The study, now in its 13th edition, surveyed 400 energy and facility management executives in the U.S. and found:
Review the 2019 Energy Efficiency Indicator
report HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls, Feb., 2020) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Sustainability, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com
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According to the study, energy efficiency at POUs cost an additional $0.024/kWh, meaning it would cost an additional 2.4 cents to save the energy it would take to power a 1,000-watt appliance. In comparison, it costs $0.025/kWh to save energy at investor-owned utilities like PG&E - 0.1 cents more than POUs per kilowatt.
The study, which used American Public Power Association (APPA) data, also found there was variability in costs depending on the sector being examined. Commercial and industrial sectors cost the least for consumers at about $0.02/kWh, while low-income sectors cost the most at about $0.133/kWh.
Overall, the study projects spending on energy efficiency to increase by 3 pct per year until 2025.
(Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Daily Californian, 6 Feb., 2020)
Contact: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, www.lbl.gov
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In North America (Canada and USA), new capacity additions grew by nearly 18 pct compared to 2018. In Central and South America and the Caribbean, new capacity additions decreased by 5 pct compared to 2018. Overall, this means that the region has tripled its wind power installations since 2010, Other GWEC findings include:
The member-based GWEC represents over 1,500 wind energy sector companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. (Source: GWEC, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: GWEC,Ben Blackwell, CEO, Alyssa Pek, +32 490 56 81, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gwec.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council, Wind,
The Athena RNG project will include the construction of new anaerobic digesters on three Minnehaha County farms: Boadwine Farms, Pioneer Dairy, and Moody Dairy. The 11,710 dairy cows and heifers that live on these farms produce a total of 55.6 million gallons of manure each year.
Brightmark has similar projects in Washington, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and New York. (Source: Brightmark, PR, 5 Feb., 2020) Contact: Brightmark, Bob Powell, CEO, Kavitha Ramakrishnan, email@example.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark, RNG, Renewable Natural Gas, anaerobic digester,
The Arenales project came online in 2008 and is designed to generate 148 GWh of electricity annually through a solar field of parabolic trough collectors. The project was constructed by OHL Industrial.
With this acquisition, Cubico holds eight assets totaling 279 MW in Spain and Portugal, including photovoltaic, solar thermal and wind energy technologies. (Source: Cubico Sustainable Investments, PR, reve, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Cubico Sustainable Investments , Ricardo Diaz, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)20 3805 3900, www.cubicoinvest.com
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The order calls for the delivery of bifacial polycrystalline PERC modules, of the BiHiKu (CS3W-PB-AG) type, which, according to Canadian Solar, enhance power production when installed in a limited area and "dramatically" cut the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of the solar plant. The high-power HiKu (CS3W-P) modules are also part of the deal.
BP acquired a 43 pct stake equity share in Lightsource Renewable Energy in 2017 for $200 million over three years, and the company was then relabeled Lightsource BP.
(Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, PR, Feb., 2020)
Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com; Lightsource BP, Carl Jackson, Director Utility-scale Solar Initiatives, +44 0 333 200 0755, www.lightsourcebp.com
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Greenlane's "water-scrubbing" gas purification technology uses no chemicals or heat to clean impurities and CO2 from biogas to produce high-purity biomethane, suitable for injection into the natural gas grid and for direct use as vehicle fuel, according to the company website. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, 5 Feb., 2020)Contact:
Renewable Natural Gas Company LLC, Max Craig, Partner, (724) 787-9320, email@example.com, www.rngas.com; Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenlanebiogas.com
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Prof. Underhill believes the southern North Sea is one of the UK's most promising options for large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The £1.4 million study, which is funded by the Oil and Gas Technology Centre's (OGTC) Subsurface Solution Centre and matched funding from industry and Heriot-Watt University,
is intended to help policymakers determine the most suitable CCS sites.
(Source: Heriot-Watt University Website, insider.co.uk, 5 Feb., 2020)
Contact: Heriot-Watt University, Prof. John Underhill, Dr Susana Garcia, Assoc. Dir., Heriot-Watt Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, www.hw.ac.uk; Oil and Gas Technology Centre, +44 1224 063200, www.theogtc.com
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According to the report, emissions fell last year by 120 million tonnes as power generation from hard coal declined in every European Union country and sank by 24 pct overall to be replaced in nearly equal measure by natural gas and renewable energy. Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK accounted for 80 percent of the decline in energy produced from hard coal which is no longer cost competitive with natural gas and renewable energy.
Download the Sandbag report
(Source: Sandbag, Al Jazeera, Feb., 2020) Contact: Agora Energiewende, www.agoraenergiewende.de;
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The data also suggests that the impact of small refinery "hardship" waivers under the RFS took a toll on the industry. On a per-station basis, sales of E15 were lower in the first few months of 2019 than during the same period the year before. This change can be attributed to the fact that the EPA granted numerous exemptions under the RFS to small refineries, causing the price of RFS compliance credits (RINs) to fall. thus reducing the incentive for retailers to offer blends of fuel with higher ethanol content, reducing their ability to discount higher blends relative to gasoline.
The full RFA analysis is HERE (Source: RFA, 4 Feb., 2020)
Contact: RFA, Scott Richman, Economist, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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The IoT-enabled Real-time Energy Analytics Platform (i-REAP) is a two-year £1.5 million collaborative R&D project funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The system will use data collected from a network of small sensors to paint an accurate picture of energy consumption at a number of commercial building test sites with a view to setting up a service to offer energy efficiency advice to businesses.
The project is led by engineering firm TerOpta, which is developing Internet of Things (IoT) enabled sensors for i-REAP.
Researchers from UWE Bristol's Big Data Lab will initially carry out a feasibility study in the buildings, assessing the heating layout, staff sitting arrangements, office structure, orientation of buildings and building facade, materials, as well as insulation.
UWE will then install up to 80 IoT sensors inside and four outside each of the buildings. By collecting data over a period of six months, the researchers will be able to gather enough intelligence on the building to then give client advice on how the current building systems are functioning and how they could be improved by retrofitting for energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
(Source: UWE Bristol, pbctoday, 6 Feb., 2020)
Contact: UWE Bristol, Prof. Lukumon Oyedele, +4411732 83443, L.Oyedele@uwe.ac.uk, www.uwe,ac.uk
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The first topic aims to build on the success of the Geothermal Technologies Office's Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) initiative. The PFA technique is a method for discovering hidden hydrothermal systems in the Basin & Range region of the western U.S using known geologic factors associated with geothermal systems. By reducing the uncertainty of discovering geothermal systems in such settings, development and investment in the area can become more attractive.
The second topic aims to enhance the resilience of energy systems through the use of Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage (RTES) technology particularly in low-temperature geothermal systems. Deep-Direct Use (DDU) for space heating is being considered as the best application of this technolgoy, as excess thermal energy during summer could be stored as a reserve for winter heating.
Interested applicants may submit a letter of intent until February 28, 2020, 5 PM. Only those who have submitted the letter will be eligible for full applications, which will be accepted until April 6, 2020, 5 PM.
(Source: U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: U.S. DOE Geothermal Technologies Office, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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The company's offshore wind portfolio presently spans the UK, US and Poland,
including the 3.6GW Dogger Bank which is under construction off eastern England in conjunction with SSE, and the up-to-1.5GW Empire Wind off New York.
(Source: Equinor, PR, Recharge, 6 Feb, 2020) Contact: SSE Plc, www.sse.co.uk; Equinor, Eldar Saetre, CEO, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor, Wind, Offshore Wind,
The PhD@sea program, which focuses on cross-disciplinary research projects that can help realize the planning, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind farms, works with the University of Groningen, the University of Utrecht, Ocean Grazer B.V., Loyens & Loeff, New Energy Coalition, NOGAT, NOORDGASTRANSPORT, Vattenfall, Siemens Nederland, TNO, Dutch Energy Law Association NeVER, NOGEPA, and TenneT.
(Source: Dutch Research Council, offshorewind.biz, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Dutch Research Council, +31 (0)70 3440640,
+31 (0)70 3850971 - fax,
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The new projects include: the 199MW Expedition Wind facility being developed by National Renewable Solutions in Marion County; AEP Renewables's 128MW Flat Ridge 3 plant near Kingman and Apex Clean Energy's 193MW Jayhawk development in Crawford and Bourbon Counties, Kansas. The fourth deal is for 178MW of wind energy from an unnamed project being developed by a subsidiary of NextEra Resources, south of Liberal in Oklahoma.
Evergy notes these projects are part of its commitment to achieve an 80 pct reduction in carbon dioxide emissions below 2005 levels from its fleet of power plants by 2050.
(Source: Evergy, AEP Renewables, renews, 31 Jan., 2020) Contact: AEP Renewables, Greg Hall, Pres., Evergy Ventures, Terry Bassham, Pres., email@example.com, www.evergyventures.com
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The city estimates the facilities would generate sufficient energy for roughly 4,900 homes, remove 46,400 tpy of CO2 emissions and contribute an estimated $960,000 per year for the city coffers.
Distributed Solar Projects LLC has been named to establish the solar program and complete the solar installations in conjunction with Con Edison.
(Source: City of White Plains, Westfair Bus. Pub., 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: City of White Plains, Rick Hope,
Commissioner of Public Works, 914-422-1210, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Email Richard G. Hope www.cityofwhiteplains.com; Distributed Solar Projects LLC, www.linkedin.com › company › distributed-solar-development
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According to the report, the global energy efficiency in commercial buildings market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 12.0 pct between 2019 and 2025. By the end of 2025, the global market value is projected to reach above $60 billion, an increase over its 2018 $25 billion mark.
The report covers leading players in the global energy efficiency in commercial buildings market, including Johnson Controls, Logical Buildings, Siemens, Honeywell, Cylon Controls, Eaton Corporation, Spacewell, Carrier (UTC), Coolnomix, Schneider Electric, GridPoint, Fujitsu General, Technovator International, Emerson Electric, Danfoss, General Electric, Carel, Trane, Hitachi, and Bosch Thermotechnology.
On the basis of product type, the market is segmented into energy management, lighting, and HVAC. The authors of the report have also segmented the global energy efficiency in commercial buildings market into schools, hospitals, stadiums, shopping malls, retain chains, offices, and hotels and others.
The government also announced it will encourage "clean investments" by gradually lowering the electricity tax for manufacturing industries as of next year to the minimum level allowed in the European Union.
The government also intends to increase carbon sequestration by three megatonnes by adopting a new climate programme for the land use, land-use change and forestry sector. The increase would account for less than 10 pct of the 35-megatonne change needed in the carbon balance to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035, according to the Finnish Climate Change Panel at the University of Helsinki.
To meet its goal,
Finland must cut its CO2e emissions from roughly 56.5 to 21.5 megatonnes by 2035.
(Source: Finnish Climate Change Panel, Helsinki Times, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Finland Minister of the Interior, Maria Ohisalo, +358 295 480 171,
+358 9 160 44635 - fax, www.intermin.fi/en/frontpage; Finnish Climate Change Panel, +358 50 4151201, www.ilmastopaneeli.fi
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Schneider's EcoStruxure Building solution plays a pivotal role in reducing energy consumption and expenditure while driving drive greater cost savings through a better understanding of energy through a single platform. As a result, the University is seeing a 5 pct reduction in energy consumption, a 3 pct drop in overall energy costs , a 25 pct lowering in maintenance costs and increased efficiencies in areas where EcoStruxure has been deployed.
(Source: Schneider Electric, PR, voltium, 1 Feb., 2020) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.co.in/en: University of Nottingham,
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The Travers Solar Energy Project will incorporate 1.5 million panels and generate an expected 400 MW -- sufficient electric power for 100,000 homes --
that will be fed into Alberta's wholesale market and electric power grid.
(Source: Greengate, Calgary Herald, 3 Feb., 2020)Contact: Greengate Power Corp., Dan Balaban, Pres., CEO, email@example.com, Dan Phaure, VP Bus. Dev., (403) 930-1300, www.greengatepower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greengate Power, Solar,
Data for the year showed a 26 million tons (MtCO2), 4.4 pct fall in emissions from 579 MtCO2 in 2017 to 553 MtCO2 in 2018.
The results moved Saudi Arabia up from fourth to the third-fastest reducer of emissions from fuel consumption among the top-five G20 group of countries, behind Brazil and France and in front of Germany and Japan.
According to Dr. Nicholas Howarthat the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), "the new data shows that the impact of energy efficiency and energy price reforms in reducing wasteful energy use has been even greater than expected."
(Source: KAPSARC, Arab News, Feb., 2020)
Contact: KAPSARC, +966 11 225 1064, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kapsarc.org
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In its annual energy outlook report, the EIA notes renewables are now growing faster as a source of power generation through 2050 as lower costs make them economically more competitive.
(Source: Energy Information Administration, Feb., 2020)
Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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As originally proposed in the government's Road to Zero Strategy in 2018, the plan would have banned petrol and diesel fuel vehicles after 2040 with the exception of hybrids emitting less than 75g/km of CO2, which would still be allowed.
(Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders , AutoCar, Feb., 2020) Contact: SMMT, Mike Hawes, +44 (0)20 7235 7000,
+44 (0)20 7235 7112 - fax, www.smmt.co.uk
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The Bio-200 is a small-scale -- 75 kW power, 125 kW thermal -- modular unit that provides 24/7 continuous renewable power. The hurricane-proof unit is ideally suited for renewable energy microgrids and can be installed and commissioned within one day. The unit, which is fueled by a blend of on-site or locally sourced organic materials, offsets as much as 2,200 metric tpy of CO2 emissions.
The company's Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) partnership model eliminates upfront customer capital-outlay and delivers immediate cost savings unlike typical on-site energy projects, according to the company website.
(Source: Enexor BioEnergy, PR , EngineerLive, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Enexor BioEnergy, Lee Jestings, CEO, (615) 656-0762,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enexor BioEnergy, Bioenergy, Bio-waste, Waste-to-Energy,
To that end, MEAN's Power Supply Committee will develop policies around resource planning, portfolio optimization and emissions reduction. MEAN presently sources 50 pct of the power it supplies from renewables.
MEAN provides cost-based power supply, transmission and related services to 69 participating communities in four states: Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming.
(Source: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Journal Star, Feb., 2020) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Bob Poehling, CEO, 402-474-4759, www.nmppenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral, Carbon Emissions,
Kinetrex will supply UPS with up to 52.5 million GEs of RNG over the life of the contract to be used in its tractor trailer vehicles throughout the Midwest. TruStar Energy will supply UPS with up to 27.5 million GEs of RNG over the life of the contract to be used in California. The RNG will be used to fuel UPS's CNG-powered trucks in both Visalia and Moreno Valley, Calif.
Over the past decade, UPS has invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations in an initiative to cut its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 12 pct across its global ground operations by 2025. (Source: UPS, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: UPS, Mike Whitlatch, VP,
404-828-6000, www.ups.com; Kinetrex, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com; TruStar Energy, www.trustarenergy.com
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The tender closes on March 5, and the biomass boilers should be operating by the end of November 2020.
(Source: Gov. of Nova Scotia, PR, 3 Feb., 2020) Contact: Gov. of Nova Scotia - Tenders, 800-670-4357, www.procurement.novascotia.ca
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The Velocys technology package converts waste feedstocks into sustainable aviation and road transport fuels.
Velocys also notes it has now selected all the technology suppliers for its Bayou Fuels woody-biomass-to-fuels project in Natchez, Mississippi, USA. The same technology package will be used for the Altalto Immingham waste-to-fuels project in the U.K.
(Source: Velocys, PR, Chem Eng., 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Velocys, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1235 838 621, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, email@example.com, www.velocys.com; Worley,
Paul Seaton, Pres., www.worley.com
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The New York portfolio consists of four 20 MW battery storage projects located in the Lower Hudson Valley near the towns of Catskill, Highland, New Windsor and Ulster. New York currently has only 62.2 MW of battery storage facilities in operation statewide.
The GlidePath project is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under the Market Acceleration Bridge Incentive program for energy storage.
The portfolio represents at least 320 MWhs of new battery storage capacity in New York State and a total capital investment of approximately $120 million in the Hudson Valley. (Source: GlidePath Power Solutions, PR, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: GlidePath Power Solutions, Dan Foley, Founder, 630-501-0162, www.glidepath.net; Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, www.quinbrook.com
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The Warrens Emerald Biogas plant processes 115,000 tpy of food and agricultural waste at its site in County Durham. The waste is converted into more than 100 million kWh of clean energy to power the equivalent of 19,000 homes in the region, as well as supplying local farmers with 100,000 tonnes of bio-fertilizer.
(Source: Warrens Emerald Biogas, PR, Bioenergy Insights, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Warrens Group, Warrens Emerald Biogas, Kevin Quigley, Commercial Director, +44 01388 487029, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Johnson Controls, which operates in 150 countries, sees its role within the WGEO as a leading strategic partner that will have a positive impact on innovative initiatives and solutions involving clean and sustainable energy. (Source: Johnson Controls,, PR, ETOSWire, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Johnson Controls, Tomas Brannemo, VP & Pres., Building Solutions, Sweeney D'costa, + 97143099941, Sweeney.email@example.com, www.jci.com;
World Green Economy Organization, +971 4 388 7878, www.worldgreeneconomy.org
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Energyport's 5-year leasing program incorporating California's Self Generation Incentive Program is built around Energport's L3060 energy storage system. The 30kW/60kWh systems feature lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery technology and are scalable and compliant with grid standards. (Source: Energport, PR, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Energport, Jack Chen, CEO, (510) 279-3183, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Under the bill, diesel fuel must have a 5 pct blend with biodiesel starting next year, but only between June 1 and Sept. 15. The blend rate would increase to 10 pct in June, 2023. (Source: Colorado State Senate, PR, Daily Sentinel, 4 Feb., 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Blend, B5, B10,
The first 4.3 MW of solar panels at the landfill came online in 2017. With the additional second phase, the solar array will generate an additional 2 MW of power and generate an additional $1.4 million for the town over the life of the project.
Work on the second phase will be completed by Citizens Energy.
(Source: Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corp., Cap Cod Times, 31 Jan., 2020)Contact: Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corp., www.falmouthedic.org
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Following a landmark victory in California in 2018, Environment America's 100 pct Renewable Campaign set out to get 10 states to set ambitious renewable energy targets by 2023. To date, six states have enacted laws requiring 100 pct clean electricity by 2050 or earlier.
According to Emma Searson, Environment America's 100 pct Renewable Campaign director, "By 2019, the United States produced almost five times as much renewable electricity from the sun and wind as it did just ten years earlier. Committing to a healthier future powered fully by clean, renewable energy should be a no-brainer, and we're here to make sure states take action sooner rather than later." (Source: Environment America, PR, 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: Environment America,
(303) 801-0581, (202) 683-1250 - Washington DC,
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When fully online, roughly 80 pct of the facilities total power generation will be purchased by Amazon and Arlington County for its buildings, streetlights, traffic signals, water pumping, and wastewater treatment.
(Source: Dominion Energy Virginia, WDVM, 31 Jan., 2020)Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia, Solar,
As defined by the US DOE, EEaaS is a pay-for-performance, off-balance-sheet type of finance structure that enables customers to implement energy and water efficiency projects with no up-front capital expenditure. The provider of the upgrades pays for project development, construction, and maintenance costs while the customer -- building owner -- makes service payments based on actual energy savings on a long-term basis.
The letter warns of longer and hotter heat wave, droughts, increased wildfire risk and threats to the Great Barrier Reef and a multitude of marine species and land animals.
According to Australian National University climate scientist Professor Nerilie Abram, "Scientists have been warning policymakers for decades that climate change would worsen Australia's fire risk, and yet those warnings have been ignored."
University of New South Wales climate scientist Professor Katrin Meissner noted "We need a clear, non-partisan path to reduce Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions in line with what the scientific evidence demands, and the commitment from our leaders to push for meaningful global action to combat climate change," she said. "Not tomorrow, but right now." (Source: Xinhua, China Daily, 3 Feb., 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
The potential unintended consequences of scaling up biomass energy carbon capture and storage (BECCS} in the UK and assesses the extent to which the technologies could deliver true and sustainable decarbonisation to the energy sector.
BECCS has received a swathe of Government support and media coverage in recent times, both in the build-up to the ratification of the UK's 2050 net-zero goal, and after its implementation. Supporters of the technologies point out that biomass, unlike gas or other fossil fuels, is renewable, and that it is produces less emissions when burned. If these emissions can be captured for storage and reuse, the process can become carbon neutral or even carbon negative, firms including Drax have claimed.
The report, however, warns that BECCS is "no silver bullet" for a net-zero energy sector. It claims that there has not been enough research into the likely energy output of BECCS or the environmental impacts of scaling up biomass supply chains, making it difficult to determine whether BECCS systems can be carbon-neutral across the life cycle.
According to the report, deployment of BECCS at the scales assumed by the UK's modelling, on a global scale, would consume land equivalent to that currently accounted for by cropland. This could pose problems for food security, result in biodiversity loss and hamper plans to re-assess land-use in line with net-zero, Chatham House concludes. Chatham House claims that failures to account for biomass supply chain emissions undermine the assumption that BECCS systems are inherently carbon-neutral and is accordingly calling for stricter sustainability requirements for biomass feedstock and urging the Government to prioritise decarbonisation across carbon-intensive sectors, reshape its land-use strategies to ensure BECCS decisions are made after full considerations of all alternatives, both technology-based and nature-based.
Download the report HERE. (Source: Chatham House, edie news, February 2020)
Contact: Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, +44 (0) 20 7957 5710, email@example.com, www.chathamhouse.org
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Under NYC's 2019 Sustainable Roof Laws -- laws 92 and 94 -- most new buildings and buildings undergoing major roof reconstruction are required to include "green" roof features and or solar panels on 100 pct of the available roof space. Presently, according to The Nature Conservancy mapping project of the more than one million roofs in NYC, only about 730 roofs were "green" in 2016.
NWABF's project would utilize forestry waste woody biomass to produce biofuel which would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by ASTM. NWAF is currently carrying out a previously announced feasibility study to determine the potential for a production facility in Washington state. If constructed the Washington state plant would supply Delta's operations Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles by mid-2020.
NWABF is developing second-generation, commercial scale, cellulosic renewable bio jet fuel refineries with the first project being developed in the Pacific Northwest. (Source: Delta, Green Car Congress, 1 Feb., 2020) Contact: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC, 602-753-8386 www.nwabiofuels.com;
US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc., (301) 644-1395, www.advancedbiofuelsusa.info
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The Montreal Express, which operates in the St. Lawrence Coordinated Service 2 between Europe and Canada, B20 test run is intended "gain experience and information on the properties of the fuel in real-world use" and bring the company closer to meeting its climate-protection goals and reducing specific CO2 emissions by 50 pct compared to the reference year 2008.
Hapag-Lloyd AG is the world's fifth largest container carrier in terms of vessel capacity. (Source: Hapag-lloyd, PR, Bunkerspot, Fe., 2020) Contact: Hapag-Lloyd, www.hapag-lloyd.com
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The deal, which includes a multi-year service contract, takes full advantage of the Cypress Platform's two-piece blade design provided by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business. The turbines, which will be equipped with GE's Ice Mitigation System, are expected to be installed in Q2 2021 for commissioning and operation by the end of 2021.
(Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, 31 Jan., 2020)
Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/contact-us, www.ge.com/renewableenergy; OX2, +49 40 309987900,
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Since 2008, Safari Energy has developed hundreds of commercial-scale solar projects that have generated approximately 300 million kWh of electricity, the largest project being a 531 kW rooftop solar system in Central Valley, New York.
Safari Energy also provides funding for solar projects developed by partners and clients throughout the project life-cycle.
(Source: Safari Energy, PR, 31 Jan., 2020) Contact: Safari Energy, John Lind, Bus. Dev., 212-935-2500, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.safarienergy.com; Extra Space Storage, Joe Margolis, CEO, (888) 609-8483, www.extraspace.com
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In Decemeber 2019, GEEN announced it had three waste wood biomass-fired power plant in operation at a total cost of €80 million. was built.
GEEN Holding a.s. is an energy, engineering and investment group which was formed by 31 companies.
GEEN has six operating hydro, 10 photovoltaic power plants and e woody biomass plants in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, according to its website.
(Source: GEEN Holding, Total Croatia News, 31 Jan., 2020) Contact: GEEN Holding, +420 511 111 950, email@example.com, www.geen.eu
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The PACE assets included in the sale have helped over 6,500 homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades including solar energy, hurricane-resilient roofs, impact resistant windows and doors, HVAC improvements, battery energy storage and others. Amalgamated Bank is the largest union-owned bank and one of the only unionized banks in the United States. Amalgamated Bank is currently majority-owned by Workers United, an SEIU Affiliate.
(Source: Renew Financial Group LLC, PR, 31 Jan., 2020) Contact: Renew Financial Group, Kirk Inglis, CEO , Brit Moller, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.renewfinancial.com; Amalgamated Bank, 800-662-0860, www.amalgamatedbank.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE, Energy Efficiency,