The National Carbon Capture Center serves as a neutral research and testing facility to advance technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-based power plants.
Through the evaluation of over 60 technologies, the Center has already reduced the projected cost of carbon capture from fossil generation by one-third, according to the Center which is currently adding infrastructure to expand testing of carbon capture technologies for natural gas power plants.
National Carbon Capture Center partners include DOE and its National Energy Technology Laboratory, American Electric Power, ClearPath, the Electric Power Research Institute, ExxonMobil, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Tennessee Valley Authority, Peabody Energy and Wyoming Infrastructure Authority.
The National Carbon Capture Center is operated by the Southern Company and to date has worked more than 30 organizations from seven countries to evaluate and scale up emerging carbon capture technologies. (Source: National Carbon Capture Center , PR, AAAS, 15 Aug., 2019)
Contact: National Carbon Capture Center, John Northington, Dir., Marc Willis, (202) 586-3628,
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The city of Benson is purchasing the site
and reportedly has a letter of intent from a Californian company interested in constructing dairy manure biogas facility.
(Source: West Central Trib., Aug., 2019)
Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com
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The 48 MW Craven County Wood Energy facility has been in service since October 1990 . Atlantic Power acquired a 50 pct interest from AltaGas with the remaining 50 pct held by CMS Energy. Craven County burns wood waste, wood chips, poultry litter, forestry residues, mill waste, bark and sawdust, and has PPA with Duke Energy Carolinas.
In Michigan, the 37 MW Grayling Generating Station has been in service since June 1992 . Atlantic Power acquired a 30 pct interest from AltaGas , leaving Fortistar with 20 pct and CMS Energy with 50 pct. Grayling has a PPA with Consumers Energy. The plant burns wood waste from local mills, forestry residues, mill waste and bark.
Both plants are operated by an affiliate of CMS Energy.
(Source: Atlantic Power Corp., CNW Group, 14 Aug., 2019) Contact: Atlantic Power Corporation, (617) 977-2700, email@example.com, www.atlanticpower.com; , Mark Comora, CEO, (914) 421-4937, MComora@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com; CMS Energy, www.cmsenergy.com
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EWEB operated the facility for two decades and acknowledge a loss on the sale. EWEB originally invested $13 million in the $60 million wind farm which cost the utility $880,900 per year to maintain and operate the wind farm.
As previously reported, PacifiCorp plans to upgrade the 41.4-MW wind farm by replacing the facility's original 68, 600-kilowatt wind turbines with 13 new, state-of-the-art units.
(Source: Eugene Water & Electric, Register-Guard, 15 Aug., 2019)Contact: EWEB, 541-685-7000, www.eweb.org; PacifiCorp, www.pacificorp.com
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The U.S. produces over 10 million tonnes of hydrogen, nearly one-seventh of the global supply, primarily for oil refining and fertilizer production. Hydrogen infrastructure includes over 1,600 miles of hydrogen pipeline, a growing network of stations, and thousands of tons of storage in underground caverns. The hydrogen can be stored, distributed, and/or used as a fuel for transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial and manufacturing sectors.(Source: US DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office , PR, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office,
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"Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) back in 2007, signed into law by George W. Bush -- a lifelong oil and gas guy. The law was passed to encourage investment in advanced biofuels like biodiesel, renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel. Biodiesel producers responded, making the investments and building an industry that today produces more than 2 billion gallons of transportation fuel each year. This market also provides added value to feedstocks such as soybean oil, used restaurant oil and animal fats.
"The oil industry feverishly insists that the ethanol industry isn't harmed by small refinery exemptions because production has grown. But what about biodiesel? They never mention us because they know that small refinery exemptions disproportionately affect biodiesel because of the way the RFS is constructed.
"We have said again and again -- biodiesel is very different from ethanol. The president (Trump) was instrumental in clearing the path for higher blends of ethanol year-round when he lifted the RVP waiver this summer, which we were supportive of. He and his EPA administrator have mentioned E15 when they have spoken about what they believe to be the minor impact of exempting RFS gallons. It's as though they think we are dumb enough to not understand that they are giving with one hand but taking away with the other.
"Now, back to biodiesel. E15 does nothing to expand demand for biodiesel. Ethanol is not biodiesel. In fact, the RFS recognized this by establishing its own category for biodiesel, separate from ethanol, called biomass-based diesel. Policymakers at the time recognized the need to segment biodiesel and renewable diesel within the bigger RFS pool so that growth in those products could be differentiated in the overall program and we would see advancements of biofuels in both the gasoline and diesel sector.
"Fast forward to 2019 and we now have an EPA that, two months ago, proposed a draft rule to hold the biomass-based diesel category flat for 2020, keeping it at 2.43 billion gallons for the second year in a row and then, just last week, the same EPA grants nearly one-half billion gallons of biomass-based diesel waivers. To highlight the hypocrisy in this action, while filing the draft rule two months ago, the EPA documented, in writing, the fact that they expected to grant zero (that's zero as in none, zilch, nada) gallons of small refinery waivers in 2020. And we're supposed to understand and accept that move?
"Biodiesel and renewable diesel year after year fill more than 90 percent of the RFS volumes reserved for advanced biofuels. But EPA complains that advanced biofuels have not materialized quickly enough to meet the goals of the RFS. Now -- as seen last week -- the agency is holding its thumb on the industry and blocking growth. Not only blocking growth, but helping to reduce demand through small refinery exemptions.
"As the agency continues to hand them out to every refiner that asks, the damage could reach $7.7 billion or 2.54 billion gallons, according to Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist from the University of Illinois. A 'small' oil refinery, by RFS definition -- one that processes 75,000 bpd of oil and produces nearly a billion gallons of fuel a year -- would have an RFS obligation to use just 20 million gallons of biodiesel or renewable diesel. Many U.S. biodiesel producers are smaller than that -- just one small refinery exemption would eliminate their entire market. And the EPA granted 31 of them.
"President Trump vowed to protect and defend American farmers. In fact, he calls them patriots. But his actions will put the biodiesel producers those same farmers depend on for their market, out of business. It's already happening, and it's having a devastating impact on rural communities across the nation.
"President Trump and EPA Administrator Wheeler should clearly know what this means to the workers, producers, farmers and investors in the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry -- their new round of unwarranted RFS exemptions just destroyed jobs and a valuable marketplace for hardworking Americans, including those patriotic soybean farmers who Trump has called on to be his willing allies in the trade dispute with China. If this is how the EPA administrator treats the president’s allies, I'd hate to see how he treats his enemies.
(Source: NBB, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
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The new fuel will help maritime shippers comply with the International Maritime Organization's 2020 sulfur cap of 0.5 pct to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, effective 1 Jan, 2020. Neste Marine 0.5, which is manufactured at the company's refinery in Porvoo, Finland, will be available at yet to be announced locations in Northwest Europe.
In other Neste news,
the company announced it is partnering with Valdosta, Georgia-based McCall Companies to distribute its branded Neste MY Renewable Diesel in Oregon, which implemented clean fuels standards in 2016.
(Source: Neste, Biodiesel Mag., 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com;
McCall Companies CEO Kevin Jones, CEO, 229.242.2551,
Fax - 229.244.8358,
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Enel Green Power North America has renewable energy projects operating and under development in 24 states and two Canadian provinces.
(Source: Enel Green Power, State Journal Register, 12 Aug., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power, Brayten McGee, Project Manager, (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com
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The Brazilian company added that the cooperation agreement is intended to take advantage of a growing demand for ethanol as a result of an upcoming national programme to boost biofuel use, known as RenovaBio, which is scheduled to start in January, 2020. The RenovaBio program will require 30 new ethanol plants in Brazil, the expansion of some existing plants and the rebooting of some previously shuttered facilities. (Source: Dedini IndŴstrias de Base, Hindu Business Line, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Dedini IndWstrias de Base, +55 19 3403-5500, www.dedini.com.br; Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.praj.net
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The two PPAs together account for 100 pct of the facility's power and storage capacity.(Source: EDP Renewables North America, PR, ReNEWS, Aug., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; East Bay Community Energy, 833-699-3223, www.ebce.org
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The EU applied its duties in response to European Biodiesel Board complaints that Indonesian biodiesel producers benefit from grants, tax benefits and access to raw materials at lower than markets prices. The EU annual biodiesel market is reportedly valued at €9 billion with Indonesia accounting for roughly €400 million. (Source: EU, EC, euronews, Reuters, 13 Aug., 2019)Contact: European Commission, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Indonesia Biodiesel, Biodiesel Duties, EU, European Commission,
The report found that the accumulated emissions of burning wood pellets from these U.S. mills to produce electricity in the UK increases carbon pollution in the atmosphere for more than 40 years -- well beyond the time-frame identified by the IPCC as critical for carbon reduction.
Download the report details HERE. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center, 12 Aug., 2019) Contact: Southern Environmental Law Center, www.southernenvironment.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Woody Biomass, Carbon Emissions, Southern Environmental Law Center,
SureSource™ fuel cells are a clean energy solution for the need for baseload power, as power is made continuously, positioning them as a perfect complement to the intermittent power sources of wind and solar.
The company's SureSource™ plants are currently installed and operating on three continents, with many owned by leading utility and industrial companies.
Presently, ten U.S. states and Puerto Rico have classified stationary fuel cells in the highest tier of clean power generation due to the high efficiency and resultant low carbon emissions and negligible NOx and particulate matter typical of other combustion sources of baseload power. Fuel Cells are usually classified as carbon-neutral, or in some cases carbon negative, by regulatory authorities due to the renewable nature of the biogas fuel source. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy Inc., PR, Newswire, Street Insider, 5 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Jennifer Arasimowicz, Interim President, 203-825-6000,
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The government had allocated 6.20 million kiloliters B20 -- 44 pct of the total quota of diesel imports, the Ministry stated.
The Indonesian government mandated B20 in 2016 in response to a drastic global fall in crude palm oil prices. The mandate was also intended to
reduce the country's dependence on imported diesel fuel.(Source: Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, tempo.co, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, www.esdm.go.id/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Indonesia Biodiesel, B20,
"Wind energy prices -- particularly in the central United States, and supported by federal tax incentives -- are at all-time lows, with utilities and corporate buyers selecting wind as a low-cost option," according to LBNL Senior Scientist Ryan Wiser.
Report highlights include: wind power capacity additions continued at a robust pace in 2018; larger turbines are enhancing wind project performance; low turbine pricing continues to push down installed project costs; wind energy prices are at historical lows; the grid-system value of wind has declined over the last decade but rebounded over the last two years; and the domestic supply chain for wind equipment is diverse.
BNL's contributions to this report were funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. BNL is a multiprogram national laboratory, managed by the University of California for the U.S. DOE Office of Science.
Wind Technologies Market Report HERE
(Source: US DOE LBNL, Aug., 2019) Contact: DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science/office-science; LBNL, emp.LBNL.gov
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The suit claims the Trump Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule will prolong the country's reliance on coal power, hinder states that pursue cleaner electricity generation, will not curb rising power plant carbon emissions and will prolong the operation of dirtier coal plants. (Source: HPMG News, Various Media, Reuters 13 Aug., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Affordable Clean Energy ruke, ACE Rule, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Trump, Obama Clean Power Plan,
The new plant will utilize Biogest PowerCompact technology to process swine waste for electric power and thermal energy production.
Biogest previously won the UK AD & Biogas Industry Award for "Best International Micro-Sale Plant" with its PowerCompact technology. (Source: Biogest, Bioenergy Insight, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Biogest, +43 2243 208400,
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Bioenergy DevCo has more than 200 worldwide plants that create renewable natural gas (RNG) and soil fertilizers. The new funding will be used to expand its North American AD projects and RNG operations, according to a company statement.
(Source: Bioenergy DevCo, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: Bioenergy DevCo, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, Peter Ettinger, VP Bus, Dev., www.bioenergydevco.com; Newlight Partners LP., Mark Longstreth, (347)344-8399
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Although initially expensive to install, green roofs absorb stormwater, lower heating and cooling costs and increase a building's energy efficiency and thus reduce carbon emissions.
(Source: Nature Conservancy, Public News Service, 14 Aug., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy,
Emily Nobel Maxwell, NYC Program Director , 212-997-1880, www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/new-york
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Services, hotels and others filtered through the online programme are benchmarked against criteria developed by the City of Helsinki in collaboration with the independent think tank Demos Helsinki, local interest groups and sustainability experts. The service also includes a route planner feature that identifies emission-free transportation options in the city. The route planner provides CO2 emissions in grams per person per trip.
Currently gathering feedback from users, the Think Sustainably service is publicly available with plans to roll the programme out further and review its impact in 2020.
The process of developing the Think Sustainably service included researching the most significant factors of ecological sustainability related to different service categories. These dealt mostly with greenhouse emissions caused by energy production, the impacts of mobility and food, waste management, factors related to circular economy, protecting biodiversity, accessibility, and employment and preventing discrimination.
The European Commission (EC) tagged Helsinki the most innovative region in the EU. It is also the first European city and, the second globally -- after New York -- to voluntarily report the implementation of its Sustainable Development Goals to the UN.
(Source: City of Helsinki, PR, CISION, Yahoo Finance, Aug., 2019)Contact: Helsinki Think Sustainably , www.myhelsinki.fi/en/think-sustainably;
Helsinki Marketing, Laura Aalto, CEO, +358 40 507 9660 , email@example.com, www.hel.fi; Carbon Neutral Helsinki Initiative, Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen, Director, https://carbonneutralcities.org/cities/helsinki
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While petrol usage declined by 10 million liters to a total of about one billion liters, this was easily surpassed by a 20-million-liter increase in the use of diesel fuel, which totaled about 4 billion liters. According to this will have a more noticeable impact on emissions totals, given that diesel fuel causes about 13 pct more CO2 emissions than petrol. The Austrian government previously determined to reduce CO2 emissions to a total of 15.7 million tons by 2030. However, the total emissions have climbed for four consecutive years, up to 23.9 million tons in 2018.
The VCO called for various initiatives to to bring the emissions totals down, including improved public transport and and expanding bicycle infrastructure to encourage people to make fewer short trips by car.
(Source: Austrian Traffic Club, Xinhua, 13 Aug., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, CO2, Transportation Emissions,
The project, which will incorporate 46 GE Cypress onshore wind platforms, is the company's first Cypress-equipped wind farm in Australia and the largest globally to date.
Construction is expected to get underway
shortly for commissioning and start of operations by 2021.
The Cypress is GE's most powerful and efficient wind turbine in operation. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website, STL News, 12 Aug., 2019)
Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Steve Oswald, Country Leader, GE Renewable Energy Onshore Wind in Australia, www.ge.com/renewableenergy
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Twenty-seven of the project's turbines have already been put into operation.
When fully operational, the projects will have a combined capacity of 609MW and will be EnBW's largest operating wind farm.
Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge holds 49.9 pct of the Hohe See-Albatros project while EnBW holds the balance.
(Source: EnBW, PR, ReCharge, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: EnBW, Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com
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The California Public Utilities Commission reported that during 2017 storm outages, "Almost one million customers could not make 9-1-1 calls, more than 790,000 customers experienced loss of communication service, and more than 52,000 businesses experienced service interruptions." Even more recent wildfire-related power outages highlight California's immediate need to accelerate the adoption of energy storage platforms for critical infrastructure.
Grid-independent solutions like those offered by Caban can help both state and telecommunication operators provide reliable communications at all times. Caban System's Burlingame manufacturing line will produce a purpose-built, modular battery storage system that will provide reliable, redundant power sources for critical infrastructure systems across California.
(Source: Caban Systems, PR, CISION, Yahoo, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Caban Systems, Alexandra Rasch, Founder & CEO , Jacqueline Castillo, (305) 989-2861, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cabansystems.com
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Berry was speaking in Lincoln, Nebraska on the EPA's granting of an additional 31 small refinery biofuel waivers for 2018. This follows the 54 waivers the Trump Administration granted in 2016 and 2017, which caused 2.6 billion gallons of demand destruction. These new waivers add another loss of 1.4 billion gallons, for a total loss of 4 billion gallons.
Contact: Nebraska Ethanol Board, Roger Berry, (402) 471-2941, ethanol.nebraska.gov
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The two-phased project began in August 2015 and reached commercial operations in February 2019. Seven of the district’s least energy efficient elementary schools, along with its administrative office building, were retrofitted with LED lighting, web-based energy management, wireless lighting control systems and upgraded HVAC systems. (Source: Ameresco, Renewable Energy, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com
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Waterloo's 2015 emissions breakdown identified the transportation sector is the largest emitter of CO2 at 49 pct, followed by industrial, commercial, and institutional work places at 27 pct, residences at 18 pct, agriculture emitted 5 pct and waste management picked up the remaining 1 pct.
Between 2010 and 2015 the Climate Action WR plan spearheaded 5.2 pct reduction in GHG emissions, the equivalent of 235,935 tonnes of CO2 emissions or 58,000 cars removed from the roads.
Th meet its transportation-related GHG reduction goals, Waterloo has instituted a community bike and car share program, a light rail electric transit system and reduced bus traffic in the city.
The municipality also established "green" building and energy efficiency standards, retrifited street lights to LED which are expected to reduce GHG emissions by 920 tpy.
(Source: Municipality of Waterloo, Alternatives Journal, 3 Aug., 2019) Contact: Sustainable Waterloo Region, Tova Davidson,Executive Director, Samantha Tremmel, Acting Climate Action Manager, (519) 603-2223, www.sustainablewaterlooregion.ca
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NewEnergyBlue plans to construct a series of biomass refineries across grain belts and sugar-growing regions to process agricultural residues -- wheat straw, cornstalks, sugar bagasse and others -- into a high-octane advanced ethanol that's more than 100 pct below the carbon baseline of grain ethanol -- more than 140 pct below gasoline.
Using Inbicon technology , NewEnergyBlue's refinery utilizes high-pressure steam followed by an enzyme bath to break down the biomass fibers into sugars and lignin that are valuable for making liquid and solid biofuels. The company expects groundbreaking for its Spiritwood, North Dakota refinery in 2020. (Source: NewEnergyBlue, PR, 12 Aug., 2019) Contact: NewEnergyBlue LLC, Thomas Corle, CEO, Roger Moore, Brand Manager, (717) 626-0557,
www.newenergyblue.com; Inbicon, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inbicon
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According to MATUNAS director of Investment and Development of METUNAS, through cooperation with the People's Republic of China, the company acquire a production line that covers all the necessary processes -- cutting, forming, assembly, welding, internal transportation and product cleaning and painting.
(Source: Paco Cabrera Metallic Structures Company, PR, reve, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: Paco Cabrera Metallic Structures Company contact information is presently unavailable.
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"Biodiesel producers are already shutting down facilities and laying off workers, due to loss of demand. The ongoing demand destruction will undercut the industry's investments and choke off markets for surplus agricultural oils, adding to the economic hardship that farmers are facing. The Trump administration's action represents a fundamental betrayal of previous promises to farmers and the agricultural economy." (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 10 Aug., 2019) Contact: NBB,
Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
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The new Novo Holdings funding will enable LanzaTech to leverage intellectual property held by a subsidiary of Novo Holdings, Novozymes. The result of this partnership should see Lanzatech expanding its production to include other fuels than just ethanol. At its current level of production, LanzaTech estimates it could capture the equivalent of 70,000 vehicles on the world's roads.
LanzaTech aims to develop a circular system where the microbes convert waste products into ethanol, which is then used to fuel the same machinery that produced the waste.
(Source: LanzaRech, Cloud Wedge, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, email@example.com, www.lanzatech.com; Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com
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Needless to say, the President has yet again misled his supporters and the biofuels industry -- along with just about everyone else both domestic and foreign. In response, ethanol and biofuels players and industry organizations wasted no time in venting their rightful outrage.
"The Trump Administration's approval of 31 refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard is just devastating news for our industry. With this action, President Trump has destroyed over a billion gallons of biofuel demand and broken his promise to Iowa voters to protect the RFS. The vast majority of these exemptions are not justified under the law. Since this news began to leak this afternoon, RFS credit prices have freefallen to nearly zero, destroying much of the incentive to blend an incremental gallon of ethanol." -- Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Exec. Dir.,
"At a time when ethanol plants in the Heartland are being mothballed and jobs are being lost, it is unfathomable and utterly reprehensible that the Trump Administration would dole out more unwarranted waivers to prosperous petroleum refiners. Today's announcement comes as a total shock, as just two months ago Trump himself heard directly from Iowa farmers and ethanol plant workers about the disastrous economic impacts of these small refinery handouts. In response, he (Trump) told us he would 'look into it' and we believed that would lead to the White House and EPA finally putting an end to these devastating waivers. Instead, the Trump administration chose to double down on the exemptions, greatly exacerbating the economic pain being felt in rural America and further stressing an industry already on life support." -- Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, Renewable Fuels Association.
"EPA's refiner-win-at-all-costs oversight of the RFS is doing real damage to America's farmers and renewable fuel producers who are already suffering from trade wars and volatile markets. The RFS is supposed to ensure the use of ethanol and biodiesel increases from one year to the next, but 85 Small Refinery Exemptions later and over 3 billion waived gallons represents an enormous step backwards." -- Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition of Ethanol.
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and 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. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.
(Source: Various Media, AgPro, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, www.iowarfa.org;
Renewable Fuels Association, www.ethanolrfa.org;
American Coalition of Ethanol, www.ethanol.org
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ISCC PLUS certification validates the responsible nature of GEVO's liquid transportation fuels and highlights the traceability of its biofuel, qualifying that such fuels produced in a sustainable manner. By completing ISCC certification, Gevo has verified that the feedstock, in this case field corn, is being grown in a socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible manner.
ISCC PLUS is a sustainability certification scheme for biobased applications like chemicals, food and feed products and applications in the bioenergy sector. (Source: GEVO, PR, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact:
International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, www.sustainabilityxchange.info/en/institutions/iscc-international-sustainability-carbon-certification; GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com
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Through this service energyOrbit utility customers work directly with energyOrbit to manage key energy efficiency (EE) program areas, such as system maintenance, routine enhancements, real-time troubleshooting, and data manipulation. While utilities can still opt to fully manage the energyOrbit platform internally, AMS is ideal for utilities with resource constraints, or large deployments that may otherwise require additional staffing.
Powered on the Salesforce platform, the energyOrbit cloud-based software solution provides an integrated user experience to streamline reporting and free up program administrators workloads, resulting in a higher focus on articulating and executing program strategy. Now, with the addition of AMS, utilities will have yet another layer of support on the personnel side to support staff, and ensure workflows are optimized.
(Source: energyOrbit, newkerala,com, 10 Aug., 2019) Contact: energyOrbit, Jason Adge, VP Business Development, Energy Orbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , (866)628-8744, www.energy-orbit.com
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The City of Frederick's sustainability plan includes; targeting sustainability, carbon reduction, disaster preparedness, electrical vehicles, stream restoration, historic preservation, composting and recycling initiatives, as well as the watershed master plan and Frederick Community Action Agency services.
The city of 65,000 +- residents is also purchasing renewable energy credits and continues to upgrade its lights to LEDs. (Source: City of Frederick, Md., Pr, Com. Property Exec., 10 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Frederick, www.cityoffrederick.com;
USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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To reach its goal, the city government wants all vehicles in the city to be "emission free," although they did not want to go so far as to talk of an outright ban on petrol and diesel cars. Oslo is this year's European Green Capital and the municipality also wants to reduce car traffic overall by a third compared to 2015, emphasising public transport, bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways. The city has also a carbon capture and storage mechanism at a city waste incineration plant.
Oslo mayor Raymond Johansen described his city's goal as the "most ambitious climate strategy of any major city in the world,"
(Source: City of Oslo, ET Auto, AFP, 10 Aug, 2019) Contact: City of Oslo, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oslo
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PACE provides long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation projects. Funding from PACE can be used for commercial, industrial and nonprofit properties for either retro fitting or new construction.
If adopted, the county would administer the voluntary program that finances up to 100 pct of an energy efficiency or renewable energy project's hard and soft costs for terms up to 25 years. PACE financing is repaid as an assessment on the property.
(Source: Monroe County Board of Commissioners, Commission, Monroe News ,9 Aug., 2019) Contact: Monroe County Board of Commissioners, Michael Bosanac, Administrator, CFO, (734) 240-7267, email@example.com, www.co.monroe.mi.us/officials_and_departments/officials/board_of_commissioners/index.php;
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The Scioto Ridge Wind Farm developer Innogy Renewables US LLC estimates the $300 million project will be operational by the end of 2020.(Source: Innogy Renewables US LLC, PR, Various Media, Aug., 2019)
Contact: Innogy Renewables US LLC, www.innogy.com
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Vineyard Wind urged the federal government to complete the project's review as quickly as possible and says the 84-turbine, 800-MW wind farm is key to a 2016 Massachusetts renewable energy law and remains viable.
(Source: Vineyard Wind, BOEM, Boston.com, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov;
Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964,www.vineyardwind.com
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The report will be a key scientific input into forthcoming climate and environment negotiations, such as the Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14) in New Delhi, India in September and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile, in December.
The report notes that better land management can contribute to tackling climate change, but is not the only solution. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors is essential if global warming is to be kept to well below 2 degrees C, if not 1.5 degrees C.
The IPCC assessments provide all levels of government with scientific information that can be used to develop climate policies and in international negotiations to tackle climate change.
The IPCC, the world body for assessing the state of scientific knowledge related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks and possible response options.
Download the UN IPCC Land is Part of the Climate Solution report
HERE. (Source: UN IPCC, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch
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The award provides funding to commercialize a blockchain-based transactive energy platform developed by BEM Controls with funding from the DOE. Blockchains use multiple servers that operate like decentralized record-keeping and verification systems.
The BEM Controls software incorporates time-based energy management and control of interior spaces in buildings to achieve greater energy efficiency, reliability and resiliency. ComEd will use its Grid of the Future Lab to demonstrate the functionality of the system, which will be developed over three years. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Science, PR, Crypto Economy, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Science, (202) 586-5430, www.energy.gov/science/office-science; BEM Controls, www.bemcontrols.com
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The six year project will be constructed of net-zero buildings within an own insular mini-city, featuring automated multi-functional designs, renewable energies from solar/wind/water/kinetic, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and self-healing concrete structures.
The project's mixed-use environment will feature workforce housing, offices, retail space, ultra-luxury residential, hotel and entertainment. The project also expects to create as many as 25,000 jobs and attracting manufacturing to the Las Vegas Valley area. (Source: Bleutech Park Website Aug., 2019) Contact: Bluetech Park. www.bleutechpark.com
The SSE deal would add 5.7 million residential customers to Ovo's existing 1.5 million customers putting Ovo in second place after British Gas, which has 12 million domestic customers.
A completed sale would leave SSE focused on its offshore wind farm activity and networks businesses as a generator and distributor of energy. SSE's offshore wind facilities include the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm in the Moray Firth.
SSE also operates the biggest onshore wind energy fleet in the UK and Ireland and has consent to increase offshore wind generation from 1 gigawatt to about 3.3GW, which would make it the biggest offshore supplier. (Source: Ovo Energy, SSE, Guardian, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: SSE Energy, www.sse.co.uk; Ovo Energy, Stephen Fitzpatrick CEO, www.ovoenergy.com
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Last year was also the hottest year on record for the world's oceans. Alarmingly, the air temperature over land is rising twice as fast as the global average, and has already risen more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (Source: IPCC, Aug., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch
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Biodiesel is key to the state meeting its Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The California Air Resources Board claims that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gases by at least 50 pct, and up to as much as 81 pct , compared to petroleum.
The California State Water Resources Board ruled that a 20 pct blend of biodiesel (meeting the ASTM standard for B20, D7467) "shall be recognized as equivalent to diesel for the purpose of complying with existing approval requirements for double-walled USTs, unless any material or component of the UST system has been determined to not be compatible with B20."
The regulation comes into force from 1 October 2019.
(Source: California State Water Board, California Advanced Biofuels Alliance,
Biofuels Int'l, 7 Aug., 2019)
Contact: California State Water Board, www.waterboards.ca.gov; NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org;
California Advanced Biofuels Alliance,
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Equinor holds a 50 pct indirect interest in the 100MW Guanizul 2A solar farm and recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Petrobras to investigate Argentina's offshore wind energy potential. (Source: Equinor, Recharge, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com; YPF Luz, www.ypfluz.com
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The Gorgon facility incorporates features aimed at maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing GHG emissions, and in steady-state operations, is anticipated to have the lowest GHG emissions intensity of any LNG project in Australia.
(Source: Chevron Australia, Mining Weekly, Creamer Media NZ, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, +61 8 9216 4000, www.chevron.com/about/contact
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"If we decide to enter the game (renewable energy) we want to enter to win, we will not rush in without thinking just because other oil majors are doing so. We don't want to lose money.
"There is a lot of marketing and only a few real actions. There are people (oil companies) announcing that they are committed to 'better energies' and what have you, but if you look at the European companies, the ones that are leading announcements in renewables, the projections for the participation of renewables in their revenues in 2030 is of 1 pct, 1.5 pct tops." -- Roberto Castello Branco, CEO, Petrobras, Aug., 2019
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