationhub.com, www.lufthansagroup.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Sustainable Fuel, Jet Biofuel, Lufthansa, Carbon Offsetting, Carbon Offset,
Gresham House notes it expects to acquire its next utility-scale battery storage asset, of 49MW capacity, by the end of the year when the developers have completed its construction and brought it online.
Two further utility-scale battery storage assets, of 50MW capacity each, are expected to commence construction imminently, the company added.
(Source: Gresham House New Energy, IPE, 20 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Gresham House New Energy, Ben Guest, +44(0) 20 3837 6270, email@example.com, www.newenergy.greshamhouse.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,
For the projects, NEC will supply its GSS Grid Storage and AEROS platforms to monitor and operate the energy storage plant in near real-time, a development which will help the utilities to improve demand response capabilities during peak periods. Three of the projects including Ashburnham, Templeton and Wakefield are partnering with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company as part of the company's peak load forecasting and remote dispatch programme.
The projects are receiving funding from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) programme and the state Department of Energy Resources.
(Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Smart Energy, 20 Aug., 2019)Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.neces.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Utility-Scale Energy Storage, NEC Energy Solutions, Energy Storage,
A previous DEEP RFP requiring less detailed information received more then 50 comments plus 100 additional comments and emails directed to the Commission on Environmental Standards.
(Source: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 19 Aug., 2019) Contact: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection , www.ct.gov/deep/site/default.asp
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The units are to be incorporated in th 200-MW, Golden South wind farm now under construction in Assiniboia, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
Contact: Potentia Renewables, (416) 703-1911, www.potentiarenewables.com: GoldWind, www.goldwindglobal.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Goldwind , Potentia Renewables,
As previously reported, three Northwestern Ontario First Nations groups, AurCrest and carbon offset developer Blue Source, will work together to assess the potential of forests to capture and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) within the First Nation's traditional territory for the development of Greenhouse Gas offsets.
AurCrest, a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of gold properties, holds a portfolio of properties in Ontario, which include the Richardson Lake and Bridget Lake gold properties. (Source: AurCrest Gold Inc., PR, 19 Aug., 2019)
Contact: AurCrest Gold Inc.
Christopher Angeconeb , CEO, (807) 737-5353, email@example.com; Blue Source, (403) 262-3026, www.bluesource.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News AurCrest Gold, Blue Source, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Offset,
Energy deficiency and sustainable design features of the 163,885 square foot facility include:
All the acquired projects are north of Amarillo and sell into the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).
GlidePath has a 1GW battery storage development portfolio, including a 10MW /10MWh project in Texas announced in April this year. (Source: GlidePath Power Solutions LLC, Energy Storage, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: GlidePath Power Solutions LLC, Chris McKissack, CEO,
www. glidepath.net; Exelon Generation, www.exeloncorp.com/company/our-generation-fleet
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Exelon Generation,
Austin Energy which will buy 200MW of Big Raymond's capacity over 12 years.
Operating wind farms in the Rio Grande Valley include:
Los Vientos I -- 87 turbines, 200MW; Los Vientos II -- 84 turbines, 202MW; San Roman -- 31 turbines, 93MW; Cameron Wind -- 55 turbines, 165MW; Bruenning's Breeze -- 76 turbines, 228MW; Magic Valley -- 112 turbines, 203MW; and Palmas Altas (which is underconstruction with 46 turbines, 145MW. In addion to Bi Raymond, planned wind farms include: EDF Renewables -- 125 turbines, 272MW; and El Sauz Ranch Wind -- 100 turbines, 300MW. (Source: E.on Climate and Renewables North America, Valley Star, 17 April, 2019)
Contact: E.on Climate and Renewables North America, 512-482-4099 -- Austin Texas Office, www.eon.com/us/climate-and-renewables.html.
More Low-Carbon Energy News E.on Climate and Renewables North America,
In early early testing, the team is driving a test boat with a pilot model cross-flow turbine at variable speeds and monitoring the turbine's energy output.
The cross-flow turbine blades are a simpler shape than those used for axial turbines, which generate energy from the drag that wind or water flow puts on their blades. Cross-flow turbines generate energy from a "lift" effect similar to airplane wings.
And, unlike axial turbines, cross-flow turbines do not need to adjust the position of the blades or the direction the turbine faces, but they do need to regulate the speed to get the maximum energy output. (Source: University of Washington, K5 News, 17 Aug., 2019)Contact: University of Washington Applied Physics Lab, 206-543-1300, www.washington.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power, Tigal Power, Marine Energy, Tidal Turbine,
The new Brunsbuttel hydrogen fuel station is funded with €1,022,667 ($1,147,176 +-) from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).
The town of Brunsbuttel also hosts the first plant in Schleswig-Holstein to feed green hydrogen into the natural gas grid. (Source: Wind2Gas Energy, Linde, Hydrogen Fuel News, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wind2Gas Energy, Tim Brandt, Managing Director, +49 (0)4852 83 76 976,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Winde2Gas Energy, Hydrogen,
Electro-Active Technologies is developing a modular system that can be placed onsite or in a decentralized location to produce renewable hydrogen from organic waste. The system combines biology and electrochemistry to degrade organic waste such as biomass or food waste, to produce hydrogen which then combines the protons and electrons into hydrogen molecules.
The company originally developed their processes to tackle the problem of liquid waste formed during biofuel production; however, the company will now focus on fighting food waste, according to its website.
(Source: Electro-Active Technologies
Contact: Electro-Active Technologies, Alex Lewis, CEO, https://electroactive.tech/contact.html, www.electroactive.tech/index.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Hydrogen, H2,
Under the agreement, the city would keep its 5 pct share in the plant and Enchant Energy Corp. would acquire a 95 pct ownership interest from other utilities that will be divesting in the plant. Enchant Energy would also pay for installation of new emissions equipment and carbon capture technology. The company anticipates an estimated $1.23 billion investment in the project but notes it could benefit from federal tax credits associated with investments in carbon-capture technology.
Enchant Energy seeks to capture CO2 for sequestration purposes and electricity production by investing in state-of-the-art environmental technology at San Juan Generating Station. These activities are intentionally designed to further New Mexico's dual goals of substantially reducing its statewide CO2 output and supporting New Mexico's economy by employing hundreds of people in San Juan County and on the Navajo Nation by providing reliable, low-cost wholesale electricity, according to the company website.
(Source: Public Service Co. of New Mexico, Durango Herald, AP, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: Public Service Co. of New Mexico, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com;
Enchant Energy, Jason Selch, CEO, (505) 436-1828, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(505) 436-1828, www.enchantenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enchant Energy, Public Service Co. of New Mexico, Coal, CCS,
Align RNG is a multi-state JV that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into RNG to power homes and businesses. The project will include as many as 19 area farms.
This is the first manure-to-energy project to begin construction under Align RNG since the joint venture was announced in late 2018. Additional projects are planned in North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia, and are projected to produce suficient energy to power 14,000 homes and businesses. (Source: Smithfield Foods, PR,Dominion Energ, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Aaron Ruby,
Gary Courts, GM New Bus. Dev., www.DominionEnergy.com; Smithfield Foods,Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, email@example.com, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Align RNG, (833) 658-9396, www.alignrng.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods, RNG, Renewable Natural Gas,
The state's average temperature in July was 14.5 degrees -- 3 degrees above average and 0.4 higher than the previous warmest month of July 2004. Anchorage, the state's largest city, soared to 32.22 degrees for the first on the 4th of July, 2019.
As a sign of things to come, sea ice off Alaska's north and northwest shore and other Arctic regions retreated to the lowest level -- 7.6 million square kilometres -- ever recorded for July, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Centre at the University of Colorado. By way of comparison, the previous high sea ice loss was the size of South Carolina in July in 2012.
(Source: NOAA, New Daily, AAP, 18 Aug., 2019) Contact: Alaska Division of Forestry, (907) 269-8463, Tim Mowry, forestry.alaska.gov; University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Centre, Brian Brettschneider, Climate Researcher, (907) 474-2484, www.uaf-iarc.org; NOAA, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, NOAA,
"This is a small step in the right direction, but I'm very skeptical that every company receiving waivers truly needs them." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
"I'm committed to holding EPA accountable and ensuring they not only uphold the intent of the RFS but that they're more transparent and forthcoming in this exemption process." -- Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and those that suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Various Media, Fort Dodge Messenger, 18 Aug., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, "Hardship" Waivers", Ethanol,
The last time the planet came close to matching the climate of today was during the Pliocene Epoch when the Arctic was covered in trees instead of ice and sea levels were roughly 20 meters higher than today, according to Tech Wire (Source: Mauna Loa Observatory, Various Media, Journal Pioneer, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Mauna Loa Observatory, (808) 933-6965, www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/mlo
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Dioxide news, COs news, Climate Change news,
The UK, Germany and the U.S. saw coal consumption sall by 16.6 pct, 7.2 pct and 4.3 pct respectively.
(Source: BP, arirng, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: OECD, www.oecd.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal, OECD,
The retrofit program would be managed by Efficiency Manitoba, a crown corporation focused on energy conservation, which was created to take over Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart program.
Rebates would apply to retrofit windows and doors, furnace conversions and appliances purchased to make homes and businesses emit less greenhouse gases.
It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 135,000 tonnes over the next three years. (Source: Efficiency Manitoba, CBC, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: Efficiency Manitoba, www.efficiencymb.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Manitoba, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Rebate,
The Bank of America Tower's energy efficiency and environmental features include: daylight harvesting technology; a 40 pct parking reduction; tenant metering; EV charging stations; a rainwater-collecting facade system; a green roof and others. (Source: US Green Building Council, Bank of America, new kerala, 18 Aug., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
The Suffield project will incorporate Canadian Solar's high efficiency BiKu bifacial solar modules that produce electricity from both sides of the solar panel as well as single-axis trackers,
As previously reported, the Suffield project received $15.3 million in funding through Natural Resources Canada's Emerging Renewable Power Program.
(Source: Canadian Solar, Others, newkerala, 18 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Centrica PLC, www.centrica.com; Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com;
Direct Energy, Mike Senff, VP, (416) 758-8700, www.directenergybusiness.com
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The 70-MW solar array will sell its power to Pennsylvania State University, providing 25 pct of the university's electrical needs for all its campuses. The installation is expected to come on line in 2020.
(Source: Penn State University, Phil. Inquirer, 18 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Lightsource BP, www.lightsourcebp.com; Carl Jackson, director of utility-scale solar initiatives, www.linkedin.com/in/carl-j-jackson-45316425
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The Roseburg MFD El Dorado Arkansas plant partnered with Entergy Arkansas on interior and exterior energy efficient lighting, lighting controls and variable speed drive fans. The plant also enrolled in Entergy Arkansas's Large Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program.
The plant's energy efficieny improvements are saving 9,127,704 kWh annually, which is the equivalent to eliminating the carbon dioxide emissions from 726,304 gallons of gasoline, according to EPA calculations.
(Source: ElDorado News Times, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: Entergy Arkansas, www.entergy-arkansas.com/energy efficiency; Roseburg Forest Products, www.roseburg.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Entergy Arkansas, Energy Efficiency,
The company also plans to construct a 600-MW wind farm which is projected to cut the gigafactory's energy costs by 24 pct.
Freyr is presently in a fund raising and permitting mode and has received a €7.25 million ($8.1 million) investment from EIT InnoEnergy. The company aims to raise as much as €25 million in additional funding within the next 12 months. Subject to funding and permitting success, production would start in 2023.
(Source: Freyr AS, Bloomberg, Aug., 2019) Contact: Freyr AS, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Freyr AS, Battery, Energy Storage,
The new plan calls for the state Department of Administration to create the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy which will work with other state agencies and utilities to achieve carbon-free energy within the state by 2050.
Although the Governor's executive order is not a mandate, he has said he is confident the Sustainability and Clean Energy office will work with the state's utilities to achieve the plan's goal.
(Source: Office of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Various Media, 16 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Office of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, 608-888-1665, email@example.com, www.evers.wi.gov
Founded in Germany for residential buildings, the standard, which helps designers design ultra-energy-efficient buildings by using passive heating and cooling systems that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate climate change.
According to the International Passive House Association, the Passive House standard is relevant and useful to any climate.(Source: International Passive House Association, Journal of Commerce, Facilitiesnet, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: International Passive House Association, www.passivehouse-international.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Passive House, Energy Eficiency,
According to a statement, the bond is reportedly oversubscribed and two-thirds of the $750 million have been allocated to ESG-focused firms.
The sustainability bond will potentially cover investments focused on energy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy and essential services facilities and equipment.
(Source: Sun Life Financial, Canadian Investment Review, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Sun Life Financial, www.sunlife.com/Global/Contact+us?vgnLocale=en_CA
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Green BuildingSustainable Energy, Renewable Energy,
Wells Fargo claims it has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 45 pct and has met its 100 pct global electricity needs with renewable energy since 2017. (Source: Wells Fargo, environmental LEADER, 16 Aug., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wells Fargo, Sustainable Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency,
In March, a Chinese report noted that in 74 pct of cases, building new solar and wind capacity in a given area was cheaper than maintaining an existing coal-powered plant. Where levelized costs for wind reach $15 per MWh and $28 per MWh for solar, marginal costs for existing plants can jump as high as $104 per MWh.
The coalition's policy statement includes 28 policy positions addressing statewide climate strategies, local climate strategies, energy generation, energy efficiency, transportation, fossil fuel extraction, and solid waste reduction. In 2018, the Boulder County Commission enacted 11 of the coalition's priorities including House Bill 1261, which codified statewide goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by at least 26 pct by 2025, increasing to 50 pct by 2030 and at least 90 pct by 2050. State Senate Bill 96 requiring the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to collect data on greenhouse gas emissions and propose new emission standards that will allow the state to meet those reductions in greenhouse gas emissions was also enacted.
The coalition is also calling for the creation of a public process for evaluating retail energy options for local jurisdictions; accelerating the beneficial electrification of communities using renewable energy sources; expanding low-income energy efficiency and renewable energy programs; increasing funding for multi-modal and transportation alternatives; and fostering infrastructure to incentivize recycling and composting.
Jason Smith, executive director of Colorado Communities for Climate Action, said because the team does so much work on the front end making sure each member of the coalition approves the language, he expects the other seven members to approve the 2019-2020 policy statement in short order. (Source: Colorado Communities for Climate Action, Colorado Daily, Longmont Times-Call,
13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Colorado Communities for Climate Action, Tom Easley, (303) 887-4626, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cc4ca.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
According to Energy Vault, its technology enables renewable energy to be stored in 35-ton bricks and delivered as baseload power for less than the cost of fossil fuels at any time.
The global energy storage market is expected to reach 22.2 GW in 2023, from nearly 5 GW at the end of 2018, according to a GlobalData report.
. (Source: Softbank, greentechlead, 15 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Energy Vault, Robert Piconi, CEO, email@example.com, www.energyvault.ch
SoftBank Group, www.softbank.jp/en
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The CLCPA also commits New York to net-zero carbon emissions, economy-wide, by 2050, with an interim target of slashing emissions 40 pct below the state's 1990 emission levels by 2030. The Act also requires the state and industry to reduce their emissions by 85 pct , with the remaining 15 percent of the net-zero goal coming from carbon offsets.
For oversight and administration, the act will create a 22 member commission a various advisory panels to deal with buildings and construction, industry, land use and zoning, local governments, transportation, and more. These advisory panels are required to consult with a climate justice working group composed of representatives from low-income communities and environmental justice groups.
(Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Heartland Institute, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form
More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo, Green New Deal, Climate Change, Renewable Energy,
The Jatropha initiative was first introduced as an alternative source of fuel in 2012 but failed for lack of significant funding.
"The proposed National Biofuels Policy will guide the biofuels sector during the period 2018 to 2030 in promoting the implementation of viable biofuels projects in the country.
Its specific focus will be on ethanol production from sugar cane and biodiesel from jatropha, while exploring the possibility of other feedstocks, such as cassava and sweet sorghum for biodiesel production," the ministry said.
(Source: Zimbabwe Information Ministry, NewZimbabwe.com. Aug., 2019) Contact: Zimbabwe Information Ministry, Monica Mutsvangwa, Minister, www.ictministry.gov.zw
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The firms will collaborate on REC Group's cutting-edge REC Alpha Series Datasheet. REC intends to increase Alpha Series' 600MW heterojunction technology (HJT) and SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT™) production capacity using equipment from Meyer Burger. REC is actively seeking potential partners for the expansion.
REC Group is a Bluestar Elkem company with headquarters in Norway and operational headquarters in Singapore. The company rroduces 1.5 GW of solar panels annually.
(Source: REC Group, PR, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: REC Group, Steve O'Neil, CEO, www.recgroup.com/en; Meyer Burger, Hans Brandle, CEO, +41 33 221 28 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.meyerburger.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Solar Pane, Meyer Burger, Solar,
The panels will be installed in 3 projects with capacity of 50MW, 30MW and 30MW separately. The projects are under construction in Castilla y Leon.
(Source: Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd., PR, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Yingli, www.yinglisolar.com; Solaria, Dario Lopez, CEO,
+34 91 564 42 72,
+34 91 564 54 40 - fax, www.solariaenergia.com
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The Climate Stewardship Act will be presented in September.
The new trees will cover up to 64 million acres and will capture more than 13 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide by the end of the century -- equivalent to more than two full years of the country's current greenhouse gas emissions.
Approximately 400 million trees will be planted in urban areas to provide cooling effects on heatwaves and help urban residents to reduce their energy usage.
The Act will also establish a Reforest America cost-share programme, the Urban Wood initiative, the Stewardship Corps and provide funding to the US Forest Service and the Department of Interior.
(Source: Office of Sen. Cory BookerVarious Media, Smart Energy, 15 Aug., 2019)Contact: Office of Sen. Cory Booker, https://twitter.com/CoryBooker
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cliamate Change, Afforestation, Reforestation,
The higher blend of palm oil- biodiesel blend is intended to address the problem of high energy imports and slowing global demand for palm by increasing domestic consumption of the vegetable oil.
(Source: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Hellenic Shipping News, 14 Aug., 2019) Contact: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, www.esdm.go.id/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News B30, Biodiesel, Biodiesel Blend, Palm Oil,
Estimated targets of the new renewable generation for Molokai are the equivalent of approximately 4 MW of solar or 3.6 MW of small wind, specified as turbines 100 kilowatts or less, and paired with energy storage.
On Lānai, the company is seeking renewable energy generation equivalent up to 9.5 MW of solar paired with energy storage on land owned by Pūlama Lānai.
The procurement efforts for Molokai and Lānai are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) largest-ever renewable energy push for Maui County, Oahu and Hawaii Island. (Source: Maui Electric, HECO, PR, 9 Aug., 2019)
Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, email@example.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO, Maui Electric, Renewable Energy,