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Nation's Mayors Applaud Energy Block Grant Renewal (Reg & Leg)
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Date: 2019-07-19
On Wednesday in Washington, the full House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved HR 2088. The bill is aimed at renewing and re-funding the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, a legislative priority of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). As approved, this legislation would commit $3.5 billion annually -- $17.5 billion over five years -- in formula-based grants allocated directly to cities, counties, tribal governments and states.

The legislation, as existing law provides, continues to extend flexibility to local and state governments to invest these new resources across 14 categories of eligible projects and programs, including the development of comprehensive energy conservation and efficiency plans; conversion of street lighting to highly efficient LED lighting; installation of renewable energy technology (e.g., solar, wind, fuel cell and biomass energy) on municipal and other qualifying buildings; and weatherization of government buildings.

Under the bill, the Department of Energy retains responsibility for implementing the program, as it did in the 2009-2010 period when the first round of EECBG funding was appropriated and provided to local and state governments. The EECBG Program, which was authorized in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 enacted by President George W. Bush, was first funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). (Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors, 18 July, 2019) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors, www.usmayors.org; Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/about-energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-program

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


KeyBank, Dividend Finance Partner on Residential Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report, Funding)
Key Bank,Dividend Finance
Date: 2019-07-19
Cleveland-headquartered regional banker KeyBank and Dividend Finance, a San Francisco-based national provider of solar and home improvement financing solutions, are reporting a new partnership to finance residential solar and energy storage systems.

Although previously limited to commercial projects, KeyBank's partnership with Dividend will now allow homeowners to invest in solar energy and create potential long-term savings by cutting energy costs. The KeyBank-Dividend Finace partners services will be offered in 35 states. (Source: KeyCorp-KeyBank PR, July, 2019) Contact: KeyCorp-KeyBank,, Chris Manderfield, Head of Product Management, www.key.com; Dividend Finance LLC, (415) 805.7000, www.dividendfinance.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy,  Dividend Finance Storage,  Solar,  KeyBank,  


250.5-MW Triple H Wind Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-07-19
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is reporting conditional approval of a construction permit for the 250.54 MW Triple H Wind project southwest of Highmore in Hyde County. The 92-turbine, 27,247.5-acre project must adhere to 41 conditions dealing with: wind blade shadow flicker; sound levels; post-construction land restoration; potential impacts to whooping cranes; ice throw and others. The PUC also required an escrow account specifically designated for the future decommissioning of the project.

Triple H has inked PPAs with Walmart and a confidential institutional buyer. The $300 million project is expected to be complete in 2020. (Source: South Dakota PUC, WindPower, 18 July, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201, www.puc.sd.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Triple H Wind,  Wind,  South Dakota Public Utilities Commission ,  


"Riding Sunbeams" UK Railway Solar Energy Pilot Announced (Int'l)
Community Energy South and Network Rail
Date: 2019-07-17
In the UK, South Western Railway (SWR) is touting the upcoming August launch of Riding Sunbeams, a pilot solar energy project that will see solar panels to be connected directly into the network to provide traction current.

The "Riding Sunbeams" project, which was developed in partnership with not-for-profit 10:10 Climate Action is aimed at developing renewable energy sources to reduce emissions and cut future transport running costs. The pilot project 136 solar panels to an ancillary transformer on the traction system to power lights and signalling equipment near Aldershot Station on the London Waterloo-Alton line. Data from the project will be used to design and test systems that can directly supply solar power to the DC traction network. According to 10:10, solar traction power could provide 10 pct of the energy required to power trains on the UK's third-rail 750V DC electrified lines every year.

Innovate UK and the Department for Transport are funding the project. (Source: Community Energy South and Network Rail, Railway Technology, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Community Energy South and Network Rail, www.communityenergysouth.org; 10:10 Climate Actio, www.1010uk.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Innovate UK,  


Climate Emergency Declaration Triggers £500Mn Divestment (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-07-17
Last month in the UK, sfter declaring a "Climate Emergency" the Welsh city of Swansea's pension fund management reports it is moving £500 million of it £2 billion pension fund to Blackrock's ACS World Low Carbon Equity Tracker Fund -- a low-carbon index by the end of this month, July, 2019.

The Swansea City and Council Pension Fund, the largest in Wales, is the latest local authority pension fund to divest from fossil fuels, with plans to reduce its exposure by up to 50 pct by 2022. The fund seeks to invest in green infrastructure projects -- renewable energy, alternative fuels and clean technology -- that both optimize returns and deliver positive environmental outcomes. (Source: Swansea City and Council Pension Fund, Pensions Expert, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Swansea City and Council Pension Fund, www.swanseapensionfund.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy
Highview Power
Date: 2019-07-17
In the U.K., London-headquartered cryogenic energy storage system specialist Highview Power reports it has contracted with Texas-based energy management firm Tenaska Power Services Co. to identify, model, optimize and provide energy management services for up to four giga-scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the U.S. over two years. The initial project is expected to be developed in the ERCOT market.

At giga-scale, Highview Power's long-duration energy storage systems paired with renewables are equivalent in performance to thermal and nuclear baseload power. Highview Power's CRYOBattery™ is currently the only long-duration energy storage solution that is locatable and offers multiple gigawatt-hours of storage, representing weeks' worth of storage, rather than hours or days. (Source: Highview Power, PR, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javier Cavada, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, info@highviewpower.com, www.highviewpower.com; Tenaska Power Services, www.tenaska.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Powe,  Energy STorager,  


First BREEAM USA Goes to The Landmark @ One Market (Ind. Report)
BRE Global
Date: 2019-07-17
San Francisco-based real estate investment firm American Assets Trust, Inc. (AAT) and BRE Global, a world leading, multi-disciplinary building science organization, are reporting the historic, 1916-vintage, The Landmark @ One Market property is the first building in San Francisco to be certified using the BREEAM USA standard for existing buildings.

Developed in 1990 by BRE Global, BREEAM is internationally recognized as the most comprehensive and holistic environmental assessment method with over 2,250,000 registered projects and 565,000+ certified buildings worldwide across more than 83 countries.

Focusing on assessing and rating the performance of existing buildings, BREEAM USA In-Use has been adapted from BREEAM In-Use International to reflect differences in American standards and practices while still providing the global comparability. (Source: BRE Global, American Assets Trust, Yahoo, 16 July, 2019) Contact: American Assets Trust, www.americanassetstrust.com; BRE Global, www.bregroup.com/about-us/bre-global; BREEM USA, www.www.breeam.com/usa

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  


Anchorage Hosts Alaska's Largest Rooftop Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Rooftop Solar
Date: 2019-07-17
In Alaska, the municipality of Anchorage has unveiled the state's largest, and the municipality's first, rooftop solar project at the Egan Civic and Convention Center.

The array's 216 solar panels are expected to generate sufficient power for up to 10 pct of the convention center's annual electric power consumption and to save the center between $20,000 and $25,000 per year in energy costs. The $200,000 installation was handled by Arctic Solar Ventures. (Source: Municipality of Anchorage, AP, KSFA-FM, July, 2019) Contact: Municipality of Anchorage, www.muni.org; Arctic Solar Ventures, Stephen Trimble, CEO, 907-268-4188, www.arcticsolarventures.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  


German North Sea Wind Power Output Rising (Int'l Report)
TenneT
Date: 2019-07-17
The North Sea "wind harvest" of the first half of 2019 exceeds the first half of 2018 by 16 percent. According to a transmission grid operator TenneT Holding press release, wind energy transmitted from North Sea offshore wind operations to land rose to 9.51 terawatt hours (TWh) in the first half of 2019 -- a 16 pct increase compared with the first half of 2018 (8.17 TWh). TenneT operates in the Netherlands and parts of Germany.

TenneT was recently awarded a contract for the construction of the offshore converter platform and the land station for DolWin5 in May, achieving cost savings of around 10 pct compared to the previous DolWin6 project, according to the release.

"According to all international studies and scenarios, the current roll-out rate of offshore wind in Europe is not sufficient to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement for Europe. An accelerated and large-scale roll-out is necessary. A future internationally coordinated approach could implement the connection and integration of a roll-out of large-scale offshore wind energy more effectively and at considerably lower costs of up to 30 pct than with continued individual national planning," the release added.

The current maximum infeed performance of offshore wind farms in the North Sea reached 4,989 MW on 24 March 2019 at. The capacity expansion of the offshore wind farms in the North Sea amounted to 5,577 MW on 30 June 2019. TenneT's offshore transmission capacity is 6,232 MW, according to the company. (Source: TenneT Holdings, Offshore Engineer, 16 July, 2019)Contact: TenneT, +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News TenneT,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Global Automotive Biofuels Market 2019 (Ind. Report)
MRS Research
Date: 2019-07-17
MRS Research Group has announced the availability of its Global Automotive Biofuels Market 2019 report.

The study examines important changes in consumer behavior and its business impact by market participants on development strategies. It also provides detailed information on automotive biofuel market trends, industry associations, global market players by size, market share and related standards and factors.

Request a report sample HERE. Access Full Report With TOC HERE. (Source: MRS Research Group, 16 July, 2019)Contact: MRS Research, www.mrsresearchgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Transportation Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


Malaysia Plans Challenge to EU Palm Oil for Biofuels Curbs (Int'l)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2019-07-17
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian President Joko Widodo last week declared palm oil as a "strategic commodity" for his country and that the government would lodge a complaint with the World Trade Organization over the European Union's plan to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels.

The Southeast Asian country is the world's second largest palm oil producer after Indonesia and would be hit hard by the EU's plan to cut its use in biofuels by 2030.

In March, the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned the EU attempt to curb palm oil in biofuels "risks opening up a trade war with Malaysia." (Source: Gov. of Malaysia, Al Arabiya, Others, AFP, 16 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Malaysian Palm Oil,  


Indonesia Foresees 10 pct Biodiesel Blend Rise in 2020 (Int'l)
Biodiesel
Date: 2019-07-17
Reporting from Jakarta, the Indonesian Deputy Energy Minister Arcandra Tahar has announced that the government plans a mandatory increase in biodiesel-gasoline blend rate from the present 20 pct (B20) to 30 pct (B30) in 2020. The Deputy Minister also foresees a 55 pct rise in unblended biodiesel consumption in 2020.

Indonesia is the world's leading palm oil exporter and consumer at an estimated 2.89 million kl of un-blended biodiesel in H1 2019. (Source: Indonesian Energy Ministry, Successful Farming, Reuters, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Indonesian Energy Ministry, www.esdm.go.id/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesian,  Biodiesl,  Biodiesel Blend,  


US Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Expected to Fall (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2019-07-17
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reported to be forecasting a 2.2 pct decrease in CO2 emissions for 2019, due primarily to fewer emissions from coal consumption while natural gas CO2 emissions increase and petroleum CO2 emissions remain virtually unchanged.

For the remainder of 2019, EIA expects relatively mild forecast temperatures will keep energy demand and resulting energy-related CO2 emissions below 2018 levels. Accordingly, the agency forecasts CO2 emissions from coal will decrease by 169 million metric tonnes (MmMmt) in 2019, the largest decrease in CO2 emissions from coal since 2015.

On the other hand, natural gas CO2 emissions are projected to rise by 53 Mmmt, largely due to forecast changes in the electric power generation mix as natural gas continues to grow as the most prevalent electricity generation fuel. Power generation consumes nearly 92 pct of the coal used in the U.S..

EIA also projects CO2 emissions from petroleum consumption, which have risen every year for past six years, will be virtually flat in 2019. Petroleum accounted for 45 pct of energy-related CO2 emissions in 2018. (Source: Energy Information Administration, Kallanish Energy, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide Emissions,  EIA,  


Morocco's Midelt Solar Project Phase Two Launched (Int'l Report)
African Energy Live Data
Date: 2019-07-17
Further to our 24th May report, African Energy Live Data is reporting pre-qualification has begun for phase two of the giant Midelt solar project in Morocco. The project, which is part of the Noor programme managed by the Rabat-based Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), incorporates both concentrated solar power (CSP) and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies.

The first 800MW phase was awarded to a consortium of France's EDF, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (MASDAR), and Green of Africa in May. Initial plans were for the first phase to consist of two separate hybridised CSP and PV plants. The CSP component of each project was planned to be around 150-190MW and the PV component 150-210MW, making a maximum of 400MW for each plant. A similar structure was contemplated for the second phase but this appears to have been rejected in favour of a single plant.

The second phase preferred bidder will design, finance, build, operate and maintain the plant, which will be constructed roughly 20 km north of Midelt on plains around the Moulouya River.

The project company will also sign a 25-year PPA with MASEN and will be owned by a lead member, expected to hold at least 35 pct , as well as a technical member holding 5 pct. MASEN will likely take a 25 pct stake in both the project company and the operations and maintenance company. The second phase is expected to be built on a turnkey basis through a lump sum fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction contract.

MASEN notes the Noor-Ouarzazate I solar project achieved 32 pct industrial integration, while Noor Ouarzazate II and III both reached 35 pct. (Source: African Energy Live Data, ESI Africa, July, 2019) Contact: African Energy Live Data, www.africa-energy.com/live-data; Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, www.masen.ma/en; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Noor Solar,  MASDAR,  


Pacific Ethanol, CoBank Extend Credit Agreements (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2019-07-17
In the Golden State, Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol, Inc. reports its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Pacific Ethanol Pekin, LLC (Pekin) has extended the terms of its credit agreements with CoBank, ACB. The amended agreement will extend the payment and covenant terms of Pekin's credit agreements with CoBank, ACB to November 15, 2019. (Source: Pacific Ethanol PR, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol ,  


Ceres Power, Doosan Partnering on Fuel Cell Systems (Ind. Report)
Ceres Power,Doosan
Date: 2019-07-17
UK-headquartered Ceres Power, a developer of low-cost, next-generation fuel cell technology, and Seoul-headquartered Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Corporation are reporting they will jointly develop solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) distributed power systems initially targeted at the Korean commercial building market. To that end, Doosan will license Ceres' proprietary SteelCell SOFC technology to develop a low carbon 5-20kW power system.

The South Korean government recently announced initiatives to promote increased use of renewable generation and hydrogen technology and is targeting fuel cell manufacture for power generation to reach an output of 15 GW by 2040, up from 300 MW today, according to a release.

Doosan is adding Solid Oxide technology to its existing portfolio of fuel cell technologies. In 2018 the company's existing stationary fuel cell business exceeded $850 million , including licensing, technology transfer and engineering services. (Source: Ceres Power, Green Car Congress, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Ceres Power, +44 (0)1403273463, www.cerespower.com; Doosan, www.doosanheavy.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ceres Power,  Doosan,  Fuel Cell,  Energy Storage,  


Net-Zero Carbon "Achievable" by 2050, says UK National Grid (Int'l)
UK National Grid
Date: 2019-07-17
According to the UK National Grid's latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, Great Britain could reach net-zero carbon in its electricity grid by 2050 -- if "immediate action" is taken across all key energy technology and policy areas, such as increased energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS), and "at a significantly greater scale than assumed."

The report outlines five "credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy" over the next 30 years Two of the scenarios meet the country's old 2050 target of an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, and a new "standalone sensitivity analysis on how net-zero carbon emissions could potentially be achieved by 2050."

The report notes that achieve net-zero, British homes would need to use at least one-third less energy for heating by 2050 than today, while the electricity system would need to operate using only zero-carbon generation, and the power sector would need to deliver negative emissions, using technologies like biomass and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).

Report details HERE. (Source: UK National Grid, ReNew Economy, July, 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK National Grid,  Net-Zero Carbon,  


Notable Quote from the Hawkeye State
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-07-17
"I am incredibly disappointed to see that the EPA has failed to reallocate the millions of lost gallons due to their brazen and unprecedented use of small refinery exemption ("hardship") waivers. A robust RFS (renewable fuel standard) is essential to a healthy ag economy in Iowa and across the country." -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), July, 2019 Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, 515-281-5211, www.governor.iowa.gov/contact

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


Vestas Wins 415 MW Saudi Wind Park Order (Int'l. Report)
Vestas Mediterranean,EDF Renewables , Masdar
Date: 2019-07-17
Madrid-headquartered Vestas Mediterranean is reporting a consortium formed by EDF Renewables and Masdar has placed a 415 MW order for the Dumat Al Jandal wind park in the Al Jouf region of Saudi Arabia -- the country's first utility-scale wind park. The order is an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the supply and installation of 99 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park.

The Dumat Al Jandal project was awarded to the consortium by the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) in January 2019 by the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM). Once operational, it will produce electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC). (Source: Vestas Mediterranean, PR, 16 July 2019) Contact: Vestas Mediterranean, Eduardo Medina, Andres Dominguez, Communications Consultant, +34 649294007 ANDMS@vestas.com, www.vestas.com, www.twitter.com/vestas; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas Mediterranean,  Wind,  EDF Renewables,  Masdar,  


Univ. Va. Lauded for Energy Efficiency Progress (Ind. Report)
Better Buildings Challenge
Date: 2019-07-17
In the Old Dominion State, the University of Virginia (UV) in Charlottesville reports it has been recognized for energy efficiency by the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge. As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, UV, with 500 buildings, is committed to improving its energy performance by 20 pct in 10 years across 15.3 million square feet.

At one building, Clark Hall, UV implemented a combination of energy and water conservation upgrades including: converting 5,000 interior and exterior fixtures from fluorescent lamps to LED; installing low-flow toilets and faucet aerators; recalibrating air handling units; and upgrading HVAC controls. As a result, Clark Hall achieved an annual energy savings of $750,000 and an annual water savings of $22,000, relative to their pre-retrofit baseline. (Source: US DOE, University of Virginia, July, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Challenge, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings Challenge,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Absaroka Montana Pumped Hydro Project Secures Funding (Funding)
Absaroka Energy
Date: 2019-07-17
Bozeman, Montana-based Absaroka Energy reports it has secured financing for a planned 400 MW pumped hydro project near Martinsdale, Montana, through an equity investment from Denmark's Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

The $1 billion closed loop Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project, which previously secured construction and operation permits from FERC, is designed to help integrate more renewable energy onto the Pacific Northwest electrical grid and could start work in 2020. GE Renewable Energy will supply the pump and turbine equipment for the project. (Source: Absaroka Energy, AP, Utility Dive, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Absaroka Energy, Carl Borgquist President and CEO, Eli Bailey, VP Bus. Dev., 406-585-3006, www.absarokaenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Absaroka Energy,  Pumped Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


Maritime Giant Maersk Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l)
Maersk
Date: 2019-07-17
As previously reported, Maersk, the world's largest maritime container shipping company, has committed to become carbon neutral by 2050.

The shipping giant, which operates nearly 700 global vessels, has already substantially cut emissions and spent $1 billion to date in efficiency improvements aimed at the intermediate target of cutting emissions by 60 pct by 2030. To date, Maersk has reduced CO2 emissions by 46 pct -- roughly 9 pct more than the industry average.

Maritime emissions were not covered by the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Maersk, ZME, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, www.maerskline.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  


Aemetis India Expands Revenues to $50Mn Per Year Run Rate (Int'l)
Aemetis
Date: 2019-07-17
Following up on our 22nd May coverage, Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary in Hydrbad ramped revenues to over $50 million per year run rate after biodiesel shipments commenced in May -- pursuant to a previously announced $23 million biodiesel supply contract to the three India government-owned Oil Marketing Companies (OMC's).

In late 2018, the three India OMC's that supply about 70 pct of the country's domestic diesel issued purchase requests for about 260 million gallons of biodiesel for year 2019 -- equal to India's total biodiesel production capacity.

As previously reported, the Aemetis biodiesel plant in India recently completed the installation and commissioning of a pre-treatment plant and related utilities upgrades to convert lower cost, waste feedstocks into high quality distilled biodiesel to supply the approximately 25 billion gallon diesel market in India. (Source: Aemetis, PR, EIN, 16 July, 2019)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  Aemetis India,  


AEP Utilities Seeking 1,485 MW New Wind Generation (Ind Report)
American Electric Power,Public Service Co. of Oklahoma
Date: 2019-07-17
Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP) reports two of its companies -- Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) -- are seeking regulatory approvals for the approximate $2 billion purchase of three Oklahoma wind projects totaling 1,485 MW.

The projects, under development by Invenergy, include a 999 MW facility being built north of Weatherford, a 287 MW facility being built southwest of Enid and a 199 MW facility being built south of Alva. Collectively, the three facilities would provide more than 5.7 million MWh of new wind energy annually to serve customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

AEP notes it recently added 724 MW of wind and battery generation to its contracted competitive portfolio and has proposed adding more than 9,100 MW of new wind and solar generation and nearly 2,300 MW of new natural gas generation to its regulated power plant fleet by 2030. (Source: AEP, NA Windpower, 16 July, 2019)Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com; Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, www.psoklahoma.com; Southwestern Electric Power Co., www.swepco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


SaskPower Boundry Dam CCS Facility at High Capacity (Ind. Report)
SaskPower
Date: 2019-07-17
On the Canadian prairies, SaskPower reports its Boundary Dam Power Station carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility captured 81,417 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) this past June. The facility was online 99.4 pct of the month, as opposed to the previous 12 months when it was online only 40.7 pct of the time.

The facility's volume of CO2 captured last month meant the facility was operating at 84 pct capacity, compared to the 12-month average of about 44.6 pct. Since its October 2014 opening, the facility has captured a total of 2,725,661 tonnes of CO2, according to SaskPower. (Source: SaskPower, Estevan Mercury, 16 July, 2019) Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  SaskPower,  Boundry Dam,  


Biofuels in Canada 2019 Report Released (Ind. Report)
Advanced Biofuels Canada
Date: 2019-07-17
Vancouver-based Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABC) reports the release of its Biofuels in Canada 2019 report prepared by Navius Research Inc. (Navius). Advanced Biofuels Canada is a national industry association established to: promote the production and use of advanced biofuels in Canada; collaborate with other stakeholders to expand market access for sustainable low-carbon biofuels in Canada, and; collaborate broadly to de-carbonize transportation.

This 2019 analysis updates the Biofuels in Canada 2016, 2017 and 2018 reports, and is intended to evaluate and communicate the impact of renewable and low-carbon fuel policy in Canada by: quantifying the volumes of renewable transportation fuels consumed in each Canadian province(i.e. biofuel), characterized by fuel type, feedstock, and CI. The biofuels include ethanol, biodiesel and hydrogenation derived renewable diesel (HDRD); estimating their impact on GHG emissions and; estimating their impact on energy costs, now with an additional focus on how fuel taxes affect these costs.

View the Biofuels in Canada 2019 report HERE (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, July, 2019) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, ithomson@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  


Entegrity Boasts Efficiency Upgrades, LEED Cert.(Ind Report)
Entegrity
Date: 2019-07-15
In Little Rock, Entegrity -- f.k.a. Viridian -- is reporting its recent $500,000 office building renovation saves or creates enough power to balance out all of its energy use.

With the energy efficient upgrades, the building has electrochromatic windows that tint at the command of a Wi-Fi signal; composting and recycling; high-control HVAC systems; a rooftop solar array; and all-LED lighting.

The building is "one of the only net-zero buildings in the state. and the second building in the world to get LEED Zero certification, and the first in the United States," according to Entigrity. (Source: Entegrity, USGBC, Arkansas Business, July, 2019)Contact: Entegrity Partners, Rob Guthrie, Bus. Dev., (800) 700-1414, info@entegritypartners.com, www.entegritypartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Entegrity Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


China's CO2 Emissions Taper Off by 2030, says Bloomberg NEF (Int'l)
Bloomberg NEF
Date: 2019-07-15
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF), Bloomberg's primary research service on energy, China's power sector carbon emissions will peak in 2027, down to 79 pct of that in 2005 by around 2030 to easily fulfill fulfilling the sector's carbon reduction commitments within the Paris Climate Agreement.

In 2050, carbon emission intensity or energy expenditure per unit of GDP in China's power sector, will decline to 5 pct of that in 2005, the Bloomberg report says. (Source: Bloomberg, China Daily, 10 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


B&W Volund Delivers Welsh Woody Biomass Project (Ind Report)
Babcock & Wilcox, Margam Green Energy
Date: 2019-07-15
Barberton, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. is reporting its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Volund A/S (Volund), has turned over a biomass-to-energy plant in Margam, Wales, to Port Talbot-based Margam Green Energy Ltd. Volund will operate the plant for its customer under a 15-year operations and maintenance contract.

The plant is designed to burn waste wood to generate approximately 40 megawatts of electricity and features Volund's patented DynaGrate® technology. (Source: B&W, PR, BusinessWire, 15 July, 2019) Contact: B&W, Kenneth Young, CEO, (330) 753-4511, Twitter @BabcockWilcox, www.babcock.com, Margam Green Energy Ltd., Paul Taylor, +44 01639 884256, www.margamgreenenergy.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Babcock & Wilcox ,  Voland,  Woody Biomass,  


Ghana, World Bank Deal to Cut Deforestation, CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2019-07-15
In Accra, the World Bank (WB) has announced an agreement with the Ghana Forestry Commission to address the role of deforestation and forest degradation on climate change. Under the agreement, the World Bank five-year Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) will reward community efforts to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Ghana is the third country to initiate the deal.

The Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) carbon fund, is administered by the World Bank and unlocks unlocks performance-based payments of up to $50 million for carbon emission reductions from the forest and land use sectors.

Under the ERPA, the FCPF carbon fund commits to making initial results-based payments for reductions of 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. The agreement also specifies on carbon emission baselines, price per ton of avoided CO2 emissions, and a benefit-sharing mechanism. Ghana's emission reductions programme area covers 1.2 million hectares of forest reserves and national parks.

In Ghana, forest degradation and deforestation are driven primarily by cocoa farm expansion, coupled with logging and a recent increase in illegal mining. (Source: World Bank, Ghana News Agency, 10 July, 2019) Contact: Ghana Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, CEO, +233 30 240 1210, www.fcghana.org; World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Deforestation,  


Velocys Reports £7 Mn Funding Round Progress (Ind. Report)
Velocys PLC British
Date: 2019-07-15
UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting British Airways and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have invested a combined £2.8 million in a £7 million fundraising round.

The proceeds will be used for front-end engineering design of Velocys' Mississippi biorefinery, to build on intellectual property, and to test catalyst and Fischer-Tropsch reactors. (Source: Velocys, Alliance News, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


Synergy Launches 'Synergy Green Diesel' Biodiesel (New Prod & Tech)
Synergy
Date: 2019-07-15
In Uttar Pradesh, India's Synergy Teletech Pvt. Ltd is reporting the launch of its new 'Synergy Green Diesel', a distilled grade biodiesel fuel aimed at the "non-transport, B2B" market -- including MSMEs, hotels, RWAs, office complex, construction sites, telecom towers, etc.

The new fuel is also less costly than regular diesel ang be used in existing diesel engines without engine modifications, according to the company release. (Source: Synergy Teletech Pvt. Ltd, ET Auto, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Synergy Teletech Pvt. Ltd, Prasan Surana, Founder, +91 120 483 6000, www.synergyteletech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Green Diesel,  


Pinnacle Inks Japanese, Korean Biomass Pellet Deals (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-15
Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc is reporting a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with Mitsubishi Corporation, a global integrated business enterprise in Japan and with GS Global Corporation, a biomass power producer in that country.

Under the terms of the Mitsubishi contract, Pinnacle will supply 110,000 to 120,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets beginning in 2021. For the Sout hKorean contract, Pinnacle will supply 100,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets to GS beginning in 2022.

Pinnacle Renewable Energy is a rapidly growing industrial wood pellet manufacturer. The company produces sustainable fuel for renewable electricity generation in the form of industrial wood pellets, according to the company. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, PR, Lesprom Network, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Energy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


MERCOSUR, EC Deal Opens South American Biofuels Market (Int'l)
European Commission,MERCOSUR
Date: 2019-07-15
The European Union's European Commission (EC) is reporting a trade deal with the South American Mercosur trading bloc that will open the European market to more imports of ethanol and crops that are used to make high-emitting biofuel.

Under the deal crops and ethanol produced in MERCOSUR member countries -- Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay -- could be used to meet the EU's green transport fuel targets. The agreement also allows for a lower tariff rate on ethanol imports to be phased in over five years: a quota of 200,000 tonnes with an in-quota rate of one-third of the current high duty of up to €19/hectolitre will be opened for fuel and other uses beyond the chemical industry, according to a EC briefing. The agreement also reduces or eliminates duties that MERCOSUR currently imposes on exports of soybean products to the EU, the Commission said. This could make soy a more attractive feedstock for biodiesel producers in Europe.

Argentine soy diesel, imports of refined biodiesel tripled from 2017 to 2018, with palm oil and soy accounting for around 86 pct of all biodiesel imports. (Source: EU EC, Transport & Environment, 11 July, 2019) Contact: MERCOSUR, www.mercosur.int/en/about-mercosur/mercosur-countries

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Soy Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  


GE Plans Chinese Offshore Wind Manufacturing, R&D Centers (Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-15
GE Renewable Energy is reporting it will open a new offshore wind manufacturing facility in Jieyang , Guangdong province as well as an Operation and Research and Development Center in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Construction on the manufacturing plant is expected to break ground before the year end for startup in Q2, 2021. GE's new Operation and Development Center in Guangzhou will be the regional Sales and Project Management office for GE Renewable Energy's Offshore Wind business. GE's offices in Nantes, France will remain the company's global offshore wind headquarter. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, offshoreWIND 12 July, 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

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


Heerema Contracts for Vineyard Wind Project Work (Ind. Report)
Heerema Marine Contractors, Vineyard Wind
Date: 2019-07-15
Leiden, the Netherlands-based offshore contractor Heerema Marine Contractors reports it has contracted to help construct the 800-MW Vineyard Wind project 14 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Vineyard Wins is first U.S. utility-scale offshore wind energy project and is expected to come online in 2021.

Under its contract, Heerema will transport and install 84 foundations consisting of monopiles and transition pieces and appurtenant ESP platforms near the island of Martha's Vineyard. The construction is slated for 2020. (Source: Heerema Marine Contractors, PR, Offshore Engineering, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Heerema, Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, CEO, www.hmc.heerema.com; Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, Erich Stephens, Chief Dev. Officer, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vineyard Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


GHGs Rising in Abu Dhabi, says EAD Report (Int'l. Report)
Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
Date: 2019-07-15
In UAE, a recently release report from the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) notes that greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) have risen 36.6 pct between 2010 and 2016, an average rise of more than 6 pct per year in Abu Dhabi over the past years.

The report notes that key greenhouse emissions resulting from human activities, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs), were driven by a surge in the demand for water and energy due to the emirate's rapid economic and population growth.

The report projected that sustainable development strategies in the emirate will help to achieve significant reduction in emission indicators by 2030. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is currently collaborating with the local authorities to develop a comprehensive inventory map of GHG sources and concentrations across the UAE with the aim of identifying emission hotspots and supporting mitigation actions. (Source: Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, MENAFN - Khaleej Times, 13 July, 2019) Contact: Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, Sheikha Al Hosani, Exec. Dr., Environment Quality Sector, +971 2 693 4444, www.ead.ae/SitePages/home.aspx

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


Universal Solar Tech Confirms Alt. Energy Strategy (Ind. Report)
Universal Solar Technology
Date: 2019-07-15
Houston-headquartered Universal Solar Technology reports it is partnering with Entrex Capital Markets and its Blockchain enabled trading platform and other associated partnerships in solar utility sectors.

To that end, the company's strategic plan for the second half of fiscal year 2019 includes: completion of the next round of funding for Entrex Carbon Markets and other partnerships; moving from strategic startup phase to functional operating phase by Q4 2019; recruiting the necessary executive leadership; take steps to develop first entry into Diversified Solar Utility; formalize investor relations efforts to stay in front of news cycles and improve accountability to shareholders; and target upgrading the stock from OTC Pink to OTC QB within the next 18 months. (Source: Universal Solar Technology Inc., PR, EIN, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Universal Solar Technology Inc., Paul D. Landrew, (832) -229-7046, www.universalsolartechnology.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal Solar Technology,  Solar,  


EBRD Financing Ukraine Dnepro-Bugsky Wind Farm (Int'l, Funding)
EBRD
Date: 2019-07-15
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), under its Ukrainian Sustainable Energy Lending Facility III (USELF III), is confirming a €250 million facility to partially finance construction of the 110-MW Dnepro-Bugsky Wind Power Station LLC wind farm in Oleksandrivka, Ukraine.

Dnepro-Bugsky Wind Power Station LLC is owned by Akuo Energy SAS (France), Saffelberg Investment NV (Belgium) and Aeolus Invest NV (Belgium). The 25-turbine Dnepro-Bugsky project is expected to come in at €188.64 million. Nordex is supplying the turbines. (Source: EBRD, Interfax-Ukraine, 13 July, 2019) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; Dnepro-Bugsky Wind Power Station LLC, www.dbwes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  Wind,  Ukraine Wind,  


USDA REAP Announces New Renewable Energy Funding (Funding)
Rural Energy for America Program
Date: 2019-07-15
The USDA Secretary for Rural Development, Joel Baxley, reports the agency's awarding of 58 grants for projects in 17 states to help reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency for small rural businesses, farmers and agricultural producers. The grants are being issued through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for which Congress appropriated $50 million in fiscal year 2019.

Under the present announcement, USDA is investing $1 million in renewable energy projects. The REAP grant funding can be used for energy audits and renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar, or for energy efficiency improvements to HVAC systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration, and others. (Source: USDA, Elko Daily Free Press, 11 July, 2019) Contact: USDA Rural Energy for America Program, www.rurdev.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rural Energy for America Program,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Bay of Funding Tidal Power Permits Issued in NS (Ind. Report)
Nova Scotia
Date: 2019-07-15
In Halifax, the government of Nova Scotia is reporting the issuance of two Bay of Fundy tidal power permits to Calgary, Alberta-based Jupiter Hydro. The province also uthorized a PPA that allows the company to sell the power it generates to Nova Scotia Power for 50 cents per kWh.

The first permit allows the company to test a 1-MW prototype that is not connected to the electricity grid. A second five-year permit for up to 2-MW is renewable if the company meets performance standards, environmental requirements and community engagement conditions. The Jupiter Hydro installation will be located near the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy in the Minas Passage and will use existing electricity grid connections.

The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia notes by 2040, the tidal energy industry could contribute up to $1.7 billion to Nova Scotia's gdp. Presently, more than half of the province's power is fossil fuel generated.

The company has developed a patented tidal and river technology it believes will prove to be the most cost effective marine energy conversion technology in the world, according to its website. The company's helical turbines have demonstrated consistent performance characteristics at high rates of efficiency under controlled testing. Development of the technology in tidal, river and other flows for commercial production are now an engineering and industrial design exercise, where the company is utilizing innovative combinations of traditional materials, commercial off the shelf components, the latest generation of lightweight highly efficient generators and new high-tech sustainable materials. After tests prove the functionality of the EB2X10.5 300 kW turbine unit, the company plans to build and deploy the same unit scaled up to produce 1 MW -- increasing to 2 MW, 3 MW and even 4 MW in a modular fashion, according to the company's website. (Source: Jupiter Hydro, GlobalNews, Cdn Press, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Jupiter Hydro, Ross Sinclaire, Co-CEO, (403) 888-6543, ross.sinclaire@gmail.com, www.jupiterhydro.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  Tidal Energy,  Nova Scotia Tidal ,  


S. Koreans Touting Coffee Waste Biofuels Process (New Prod & Tech)
Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials
Date: 2019-07-15
In Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea, the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials reports it has developed a way to use the coffee waste using a new technology to convert coffee grounds into biofuel.

The new Korean process uses a reactor that vaporizes coffee grounds by heating them at 500 degrees Celsius. The technology can convert 200 kilograms of coffee grounds into approximately 2.p tonnes of bio-fuel per hour, according to the release which also claims the technology is "mature enough" for immediate commercialization. (Source: Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Arirang News, 14 July, 2019) Contact: Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Cho Sung-min, +82 42-868-7114, www.kimm.re.kr/e_main

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coffee Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


San Mateo Reviewing Green Building, Efficiency Codes (Ind. Report)
San Mateo,Green Building
Date: 2019-07-15
In the Golden State, the city of San Mateo (pop. 105,000 +-) is considering new construction energy efficiency incentives to encourage new construction developers to electrify their buildings, install solar panels, expand EV charging capacity and other initiatives in an effort to increase energy efficiency, cur energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ordinances slated for review include two options for builders of new construction to reduce natural gas consumption within their developments. By either building an all-electric structure at the minimum efficiency required by the state's energy code or designing a mixed-fuel building using natural gas and electricity at a higher efficiency level, developers can meet the proposed reach code for electrification, according to a staff report.

For single-family and duplex projects, builders can either construct all-electric buildings or design a mixed-fuel building 15 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which officials estimate could save builders $5,300 in construction costs as compared to a mixed-fuel home. An all-electric design for homes is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 50 pct in most cases as compared to a mixed-fuel design, according to the report.

The proposed ordinance for office buildings would require builders to design an all-electric building or a mixed-fuel development 10 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which could involve using windows less prone to heat, natural sunlight and occupancy sensors. An all-electric office building designed to meet the 2019 state code is estimated to cost $57,300 less to construct compared to a comparable mixed-fuel building, according to the city council's report.

If adopted by the San Mateo city council and the California Energy Commission, the new codes will come into force Jan. 1, 2020. (Source: City of San Mateo, Daily Journal, July, 2019) Contact: City of San Mateo, Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst, www.cityofsanmateo.org/477/Building

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Notable Quote -- BEIS on Energy Efficiency, Climate Change
BEIS
Date: 2019-07-15
"We've always needed to get to net zero. The question has always been when, not if, We need an investment of £22/23 billion in business energy efficiency by 2030 to help deliver climate change. If we deliver that, we could wipe £6 billion off business energy costs in 2030.

"UK emissions have already fallen by 40 pct since 1990, while the economy has grown by over 70 pct. It will get better, and we]ve accepted the challenge to act on climate change. The government can help to make it easier and simpler for UK businesses to change for example, by making renewables and electric vehicles cheaper." -- Ben Golding, Dir., UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Contact: Ben Golding, Dir, DEIS, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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Schneider Electric Touting 'Rethink Energy' Initiative (Int'l.)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-07-15
In the UK, Telford-based Schneider Electric UK his reporting the launch of its 'Rethink Energy" initiative aimed at changing business, consumer and government attitudes to energy waste and help combat climate change.

A Schneider Electric commissioned study of 2,000 UK adults and over 600 UK businesses revealed that just 10 pct of consumers want to do more to curb their current energy use, while 74 pct believe they already do enough. 68 pct of business leaders reported their organizations wasted energy, particularly in the form of inefficient building and office space, while 43 pct of corporate CEOs said their organization had not implemented any measures aimed at tackling these inefficiencies in 2018.

The 'Rethink Energy' initiative is focused on: the role for energy in achieving a zero-carbon economy by 2050; £1 trillion price tag -- cost or opportunity; and what will drive change in the UK's demand for energy.

"HM Treasury recently suggested it could cost the UK around £1 trillion to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but it's not about cost, it's about huge savings. Sustainability is a cost that pays for itself and technology and innovation will be key to meeting the energy efficiency challenge," according Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland (Source: Schneider Electric UK, PR, voltimum, 13 July, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric Ltd UK, +44 0870 608 8608, gb-customerservices@gb.schneider-electric.com , www.schneider-electric.co.uk/en

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Wastewater Plant Scores $941,000 Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2019-07-15
In Idaho, the City of Jerome (pop. 11,600} has been recognized by $931,400 in incentives from Idaho Power for its commitment to energy efficiency through upgrades to the city's wastewater treatment plant.

In 2014, Jerome joined Idaho Power's wastewater energy efficiency cohort which aims to bring together city employees to reduce energy use through a series of innovative workshops using no- and low-cost energy-saving techniques and organizational strategies.

The recently completed wastewater treatment plant upgrades includes: new clarifiers; a new aeration basin; new energy efficient anaerobic digesters; energy-efficient turbo blowers with controls; LED lighting and efficient HVAC units. The energy efficiency measures are expected to save the plant more than 5,193,000 kWh per year. ( Source: Idaho Power, MagicValley.com, Jerome News, 14 July, 2019) Contact: City of Jerome, Wastwater Dept., : 208-324-7122, www.ci.jerome.id.us/201/Wastewater-Department

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Increased Efficiency with Economic Growth Predicted (Ind. Report)
RwC
Date: 2019-07-12
A new report from international accountancy and consulting giant PriceWatershouse Coopers (PwC) predicts that energy efficiency should continue to grow in the build up to 2040 even as the global economy grows. The trend is the result of technological progress and structural change as many economies have moved away from manufacturing and towards services, which by its nature is more energy efficient, according to PwC.

The PwC report notes the UK is among the economies with the most improvement since 1990, while the greatest strides have been seen in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Download the report HERE. (Source: PwC, Energy Voice, 11 July, 2019) Contact: PwC UK, Mike Jakeman, Snr. Economist, www.pwc.com

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Keeling Curve Prizes for CO2 Reduction Tech Awarded (Ind. Report)
New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund
Date: 2019-07-12
The Keeling Curve Prize is reporting two San Francisco Bay Area organizations -- Opus 12, based in Berkeley, and the Oakland-based New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund (NEX/CalCEF) -- have been awarded $25,000 apiece for developing promising global warming solutions.

The Keeling Curve Prize recognizes ideas in the areas of Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), Energy Access, Transportation, Finance, and Social & Cultural Impacts, that either effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon uptake, according to a June 28 Keeling Curve Prize press release.

The Opus 12 team was one of the Carbon Capture & Utilization winners, and the NEX/CalCEF team was one of the Finance winners. The Opus 12 award-winning device takes CO2 and water and produces high-value chemicals and fuels that are conventionally made with petroleum. The technology diminishes emissions and produces the "critical products that are the building blocks of modern civilization." The process can generate 16 different products, including ethylene, a precursor for most plastics, methane and syngas, according to the Opus 12 website.

The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website.

The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website. (Source: Keeling Curve Prize, PR, Daily Californian, 11 July, 2019) Contact: New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund, hello@newenergynexus.com,www.newenergynexus.com; Keeling Curve Prize, Jacquelyn Francis, Dir., director@kcurveprize.org, www.kcurveprize.org; Opus 12, www.opus-12.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCU,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Climate Change,  


Green Biologics Shuttering Minn. Biobutanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Green Biologics
Date: 2019-07-12
UK-headquartered biochemicals producer Green Biologics reports it is shuttering its Little Falls, Minnesota plant due to cash flow problems. The modified Little Falls ethanol plant produces acetone and 1-butanol via fermentation. Approximately 50 employees will be affected by the shutdown, the company said.

The company raised roughly $100 million from investors in 2015. (Source: Green Biologics, Chemical & Engineering News, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Green Biologics, 320-632-1614, www. greenbiologics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Biologics news,  Biobutanol news,  Biofuel news,  


Methane Emission Cuts Could Trigger Climate Cooling, Oxford Prof. Suggests (Int'l. Report)
University of Oxford,
Date: 2019-07-12
In the UK, according to Myles Allen, a professor of Climate Dynamics at the University of Oxford, farming can become completely "climate neutral" if agricultural methane emissions are reduced by just 20 pct over the next 30 years.

Prof. Allen claims UK farmers have been cutting methane emissions by 10 pct every 30 years, through measures such as better slurry storage and application, and didn't need to reach the Government's net-zero by 2050 target to stop, or actually reverse, warming caused by agriculture. This is because when methane is released into the atmosphere, it has a much stronger warming impact than the same amount of CO2, but unlike CO2 or nitrous oxide, which have a constant warming effect even when emissions fall to zero, cutting the amount of methane -- which is far more potent the CO2 -- emitted will actually cause global cooling, Prof. Allen suggests.

Prof Allen contends that cutting agricultural methane emissions to zero over the next 35 years would cause global cooling, taking the industry's contribution to global warming back to the level it was in the 1960s. (Source: University of Oxford, Farmers Guardian, 11 July, 2019) Contact: University of Oxford, Prof. Myles Allen, +44 (0)1865 275895. myles.allen@ouce.ox.ac.uk, www.eci.ox.ac.uk/people/mallen.html

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