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Aussie Brush Fires Double Average Yearly GHG Emissions (Int'l.)
Global Fire Emissions Database, Global Carbon Project
Date: 2020-01-27
The Global Fire Emissions Database is reporting fires in Australia's New South Wales and Victoria states in have emitted around 400 million tons of COs so far, "pushing country-level estimates for all of 2019 to a new record in the satellite era" of about 900 million tons of carbon dioxide.

In 2018, Australia emitted 421 million tons of carbon dioxide, making it the 16th-largest emitter worldwide, ranking just above the UK, according to the Global Carbon Project, a group of 76 scientists in 15 countries.

2019 was the hottest and driest year on record in Australia, and December saw the country shatter its record for the hottest-ever day nationally. (Source: Global Fire Emissions Database, The Independent, 25 Jan., 2020) Contact: Global Fire Emissions Database, www.globalfiredata.org; Global Carbon Project, www.globalcarbonproject.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Carbon Project,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Australia Carbon Emissions,  


IRENA's Future of Wind Energy Report Attached (Int'l)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2020-01-27
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is reporting publication of its Future of Wind Energy reports, a few details of whic follow below:
  • The accelerated deployment of wind power, together with significant electrification, could provide a large part (6.3 Gt) of the annual reductions in CO2 emissions required by 2050.

  • Wind energy can cover more than a third of the world's energy needs , which adapts to the world's main power generation. To achieve this goal, the capacity of wind turbines installed in the world must reach 6,000 gigawatts, more than 10 times the current level, by 2050. This would include 5,000 GW of wind power on land and 1,000 GW of offshore wind farm plants.

  • Asia could soon become the dominant wind energy market in the world, representing more than 50 pct of the country's wind farms and 60 pct in 2050. Chinese wind power capacity could jump from 230 GW in 2018 to more than 2,600 GW in 2050.

    This report outlines the role of wind power in the transformation of the global energy system based on IRENA's climate resilient pathway, specifically the growth in wind power deployments that would be needed in the next three decades to achieve the Paris climate goals. Download the IRENA Future of Wind Energy Report HERE. (Source: IRENA, reve, 25 Jan., 2020) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  International Renewable Energy Agency,  IRENA,  


  • Philly Planning 105,000 LED Streetlight Installation (Ind Report)
    Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In the Keystone State, the city of Philadelphia Energy Authority has issued a request for qualifications from contractors for the installation of 105,000 LED streetlights under the cities' Municipal Energy Master Plan.

    The Master Plan aims to reduce Philadelphia's energy consumption, lower its carbon emissions and expand the use of renewables.

    According to the U.S. DOE, the widespread use of LEDs, compared to no LED use, could save the "equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants" by 2027 and "more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices."

    Philadelphia presently spends $12.9 million per year on streetlighting costs but has not yet identified funding mechanisms or a date for the citywide LED switchover. (Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, Plan Philly, WHYY PBS, 25 Jan., 2020) Contact: Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Christine Knapp, Dir., 215-686-3495, www.phila.gov › departments › office-of-sustainability; Philadelphia Energy Authority, 215-686-4483, www.philaenergy.org


    Grants to Promote Wisc. School Solar Installations (Ind Report)
    Midwest Renewable Energy Association
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In Wisconsin, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) reports it will provide grants of $20,000 each to up to 100 schools to install a solar module on their campus.

    California, New Mexico and New Jersey are among the top states, where at least 10 pct of schools have have solar power installations. Wisconsin is ranked ninth on the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) list of states with school solar installations. SEIA notes more than 5,000 U.S. schools use solar power and have doubled their solar capacity in the past five years. (Source: Midwest Renewable Energy Association, WXPR, Public Radio, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Amanda Schienebeck, Solar Program Coordinator, 715-592-6595, www.midwestrenew.org; SEIA, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SEIA,  Solar,  Midwest Renewable Energy Association,  


    Court Disqualifies Recent RFS "Hardship" Waivers (Reg & Leg.)
    Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2020-01-27
    It is being widely reported that a U.S. appeals court has ordered the EPA to reconsider three recently issued Renewable Fuel Standard small refinery "hardship waivers" on the grounds that the refineries did not qualify for the waivers and their issuance was "flawed."

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit dated Jan. 24 came after a coalition of biofuel industry groups had challenged the 2016 exemptions for Holly Frontier's Woods Cross and Cheyenne refineries, as well as CVR Energy's Wynewood refinery.

    The court ruled the EPA overstepped its authority and errored in granting the waivers because the refineries had not received exemptions in the previous year. The court said the RFS is worded in such a way that any exemption granted to a small refinery after 2010 must take the form of an "extension".

    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 (Source: Successful Farming, Various Media, Reuters, 25 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


    Applachian Power Renews Large-Scale Solar Energy RFP (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian Power
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In the Old Dominion State, Roanoke-based Appalachian Power Co. reports it has re-issued its November, 2018 RFP for solar projects since the 15 bids submitted in the 2018 call "did not result in any viable projects." The utility is seeking projects that will produce up to 200 megawatts of power.

    Appalachian owns no solar facilities, but has a power purchase agreement with the 15-MW Depot Solar Center in Campbell County which is expected to come online later this year. (Source: Appalachian Power Washington Times, AP, 25 Jan., 2020) Contact: Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, (800)956-4237, contact@aep.com, www.appalachianpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Appalachian Power,  Solar ,  


    MCGA Announces Better Fuel Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2020-01-27
    The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has unveiled its Better Fuel Initiative aimed at increasing the state's B10 ethanol blend rate to B15, and generally touting the advantages of biofuel.

    Minnesota was the first state to require ethanol blended fuels to improve air quality.

    With nearly 7,000 members, MCGA is one of the largest grassroots farm organizations in the United States. Working in close partnership with the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, MCGA identifies and promotes opportunities for Minnesota's 24,000 corn farmers while building connections with the non-farming public, according to the MCGA website. (Source: Minnesota Corn Growers Association, KDHL Radio, Contact: Minnesota Corn Growers Association, 952-233-0333, www.mncorn.org; Better Fuel Initiative, www.betterfuel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Corn Growers Association,  Ethanol,  B10,  B15,  


    Michigan Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grants Available (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In Lansing, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is reporting the availability of matching fund grants up to $15,000 per applicant for energy efficiency projects. The grant funding is aimed at energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits for small manufacturers, agribusinesses, farms, and small businesses in rural communities.

    More about the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot:

  • Offers matching grants for activities including technical assistance services from energy assistance programs, energy efficiency training courses or workshops, enrollment in energy efficiency programs, bench-marking, or boiler, chiller or furnace tune-ups

  • Open to any manufacturer in Michigan with 500 or fewer employees worldwide.

  • Companies can qualify for up to $15,000 with a 100 percent match.

    Program priorities include manufacturers in rural or low-income communities, adoption of innovative or cutting-edge technology, and activities with significant environmental or economic benefits. More about the Agriculture and Rural Communities Energy Incentive Program:

  • Farms, agribusinesses, food processors and small businesses in rural areas can qualify for energy-related project rebates based on recommendations identified following an energy audit.

  • Applicants can qualify for up to $15,000 or 25 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less.

  • Eligible projects include benchmarking, energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy projects, and training or workshops. (Source: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, LMTonline, Jan., 2020) Contact: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, www.michigan.gov › egle; Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot, www.michigan.gov › energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Bench-marking,  


  • New Jersey Energy Master Plan Unveiled (Reg. & Leg, Ind. Report)
    New Jersey
    Date: 2020-01-27
    Garden State Governor Phil Murphy (D) has unveiled the state's Energy Master Plan, which outlines key strategies to reach the Administration's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. The Energy Master Plan outlines the following energy efficiency related strategies and includes an implementation plan that lays out next steps and timelines:
  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Transportation Sector, including encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifying transportation systems, and leveraging technology to reduce emissions and miles traveled.

  • Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources by developing offshore wind, community solar, a successor solar incentive program, solar thermal, and energy storage. It also involves adopting new market structures to embrace clean energy development and contain costs, opening electric distribution companies' circuits for distributed energy resources (DER), and developing low-cost loans or financing for DER.

  • Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and Reducing Peak Demand including enacting 0.75 percent and 2 percent utility energy efficiency standards for natural gas and electricity, respectively, improving energy efficiency programs in New Jersey, adopting new clean energy and energy efficiency financing mechanisms, and strengthening building and energy codes and appliance standards.

  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Building Sector through decarbonization and electrification of new and existing buildings, including the expansion of statewide net zero carbon homes incentive programs, the development of EV-ready and Demand Response-ready building codes, and the establishment of a long-term building de-carbonization roadmap.

  • De-carbonizing and Modernizing New Jersey's Energy System through planning and establishment of Integrated Distribution Plans, investing in grid technology to enable increased communication, sophisticated rate design, and reducing our reliance on natural gas.

  • Supporting Community Energy Planning and Action in Under served Communities through incentivizing local, clean power generation, prioritizing clean transportation options in these communities, and supporting municipalities in establishing community energy plans.

  • Expand the Clean Energy Innovation Economy by expanding upon New Jersey's existing 52,000 clean energy jobs and investing in developing clean energy knowledge, services, and products that can be exported to other regions around the country and around the world, thereby driving investments and growing jobs. New Jersey will attract supply chain businesses to create dynamic new clean energy industry clusters and bring cutting-edge clean energy research and development the state. (Source: InsideNJ, PR, 27 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Climate Change High on Young Voters Concerns List (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In its recently released Survey of Young Voters; Concerns Mirror Priorities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors notes that of the surveyed voters aged 18-29:
  • 80 pct say that global warming is a major threat to human life on earth as we know it.

  • Furthermore, young voters feel the climate crisis warrants taking "bold measures", by a margin of three to one (58 pct to 21 pct)

  • In the absence of strong federal action, a combined 74 pct agree that states and cities should step up in addressing global warming.

  • 80 pct said climate change is a "major threat to human life on earth as we know it."

    Conducted by John Zogby Strategies, the online survey was conducted on December 9th - 11th, 2019. (Source: US Conference of Mayors, Jan., 2020) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors, (202) 293-7330, www.usmayors.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Conference of Mayors,  Climate Change,  


  • Jordan Growing Renewable Energy Sector Power Production (Int'l.)
    IRENA
    Date: 2020-01-27
    IRENA is reporting the Kingdom of Jordan's investments in the renewable energy sector have reached more than $5 billion, placing the country of 10.4 million inhabitants among leading countries in providing a legislative environment and attracting investment in the sector.

    According to the report, "2014 witnessed the kingdom's serious development of the solar and wind energy projects supplying clean energy to the national grid with a total capacity of approximately 1,500 megawatts, which account for some 20 pct of total electricity generated." (Source: IRENA, Jordan Weekly, 26 Jan., 2020) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Jordan,  Renewable Energy,  


    GTI Launching Hydrogen Fuel Tech Center (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Gas Technology Institute
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In Des Plaines, Illinois, the not-for-profit Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a research, development and training organization focused on natural gas and energy markets, is reporting the launch of a hydrogen fuel technology center.

    GTI focuses its R&D efforts on the generation of clean hydrogen using hydrocarbon fuels that incorporate carbon capture and/or carbon sequestration CCS) in a cost-effective manner. These technology efforts are directed at both large-scale hydrogen production using natural gas feedstock, and smaller distributed hydrogen production for transportation or remote power generation using either gaseous or liquid hydrocarbon fuels, according to the release.

    Additionally, GTI is partnered with private industry to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate technologies that further the use of hydrogen (H2) as a transportation fuel by delivering infrastructure, vehicle, engine, fuel dispensing, and system solutions for clean transportation fuel cell vehicles. (Source: GTI, Green Car Congress, 26 Jan., 2020) Contact: GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute ,  Alternative Fuel,  Hydrogen Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  GTI,  ,  


    DOE Announces $300Mn for Sustainable Transport R&D (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-01-27
    The US DOE has announced three separate funding opportunities totaling nearly $300 million for sustainable transportation fuels, resources and technologies R&D.

    Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the three FOAs will be issued on behalf of the three transportation offices: Vehicle, Fuel Cells, and Bioenergy Technology Offices. Brief summaries of the FOAs follow:

  • FY20 Vehicles Technologies Office (VTO) Multi-Topic FOA ($133M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's VTO , topic areas within this FOA address priorities in advanced batteries and electrification; advanced engine and fuel technologies, including technologies for off-road applications; lightweight materials; new mobility technologies (energy efficient mobility systems), and alternative fuels technology demonstrations.

  • H2@Scale New Markets FOA ($64M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's Fuel Cells Technologies Office (FCTO), topic areas within this FOA advance DOE's H2@Scale initiative. This investment will support innovative hydrogen concepts that will encourage market expansion and increase the scale of hydrogen production, storage, transport, and use, including heavy-duty trucks, data centers and steel production.

  • FY20 Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Multi-Topic FOA ($100M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's BETO, topic areas within this FOA support the U.S. bioeconomy by reducing the price of drop-in biofuels, lowering the cost of biopower, and enabling high-value products from biomass or waste resources.(Source: USDOE, 25 Jan, 2020) Contact: US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  Bioenergy,  DOE BETO,  DOE EERE,  


  • Biomass-Acetone, Light Creates Green Jet Fuel Additive (Ind Report)
    Loa Alamos National Lab
    Date: 2020-01-27
    Take biomass-derived acetone -- common nail polish remover -- use light to upgrade it to higher-mass hydrocarbons and you have a domestically generated product that can be blended with conventional jet fuel to fly while providing environmental benefits.

    There are many challenges in using acetone for fuels applications, the paper notes. Its volatility precludes its direct use as a fuel, and it requires chemical upgrading to be suitable for introduction into the fuel supply, as acetone has a nasty habit of dissolving engine parts and O-rings. So by upgrading the initial product to a cyclobutane, a potentially safer and more energy-dense fuel is created, while reducing the hydrogen input required for upgrading a bio-derived feedstock.

    "Reducing high-pressure hydrogen treatment in synthesizing renewable fuels is important, because most hydrogen is derived from using steam to reform natural gas, which generates carbon dioxide," according to the release.

    The LANL research was funded through the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) through ChemCatBio: Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium. (Source: Los Alamos National Laboratory, PR, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Los Alamos National Laboratory, (505) 667-5061, www.lanl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LANL,  Los Alamos National Lab,  Green Fuel,  Green Jet Fuel,  


    Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy Outlines Climate Change Action (Int'l)
    Tokyuo,Climate Change
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In Japan, the recently released Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy details a multifaceted effort to heighten climate change disaster - mitigation preparedness, reduce single-use plastics, transition to renewable energy and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The strategy also calls for zero-emission cars, buses, boats and planes; buildings made of recycled wood and equipped with solar panels; power plants on the city's perimeter tapping biomass, geothermal, hydrogen, hydroelectric, solar and wind energy; grocery stores with zero food waste and no single-use plastics; and "smart" homes with artificial intelligence to minimize energy consumption.

    To that end, the Tokyo City Metropolitan Government 2020 budget plans to spend more than ¥74.6 billion ($684.5 million). The money will be distributed to individual progams in 14 energy sector including buildings, transportation, resources, climate change adaptation and engagement. These include Tokyo Climate Change Adaptation Policy, Plastic Strategy, Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Promotion Strategy, all of which outline additional steps the city will take to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions, marine plastic waste, food waste and fluorocarbon emissions.

    To achieve decarbonization, the capital city of 13.9 residents plans to expand the use of hydrogen energy as it moves away from fossil fuels in its effort to address global warming and the climate change crisis, and urged the central government to formulate a national strategy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: City of Tokyo, PR, Japan Times, 26 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tokyo,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


    Scotland Nearing 100 pct Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
    Scottish Power,Scottish Development International,
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Scottish Development International, Scotland's foreign direct investment agency, is reporting renewable energy provided 59 pct of Scotland's electricity in 2015, 68.1 pct in 2017 and 74.6 pct by 2018.

    January and July 2019, Scotland generated 9,831,320 MWh of wind energy. That might hold 182 pct of all 4.4 million households in Scotland and North England or 100 pct of all houses in Scotland and England. (Source: Scottish Development International, Energy News, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Scottish Development International, +44 300 013 2734, www.sdi.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power,  Scotland Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    NYC Mayor Urged to Commit $1Bn to Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    NYC
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In the Big Apple, Mayor de Blasio is being lobbied by City Comptroller Scott Stringer to commit $1 billion per year to the upgrading of the energy efficiency of the city's public housing. The cash would build on the city's Dirty Buildings Law requiring energy upgrades and improvements.

    In 2019, budgeted $60 million to start retrofitting municipal buildings. Retrofitting can entail changes to lighting and upgrades to air distribution systems. The Mayor has proposed roughly $300 million for "building construction, reconstruction or retrofit" over the next four years. (Source: Various Media, NY Daily News, 23 Jan., 2020)Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bill de Blasio,  Energy Efficiency,  NYc Energy Efficiency,  


    Tribal Biomass Demonstration Projects Notices Issued (Ind. Report)
    Bureau of Land Management
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In Washington, the U.S. DOI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a notice of availability establishing eligibility and selection criteria for biomass demonstration project proposals submitted for BLM-managed lands as authorized by the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self Determination Act Amendments of 2017. The notice pertains to both tribal biomass demonstration projects and Alaska Native biomass demonstration project proposals.

    Under the The Act requires the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to enter into stewardship contracts or similar agreements with Indian tribes to carry out at least four new demonstrations projects to promote biomass energy and biofuel production as well as heat and electric power generation on Indian forest land and in nearby communities by providing reliable supplies of woody biomass from federal land. The requirement is in place for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021. That requirement is also in place for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

    A full copy of the notice is HERE. (Source: BLM, Jan., 2020) Contact: BLM, www.blm.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau of Land Management,  Woody Biomass ,  


    Notable Quote from Davos Warns of EC Carbon Border Tax
    European Commission
    Date: 2020-01-24
    "There is no point in only decreasing greenhouse gas emissions at home if we increase the import of CO2 from abroad. It is a matter of fairness towards our business, towards our workers, and we will protect them against unfair competition." -- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

    Speaking yesterday at Davos , EC President Ursula von der Leyen delivered a warning to high-emitting nations that Europe could impose a carbon border tax "in the name of fairness" unless they implement carbon pricing systems of their own. Von der Leyen said she would prefer the world to operate under a global carbon pricing system, which she said would create a "level playing field" to help nations decarbonize. (Source: Various Media, Business Green, 23 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Greenhouse Gas,  CO2,  


    AstraZeneca Investing $1Bn in CO2, Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
    AstraZeneca
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Cambridge, UK-based British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca reports it will invest $1 billion to reach zero carbon emissions across its global operations by 2025, and ensure its entire value chain is carbon negative by 2030 -- as outlined in the company's just released Ambition Zero Carbonstrategy.

    To that end, AstraZeneca plans to cut carbon emissions to net-zero emissions within its own operations without relying on offset schemes, use 100 pct renewable energy, and reduce total energy consumption by 10 pct from a 2015 base, all by 2025. The pharmaceuticals maker is also planning a 50,000,000 tree reforestation initiative named AZ Forest which will launch in Australis this February. (Source: AstraZeneka, PR, BusinessGreen, 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: AstraZeneca, Pascal Soirot, CEO, +44 (0)20 3749 5000, www.astrazeneka.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  Reforestation,  Carbon Offsets,  


    Bank of America Carbon Neutrality Ahead of Schedule (Ind Report)
    Bank of America
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Bank of America Corp reports it has reached carbon neutrality ahead of projections by cutting CO2 emissions, a commitment to 100 pct renewable energy and the purchase of carbon offsets. According to a statement, the banking giant cut its facilities emissions by half since 2010.(Source: Bank of America, Jan. 2020) Contact: Bank of America, www.bankofamerica.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Bank of America,  


    NV Energy Seeks Addition to Renewable Energy Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2020-01-24
    NV Energy has issued a request for proposals (RfP) to add new renewable energy projects to its portfolio. This announcement comes on the heels of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada's (PUCN) December 2019 approval of 1,190 mw of new solar energy and 590 mw of battery storage to be built in Nevada and serving customers by Jan. 1, 2024.

    The RfP seeks solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technology projects compliant with Nevada's existing renewable portfolio standards. NV Energy will also consider adding supplemental energy storage systems that are integrated with the proposed renewable energy resource and stand-alone energy storage systems. Projects will be competitively evaluated on a number of factors, including best value to customers of NV Energy and creation of economic benefits to the State of Nevada.

    NV Energy requests that all parties interested in becoming a bidder for this opportunity register on the company's website www.nvenergy.com and follow each of the directives under the "Steps to Complete" section of the website. Bids are due by 4 p.m. on March 9. Projects proposed by successful bidders will require the approval of the PUCN. It is anticipated the projects would be completed and producing energy for customers by December 31, 2025.

    Las Vegas-based NV Energy, Inc. is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 22 Jan., 2020) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Corp. Communications, 775-834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy ,  


    World Governments Committed to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In response to and compliance with the COP15 Agreement, the following governments have set a global goal and committed to reaching net-zero emissions in the second half of the century:

    Bhutan, California, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, The European Union, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, The UK and Uruguay. (Source: Various Media, Climate News, Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    sPower Mothballs Planned Seneca Wind Project in Ohio (Ind. Report)
    sPower
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Salt Lake City-headquartered renewable energy supplier sPower reports it will not at this time refile an application with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) for its proposed Seneca Wind project in Seneca County, in southern Ohio.

    The Seneca Wind project was a proposed 200 MW wind farm incorporating as many as 77 wind turbines on approximately 25,000 acres of privately leased land in Seneca County. (Source: sPower, PR, Seneca Wind, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Seneca Wind, www.senecawind.com; sPower, Ryan Creamer, CEO, Naomi Keller, VP Marketing, (801) 679-3514, nkeller@sPower.com, www.sPower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News sPower,  Wind,  


    Vestas Claims 60MW Polish Turbine Supply Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas,Eurowind Energy
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Eurowind Energy places order for 30 turbines for Janikowo wind farm due online by end-2021 Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from Eurowind Energy for 29 units of its V100-2.0 MW turbines with Vesta's proprietary SCADA technology 1 V90-2.0 MW turbine for Eurowind's 60-MW Janikowo wind project in Kujawsko-Pomorskie province, Poland.

    The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning and a 20-year service agreement. Turbine deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021, for commissioning in Q4,2021. (Source: Vestas, Jan., 2920) Contact: Eurowind Energy, www.eurowindenergy.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Poland Wind,  


    Prince Charles's Davos Recommendations to Avert Climate Crisis (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2020-01-24
    Speaking at the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, Switzerland, the UK's Prince of Wales launched a new Sustainable Markets Initiative to help financial markets become more sustainable and address the challenges of Climate Change. To that end, the Prince suggested the following:
  • Invest in science, technology, engineering and maths(STEMS) to help make sure new technologies are able to make it to market.

  • Invest in sectors such as agriculture and forestry and rethink how we can put nature at the heart of how the economy operates.

  • Look at existing industries and determine how they could be transformed to become more sustainable and ensure investments support sustainability.

  • Educate and encourage consumers to use low-carbon and environmentally friendly products and service.

  • Remove subsidies for environmentally challenging products and services and create pathways and incentives to achieving net-zero emissions. (Source: HRH Prince Charles, Daily Mail, 23 Jan., 2020)


  • Abengoa Inks Concentrated Solar Power Plant O&M Contract (Int'l.)
    Abengoa
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Spanish engineering company Abengoa SA reports it has been contracted by Madrid-headquartered Ence Energia y Celulosa SA, renewable energy, pulp and forestry group, to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for 3 years at a 50-MW parabolic trough concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Ciudad Real province, Spain.

    Abengoa's solar O&M portfolio spans 1,648 MW across photovoltaic, CSP and hybrid technologies, according to the company. (Source: Abengoa, Renewables 21 Jan., 2024) Contact: Abengoa SA, www.abengoa.com; Ence Energia y Celulosa, +34 91 337 85 00, +34 91 337 85 56 - fax, info@ence.es, www.ence.es/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa ,  Solar,  CSP,  Concentrated Solar Power,  


    Bay State Governor Commits to Net-Zero GHGs by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In this week's 2020 State of the Commonwealth address, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) committed the Bay State to transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    In his address, the Governor reported "the state is leading the way in transitioning to clean, renewable energy" and noted a 50 pct drop in emissions from the power industry over the last decade under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Baker added the state's investments in renewable energy would meet 30 pct of the state's electric power needs and at the same time eliminate 5.7 million metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Smart Energy, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  Climate Change,  CO2,  Charlie Baker,  


    Egyptian Bio-Methanol Producer Finds Funding (Int'l Report)
    Egypt Gas
    Date: 2020-01-24
    The Heliopolis, Cairo-headquartered Egyptian Holding for Egyptian Natural Gas Company's (EGAS) Board of Directors reports it is contributing $6 million to support an unnamed new Egyptian company to produce bio-methanol from molasses.

    The new company's capital amounts to $40 million.(Source: Egypt Gas,Arab Finance, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Egypt Gas, www.egyptgas.com.eg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethanol,  Methanol,  


    48-MW Vietnamese Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
    Vietnam,Climate Fund Managers
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Netherlands-based Climate Fund Managers (CFM), the manager of the Climate Investor One facility (CI1), reports construction is underway on its $71 million, 48-MW near-shore wind farm in Tra Vinh province, Vietnam.

    The project company , Tra Vinh Wind Power Company, is jointly funded by Korean energy firm ST International. Vestas will supply the projects turbine and act as EPC for the project. (Source: Climate Fund Managers, Power Engineering, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Climate Fund Managers, Andrew Johnstone, CEO, +31 (0)70 204 5205, info@climatefundmanagers.com, www.climatefundmanagers.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Vietnam Wind,  Climate Fund Managers,  


    US Gain Purchases Anaerobic Digester for Wisc. Dairy (Ind Report)
    US Gain
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Following up on our 3 Dec. 2019 coverage, Appleton, Wisconsin-headquartered US Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG), is reporting the purchase of another anaerobic digester for the Deer Run Dairy, LLC in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

    U.S. Gain is currently coordinating the installation of biogas clean-up equipment at Deer Run Dairy, LLC to strip the impurities from the biogas which will be injected into the natural gas pipeline and distributed throughout their GAIN Clean Fuel® network, private natural gas fueling stations and other non-transportation outlets.

    US Gain invests in and manages renewable natural gas development projects at dairies, landfills and wastewater treatment plants; generating, trading and monetizing clean fuel credits; designing, building and operating natural gas fueling stations -- both private and a public GAIN Clean Fuel® network. (Source: US Grain, CSR News, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: US Gain, Mike Koel, Pres., Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation, 920.381.2190, www.usgain.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Gain,  Biofuel,  RNG,  Methane,  anaerobic digester ,  


    MSU Researching Green Algae Biofuel (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Missouri State University
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Missouri State University (MSU) reports professor Jianlin Cheng is working with the St. Louis-based Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to make green algae an efficient, cheap source of energy to replace fossil fuel.

    According to the MSU report, if enough green algae could be produced to cover half the state of Maine, for example, it could supply enough "green oil" to replace all of the petroleum used in the United States right now. According to the US DOE, the U.S. has the capacity to produce 5 billion gallons of fuel from algae per year by the year 2030, at a cost of $2.50 per gasoline gallon equivalent. To that end, "algal biomass will need to be produced from large-scale farming operations, similar to agricultural crops," the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy said in a statement.

    Cheng, a researcher with the Interdisciplinary Plant Group and director of Bioinformatic at MU, is adapting artificial intelligence to map the shapes and amino acids of proteins to help bioengineers change the structure of the algae and make it more less costly and more efficient for biofuel production.

    Cheng's project Deep Learning Prediction of Protein Complex Structures was supported by $167,797 from the US DOE. (Source: University of Missouri, The Columbian, 23 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


    Tata Tackles Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Project (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    Tata
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In Mumbai, Tata Projects Ltd., one of India's fastest growing infrastructure companies, is reporting acquisition of Bharat Petroleum Corporation's (BPCL) 2G Bio Ethanol Project at Bargarh, Odisha.

    The project is expected to produce 100 KL per day of fuel-grade cellulosic ethanol from agricultural waste and residues primarily rice straw and corn stover. The project will also assist in addressing growing environmental concerns and supporting the Indian government's Ethanol Blended Petrol programme.

    Tata Projects provides turnkey solutions for the construction of roads, bridges, fully integrated rail & metro systems, commercial building and airports and setting up power generation plants, power transmission & distribution systems, chemical process plants, water and waste management and complete mining and metal purification systems, according to the company website. (Source: Tata Projects, Rural Marketing 24 Jan., 2024) Contact: Tata Projects, 00 9712 679 5565, tpl@tataprojects.com, www.tataprojects.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata,  India Biofuel,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


    VERBIO Ups EBITDA Earnings Forecast (Int'l. Report)
    Verbio
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Zorbig/Leipzig based biodiesel producer Verbio reports that based on the current level of sales and raw material prices as well as the sales contracts already concluded, it expects to achieve an EBITDA of approximately €110 million in the financial year 2019/2020 and to increase net cash by the end of the financial year to approximately €40 million. In its most recent forecast the company had expected EBITDA of approximately €65 million and a low balance of net debt by the end of the financial year 2019/2020.

    Verbio produces roughly 470,000 tpy of biodiesel as well as ethanol and biomethane, according to the company website. (Source: Verbio, Website, 22 Jan., 2020) Contact: Verbio, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Verbio,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


    DOE Changes Update Efficiency Standards Process (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-01-24
    The Trump administration DOE's recently announced changes to the Process Rule reverse benefits achieved owing to the adoption of previous and current climate-friendly energy efficiency regulations are being widely questioned.

    The changes add new and lengthy steps to the procedure used in updating existing or developing new energy efficiency standards include:

  • A minimum savings threshold that will make new standards for many products illegal, even if the standards have zero cost.

  • Increased deference to industry developed test procedures, which may emphasize reducing manufacturer costs rather than efficiency ratings that give consumers accurate information.

  • Increased deference to standards established by ASHRAE for commercial products, a professional society in which manufacturers have a strong voice, rather than those developed by DOE.

  • A pre-rulemaking process that can lead to a decision to not conduct a rulemaking.

  • The requirement that DOE re-start the standards rulemaking process whenever more products are included within the scope of regulation, once again forcing a choice between including products that logically should be part of a rule, or more delay.

  • A mandate that makes the process rule legally binding in all instances, which will create endless litigation further tying up future standards.

    The previous Process Rule, which was climate-friendly, would help in reducing carbon emissions and saved the average US household $500 per year. The Trump administration claims the revealed Process Rule will save consumers about $2 trillion by 2030.

    According to ACEEE Exec. Dir. Steven Nadel, "These attacks defy the common-sense, bipartisan support that energy efficiency has long enjoyed. They will cost consumers and businesses money, create market uncertainty for businesses due to likely legal challenges, add to harmful pollution, and undermine efforts to address the climate crisis." (Source: ACEEE, Various Media, Smart Energy Int'l., 23 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Green Mountain Gas Aims for Zero GHG Emission by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Green Mountain Gas
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In the Green Mountain State, the state's sole natural gas provider, Green Mountain Gas, has announced plans to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 2050.

    To achieve its goal, the company plans to increase its focus on renewable natural gas (RNG), double energy efficiency savings, develop strategies to reduce home and business emissions and continue sustainable partnerships in communities around the state, according to the company. (Source: Green Mountain Gas, The Middlebury Campus, Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Illinois Second in USGBC LEED-Certified Buildings (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-01-24
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports the Land of Lincoln slipped to second place, behind Colorado, on its list of top 10 states for LEED green building, based on the number of LEED-certified square feet per person.

    Illinois certified 3.85 square feet of LEED space per resident in 2019, representing 121 projects and more than 49.3 million gross square feet of space.

    The Top 10 list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects certified throughout 2019. (Source: US Green Building Council, RE Journals, 23 Jan., 2020)Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Home Builders Focusing on Energy Efficient High-Performance Building Practices (Ind. Report)
    National Association of Home Builders
    Date: 2020-01-24
    According to the 2020 Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes SmartMarket Brief conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), almost all home builders in the US are incorporating energy-efficient practices and over two-thirds are using practices designed to improve indoor air quality and water efficiency. Key findings include:
  • 91 pct of home builders use energy-efficient approaches, and 69 pct do so on the majority of their projects. These practices may include the use of LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances and appropriately-sized, highly efficient HVAC systems;

  • Energy efficiency and durability are the top influential green attributes in product/system selection;

  • Over two-thirds use practices designed to improve indoor environmental quality and water efficiency; and

  • 97 pct of green builders report using energy efficiency practices on more than 75 pct of their projects.

    The study reveals both customer demand and perceptions about performance are driving green engagement. Most builders believe that the top factors influencing consumer decisions about whether to invest in a green home are concerns about cost and performance, with related issues -- like their return on investment and the quality of the home -- following close behind. However, most builders and remodelers say it's a careful balance of production with demand. Lack of market demand was cited as the top reason why many companies are not ramping up their green building. Forty-two pct of single-family and 31 pct of multifamily builders reported doing no green projects at all.

    Cost is also a major influencer in the green building market. However, 70 pct of single-family home builders believe that their customers will pay more for a green home, suggesting that many home buyers understand the benefits of green. (Source: National Association of Home Builders, Jan., 2020) Contact: National Association of Home Builders, www.nahb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Association of Home Builders,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


  • Aussie PM Announces Major Carbon Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
    Australia
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Following up on our Jan 15,2020 coverage in the Land Down Under, Prime Minster Scott Morrison (Lib) is claiming Australia's carbon emissions will be slashed by 42 pct within this decade -- a far greater reduction than the Australian Department of Environment's latest projection of just 4 pct by 2030.

    Australia is the world's third-larghest exporter of of CO2 in fossil fuels and has one of the highest per capita emissions of CO2 in the world, with its 0.3 pct of the world's population releasing 1.07 pct of the world's greenhouse gases. (Wikipedia) (Source: Office of Prime Minster Scott Morrison, The New Daily, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of Prime Minister Scott Morrison www.pm.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scott Morrison,  Australia Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    SG Preston Drops Interest Philly Refinery Redevelopment (Ind. Report)
    SG Preston,Philadelphia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2020-01-22
    In the Keystone State, Philadelphia-headquartered bioenergy developer SG Preston reports it intends to apply its expertise in partnership with leading environmental sustainability investment initiatives to target and convert large-scale industrial sites occupied by traditional industries such as coal power and petroleum refining -- the fire-damaged Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery being an example although Reuters has reported SG Prestion is not now pursuing that opportunity despite its reported previous interest.

    The company's industrial site conversions will focus on re-developing these sites to produce renewable fuels and clean power, while also partnering with institutions with a track record of actively, and diligently remediating the environmental contamination of the sites, according to the company's website.

    SG Preston's strategic goal is to develop 1.2 billion gallons of renewable biofuels to help major stakeholders in the transportation, aviation jet fuel and related industries meet their strategic goals, according to its website.

    S.G. Preston earlier unveiled plans to buy the PES plant and to ... (Source: SG Preston Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: SG Preston, Randy LeTang, CEO, (215) 278-6001, (215) 734-2401 – fax, www.sgpreston.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SG Preston,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  


    Maritime Shipping Decarbonization Costs Explored (Report Attached)
    Energy Transitions Commission
    Date: 2020-01-22
    A new study by University College London's University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) and Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) prepared for the Global Maritime Forum for the Getting to Zero Coalition, estimates the cost of cutting the maritime shipping industry's CO2 emission by 50 pct between 2030 and 2050 would come in at roughly $1-1.4 trillion -- that's $50 billion to $70 billion per year for 20 years. To fully decarbonize by 2050, this will require further investments of some $400 billion over 20 years, bringing the total to $1.4 trillion to $1.9 trillion.

    The report notes these figures should be viewed in the context of annual global investments in energy, which in 2018 alone amounted to $1.85 trillion. The global shipping fleet accounts for 2.2 pct of CO2 emissions.

    Download the The Scale of Investment Needed to Decarbonize International Shipping study HERE. (Source: Global Maritime Forum, PR, GreenCar Congress, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Global Maritime Forum, www.globalmaritimeforum.org; Energy Transitions Commission, www.energy-transitions.org; University Maritime Advisory Services, +44 20 3108 5965, www.u-mas.co.uk; University Maritime Advisory Services, www.u-mas.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  


    Lloyds Bank Halving Carbon Emissions Linked Loans (Int'l. Report)
    Lloyds Banking Group
    Date: 2020-01-22
    In the UK, London-headquartered Lloyds Banking Group -- £57.7 billion capitalization -- has pledged to more than halve the carbon emissions linked to its loan book over the next decade. The banking giant also plans to introduce new products including green mortgages, increase lending to businesses such as renewable energy generators, and provide advice to existing customers to help them reduce their emissions. (Source: Lloyds Banking Group Plc, Financial Post, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Lloyds Banking Group Plc, www.lloydsbankinggroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    Jinko Bifacial Modules Break Efficiency Record (New Prod & Tech)
    JinkoSolar
    Date: 2020-01-22
    Shanghai-headquartered solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has broken the world record for maximum conversion efficiency for its bifacial solar modules, hitting 22.49pct, as verified by TÜV Rheinland, an independent provider of technical services for testing, inspection, certification, consultation, and training.

    To improve the efficiency of its mass-produced modules the company applied a newly developed anti-reflection coating (ARC) and advanced metallization technology alongside other proprietary technology and incorporated into the cell design, eliminating the inter-cell gapto ensure higher efficiency and reliability, according to a release.

    According to its statement, JinkoSolar has an integrated annual capacity of 14.5 GW for silicon wafers, 9.2 GW for solar cells, and 15 GW for solar modules, as of September 30, 2019, according to the company. (Source: JinkoSolar, Mercom India, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Jinko Solar Holding Co. Ltd., Ripple Zhang, +86 21-5183 3105 pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


    SeaTwirl Floating Vertical Axis Turbine Awarded EU Patent (Int'l.)
    SeaTwirl
    Date: 2020-01-22
    Following up on our Jan. 10, 2018 coverage, SeaTwirl AB, the Swedish developer of a floating vertical axis wind turbine with folding blades, is reporting receipt of a patent from the European Patent Office (EPO) for its divisible offshore wind turbine. The European patent is in addition to earlier patents issued in Sweden, the USA and China.

    The turbine is mounted on a buoyant underwater structure anchored in deep water. The wind turbine, tower and underwater structure are permanently joined and rotate as a single unit with water carrying the full weight of the structure which, similar to a sailing boat, is stabilized by the keel. The unit does not require a yaw system for the turbine to face the wind nor a pitching mechanism to turn the rotor blades. Accordingly, fewer moving parts incur lower maintenance and operating costs. The SeaTwirl S2, 1MW turbine is expected to be available in 2020. (Source: SeaTwirl, Offshore Eng., 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: SeaTwirl AB, Gabriel Strangberg, CEO, Managing Director, +46 70-480 55 29, www.seatwirl.com

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    PwC UK Surveys CEOs on Climate Crisis, Business Threats (Int'l.)
    PwC
    Date: 2020-01-22
    A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) pole of more than 1,500 worldwide major corporate leaders has found that climate change concerns have "soared up the CEO agenda".

    The survey found that 64 pct of CEOs in the UK believe climate change is a threat to their organization, with a quarter stating that they were "extremely concerned" about the issue -- tripling 2016 levels when just 7 pct of UK CEOs said they were extremely concerned.

    On the up side, more than half of respondents agreed that climate change initiatives will lead to significant new product and service opportunities, while almost three-quarters of UK CEOs -- and a similar proportion of global CEOs -- believe their response to climate change initiatives will provide a public opinion advantage among key stakeholders. Even so, 54 pct of UK CEOs said they do not believe they are seeing changes in international policies that will mitigate climate change risks while 21 pct of UK CEOs believe they are seeing effective change in this area on the domestic front -- well below the global average of 36 pct. (Source: PwC, Various Media, BusinessGreen, 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: PwC, Emma Cox, UK Leader for Climate Change and Sustainability, +44 (0)20 7583 5000, +44 (0)20 7212 4652 - fax., www.pwc.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News limate Change,  PwC,  


    800 MW Solar Power Plant Announced in Qatar (Int'l. Report)
    Marubeni,Total,Siraj Energy
    Date: 2020-01-22
    In Doha, Qatar's Siraj Energy, a joint venture owned by Qater Petroleum (QP) and Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), is reporting an agreement with Japan's Marubeni and French energy giant for construction of a $467 million, 800 MW solar power project in Qatar.

    Marubeni and TOTAL will together hold 40 pct of the project and Siaj Energy will own the balance. (Source: Qatar Petroleum, The Star, Ground Alerts,19 Jan., 2020) Contact: Marubeni, www.marubeni.com; Siraj Energy, www.sirajpower.com

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    Yellow Door Selected for APICORP HQ Solar Installation (Int'l.)
    Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
    Date: 2020-01-22
    The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a Saudi multilateral development bank, is reporting a contract with Dubai-based solar energy and energy efficiency specialist Yellow Door Energy (YDE) for the installation of rooftop solar panels at its headquarters in Dammam.

    The solar installation is expected to generate up to 718 MWh of power and cut energy consumption by 35 pct when completed later this year.

    YDE is reported to have more than 100 MW of solar assets under development in the UAE, Jordan, Pakistan and Egypt. (Source: APICORP, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: APICORP, www.apicorp.org; Yellow Door Energy, +971 4 454 3033, www.yellowdoorenergy.com

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    NJ BPU Proposes Energy Efficiency Program Framework (Ind Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-01-22
    In a straw proposal, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it is proposing a framework for how the Garden State can significantly cut electric and gas use and implement 2018 state legislation mandating utilities curb customer electric usage by 2 pct and gas use by 0.75 pct per year.

    The energy efficiency plan proposes that state staff deliver statewide policy programs and goals, particularly those involving governmental entities, and that utilities help achieve goals based on the staff's assumption that utilities are best suited to deliver certain energy efficiency and peak reduction programs. (Source: New Jersey, BPU, Spotlight NJ, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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    Salt River Project Seeking Solar Energy Bids (Ind. Report)
    Salt River Project
    Date: 2020-01-22
    In Arizona, Salt River Project, one of the state's largest utilities, reports it is seeking bids for the construction of solar power plant, including 200 megawatts from Navajo Nation facilities.

    SRP is aiming for 1,000 MW of new solar, natural gas and other renewable energy by 2025, as part of its transition away from coal fired power generation. (Source: SRP, Farmington Daily Times, Durango Herald, 20 Jan. 2020) Contact: SRP, Mike Hummel, CEO, Scott Harelson, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Salt River Project ,  Solar,  


    Purdue Studies Benefits of US Biodiesel (Report Attached)
    National Biodiesel Foundation
    Date: 2020-01-22
    The impacts of U.S. biofuel policy on deforestation in Malaysia and Indonesia are found to be insignificant, according to the latest research from leading economic modeling experts at Purdue University. The study looked at concerns from renewable fuel opponents claiming that biofuels are to blame for increased agricultural activity in southeast Asia.

    Previous analysis published by U.S. EPA, California Air Resources Board and Argonne National Laboratory have quantified the benefits of using biodiesel in place of fossil fuel because of its significant reduction in GHG emissions. With a quantified reduction in CO2 emissions between 50 and 86 pct lower than petroleum, biodiesel and renewable diesel are experiencing increased use under federal and state policies.

    Download the U.S. Biofuel Production and Policy Implications for Land Use Changes in Malaysia and Indonesia study HERE. (Source: Purdue University,National Biodiesel Foundation, Jan., 2020} Contact: National Biodiesel Foundation, 573-635-3893, 573-635-7913 - fax, www.biodieselfoundation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Foundation,  Biodiesel,  

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