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BP, Bunge Partner on Brazilian Biofuels JV (Int'l. Report)
BP Alternative Energy,Bunge
Date: 2019-07-24
UK petroleum and energy major BP reports it and White Plains, NY-based agribusiness major and ethanol producer Bunge Ltd. will enter into a 50/50 joint venture (JV) to establish BP Bunge Bioenergia which will operate 11 mills in Brazil, one of the largest fast-growing markets for biofuels in the world.

The new company will have a combined crushing capacity of 32 million metric tpy and will produce a mix of ethanol and sugar. It will also generate renewable electricity from waste biomass from sugar cane, which will power all sites with surplus electricity being sold to the Brazilian power grid. Bunge will receive cash proceeds of $775 million in the transaction. which the company will use to reduce outstanding indebtedness under its credit facilities. The JV will be headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Bunge's Geovane Consul as CEO. (Source: Bunge, BP, Biofuels Int'l, 22 July, 2019) Contact: BP Alternative Energy,Dev Sanyal, CEO, www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/what-we-do/alternative-energy.html; Bunge Ltd, (914) 684-2800, www.bunge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP Alternative Energy,  Bunge,  Biofuel,  Brazil Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


Santa Monica Poised for $2.6Mn Solar Projects Investment (Ind Report)
Santa Monica
Date: 2019-07-24
In the Golden State, the city of Santa Monica reports it expects to invest $2.6 million on the installation of solar panels on two buildings at the Santa Monica Airport and on the City Services Building (CSB) currently under construction behind City Hall.

The installations are part of the City's Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project to help meet its goal of making Santa Monica a carbon neutral city by 2050.

Seven city owned facilities presently have a total combined solar capacity of 442 kW. The new solar installations would add a total of 559 kW of capacity -- a 127 pct increase that would bring the total to 1.001 MW. (Source: City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Lookout, July 22, 2019) Contact: City of Santa Monica, www.smgov.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Santa Monica Adopts $800Mn Climate Change Plan (Ind Report)
Santa Monica
Date: 2019-07-24
At the end of May, the California city of Santa Monica -- pop. 94,000 +- adopted a 10-year Climate Action Plan to fight climate change that may well be the most costly and ambitious initiative of its kind for a city its size in the nation.

The Climate Action Plan charts a detailed path for government, residents and businesses that would lead to an 80 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and full carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner. Several of the Plan's initiatives have been in place for years, including action plans to achieve water self-sufficiency by 2023 and zero waste by 2030. The plan also calls for new initiatives that will require major shifts in the local economy, buildings and transportation and an increased reliance on renewable energy.

The $800 million plan -- which includes $383 million worth of initiatives already taken by the City, as well as major new capital investments -- will "hopefully serve as a model for other cities," Santa Monica officials said. (Source: City of Santa Monica, July, 2019) Contact: City of Santa Monica, Dean Kubani, Chief Environmental Officer, (310) 458-2213, www.smgov.net/departments/ose

More Low-Carbon Energy News Santa Monica,  Climate Change,  


Irish Regulator Stymies Peat-to-Woody Biomass Conversion (Int'l)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2019-07-24
In Dublin, the regulatory development and planning board -- Bord Pleanala -- reports it has denied permission for state-owned energy company Bord Na Mona's planned conversion of a peat-burning power plant at Shannonbridge, Co Offaly, to co-fire with biomass from 2021 until the end of 2027 when its existing peat permit expires. The plant would then be fully biomass fired with 37,000 tpy of woody biomass imported from Australia.

The regulatory board cited the "potential negative impacts on the environment and the inadequacy of the indigenous biomass supply and high dependence on imported biomass that would be contrary to both EU and national climate and energy policy" for its refusal. The regulatory board also noted previous schemes to establish a domestic source of energy crops such as willow and miscanthus have failed.

The Irish government's national climate and energy policy calls for a complete phase out of coal and peat fired electricity generation by 2030. (Source: An Bord Pleanala, Green New.ie, 23 July, 2019)Contact: An Bord Pleanala, www.pleanala.ie; Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona,  Peat,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Pellet,  


SUNY Poly Awarded $1.5Mn for AlGaN HEMTs R&D (Funding, R&D)
State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
Date: 2019-07-24
State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute reports its interim VP of research advancement & graduate studies Dr. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik and associate professor of nanoengineering Dr. Woongje Sung have been selected to receive $1.5m in federal funding from the US DOE Vehicle Technology Office (VTO) for the development of 1200V silicon carbide (SiC) metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) and for reliability studies on aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN)-based high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs), which are superior switch components than their silicon-based counterparts in areas such as cost, performance and reliability.

The SUNY Poly researchers aim to demonstrate a highly reliable wide-bandgap (WBG) aluminum gallium nitride/gallium nitride (AlGaN/GaN) HEMT-based power device with extremely high levels of performance.

Shahedipour-Sandvik and Sung also received $255,000 for the Development of More Energy Efficient Semiconductor Materials and $250,000 for the Development of High Voltage Power Devices on Silicon Carbide in addition to a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. (Source: SUNY Poly, PR, JSemiconductor Today, uly, 2019) Contact: SUNY Poly, Dr. Grace Wang, Pres. (Interim), 315-792-7400, president@sunypoly.edu, www.sunypoly.edu/faculty-and-staff/grace-wang, www.sunypoly.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY,  SUNY Poly,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


GE Touts 12Mw Haliade-X Offshore Wind Nacelle (New Prod & Tech)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-24
From its production facility in Saint-Nazaire, France, GE Renewable Energy is reporting the unveiling of the first-ever nacelle for its mammoth 12Mw Haliade-X offshore wind turbine. The Haliade-X measures 260 meters in height and boasts a 220-meter rotor capable of generating enough clean electricity for 16,000 households. Blades for the turbine will measure 107 meters in length and help the turbine generate 67 GWh in gross annual energy.

The Halide-X will be shipped to Rotterdam for testing and final assembly.

The Saint-Nazaire production facility is also assembling a second nacelle for delivery to the UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult site at Blyth for testing. (Source: GE Renewable Energy,PR, CleanTech, Various Media, July, 2019) Contact: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400, https://ore.catapult.org.uk; GE Renewable Energy, John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Nacelle,  


Costa Rica Borrows $35Mn for Green Energy Projects (Funding)
World Bank Group International Finance Corporation
Date: 2019-07-24
The World Bank Group International Finance Corporation (IFC) is reporting a S$ 35 million loan to support and incentivise the issuance of a green bond by Davivienda Costa Rica, the third largest private bank in Costa Rica. The loan will contribute to the funding sustainable buildings, energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy generation and bioenergy projects under the "green lending standards" as set out by the Zurich-headquartered International Capital Markets Association. (Source: World Bank Group International Finance Corporation, July, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org; World Bank Group International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org; International Capital Markets Association, www.icmagroup.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Green Energy,  


EPA Releases 2020 RVOs Proposal (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
EPA, RVO
Date: 2019-07-24
The US EPA's recently proposed 2020 and 2012 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) require 91 billion litres of renewable fuels to be blended into the US fuel supply in 2020, up from 90.5bn litres in 2019 -- 23 billion litres of advanced biofuels, 11 billion litres of biomass-based diesel - which was set last year and is the same for 2021, and 2.4 billion litres of cellulosic biofuel -- up 545 million litres from the 2019 figure.

The proposed RVO would require biofuels to make up 10.92 pct of US transportation fuel, including 2.75 pct advanced biofuels, 1.99 pct biomass-based diesel and 0.29 pct cellulosic biofuel.

The rule making also proposed amendments to the RFS regulations including: clarification of diesel RVO calculations; pathway petition conditions; a biodiesel esterification pathway; distillers corn oil and distillers oil pathways; renewable fuel exporter provisions allowing the production of biomass-based diesel from separated food waste; flexibilities for renewable fuel blending for military use; heating oil used for cooling; RFS facility ownership changes; additional registration deactivation justifications; a new Renewable Identification Number (RIN) retirement; a new pathway for co-processing biomass with petroleum to produce cellulosic diesel, jet fuel and heating oil; public access to information; and other revisions. The amendments came as part of the as yet finalized Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule. (Source: EPA, Oils & Fats Int'l., 22 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  RVO,  Biofuel Blend,  


Backlash on Proposed RFS RVOs (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-07-24
"By neglecting to prospectively reallocate small refinery exemptions and blatantly ignoring a court order to restore improperly waived gallons, the EPA's proposed 2020 RVOs completely betray President [Donald] Trump's commitment to uphold the integrity of the RFS.

"EPA's stubborn refusal to obey a court order to restore lost demand is yet another kick in the teeth to U.S. renewable fuel producers and farmers already facing the worst market conditions in a generation. EPA's suggestion that following the court's directive would place an 'additional burden' on obligated parties is an insult and an affront to the farmers and ethanol producers who trusted this administration would follow the law." -- Renewable Fuel Association (RFA), Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

"We are frustrated the EPA did not account for potential waived gallons going forward in the proposed rule. If the EPA continues to grant retroactive waivers, the RVO numbers are meaningless and the EPA is not following the law. Farmers are facing a very tough economic environment and the continued waiver abuse chips away at farmers' bottom line." -- Lynn Chrisp, Pres., National Corn Growers Association, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com (Source: RFA, NCGA, Various Media, EHS, 23 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  RVO,  RFS,  NCGA,  "Hardship Waiver",  


Heathrow Calls for Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Support (Int'l.)
Heathrow
Date: 2019-07-24
Britain's busiest airport, Heathrow has urged the government to invest some of the nearly £4 billion raised from Air Passenger Duty (APD) every year to scale up the production of cleaner, more sustainable fuels -- specifically biofuels and other sustainable energy sources.

Heathrow reports it has invested over £100 million on sustainability initiatives over the past six years aiming to operate "carbon neutral airport infrastructure” from 2020. "We support the government's goal to make the UK economy net-zero carbon by 2050, but we believe there is further scope for the government to help the aviation industry move faster by working with other governments to prioritize sustainable fuels for aviation, which is the hardest sector to decarbonize, and set common and progressive targets for the percentage of aviation fuel that must be from sustainable sources," according to a Heathrow update. (Source: Heathrow Airport, ttg media, 23 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  


Notable Quotes -- New UK PM Boris Johnson Talks Climate Change
Climate Change
Date: 2019-07-24
"I can't stand this December heat, but it has nothing to do with global warming: We may all be sweating in the winter air, but remember, we humans have always put ourselves at the centre of cosmic events."

"It is fantastic news that the world has agreed to cut pollution and help people save money, but I am sure that those global leaders were driven by a primitive fear that the present ambient warm weather is somehow caused by humanity; and that fear -- as far as I understand the science -- is equally without foundation. There may be all kinds of reasons why I was sweating at ping-pong [in December] -- but they don't include global warming."

"As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands -- when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball (the sun) around which we revolve."

"I am all for theories about climate change, and would not for a moment dispute the wisdom or good intentions of the vast majority of scientists. But I am also an empiricist; and I observe that something appears to be up with our winter weather, and to call it 'warming' is obviously to strain the language."

"I wish I knew more about what is going on, and why. It is time to consult once again the learned astrophysicist, Piers Corbyn. Now Piers has a very good record of forecasting the weather. He has been bang on about these cold winters. Like JMW Turner and the Aztecs he thinks we should be paying more attention to the Sun. According to Piers, global temperature depends not on concentrations of CO2 but on the mood of our celestial orb." (Source: Various Media, Left Foot Forward, July, 2019)

Editor's Note: Why do Johnson's comments sound familiar -- almost like "the Donald" Trump and former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott who will be long remembered for his comment that "The science of human-caused climate change is 'CRAP."

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Tony Abbott,  


inteGRIDy Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings (Ind Report)
inteGRIDy
Date: 2019-07-24
Researchers from the EU-funded inteGRIDy -- Integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization Storage Technologies -- project report they've developed a cloud-based platform to reduce energy use in buildings and battery energy storage systems.

Launched in 2017, inteGRIDy is running 10 pilot schemes in 8 European countries focused on electricity demand response, enhancing the operation of the distribution grid and energy storage.

Download one of the 10 projects -- A Demonstration of an Integrated Battery Energy Storage System in Residential and Commercial Buildings -- HERE. (Source: Cordis News, July, 2019) Contact: inteGRIDy, www.integridy.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


28 Major Corporations Set New Level of Climate Ambition (Int'l. Report)
UN Global Compact,Science Based Targets initiative
Date: 2019-07-24
In a joint press release from the United Nations Global Compact, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and the We Mean Business have committed themselves to more ambitious climate targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degree C above pre-industrial levels and reaching net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. The joint commitment from the coalition 28 companies with a total market capitalization of $1.3 trillion heeds the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which warned of catastrophic consequences should global warming exceed 1.5 degree C.

Participating companies include: Acciona, AstraZeneca, Banka BioLoo, BT, Dalmia Cement Ltd., Eco-Steel Africa Ltd., Enel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Iberdrola, KLP, Levi Strauss & Co., Mahindra Group, Natura &Co, Novozymes, Royal DSM, SAP, Signify, Singtel, Telefonica, Telia, Unilever, Vodafone Group PLC and Zurich Insurance, amongst others, collectively representing over one million employees from 17 sectors and more than 16 countries. (Source: UN Global Compact, PR, COMTEX, 23 July, 2019) Contact: UN Global Compact, (212) 907-1301, www.unglobalcompact.org; Science Based Targets Initiative, +44 (0) 20 3818 3916, Sarah.Savage@cdp.net, www.sciencebasedtargets.org; We Mean Business Coalition, Kristen King, (904) 608- 1745 kristen@wemeanbusinesscoalition.org www.wemeanbusinesscoaltion.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets initiative,  UN Global Compact,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quote
UN Global Compact
Date: 2019-07-24
"Climate leadership has never been more important than it is right now, and it is inspiring to see so many diverse companies and brands boldly raising their ambitions. Leading companies are already proving that 1.5 degree C- compliant climate targets are possible." -- Lise Kingo, CEO and Exec. Dir., UN Global Compact.

More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Global Compact,  Climate Change,  


SWEPCO Plans an Additional adding 810 MW of Wind Power (M&A)
Southwestern Electric Power Co
Date: 2019-07-22
Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power company, report it plans to add 810 MW of wind energy sufficient for roughly 200,000 homes by 2022, subject to FERC approval.

SWEPCO's long-view calls for more than one-third of its energy to be sourced from wind and solar resources and coal-fueled power generation to fall from 83 to 44 pct of the company's resource mix. Under the plan, wind energy will jump from 9 to 26 pct and solar power is introduced and grows to 10 pct.

SWEPCO is pursuing its proposal to acquire three Oklahoma wind generation facilities in conjunction with its sister company, Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO). One of the three wind projects is slated to be completed by the end of 2020 and the other projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2021. (Source: SWEPCO, Times Record, 20 July, 2019) Contact: Southwestern Electric Power Co., Malcolm Smoak, Pres., CEO, www.swepco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwestern Electric Power Co,  


Arctic Wildfires Release Unprecedented CO2 Emissions (Int'l.)
Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2019-07-22
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) wildfires in the Arctic in June emitted as much CO2 as all of Sweden emits in a year. Speaking at a regular UN briefing in Geneva on July 12, WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis said "In June alone, these wildfires emitted 50 megatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of Sweden's annual total CO2 emissions. This is more than was released by Arctic fires in the same month between 2010 and 2018 combined."

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which has been tracking the fires, says the latitude and intensity of the fires, as well as the length of time they have been burning, have been particularly "unusual." According to CAMS "It is unusual to see fires of this scale at such high latitudes in June. But temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at a much faster rate than the global average, and warmer conditions encourage fires to grow and persist once they have been ignited."

Since the beginning of June, CAMS has tracked more than 100 intense and long-lived wildfires in the Arctic Circle with the most severe in Alaska and Siberia, where some have been large enough to cover almost 100,000 football fields.

Copernicus, the EU's Earth Observation Programme, offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data. The Programme is coordinated and managed by the European Commission (EC) and implemented in partnership with the EU Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EU Agencies and Mercator Ocean. (Source: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Contact: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Mark Parrington, Snr. Scientist and Wildfires Expert, www.atmosphere.copernicus.eu; World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service,  World Meteorological Organization,  


MENA Region Needs $209bn Power Investments by 2023, says APICORP Report (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
Date: 2019-07-22
According to the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation's (APICORP) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Power Investment Outlook 2019-2023 report, in the five years from 2019 to 2023, investment in the MENA energy sector could reach $1 trillion, with the power sector accounting for the largest share at 36 pct, spurred by a growing demand for electricity and greater momentum for renewable energy. Additionally, MENA governments have been accelerating their investment plans.

Approximately $350 billion could be invested in MENA's power sector in the next five years, with renewable energy accounting for 34 pct of power investment -- 12 pct of total energy investment. According to APICORP, close to 87GW of generation capacity is under execution, driven by the UAE at 19 pct, Saudi Arabia at17 pct and Egypt with 16 pct. (Source: APICORP, African Review, 16 July, 2019) Contact: APICORP, Dr Leila Benali, Chief Economist, +966 (0) 13 847 0444, www.apicorp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News APICORP,  Renewable Energy,  MENA,  Power Generation,  


EU, Ethiopia Ink €36 Mn Climate Finance Deal (Int'l, Funding)
EU,Ethiopia
Date: 2019-07-22
The EU is reporting a €36 million financing agreement with the Government of Ethiopia for that country's climate change budget supporting program. The program focuses on cutting forestry and industrial carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the impact of climate change.

The bulk of the EU's €33 million will be channeled through the Ethiopian government with €3 million of the total used to enhance the country's measurement, reporting and verification systems, to make them complaint with Paris Climate Agreement standards. The funded projects will be administered by the Ethiopian Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission and the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with regional states. (Source: EU News, ENA News, Walta, 22 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Finance news,  Climate Change Mitigation news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Wind Turbine Maker Goldwind Joins Chinese Hydrogen Plan (Int'l.)
Goldwind
Date: 2019-07-22
In Beijing, Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind reports it has become one of the first partners in a wind-to-hydrogen project in the city of Baicheng, Jilin province, northeast China.

The project plans to eventually deploy 20 GW of wind turbines producing green fuel for a clean transportation system. The Baicheng project -- which also plans to include 15 GW of solar PV -- is the largest yet announced in China to explicitly integrate renewable generation and hydrogen infrastructure within a "hydrogen valley" producing more than one million tonnes of the fuel annually by 2035. (Source: Goldwind, PR,reve, 20 July, 2019) Contact: Goldwind, www.goldwindglobal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind,  Wind,  Hydrogen ,  


Georgia Power IRP Includes Increased Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2019-07-22
Georgia power is reporting its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has been approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

The IRP includes 80 megawatts of energy storage and 72 percent more renewable generation by 2024, all supported by batteries. The plan also adds 2,260 MW of new solar, wind and biomass energy to the company's energy mix. The plan also includes energy efficiency targets 15 pct higher than previous IRPs while adding new energy-saving initiatives for residential and commercial customers. Further, through an income-qualified initiative, the program will provide greater financial assistance to households which are historically underrepresented in energy efficiency programs. (Source: Georgia Power, Com. Property Exec., July, 2019)Contact: Georgia Power, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Eficiency,  


Blockchain Start-up Eco Smart Energies Announces Pre-ICO (Int'l.)
Eco Smart Energies Ltd
Date: 2019-07-22
In the UK, London-based Eco Smart Energies Ltd reports it is prepared to launch the pre-ICO campaign for their upcoming Renewable Energy Network Based on Decentralized Organization (RENBDO) project. The campaign aims to secure funds for the installation of up to 52 wind turbines for the production of green energy.

To date, 72 pct of the required funding has been covered by the European Union irredeemable funds for green energy. The remaining 30 pct of necessary funding is expected to be covered by the upcoming ICO.

Through the pre-ICO campaign, Eco Smart Energies will introduce their Renewable Energy Token (RET) to the market with the objective of creating an ecosystem where the investors will receive return on their investments based on the amount of tokens owned by them. Ownership of one RET is equivalent to owning one asset in Eco Smart Energies. 90 pct of the total profits will be distributed amongst the token holders while the remaining 10 pct will be earmarked for maintenance and employees.

RENBDO is a cryptocurrency start-up venture focused on the establishment of wind farms and green energy. (Source: Eco Smart Energies Ltd , PR News, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Eco Smart Energies Ltd, www.renbdo.io

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Eco Smart Energies Ltd ,  


Canon Canada HQ Awarded LEED® Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2019-07-22
Brampton, Ontario-headquartered digital imaging specialist Canon Canada Inc reports it has been awarded the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED®, Gold certification for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 certification for its corporate headquarters. . Canon Canada collaborated with Colliers Project Leaders and architects Moriyama & Teshima to construct the building which features:
  • Energy reduction and efficiency is built-in to the building's lighting and cooling/heating systems, with LED lighting that helps to save approximately 70 to 80% of energy (compared with traditional 60W incandescent lights) and building systems are set to shut off after hours to help reduce energy.

  • Natural light and solar-adaptive shading help to maximize daylight in the office while minimizing glare and solar heat, simultaneously aiding in the regulation of lighting and temperature.

  • Rooftop greywater collection system helps save 20%of the building's annual domestic city water usage (the equivalent of 4.5 million bottles of water); the water is reused for flushing and irrigation.

  • Energy-saving office technologies like Canon's own multifunction devices and display projectors automatically power down to minimize energy consumption in all meeting and copier rooms.

  • A sophisticated kitchen digestion system helps divert and reduce organic waste from landfills.

  • Encouraging employees to reduce carbon emissions by offering premium parking for green vehicles, employees that carpool as well as sheltered bicycle parking.

  • Employees and the surrounding residential community enjoy an expansive community green space, including a pond and recreational path, 6,000 drought-resistant shrubs and 200 drought-resistant trees to promote the area's wildlife biodiversity.

  • Phasing out the sale single-use plastic water bottles and plastic straws has begun at the headquarters and at all Canon Canada's 13 office locations across the country by the end of 2019. (Source: Cannon Canada, CNW, 22 July, 2019) Contact: Canon Canada, www.cannon.ca ; Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO (CaGBC) and GBCI Canada

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  LEED Certification news,  Canada Green Building Council news,  


  • UK Parliamentarians Call for B10 Ethanol Blend Rate (Int'l)
    All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
    Date: 2019-07-22
    In London, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol has suggested increasing the ethanol-petroleum blend rate be increased fro the present 5 pct to 10 pct (E10). The parliamentarians suggest the increase would protect the jobs of the 6,000 or so people currently working to grow feed stock crops used to produce ethanol an thus help keep the country's struggling bioethanol industry afloat.

    According to the APPG, "The British bioethanol industry is in a state of collapse, and ministers can not allow the fog of Brexit to distract them any longer from saving a £1 billion industry that will not only make our cars cleaner and greener, but provide thousands of green jobs in the North and prove that the government is serious about championing the green economy."

    (Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, GIZMODO, 18 July, 2019)Contact: All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, Nic Dakin, Chairman, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News B10,  Ethanol,  UK Ethanol,  All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol,  


    Institutional Investors Leaving Rex American Resources (Ind Report)

    Date: 2019-07-22
    Dayton, Ohio-headquartered REX American Resources Corporation is reporting institutional sentiment decreased to 1.2 in 2019 Q1 -- down -0.25, from 1.45 in 2018 Q4. The ratio fall, as 53 hedge funds increased and started new positions, while 44 cut down and sold equity positions in Rex American. Also, the number of hedge funds holding Rex American Resources Corp in their top 10 positions was flat from 0 to 0 for the same number .

    REX American Resources Corp., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells ethanol as well as dried distillers grains (DDGs), modified distillers grains, and non-food grade corn oil.

    REX American Resources has interests in 6 ethanol production facilities, which in aggregate shipped approximately 702 million gallons of ethanol over the twelve month period ended April 30, 2019. REX's effective ownership of the trailing twelve month gallons shipped (for the twelve months ended April 30, 2019) by the ethanol production facilities in which it currently has ownership interests was approximately 279 million gallons, according to the company website. (Source: Rex American Resources, PR, Variopus Trade Media, Altcoin Mercury, 20 July, 2019) Contact: Rex American Resources, (937) 276-3931, www.rexstores.com/Corp/Page1.aspx


    Philippines DoE Plans Energy Efficiency Service Accreditation (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-07-22
    The Philippine Department of Energy (DoE) reports it aims to encourage energy efficiency and energy conservation by establishing guidelines for the accreditation of energy service companies (ESCOs) and strengthen the existing system. To that end, the DoE has created a "panel of experts" to formulate the guidelines on the accreditation process that will be subject to DoE approval.

    Alexander Ablaza, president of the not-for-profit Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance, Inc. (PE2), said his group was preparing an industry position on the accreditation guidelines and other related issues.(Source: Philippines DoE, Jul 22, 2019) (Contact: Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance, www.pe2.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    IEA Bioenergy Releases Latest Biorefinery Report (Int'l)
    IEA Bioenergy
    Date: 2019-07-22
    In Ireland, International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy is reporting release of its Technical, Economic and Environmental Assessment of Biorefinery Concepts -- Developing a Practical Approach for Characterisation Report providing an overview on biorefinery assessments methods and results.

    According to the report, there are currently two main challenges related to assessing the environmental and economic components of biorefining processes -- data availability and stakeholder participation. To address these issues, IEA Bioenergy's Task 42, Biorefining in a Circular Economy, examined assessments currently underway to determine the capability of biorefineries in creating a sustainable future. Such assessments aim to highlight the potential of biorefineries to enhance the use of biomass in generating both products and energy.

    IEA Bioenergy was established in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment. The International Energy Agency acts as energy policy advisor to 28 EU Member Countries plus the European Commission, in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable, and clean energy. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major producers and consumers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries.

    Access report details HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, 20 July, 2019) Contact: IEA Bioenergy, www.ieabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  ,  


    Scotland Reporting Prodigious Wind Power Production (Int'l.)
    Scotland Wind
    Date: 2019-07-22
    It is being widely reported that Scotland has generated about 9,831,320 MWh of wind power during the first half of 2019 -- more than enough to power almost 4.47 million homes for six months. That is around twice the number of homes present in Scotland.

    The Scottish government aims to utilize renewable sources to meet half of the country's energy needs by 2030, and for Scotland to be almost completely carbon-free by 2050. (Source: Various Media, WWF, Beebom, 21 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Power,  Scotland Wind,  


    Notable Quote
    Saudi Arabia Energy Minister
    Date: 2019-07-22
    "Over the coming decade, liquids burning in our utilities will be virtually eliminated, while the share of gas capacity will grow from around 50 percent currently to nearly 70 percent, which will be the highest among the G20." -- Khalid al-Falih, Saudi Arabia Energy Minister Contact: Saudi Arabia Energy Minister, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid_A._Al-Falih


    GE Renewable Energy Equipping Turkish Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-07-22
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting it has been contracted by Turkish wind developers RT Enerji and Turkeler Enerji to provide equipment for five onshore wind farm projects -- Kirazli, Meryem, Sile, Pamukova and Mahmut Sevket -- being constructed in Turkey.

    A total of 49 3-MW onshore wind turbines totaling 158 MW will be installed in Izmir, Bilecik, Sakarya, and Istanbul. The supply contract includes a 10-year servicing agreement, according to the GE Renewable Energy release. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Ankeny Daily, 21 July, 2019)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com; RT Enerji, www.rtenerji.com; Turkeler Enerji, www.turkerler.com/enerji

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Turbine ,  


    Kenya's Lake Turkana Wind Power Project Africa's Largest (Int'l.)
    Lake Turkana Wind Power
    Date: 2019-07-22
    Last Friday In Nairobi, Kenya unveiled what it is touting as Africa's largest wind power project with a projected 365 turbines costing $775 million on the shores of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya.

    Although roughly 70 pct of Kenya's electricity comes from renewable sources -- more than three times the global average -- one in four Kenyans does not have access to electricity. Even so, the country is aiming for 100 pct green energy by 2020. (Source: Lake Turkana Wind Power, TVC News, 2o July, 2019) Contact: Lake Turkana Wind Power, www.ltwp.co.ke

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Wozniak Touts Malta Blockchain Energy-Efficiency Company (Int'l)
    EFFORE
    Date: 2019-07-22
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is reporting an investment in, and the launch of, EFFORCE, a Malta-headquartered company based on blockchain and work on bringing greater efficiency in the field of energy.

    The company's business model is to save money on energy while helping improve the environment. Relating particularly to blockchain, the technology will reduce energy consumption to decrease energy wast.

    EFFORCE "allows contributors to profit from the energy savings generated by energy efficiency projects worldwide", according to the company website. (Source: EFFORCE, AllStocks, 21 July, 2019) Contact: EFFORCE, www.efforce.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Blockchain,  


    Independents Pollute Less Than Public Firms, Notre Dame Study Shows (Ind. Report)
    University of Notre Dame.
    Date: 2019-07-22
    According to new research from the University of Notre Dame. private, independent firms are less likely to pollute and incur EPA penalties than public and private equity-owned firms. The study -- Corporate governance and pollution externalities of public and private firms -- is forthcoming in the Review of Financial Studies from Sophie Shive and Margaret Forster, finance professors in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. They found private, independent firms have lower carbon emissions from their operations, controlling for their size and output, than public and private equity-owned firms.

    The study offers preliminary research into how finance can help mitigate climate change and sheds light on the debate about which type of corporate structure is better for reducing the "tragedy of the commons" when each entity consumes or spoils too much of a public good and harms society, rather than coordinating to use the resource wisely. The study finds no differences between private, sponsor-backed firms and public firms, controlling for industry, time, location and a host of firm characteristics. Within public firms, it identified a negative association between emissions and mutual fund ownership and board size, suggesting that increased oversight may decrease pollution.

    Shive's research has been cited in national news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. She has taught Introductory Finance, Investment Theory and Private Equity. A former economist at the International Monetary Fund, faculty at Ohio State University, and principal at Wanger Asset Management LLP, Forster teaches courses in investments, international finance and financial institutions. (Source: University of Notre Dame, 22 July, 2019) Contact: University of Notre Dame, Sophie Shive, 574-631-1477, sshive1@nd.edu, www.nd.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Notre Dame,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    Riverhead Town takes pledge to become a ‘climate-smart’ community

    Date: 2019-07-21
    The town board at its meeting Tuesday adopted a resolution taking the “climate-smart pledge,” the first step in New York State’s “Climate Smart Communities” certification program, which aims to help local governments deal with the impacts of climate change. The board approved the measure 4-0, with Councilwoman Jodi Giglio absent. By adopting the resolution, Riverhead Town becomes a registered community in the program, making a commitment to addressing the 10 areas described by the state program: • build a climate-smart community; • inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action; • decrease energy use; • shift to clean, renewable energy; • use climate-smart materials management; • implement climate-smart land use; • enhance community resilience to climate change; • support a green innovation economy; • inform and inspire the public; These action areas are described in detail here. Local governments then pursue mandatory, priority and optional actions defined by the program to achieve certification by the state as bronze, silver or gold climate-smart communities. The certification is based on a point system, with different points assigned to different actions. The mandatory and priority actions are those “deemed foundational to a successful local climate action program, some of which must be completed for each certification level,” the program website states. Applicants must complete the required number of mandatory and priority actions for each level. Participating in the program does not subject the town to any regulation by the state, the website states. Certification in the program will better position the town for future grant funding, said Councilwoman Catherine Kent, who put the resolution forward at the recommendation of the town’s new Environmental Advisory Committee, which was established in November at her initiative. Kent is the town board liaison to the committee. In Suffolk County, every town except Riverhead, Southold and Shelter Island had already at least registered in the Climate Smart Communities program, according to the CSC website. East Hampton and Southampton are so far the only towns in Suffolk that have achieved a certification; both are certified at the bronze level. (Source: Riverhead Local, 21 July, 2019)


    HECO Announces Major Renewable Energy Push (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Companies
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In the Aloha State, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is reporting that the acquisition of a variety of clean energy technologies over the next five years will enable the Companies to continue providing reliable service after the closure of the largest fossil fuel plant on Oahu and retirement of Mauis oldest oil-fired plant.

    Upon approval by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) anticipated this summer, this second phase of renewable energy procurement will be open to bids and the first projects would come online in 2022.

    Estimated targets of new renewable generation of various technologies are the equivalent of 594 MW of solar for Oahu; 135 MW for Maui and 32 to 203 MW for Hawaii Island, depending on whether other renewable energy projects become available. Proposals for Molokai and Lanai will be sought later this summer. The approximately 900 MW of new renewables to be sought -- generating about 2 million mWh annually -- would be among the largest single procurement effort ever undertaken by a U.S. utility.

    In addition to variable renewable generation, with or without energy storage, this second phase will be open to standalone storage and grid services that help system operators manage reliability of modern electric grids with diverse, dynamic inputs and outputs. These draft proposals are the result of extensive consultation led by the PUC with participation of the Hawaiian Electric Companies, the Consumer Advocate, and other stakeholders.

    For Oahu, new projects are needed to replace the 180-MW coal-fired AES Hawaii plant in Campbell Industrial Park due to close by September 2022. For Maui, the generation and storage is needed for the planned retirement of the 38-MW Kahului Power Plant by the end of 2024. For Hawaii Island, additional renewable generation is sought even assuming the Puna Geothermal Venture plant returns to service and the Hu Honua biomass plant comes online as planned.

    View HECO's largest-ever renewable energy plan HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR , 17 July, 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Jim Alberts, VP Business Dev. and Strategic Planning, (808) 543-7780, Peter Rosegg, (808) 543.7780, Peter.Rosegg@HawaiianElectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  


    Kansas City Brewery adds 200-kW Rooftop Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Artisun Solar
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In the Show Me State, the Boulevard Brewing Company is reporting Artisun Solar has completed the installation of a 200-kW rooftop solar array at its Kansas City brewery facility.

    The new solar installation was financed with CleanView Capital and is additional to Boulevard's existing solar portfolio. (Source: Boulevard Brewing Company, ClearView Capital, PV World, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Boulevard Brewing Company, www.boulevard.com; Artisun Solar, Kirk Kreisel, Pres., 816-265-1786, info@artisunsolar.com, www.artisunsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Artisun Solar,  Solar,  


    NZ Considering Bldg. Energy Efficiency Rating System (Int'l)
    NABERSNZ
    Date: 2019-07-19
    The New Zealand Government, with more than 1.2 million square metres of office and other space, is looking at ways to increase the energy efficiency of the offices it owns and leases. To that end, the Government now requires any new building developed for Government office accommodation to be measured for a 4-star NABERSNZ energy efficiency rating.

    NABERSNZ , the tool used to measure energy efficiency in office buildings, was developed in Australia, adapted for New Zealand and introduced here in 2013. Its use is funded by the Government and promoted by Government organizations like EECA (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority) to private businesses.

    Although seldom used in New Zealand, the system is mandatory for large office buildings in Australia where it has reportedly accounted for more than $750 million of energy savings. (Source: Stuff NZ, 18 July, 2019) Contact: NABERSNZ, www.nabersnz.govt.nz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NABERSNZ ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    South African Carbon Tax Now In Force (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Tax,South Africa
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In Johannesburg, South Africa, the Southern Courier is reporting that country's recently enacted carbon tax is now fully in force. The 120 Rand ($8.63 US) per tonne carbon tax is intended to penalize large South African emitters of greenhouse gase and thus help . minimize the climate risks that hydrocarbon fuels present, being a major cause of air pollution and global warming.

    According to the International Monetary Fund, carbon tax is the best way to cut greenhouse gas emissions as it allows for a reduction in energy consumption. (Source: Southern Courier, 18 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  GHG Emissions,  CO2,  South Africa Carbon Tax,  


    Mothballed Aussie Biodiesel Plant Back in Production (Int'l Report)
    Just Biodiesel
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In the Land Down Under, Just Biodiesel Pty Ltd. is reporting the re-launch of the 13.2 million gpy biodiesel production plant at Barnawatha, Victoria State, formerly owned by Australian Renewable Fuels (ARF) and Biodiesel Producers (BPL).

    The plant processes locally sourced tallow and used cooking oil into biodiesel and is now supplying B5 and B20 fuel through distribution partners Refuelling Solutions and Viva Energy. The company also plans to begin exporting its product to the U.S. market in California in August.

    The reopening of the formerly bankrupt plant is seen as a possible renaissance for the low-carbon alternative fuel which fell out of favour earlier in the decade due to falling conventional diesel prices, new federal governments excise of biofuels and the hangover from reliability and quality issues among some suppliers. (Source: Just Biodiesel, PR, ATN, 18 July, 2019) Contact: Justr Biodiesel, Greg Boyall,General Manager, +61 0401 700 543, greg.boyall@justbiodiesel.com.au, www.justbiodiesel.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    CCS Market to Boom by 2025, says Report (Ind. Report)
    CCS
    Date: 2019-07-19
    g The recently released global Carbon Capture and Sequestration Market Report analyzes various trends, obstructions, and challenges faced by the leading CCS players and competitors in the global and regional markets.

    The report delivers an in-depth analysis of the industrial value chain, Information and data by manufacturer, by type, application and others.

    Download CCS report sample HERE. Access CCS report details HERE. (Source: Market Research Pioneer, 18 July, 2019) Contact: MR Pioneer, Elvis Fernandes , 513. 549. 5911 (U.S.) , +44 203 318 2846 (U.K.) , sales@marketresearchvision.com, www.marketresearchvision.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture & Storage,  Carbon Capture & Sequestration,  


    Aries NJ Biosolids Gasification Plant Construction-Ready (Ind Report)
    Aries Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-07-19
    Franklin, Tennessee-based Aries Clean Energy -- fka PHG Energy -- is reporting receipt of all required approvals and permits for construction of New Jersey's first biosolids-only gasification facility. The Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility, which will process about 400 tpd of biosolids into clean renewable energy for in-house use and biocharcoal, will be located in a re-purposed building within the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority (LRSA) complex, 20 miles from Manhattan.

    The plant will utilize Aries patented fluidized bed gasification system specifically designed for processing biosolids. (Source: Aries Clean Energy LLC, PR, Cdn. Biomass, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Aries Clean Energy LLC, Gregory Bafalis, CEO, (615) 471-9299, Info@AriesCleanEnergy.com, www.ariescleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aries Clean Energy ,  Biosolid,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  


    Bright Biomethane Opens First North America Office (Ind. Report)
    Bright Biomethane
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In the Netherlands, Enschede-headquartered membrane separation biogas to biomethane upgrading systems specialist Bright Biomethane is reporting the opening of its first North American office in NYC, NY.

    Bright Biomethane North America will supply biogas upgrading systems with membrane separation technology for the refining of biogas from biomass to biomethane, and is working on the first five renewable natural gas (RNG) projects, all of which being realized in the Northeast of the U.S. (Source: Bright Biomethane, PR, Cdn. Biomass, Others, June, 2019) Contact: Bright Biomethane, Herman Klein Teeselink, CEO, +31 53 460 9088, info@brightbiomethane.com, www.brightbiomethane.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bright Biomethane,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  


    Small Refiners Threaten "Hardship Waivers" Legal Action (Ind. Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In Washington, Reuters is reporting a coalition of small U.S. refineries are planning on legal action against the the US EPA unless the agency issues issue its decisions on 2018 petitions for "hardship waivers" from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) within 60 days.

    The Trump administration EPA has more than quadrupled the number of waivers it has granted to refinerswhile at the same time raising the ire of the corn industry who claim the move threatens ethanol demand.

    The small refinery coalition's letter to the EPA said the "EPA is required to act on a petition within 90 days after receipt" and that it also failed to issue decisions on the outstanding 40 petitions for 2018 by March 31, 2019, which the letter said was the compliance deadline.

    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. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 18 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  Ethanol Blend,  


    EPA's RFS Obligations Another Setback for American Farmers, says NFU (Ind. Report)
    NFU,EPA,RFS
    Date: 2019-07-19
    The US EPA's recently proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the year 2020 would set required biofuel use at 20.04 billion gallons next year, a marginal increase over this year's 19.92 billion gallons. The difference is primarily attributable to an expansion of cellulosic biofuel, from 420 million to 540 million gallons. The rule maintains the current 15-million-gallon target for corn ethanol, according to a NFU release.

    In the face of the EPA's proposal, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has expressed its disappointment in the almost unlimited issuance of RFS refinery "hardship waivers", the newly released RVO's and the that the agency's failure not only to factor the lost demand into its proposed RVOs but to increase biofuel use at all. "At every turn, EPA and this (Trump) administration have undermined the intent of RFS and destroyed demand for billions of gallons of ethanol", NFU President Roger Johnson added. (Source: The Cattle Site, National Farmers Union, PR, July, 2019) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, www.nfu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news,  NFU news,  National Farmers Union news,  "Hardship Waiver" news,  


    UK NFU Calls for E10 Ethanol-Petrol Blend (Int'l Report)
    UK NFU
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In Warwickshire, the UK National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for the introduction of E10 -- ethanol from wheat and sugar beet -- petrol. This is opposed to the current proportion that limits the content of bioethanol to a maximum of 5 pct (E5).

    The call comes as an All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol (APPG) issued a report urging the Department of Transport to prioritize the introduction of E10.

    According to NFU Combinable Crops board chairman Tom Bradshaw, "Increasing the bioethanol content in fuel is a win-win for the environment, farmers and the economy. The industry is desperate to see both Vivergo and Ensus plants back up and running so they can continue to convert British wheat into bioethanol. But at the moment there simply isn't enough demand to keep these plants going." Bradshaw added, "Now is the time for legislative action. Farmers want to help deliver renewable fuel for the nation but the government needs to step up and provide supportive policy, especially if we are to hit their target of becoming a net zero economy by 2050." (Source: FarmingUK, GIZMODO, 18 July, 2019) Contact: UK NFU, +44 024 7685 8500, www.nfuonline.com; All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Georgia Power Plan Boosts Renewables, Energy Storage (Ind Report)
    Georgia Power
    Date: 2019-07-19
    Kallanish Energy reports Georgia state regulators have approved Georgia Power's plan to expand renewable energy generation and develop up to 80 MW of energy storage, while closing 5 coal-fired units at 2 power plants. Georgia Power will also invest in five hydropower projects and retire three other hydro dams under the 20-year plan. The plan calls for 2,260 MW of new capacity from wind, solar and biomass, increasing those resources to 22 pct of its overall generation capacity, increasing to 5,380 MW -- 72 pct -- by 2024.

    Southern Company-owned Georgia Power notes that 25 pct of its power production is presently coal fired down from 52 pct in 2005. Natural gas produces 45 pct of power, up from 27 pct in 2005. (Source: Georgia Power, Kallanish, 18 July, 2019) Contact: Georgia Power, Allen Reaves, VP, Senior Production Officer, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Renewable Energy,  


    Sunrun Scores Aggregated Home Solar, Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
    Sunrun,East Bay Community Energy
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In Alameda County, Oakland, California-based energy aggregator East Bay Community Energy (BCB) reports it has approved a 10-year contract under which it will pay San Francisco-based solar installer Sunrun for 500 KW of solar capacity from residential solar-plus-storage, starting in 2022.

    The contract marks a second win for Sunrun's theory of using aggregated residential energy assets for grid services. The company won its first virtual power plant contract in February to supply ISO New England with 20 MW by 2022.

    Whereas the 20-MW battery will literally replace the peaker turbines, the Sunrun deal will provide 2 MWh of energy storage -- 500 KW with 4-hour duration -- throughout the service territory, primarily in West Oakland where the company will install the equipment on low-income single-family and multifamily homes.

    Sunrun draws on funds from California's Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program and works with building owners to deliver solar at no cost to tenants. (Source: Sunrun, gtm, 18 July, 2019) Contact: EBCE, Nick Chaset, CEO, www.ebce.org; SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin, VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986, investors@sunrun.com, www.sunrun.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunrun,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    CAT Offerings Green Building MSc Degree Program (Int'l Report)
    UK Centre for Alternative Technology
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In Powys, Wales, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is offering a new building design and energy efficiency degree program to help tackle the environmental impacts of buildings and the construction industry.

    The MSc Green Building program, which starts this September and now open for applications, allows students to specialize in sustainable construction, providing a broad overview of climate change and environmental degradation, and exploring the range of effective solutions.

    As well as providing a deep understanding of sustainable design principles and sustainable materials, the course covers the selection and use of materials, energy flows, site selection and preparation phases, waste management and project management. Regulatory and legal requirements and the social, political and economic aspects of green building are also explored. (Source: Centre for Alternative Technology, Dr Adrian Watson, Head of Graduate School of the Environment, +44 (0) 1654 705950, www.cat.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenBuilding,  Energy Efficiency,  


    India's Renewables Installations Capacity Tops 80GW (Int'l Report)
    India Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In New Delhi, the Indian Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy and Power has announced his country's cumulative installed renewable energy capacity hit 80.46 GW as of 30 June, 2019. The Minister added renewable energy projects of 26.62 GW capacity were under various stages of implementation and 43.84 GW capacity is presently under different stages of bidding.

    "The Government is confident of meeting the target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022: solar will be 100 GW; wind 60 GW; biomass 10 GW; and small hydropower 5 GW. (Source: India Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy and Power, IndiaCSR, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Indian Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy and Power, R.K. Singh, https://twitter.com/officeofrksingh?lang=en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy,  


    Notable Quote from Microsoft Energy Manager
    Microsoft
    Date: 2019-07-19
    "It's important that what we build leaves a positive legacy, that we don't build it on the back of fossil fuels, but rather, we build it on the back of the next generation of energy technology of wind and hydro and solar." -- Brian Janous, Microsoft Lead Energy Manager

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Microsoft news,  


    Politicians Prodded to Address 'Killer Heat' (Opinions & Asides)
    Climate Change,Global Warming
    Date: 2019-07-19
    Killer Heat in the United States, a recently released report from the Union of Concerned Scientist predicts a lot more days of extreme heat -- so much that they're being called "killer heat" days. The study was released in part to spur action on the part of both politicians and business leaders.

    According to the report, "The United States federal government needs to continue with the (Obama) Clean Power Plan and not dismantle it, as the current (Trump) administration is attempting to do, to significantly reduce emissions from the power sector, which accounts for roughly 40 pct of the U.S. emissions footprint."

    The UCS scientists are asking the federal government to not only wean the nation off of fossil fuels, but develop plans for people to adapt to extreme heat. "The clock is ticking to reduce emissions. If nothing is done, we may have to get ready for an unrecognizably hot future" the report says.

    To make the needed deep emissions cuts, the reports recommends the U.S. implement a suite of federal and state policies, including: an economy wide price on carbon; policies to cut transportation sector emissions, including increasing fuel economy and heat-trapping emissions standards for vehicles; increased investment in low-carbon public transportation; policies to cut buildings and industrial sector emissions; policies to increase carbon storage in vegetation and soils, including through climate-friendly agricultural and forest management practices; increased investment in emissions and climate change related R&D; measures to cut methane, nitrus oxide, and other major non-CO2 heat-trapping emissions; and policies to help a rapid transition to low-carbon economies.

    Download the Killer Heat in the United States -Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days report HERE (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, wusf Public Media, 18 July, 2019) Contact: Union of Concerned Scientists, Ken Kimmell, Pres., (617) 547-5552,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Union of Concerned Scientists,  Climate Change,  

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