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Brookfield Considering Suzlon Energy Acquisition (M&A, Int'l.)
Brookfield Asset Management,Suzlon Energy
Date: 2019-07-12
Bloomberg is reporting Toronto-based investment firm Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is considering and undertaking due diligence for the acquisition of a majority stake in Hyderabad, India-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy Ltd.

To that end, Brookfield is reportedly in discussions with Suzlon's creditors and may purchase new shares issued by the company, followed by purchasing stocks from the existing holders under an open offer. (Source: Brookfield, Bloomberg, liveMint, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491, www.brookfield.com; Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon Energy,  Wind,  Brookfield Asset Management,  


TRCA Touts New Energy Efficient HQ Building (Ind. Report)
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Date: 2019-07-12
In Ontario, Canada, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority which manages the city of Toronto's watershed and ravine system in an effort to ensure that the ongoing effects flooding and water pollution and climate change are mitigated, is reporting the ground breaking for a new, energy efficient "state of the art" headquarters building.

The building will be an eco-friendly structure with the highest "green" certifications and low-carbon footprint. The building is aiming for Canada Green Building Council )CaGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification as well as WELL Building certification. (Source: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Downsview Advocate, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, 416-661-6600, info@trca.on.ca, www.trca.ca; Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org; International WELL Building Institute, 646.883.5001, 646.607.1058, info@wellcertified.com, www.wellcertified.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  LEED,  Well Building,  


CCS Market Analysis, Trends, Top Manufacturers, Share, Growth, Statistics,Opportunities & Forecast to 2024 (Ind. Report Available)
Carbon Capture and Storage
Date: 2019-07-12
The Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market is projected to grow at moderate CAGR during the period 2018-2024, according to this research report which provides granular analysis of market share and market dynamics, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market.

Review report details HERE.

Request a sample Report HERE. (Source: Market Study Report, PR, July, 2019) Contact: Market Study Report LLC, (302) 273-0910, sales@marketstudyreport.com, www.marketstudyreport.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture and Storage,  CCS,  


Montpelier Drafting Energy Efficiency, Consumption Disclosure Rules (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-07-12
In Montpelier, the mayor of Vermont's capital city and the City Council report they are creating mandatory residential building energy efficiency standards that homes and apartments will have to meet before they can be listed for sale or rent.

Under the city's proposed standard, real estate agents and landlords will be required to inform potential purchasers and renters how the property they're interested in compares with other similar properties in terms of energy consumption and energy related operating costs. (Source: City of Montpelier, mychamplainvalley.com, 10 July, 2019)

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


NREL Wind-Wildlife Mitigation Efforts Funded (Ind. Report)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: 2019-07-12
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports it is one of nine organizations to receive US DOE funding to explore and develop technologies to reduce the environmental impacts of wind energy.

NREL will investigate and improve the effectiveness of ultrasonic acoustic deterrents that emit frequencies perceptible to bats to discourage them from approaching wind turbines.

Other technological innovations include thermal imaging cameras and specially developed radar technologies that detect and deter bats and other wildlife from approaching wind-turbine blades.

Identifying the best wind-wildlife mitigation technologies will enable more efficient and cost-effective wind energy projects. (Source: NREL,WindPower, 10 July, 2019) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Renewable Energy Laboratory,  Wind,  


GE Supplying Turbines to 220 MW Polish Wind Project (Int'l Report)
GE Renewable Energy ,EBRD
Date: 2019-07-12
GE Renewable Energy reports it will supply 81 onshore wind turbines along with a five-year service agreement to power the 220 MW Potegowo Wind Project in Northern Poland. This is the first project between GE Renewable Energy and Potegowo Mashav Sp Z OO. With a current installed base of 580 MW in Poland, GE Renewable Energy will increase its installed base to 800 MW in the country, once the project is commissioned.

The 81 turbines for the Polish project will be manufactured at GE Renewable Energy's facility in Salzbergen, Germany. GE will also provide a five-year Full Service Agreement (FSA) offering data-driven insights, expert recommendations, and advanced field services.

The Polish project, which is supported by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), is expected to help save 480,000 tpy of carbon dioxide. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, reve, 11 July, 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy , Peter Wells, Onshore Wind CEO for Europe and SSA, www.ge.com/renewableenergy; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; Potegowo Mashav, Mashav Energia, office@mashavenergia.com, www.mashavenergia.com

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


Vattenfall Scores Dutch Offshore Wind Tender (Int'l Report)
Netherlands Enterprise Agency ,Vattenfall
Date: 2019-07-12
At The Hague, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency reports it has awarded Vattenfall a tender to construct and operate the Hollandse Kust 3 & 4 offshore wind farms in the Dutch North Sea.

Hollandse Kust 3 & 4 are 350 MW each and will start operating in 2023. They are the latest in a series of 700 MW annual offshore wind power auctions in the Netherlands. (Source: Netherlands Enterprise Agency, PR, reve, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Netherlands Enterprise Agency, +31 70 379 80 00, www.english.rvo.nl; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, www.corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  


Notable Quote -- Obama Clean Power Plan v.s. Trump Affordable Clean Energy Plan
Obama Clean Power Plan
Date: 2019-07-12
"You can see just with that comparison (with the Obama Clean Energy Plan) that the Trump (Affordable Clean Energy) plan is actually designed to do almost nothing to deal with carbon pollution from the electric power sector.

"It's very interesting that a rule that purports to be trying to reduce pollution -- by their own projection -- might increase it. There is a part of the proposal that would allow coal plants to update, allowing them to run longer without putting any pollution controls on. That's kind of a life extension project for coal plants.

"So a policy that says that it's supposed to be reducing pollution actually increases it under certain projections. And I think a court might have a hard time with that and say how could this be defended as a rational plan." -- Jody Freeman, Former Obama White House Counselor for Energy and Climate Change; founder of the Harvard University Environment and Energy Law Program (Source: NPR News, 12 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plam news,  Trump Afordable Clean Energy Plan news,  


Yorkshire UK Biomethane Plant Set for Startup (Int'l Report)
Energy Assets Utilities
Date: 2019-07-12
In the UK, Energy Assets Utilities (EAU) is reporting an unnamed biomethane plant near Pontefract in West Yorkshire is set to begin production and to meet the energy needs of around 6,000 homes, thanks to a 3km directionally drilled pipeline installed by EAU. The plant is due to come on stream in October.

The plant's four, 6,800 cubic-meter capacity digester tanks will create methane from chicken litter, food waste and other organic matter produced by local farms. The gas will be purified and fed into the national grid. The gas will also power the site's combined heat and power (CHP) unit, while the digester waste will be turned into fertiliser. (Source: Energy Assets Utilities, Bioenergy Insight, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Assets Utilities, +44 0 1254 819 600, www.energyassets.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  


Canfor Temporarily Curtailing BC Pulp Production (Ind. Report)
Canfor Pulp Products
Date: 2019-07-12
In British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver-based Canfor Pulp Products reports it will be implementing "phased summer curtailments" in July and August at its Intercontinental and Northwood (NBSK) pulp mills in Prince George, British Columbia (BC) -- due to a significant deterioration in market conditions, fibre supply constraints and higher fibre costs resulting from recent sawmill curtailments across the BC industry.

The curtailments will reduce Canfor Pulp's production output by approximately 75,000 tonnes of NBSK pulp. The Company intends to resume full production in September. (Source: Canfor Pulp Products, PR, 5 July, 2019) Contact: Canfor Pulp Products, (604) 661-5241, info@canfor.com, www.canfor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canfor Pulp Products,  


Sunworks, Bright Power Announce Calif. Residential Rooftop Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Sunworks,Bright Power
Date: 2019-07-12
Roseville, California-based solar power specialist Sunworks, Inc. reports receipt of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Bright Power to develop a 567 kilowatt roof-top solar PV project for a Northern California residential complex.

Bright Power, which specializes in multifamily apartment buildings, works with building owners to increase their net operating income through energy and water savings while decreasing negative impact on the environment. The project is slated for completion in Q4, 2020. (Source: Sunworks, PR, Yahoo, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Bright Power Inc., 212.803.5868, 415.914.7171, www.brightpower.com, Sunworks, Chuck Cargile, CEO, (866) 600-6800, www.sunworksusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  Sunworks,  Solar,  Bright Power,  


ECP Snares Energy Storage Specialist Convergent (M&A)
Energy Capital Partners,Convergent
Date: 2019-07-12
Private equity firm Energy Capital Partners (ECP) and energy storage development business Convergent Energy + Power are reporting ECP's acquisition of New York-based Convergent.

Convergent develops, owns and operates large-scale energy storage for industrial customers and utilities. The company self-fund its projects, raising $70 million to do so. Convergent also took the title for largest commercial and industrial storage project, with a 10-megawatt/20-megawatt-hour system in Ontario, Canada.

ECP acquired Convergent as part of its Fund IV. The company has been investing in a range of energy companies, including gas generator Calpine and residential solar company Sunnova. Financial details of the acquisition have not been revealed. (Source: Energy Capital Partners , Website, 10 July, 2019) (Contact: Energy Capital Partners, Andrew Gilbert, info@ecpartners.com, www.ecpartners.com; Convergent, Johannes Rittershausen, (917) 508-0190, jrittershausen@convergentep.com, www.convergentep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Capital Partners,  Convergent,  Energy Storage,  


SD PUC OKs 300 MW South Dakota Wind Project (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-07-12
On Tuesday in the state capitol city of Pierre, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SD PUC) reports the approval of a permit with conditions for construction of the Crowned Ridge Wind Farmin the northeastern part of the state. The proposed $400 million wind farm will incorporate up to 130 wind turbines and generate as much as 300 MW of power which will be purchased by Northern States Power Co., dba Xcel Energy. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. (Source: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Brookings Register, AP, 10 July, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201, www.puc.sd.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Chinese Carbon Markets Trading Hits 337Mn Tonnes by June (Int'l)
China Carbon Market
Date: 2019-07-12
In Beijing, China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment reporting China's carbon emissions allowances trading reached 337 million tonnes at the country's nine carbon markets with a turnover of 7.3 billion yuan ($1.06 billion) by the end of June.

In June alone, the trading at nine carbon markets across the country were up 81.3 pct and 38.3 percent month on month, respectively, Xinhua said. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Xinhua, 11 July, 2019) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  China Cap-and-Trade,  


Cielo Opens First Alberta Waste-to-Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2019-07-12
Red Deer, Alberta-based Cielo Waste Solutions is reporting the opening of its first Alberta biorefinery in the community of Aldersyde, Southern Alberta, where it will turn locally-sourced landfill household waste into renewable diesel transportation fuel. The company plans to open four additional refineries in the municipalities of Brooks, Calgary, Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat, sometime in 2020.

According to Cielo, their technology creates "high-grade, low-cost renewable diesel fuel" that differs from other traditional biofuels that come from food sources. Cielo also claims its product can be blended and sold on the Alberta government's mandated renewable diesel market. It also produces virtually no emissions, the company says. (Source: Cielo, GlobalNews, 11 July, 2019)Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions,  Biofuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Landfill Waste,  


Scottish Scheme Helps Household with Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Home Energy Scotland
Date: 2019-07-12
Since its launch nearly four years ago the Scottish Government's flagship residential energy efficiency Warmer Homes Scotland scheme has helped 15,000 qualifying householders with an average grant of £4,000 for home energy saving improvements such as central heating, boilers, renewables systems and insulation measures.

Home Energy Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Energy Saving Trust, with a mission to help people in Scotland create warmer homes, reduce their bills and help tackle climate change. (Source: Energy Savings Trust, Stornoway Gazette, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Home Energy Scotland, Alison Craig, +44 0 808 808 2282, www.homeenergyscotland.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Sudbury Considering Green Building Incentives (Ind. Report)
City of Sudbury
Date: 2019-07-10
The Northern Ontario city of Sudbury Council is reported to be considering a motion that if passed would direct city staff to "produce a report in the third quarter of 2019 describing steps required to introduce incentives, such as rebates equivalent to a portion of development charges paid, for green development (energy efficiency) initiatives for multi-residential and non-residential buildings."

The city of 165,000 +- residents recently announced it was reducing by one-half several development charges for select multi-unit residential buildings. Council also voted to incentivize the construction of energy efficient homes of less than 1,000 square feet. The city said "It is hoped that developers will incorporate green building technologies into new builds in order to reduce future CO2 emissions." (Source: City of Sudbury, Sudbury Star 8 July, 2019) Contact: City of Sudbury, 705-671-2489, www.greatersudbury.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Tennessee's "Outdated" Energy Standards Questioned (Ind. Report)
Southern Environmental Law Center
Date: 2019-07-10
The Charlottesville, Virginia-headquartered Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is reportedly questioning proposed building codes issued by the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office which the SELC says fail to help residents with high energy bills.

Based on an early draft shared with stakeholders, SELC contends "the Fire Marshal's Office appears poised to propose adoption of largely adopt outdated residential energy efficiency standards, despite obvious advances in building technology." SELC also contends the Fire Marshal's Office fails to address "appropriate standards" as outlined in the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009. The SELC says by maintaining the status quo, the Fire Marshal's office would "discriminate against techniques and materials that further energy efficiency."

Tennessee has the 12th highest residential average of energy consumption in the nation, with an average monthly bill of $123.30, according to the SELC. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center Contact: Southern Environmental Law Center , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Code,  Energy Efficiency,  


New York's "Green New Deal" Awaits Cuomo's Signature (Reg & Leg)
Clean New Deal,Cuomo
Date: 2019-07-10
In Albany, the New York State legislature is reporting the passage of SB 6599/AB 8429, the Climate Leadership And Community Protection Act (CCPA) requiring the Empire State to source 100 pct carbon-free electricity by the year 2040 and reach net-zero carbon emissions across the state's entire economy by 2050.

Under the CCPA, electric utilities will be forced to purchase around 9,000-megawatts of clean energy by 2035. The capital development and construction work related to converting the existing capacity to wind, solar and other clean and renewable sources will fall under the regulatory purview of the act which will make it illegal for hydroelectric power to receive subsidies because wind and energy will not be able to compete if long-term savings and reliability are taken into account..

"The [bill] will virtually eliminate New York's greenhouse gasses, foster renewable energy production, create green jobs, invest in lower-income communities, and protect our planet," according to the bill's sponsor and chair of the NY Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D). Both chambers of the state Legislature passed CCPA and it now awaits the expected signature of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Source: Various Media, Post Journal, 7 July, 2019) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Clean New Deal,  Renewable Energy,  Cuomo,  


Mangrove "Blue Carbon" Sequestration Endangered (Int'l Report)
Methane,Climate Change
Date: 2019-07-10
In the Land Down Under, researchers from Southern Cross University are reporting their research has revealed that dead mangrove trees released us much as 8 times more of the potent greenhouse gas methane than living mangrove trees. The research was brought about by a recent catastrophic climate-induced coastal mangrove die-back in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The findings, published in the international journal New Phytologist, have implications for scientific understanding of how mangrove systems sequester "blue carbon" -- CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere and locked up in coastal wetlands such as mangroves. (Source: Southern Cross University, mycg.com.au, 7 July, 2019)Contact: Southern Cross University, Luke Jeffrey, Phd. Candidate, +61 1800 626 481, www.scu.edu.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Mangrove,  Climate Change,  Methane,  


DOE Releases Better Buildings Progress Report (Ind. Report)
US DOE,
Date: 2019-07-10
Today, Energy Secretary Rick Perry kicked off the Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit by recognizing more than 20 Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners and allies who achieved their energy, water, or financial goals for 2019 and five who have recently set new Challenge goals after meeting their initial goals. These goal achievers are part of the hundreds of organizations that work with the U.S. DOE in the Better Buildings Initiative and are featured in the annual Better Buildings Progress Report.. The Secretary also announced the launch of the Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot.

In 2018, Better Buildings Initiative partners and allies saved 1.38 quadrillion BTUs and $8.4 billion in total energy costs. These organizations are leading the U.S. in energy efficiency by adopting emerging technologies, advancing the American workforce, and sharing their innovative approaches to energy and water efficiency.

The Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot was launched to address the 2.7 billion tons of industrial solid waste and more than 260 million tons of municipal solid waste the U.S. generates annually. By reducing waste, organizations also save energy. Manufacturers, companies, schools, and governments across the country can strengthen their competitiveness and sustainability by setting and realizing robust waste reduction goals. DOE will work with organizations who have signed up for the pilot to determine the appropriate metrics, goals and opportunities for different sectors.

Through the Better Buildings Initiative, DOE aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20 pct more energy efficient over the next decade. Greater energy efficiency saves billions of dollars, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and creates U.S. jobs.

Download the Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 10 July, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Solution Center., betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Better Buildings Challenge,  


BP, Bunge Considering Brazilian Ethanol JV (Int'l Report)
Bunge,BP
Date: 2019-07-10
Bloomberg is reporting UK oil giant BP and White Plains, NY-based agribusiness major and ethanol producer Bunge Ltd. are in preliminary discussions on a possible sugar and ethanol joint venture in Brazil -- a major sugar and ethanol producing country.

BP has been producing ethanol in Brazil since 2008 with three mills . Bunge has eight mills with capacity to process 22 million tons. (Source: Bloomberg, 19 July, 2019) Contact: Bunge Ltd, (914) 684-2800, www.bunge.com

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


State Dept. Awards Green Bldg Systems Support Contract (Ind. Report)
Jacobs Engineering,USGBC
Date: 2019-07-10
Dallas-headquartered Jacobs Engineering reports it has been awarded a four-year, $25 million contract to provide commissioning services to the Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OSO).

Under the contract, Jacobs will offer engineering expertise to help OBO understand building system requirements, address issues and observe energy efficiency. Work will also support the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program that provides standards for environmentally-friendly buildings.(Source: Jacobs Engineering, ExecutiveBiz, July, 2019) Contact: Jacobs Engineering, Steven J. Demetriou, CEO, Pankaj Duggal,, Snr. VP, GM Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities, 214.638.0145, www.jacobs.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Canadian Climate Risks, Adaptations Identified (Ind. Report)
Council of Canadian Academies
Date: 2019-07-10
At the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's request, an expert panel convened by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has identified and prioritized Canada's top climate change risks and determined that many costs and damages could be avoided with prompt and thoughtful adaptation.

The panel's report identifies the following areas of risk: agriculture and food, coastal communities, ecosystems, fisheries, forestry, geopolitical dynamics, governance and capacity, human health and wellness, Indigenous ways of life, northern communities, physical infrastructure, and water. The report outlines a multi-layered method of prioritizing adaptation measures based on an understanding of the risk, adaptation potential, and federal roles and responsibilities.

Download the report HERE. (Source: Council of Canadian Academies, Eric M. Meslin, PhD, CEO, Tijs Creutzberg 613-567-5000 ext. 232, tijs.creutzberg@cca-reports.ca, info@cca-reports.ca, www.scienceadvice.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


EMPA Sets Flexible CIGS Solar Cell Efficiency Record (Int'l)
Empa Laboratory
Date: 2019-07-10
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) researchers report they have broken their own record and achieved a flexible CIGS solar cell efficiency of 20.8 pct -- 0.4 pct higher than the previous mark. The technology of choice is copper indium gallium diselenide (Cu(In,Ga)Se2) or CIGS, which enables the manufacture of flexible, lightweight solar cells on polymer films.

Flexible CIGS solar modules are already commercially available, in particular from the EMPA spin-off Flisom AG in Niederhasli, Switzerland, which was co-founded by Dr. Ayodhya Tiwari. (Source: EMPA Laboratory, ChemEurope, 9 July, 2019) Contact: Empa Laboratory, Romain Carron, Head of CIGS Research, Dr. Ayodhya Tiwari, +41 58 765 11 11, Fax +41 58 765 11 22, ayodhya.tiwari@empa.ch, www.empa.ch; Filsom AG, +41 (0)44 824 3000, sales@filsom.ch, www.filsom.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Filsom,  Solar Cell,  Thin-Film Solar,  


Attis Industries Joins the Advanced Biofuels Assoc. (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries, Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2019-07-10
Milton, Georgia-headquartered Attis Industries Inc., a diversified innovation and technology holding company with a corn ethanol production asset in Fulton, NY, reports it joined the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA).

The ABFA supports and advocates for public policies that are technology neutral, utilize sustainable feedstocks, and offer subsidy parity to ensure all viable advanced biofuels can compete with the benefit of a level playing field. The ABFA engages government at all levels to secure support for the advanced biofuels industry, allowing its member companies to commercialize their technologies and bring products to market that are competitive and compatible with petroleum-based fuels and byproducts. (Source: Attis Industries, PR, Globe Newswire, 10 July, 2019) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries news,  Ethanol news,  Advanced Biofuels Association news,  


Neb. Gov., Ethanol Board Slam EPA's RFS RVO Proposal (Ind Report)
Nebraska Ethanol Board
Date: 2019-07-10
The Nebraska Ethanol Board and the Cornhusker States Governor Peter Ricketts (R) have expressed their disappointment with the US EPA's recently proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2020 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

"While Nebraska appreciates the EPA's timely release of renewable volume obligations, this proposal does not reflect the agency's legal duty to enforce a robust RFS or the president's commitment to our farmers," Governor Ricketts said while urging the EPA to "reallocate waived gallons and ensure that the agency is giving our farmers and ethanol producers the predictability they need, especially during tough times for agriculture."

Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Roger Berry said the "Nebraska Ethanol Board is "extremely disappointed in the proposed Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) numbers released by the EPA. The fact that EPA did not account for any of the lost gallons due to Small Refiner Exemptions directly undermines demand for the quality fuel produced by our hard-working farmers and the 1,400 Nebraskans employed in the ethanol industry."

Nebraska is the second-largest ethanol producer in the U.S. with over 2 billion gallons production capacity from 25 ethanol plants processing over 700 million bpy of corn for a $5 billion per year economic impact in the state. (Source: Nebraska Ethanol Board, The Independent, 9July, 2019) Contact: Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts, www.governor.nebraska.gov; Nebraska Ethanol Board, Roger Berry, Administrator, (402) 471-2941, www.ne-ethanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  RVO,  Nebraska Ethanol Board ,  


Solarize Chicagoland Group Solar Program Launched (Ind. Report)
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Date: 2019-07-10
In the Land of Lincoln, Cook County eports it is partnering with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and the Citizens Utility Board to make solar energy more accessible and affordable for Chicago-area residents.

To that end, the partnership is coordinating on Solarize Chicagoland, a group "volume" purchasing program for residents in Cook, DuPage, Kane and Will counties. The program can significantly reduce the upfront costs of installing solar on homes. (Source: Midwest Renewable Energy Assoc., Daily Herald, July, 2019) Contact: Solarize Chicagoland, www.solarizechicagoland.com; Citizens Utility Board, Christina Uzzo, (312) 292-5871, cuzzo@CitizensUtilityBoard.org, www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org; Midwest Renewable Energy Assoc., (414) 988-7963, www.midwestrenew.org

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


FTSE Russell Launches New Climate Risk Gov. Bond Index (Int'l)
FTSE Russell
Date: 2019-07-10
London-headquartered global index provider FTSE Russell reports the launch of the FTSE Climate Risk-Adjusted World Government Bond Index (Climate WGBI) enabling investors to consider a quantitative measure of climate risk to sovereign debt for the first time, according to the release.

Derived from the firm's World Government Bond Index, the Climate WGBI will be available to investors as both a portfolio performance measurement tool and the basis of an investment portfolio.

FTSE Russell said the new index followed the same rebalancing mechanics of the standard index with respect to universe membership, but would tilt the market value weights of the standard index according to a country's climate scores, which are assessed according to that country's scores across three core climate risks -- transition risk, physical risk, and preparedeness and resilience to cope with climate change. Countries better prepared for the risks of climate change receive higher exposures, while those more threatened by the risks receive lower exposures. (Source: FTSE Russell, Financial Standard, 9 July, 2019) Contact: FTSE Russell, Mark Makepeace, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7866 1810, (866) 551-0617 - NYC, www.ftserussell.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Risk,  


Canadian PC Leader Vows to Scrap Clean Fuel Standard (Ind. Report)
Clean Fuel,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2019-07-10
The CBC is reporting Progressive Conservative (PC) Party Leader and Prime Ministerial hopeful Andrew Scheer says a government led by him would scrap a "secret fuel tax" -- a plan by the sitting Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to improve fuel standards and cut emissions through regulatory changes that have not yet been finalized.

In addition to the existing carbon tax regime, the Liberal government aims to make the heating and transportation fuel supply cleaner to reduce carbon emissions and help Canada meet targets set under the Paris Climate Agreement.

According to a government backgrounder, fossil fuel suppliers will be able to meet the performance standard by "taking action themselves" to make fuels cleaner -- through improvements to the refining process, for example, or by purchasing credits from low-carbon-intensity fuel producers and other credit generators. (Source: CBC News, Various Media, 8 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Clean Fuel Standard,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Clean Fuel,  


LA Touts Sustainability pLAn 2019 Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
LosAngeles
Date: 2019-07-10
In the Golden State, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is touting his Sustainability pLAn 2019, a "Green New Deal" to help the city of approximately 4 million residents deal with climate change.

The Los Angeles Green New Deal is intended to: reduce by 50 pct the number of census tracks lacking equity and environmental parity; create a $100,000,000 Transformative Climate Communities program; include an "Equity and Environmental Justice Impact Statement" in official City reports; and analyze the LADWP budget for environmental equity metrics. The program calls for both mitigation and/or adaptation measures to climate change impacts and will be folded into all other area climate emergency plans covering: energy and climate; climate change preparedness; green buildings; transportation; air Quality; environmental justice; urban greening; green economy; and others.

Additionally, Los Angeles City Council is creating a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization that will in turn will create a Climate Emergency Commission, hire a director for the new Climate Emergency Mobilization Office, and draft a Climate Emergency Declaration.

Download the Sustainability pLAn 2019 HERE. (Source: City of Los Angeles, City Watch, July, 2019)

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Sonoma Clean Power Offers Energy Efficient Equipment (Ind Report)
Sonoma Clean Power
Date: 2019-07-10
In the Golden State, the not-for-profit energy aggregator Sonoma Clean Power reports it is partnering with the California Energy Commission to free energy-saving equipment to commercial businesses and residential customers in exchange for data collection. Customers pay for installation costs, but the energy company will pay for such equipment as lighting, cooling and ventilation, water heating and more, according to SCP.

The data collected will provide insight into best practices for manufacturers and installers and to educate consumers on how upgrades can reduce utility bills.

In the commercial sector there is opportunity for three businesses to receive upgraded lighting; 10 businesses to receive new insulation; and two food service businesses to receive induction cooktops. SCP also has a loan program for residents to try out induction cooktops which the company believes are more energy efficient than standard appliances. For residential customers the company will accept 10 homes to receive cooling and ventilation; 10 homes for air sealing; and 10 homes for grid-integrated water heaters. (Source: Sonoma Clean Power, Index Tribune, 8 July, 2019)Contact: Sonoma Clean Power, (855) 202-2139, www.SonomaCleanPower.org

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$330Bn Indian Renewable Energy Investment Expected by 2030 (Int'l)
Mercom
Date: 2019-07-10
According to Mercom's Economic Survey 2018-19, India ranks fourth in terms of installed wind capacity globally and fifth in terms of installed solar capacity.

The Mercom survey notes that the share of renewable energy is progressively increasing in the Indian electricity mix and that the additional investments in renewable projects up to 2022 (excluding transmission) will be about $80 billion at today's prices and an investment of around $250 billion will be required for the period 2023-2030. ON an annualized basis, a $30 billion investment in renewable energy is expected over the next decade.

According to the survey, the cumulative renewable power installed capacity (excluding hydro of above 25 MW) has more than doubled from 35 GW on March 31, 2014, to 78 GW on March 31, 2019. The target is to achieve an installed capacity of renewable-based power of 175 GW by the year 2022. The share of renewables (excluding hydro above 25 MW) in the total generation was around 10 pct in 2018-19 compared to about 6 pct in FY 2014-15, the survey notes. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, July, 2019) Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, www.mercomcapital.com

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Seajacks Scores Formosa 2 Turbine Installation Contract
Seajacks International,Siemen Gamesa,Swancor Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-10
Following up on our May 4th coverage, Great Yarmouth, U.K.-based offshore installation contractor Seajacks UK Ltd reports receipt of a conditional contract from Siemens Gamesa for the transport and installation of wind turbines at the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm being developed by Macquarie Capital and Taiwan-based Swancor Renewable Energy, off the coast of Taiwan.

The 376MW Formosa 2 project will incorporate 47 SG 8.0 - 167 Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines. The contract is subject to Siemens Gamesa receiving the firm order from consortium partners Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable Energy. Installation is slated for the summer of 2021. (Source: Seajacks, offshorewind.biz, 9 July, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; Seajacks UK Ltd., +44 1492 841400, www.seajacks.com

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VERBIO Completes Atlantic Biodiesel Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Verbio,Atlantic Biodiesel
Date: 2019-07-10
Further to out May 3rd coverage, Leipzig, Germany's Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie Group subsidiary VERBIO Diesel Canada reports it has completed its previously announced purchase of Dain City, Ontario-based Atlantic Biodiesel.

The biodiesel plant has an annual capacity of approximately 150,000 tonnes of biodiesel and 18,000 tpy of raw glycerine. Operations are expected to resume in August 2019. With the purchase, VERBIO has increased its total biodiesel production capacity to approximately 620,000 tpy. (Source: VERBIO, Biofuel Int'l, 9 July, 2019) Contact: Atlantic Biodiesel, (888) 339-3132, www.atlanticbiodiesel.com; VERBIO, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en

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Taiwanese Offshore Wind Farm Secures €2.7Bn Financing (Int'l)
Sojitz Corp
Date: 2019-07-10
In Taiwan, the largest offshore wind farm in Asia-Pacific is reported to have reached financial closure on €2.7 billion.

The 80 Siemens Gamesa turbine, 640 MW Yunlin Offshore Wind project project located eight kilometers off the coast of Yunlin County in western Taiwan, is being developed by Bremen, Germany-based WPD AG in two phases, with the first phase scheduled to be commissioned by 2020 and the second phase in 2021. WPD AG will own 73 pct of the project and the remaining 27 pct will be held by a Tokyo-based Sojitz Corp.-led consortium. (Source: Asia & Pacific Legal Chronicle. Other Media, July 9, 2019) Contact: Sojitz Corp., www.sojitz.com/en; WPD AG, +49-421-168-6610, + 49-421-168-6666 – fax, www.wpd.de

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Longroad Nails 243 MW Texas Wind Farm Financing (Ind. Report)
Longroad Energy
Date: 2019-07-10
Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy is reporting the financial close and construction startup of its $335 million El Campo wind farm in Knox County, Texas. The Danish pension funds PKA and PenSam, represented by their investment manager AIP, have invested in the project which is expected to achieve commercial operation by July of 2020, Longroad Energy's affiliate, Longroad Energy Services, will provide construction management, asset management, operations and maintenance, and remote monitoring services to the project over a 20-year term.

Longroad Energy Holdings, LLC owns 684 MW of operational wind and solar projects across the U.S. Its services affiliate, Longroad Energy Services, operates and manages 1.49 GW comprised of these projects in addition to 805 MW of wind and solar projects on behalf of third parties. Longroad is owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Infratil Limited, and Longroad's management team. (Source: Longroad Energy, PR, Contact: Longroad Energy, Paul Gaynor, CEO, www.longroadenergy.com; linkedin.com/company/longroad-energy-partners

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FIMER SpA Acquring ABB's Solar Inverter Business (M&A)
ABB,FIMER SpA
Date: 2019-07-10
Zurich-headquartered ABB and Italy's FIMER S.p.A are reporting an agreement that will see FIMER acquire ABB's solar inverter business. The transaction is expected to close in Q1, 2020, subject to certain conditions.

ABB's solar inverter business has approximately 800 employees in more than 30 countries, with manufacturing and R&D facilities in Italy, India and Finland. The business offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, systems, and services for various types of solar installations. (Source: ABB, PR, BusinessWire, Contact: ABB, Tarak Mehta, President ABB Electrification Business, www.abb.com; FIMER, www.fimer.com

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Ameren Missouri Plans $1Bn Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2019-07-08
In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, reports it has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to decrease electric rates as part of the company's $5.3 billion Smart Energy Plan.

The Smart Energy Plan, which includes $1 billion investment in wind energy as well as a "Smart Savers" rate for off-peak energy use, is the largest energy efficiency plan in the company's history and provides customers with more ways to manage and reduce their energy usage, the company said. The company also plans to roll out the first of its new generation of smart meters starting in 2020. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 5 July, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri Smart Energy Plan, Tara Oglesby, VP, www.ameren.com/Missouri/company/smart-energy-plan, www.ameren.com/missouri

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Ameren Missouri Touts Smart Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2019-07-08
In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, reports it has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to decrease electric rates as part of the company's $5.3 billion Smart Energy Plan.

The Smart Energy Plan, which includes $1 billion investment in wind energy as well as a "Smart Savers" rate for off-peak energy use, is the largest energy efficiency plan in the company's history and provides customers with more ways to manage and reduce their energy usage, the company said. The company also plans to roll out the first of its new generation of smart meters starting in 2020. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 5 July, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri Smart Energy Plan, Tara Oglesby, VP, www.ameren.com/Missouri/company/smart-energy-plan

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Repsol Announces Spanish Wind, Solar Acquisitions (M&A, Int'l)
Repsol
Date: 2019-07-08
In Madrid, Spanish energy major Repsol SA is reporting the acquisition of two wind projects and one solar photovoltaic (PV) scheme totaling 794 MW. The company also announced it will develop the 335-MW Delta wind project in Zaragoza, Aragon, as well as a 255-MW wind project in the provinces of Palencia and Valladolid, Castilla y Leon, bought from Iberen and the 204-MW Sigma solar project in Cadiz, Andalucia. The three projects will be managed by Repsol Electricidad y Gas and are expected to come on line in the coming four years.

Repsol aims to operate 4,500 MW of low-emissions generation by 2025 and when those three new projects are put on stream it will have achieved 90% of that objective. The company presently has 2,952 MW of installed low-emission capacity. (Source: Repsol,Renewables Now, July, 2019) Contact: Repsol SA, (+34) 91 7538100 / 91 7538000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

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Ardagh Group's Energy Star Plant Adds Solar (Ind. Report)
Ardagh Group
Date: 2019-07-08
Dublin, Ireland-headquartered Ardagh Group, a supplier of sustainable packaging, is reporting its US DOE Energy Star Certified glass manufacturing facility in Bridgeton, N.J., is now powered by a 5.5-MW, 15,930 photovoltaic array expected to produce approximately 7.5 kWh of renewable electricity in the first year.

The Bridgeton, N.J., facility was awarded Energy Star plant certification for superior energy performance and is the only U.S. glass container manufacturer to earn this recognition.

The company's facilities in Dunkirk, In., and Madera, Calif., have also received the Energy Star award for energy efficiency perform within the top 25 pct nationwide for energy efficiency. Additionally, all 13 of the company's manufacturing facilities in North America are ISO 14001 certified. (Source: Ardagh Group, Commercial Prop.Exec, July, 2019) Contact: Ardagh Group, www.ardaghgroup.com; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

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Toyota Developing Solar Powered Prius (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
Toyota, Solar
Date: 2019-07-08
Japanese auto giant manufacturer Toyota reports its Prius PHV has been developed into a demo vehicle with solar panels installed on roof, hood and rear panels. The automaker has tied up with NEDO, Sharp Corporation for the installations which are expected to increase the electrified vehicle's cruising range and efficiency. The demo employs a system that charges the vehicle's driving battery while in operation or parked.

Toyota is planning trial runs for the demo to gather data the vehicle's solar panel power generation and the amount the drive battery is charged when driven or stationary. The data gathered will be used to further develop an onboard solar recharging system. (Source: Toyota, Various Media, ET Auto, 7 July, 2019)

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China Boosting Cooling Energy Efficiency Efforts (Int'l Report)
Energy Foundation China
Date: 2019-07-08
In Beijing, Energy Foundation China is reporting China -- the world's largest manufacturer, consumer and exporter of cooling products with an annual output worth $116 billion -- has committed to multiple efforts to promote green and efficient cooling products. To that end the government has implemented rebate programs including Energy Saving Subsidy and Green for Old to encourage consumers to purchase more environmentally friendly cooling products. Additionally, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's top economic regulator, is aiming to strengthen research and development in key cooling technologies, climate friendly refrigerants, and promote the harmless disposal and reuse of refrigerants.

Under the plan, major cooling products energy efficiency is expected to improve by at least 30 pct by 2022, while energy efficiency in large public buildings will increase 30 pct by 2030.

In 2018, Energy Foundation China and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program China launched a program aimed at cutting energy consumption in residential and commercial air conditioning, focusing on developing energy-efficiency standards and labels in China from 2018 to 2020. The foundation has since been working with Chinese government agencies, research institutes, and air conditioner manufacturers to improve cooling efficiency and promote green products, in keeping with the government's commitment to a greener economy. (Source: Energy Foundation China, China Daily, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Foundation China, +86-10-5821-7100, china@no spamefchina.org, www.efchina.org

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UK Unveils Green Finance Net-Zero Emissions Strategy (Int'l)
Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth
Date: 2019-07-08
In London, the UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Hon. Chris Skidmore, is reporting the release of the government's Green Finance Strategy, outlining how the finance sector and better climate disclosure from publicly-listed corporations can drive progress towards wider action on climate change and the push towards net-zero emissions by the year 2050.

The strategy features investment and funding increases into green projects, infrastructures and homes and is built on findings from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The strategy calls corporations and asset owners to disclose climate risk and impact data by 2022 and to work with regulators as to whether this becomes a mandatory requirement.

In addition, a £5 million Green Home Finance Fund has been established for green finance education, home energy efficiency grants, green mortgages and other green finance mechanisms. An additional £5.8 billion has been set aside for international climate finance to encourage other nations to act on climate collaboratively.

More than 780 organizations reportedly support of the TCFD, including the world's largest banks, asset managers and pension funds, responsible for assets of $118trn, highlighting the appetite for green finance. (Source: UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, edie News, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Chris Skidmore, www.gov.uk/government/people/chris-skidmore

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Major Tree Plantings Recommended to Fight Climate Change (Int'l.)
ETH Zurich
Date: 2019-07-08
A recently released study from the Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich notes 0.9 billion hectares of land worldwide would be suitable for reforestation an the resulting capture of two thirds of human-made carbon emissions and would thus be the most effective method to combat climate change.

The study identified where -- excluding cities or agricultural areas -- in the world new trees could grow and how much carbon they would store. The researchers calculated that under the current climate conditions, Earth's land could support 4.4 billion hectares of continuous tree cover -- 1.6 billion more than the currently existing 2.8 billion hectares. Of these 1.6 billion hectares, 0.9 billion hectares fulfill the criterion of not being used by humans. This means that there is currently an area of the size of the US available for tree restoration. Once mature, these new forests could store 205 billion tonnes of carbon: about two thirds of the 300 billion tonnes of carbon that has been released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity since the Industrial Revolution.

The study identifies Russia (151 million hectares); the US (103 million hectares); Canada (78.4 million hectares); Australia (58 million hectares); Brazil (49.7 million hectares); and China (40.2 million hectares) as the countries with the greaterd forestation potential. (Source: ETH Zurch, PR, 4 July, 2019) Contact: ETH Zurich, Prof. Tom Crowther, Institute for Integrative Biology, +41 44 632 4141, tom.crowther@usys.ethz.ch, www.hk.ethz.ch

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Wood Products Mitigate Under 1 pct Global CO2 Emissions (R&D)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date: 2019-07-08
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an research analysis across 180 countries found that global wood products -- all the paper, lumber, furniture and more -- offset less than 1 pct of of annual global carbon emissions -- 335 million tons of CO2 in 2015, 71 million tons of which were unaccounted for under current UN standards.

Current U.N. guidelines only allow countries to count the carbon stored in wood products created from domestic timber harvests, not the timber grown locally and shipped internationally, nor products produced from imported lumber. These regulations create a gap between the actual amount of carbon stored in the world's wood products and what is officially counted.

The researchers asked the question, can we continue to consume wood products and have climate change benefits associated with that consumption?" To address that question, the researchers developed a consistent, international analysis of the carbon storage potential of these products, which countries must now account for under the global Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

They used data on lumber harvests and wood product production from 1961 to 2015, the most recent year available, from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. The researchers modeled future carbon sequestration in wood products using five broad models of possible economic and population growth, the two factors that most affect demand for these products. In 2015, that gap amounted to 71 million tons of CO2, equivalent to the emissions from 15 million cars. If those guidelines remain unchanged, by 2065 another 50 million tons of CO2 may go unaccounted for due to this gap. But this additional, uncounted carbon does not significantly increase the proportion of global emissions offset by wood products, according to the study.

Craig Johnston, a professor of forest economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Volker Radeloff, a UW-Madison professor of forest and wildlife ecology, published their findings July 1 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: WU-Madison, PR, July, 2019) Contact: WU-Madison, Craig Johnston, (608) 890-3609, craig.johnston@wisc.edu, www.wisc.edu

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Are EPA's Proposed RFS 'Obligations' Actually Just Suggestions?" asks RFA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
RFA, RFS
Date: 2019-07-08
By neglecting to prospectively reallocate small refinery exemptions and blatantly ignoring a court order to restore improperly waived gallons, the U.S. EPA's proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) completely betrays President Trump's commitment to uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

"As long as EPA continues to dole out compliance exemptions to oil refiners without reallocating the lost volume, the agency may as well start referring to the annual RFS levels as 'renewable volume suggestions' rather than renewable volume 'obligations'. It is a complete misnomer to call these blending volumes 'obligations' when EPA's small refinery bailouts have essentially transformed the RFS into a voluntary program for nearly one-third of the nation's oil refineries.

"In its announcement today, EPA has proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 20.04 billion gallons, of which 5.04 billion gallons are advanced biofuel, including 540 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. That leaves, on paper, a 15-billion-gallon requirement for conventional renewable fuels like corn ethanol, unchanged from 2019.

"Most notably, EPA failed to prospectively account for any expected small refinery exemptions in the 2020 proposal, even though it is almost a foregone conclusion at this point that the Agency will continue to grant more exemptions.

"Congress gave EPA the direction and tools necessary to ensure that the statutory RFS volumes are enforced, and that includes prospectively reallocating exempted volumes to non-exempt parties. Instead, EPA has chosen to continue its demand destruction campaign that has been crippling to both ethanol producers and the farmers who supply our industry. Enough is enough.

"EPA approved 54 exemptions for 2016 and 2017 and an additional 38 requests for 2018 exemptions are pending. Not a single exemption request has been denied by EPA since 2015. The exemptions effectively lowered the total RFS requirement for 2017 by 1.82 billion gallons and cut the 2016 requirement by nearly 800 million gallons.

"Making matters worse, EPA's proposal continues to flout the D.C. Circuit Court's 2017 order requiring the Agency to restore 500 million gallons of renewable fuel obligations that it inappropriately and illegally waived from the 2016 RVO. Unbelievably, the Agency is proposing to snub the court's ruling by refusing to restore the 500 million gallons remanded volume. 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. The RFS wasn't intended to make oil refiners comfortable; it was intended to change the status quo by guaranteeing renewable fuels would have access to a marketplace otherwise closed to competition.

"EPA appears to be selling out to oil refiners -- again -- at the expense of rural America. The court found in favor of renewable fuel producers in 2017 because it was clear our industry had been harmed by EPA's illegal use of a general waiver -- now EPA is doubling down on that harm to the ethanol industry and farmers.

"Today's proposal undermines the pledge President Trump made to farmers and renewable fuel producers that his administration would enforce the statutory RFS volumes. By failing to prospectively reallocate, failing to commit to a more judicious and restrained approach to refinery waivers, and failing to follow a court's order to restore lost demand, EPA is blatantly undercutting President Trump's commitment to ethanol, which he restated less than a month ago when he visited the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy ethanol plant. We urge the President to resolve the disconnect between the oval office and EPA and get the RFS back on track." (Source: RFA, PR, 8 July, 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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WE Energies Stymies Third-Party Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Eagle Point Solar
Date: 2019-07-08
Dubuque, Wisconsin-based Eagle Point Solar reports its planned partnership with the city of Milwaukee to power seven municipal buildings with solar energy is being opposed by the public utility We Energies which claims Eagle Point would essentially be illegally selling electricity to the city within We Energies' legally monopolized service area. Under Eagle Point Solar's plan, it would help finance the city's solar project, taking advantage of federal tax breaks for which local governments do not qualify.

Eagle Point, which is suing the public utility for refusing to connect a series of solar arrays, has also sued the Public Service Commission (PSC) which declined to take up its complaint against We Energies and avoided the bigger question of the extent the state's utilities can control third party provision of solar energy. Eagle Point's position is that it is not a utility and is therefore not in conflict with WE Energies.

Wisconsin is one of 15 states that have not clarified whether they will allow such third-party solar arrangements. Five states prohibit it, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, a state-funded research group.

The city of Milwaukee wants to grow its solar power use to 25 pct of consumption by 2025 through public utility-run programs as well as with companies like Eagle Point Solar which planned to install, maintain and finance the solar equipment, lowering the overall cost of the project by taking advantage of a 30 pct federal solar energy tax credit. (Source: NPR, AP, Eagle Point Solar, Telegraph Herald, 6 July, 2019)Contact: Eagle Point Solar, Barry SHear, CEO, 563-582-4044, www.eaglepointsolar.com; City of Milwaukee, Erick Shambarger, Director of Environmental Sustainability, www.city.milwaukee.gov/sustainability/About-Us/ErickShambarger.htm

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Biodiesel Buses Trim Tehran's Transportation Emissions (Int'l)
Biodiesel
Date: 2019-07-08
In Tehran, the Biotechnology Development Council, affiliated to the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology, is reporting the first phase of the city of Tehran's three-year pilot project using biodiesel in the city of 8.3 million residents bus transport fleet. The use of locally produced biodiesel cut carbon emissions by 160,000 kilograms, according to the release.

In the pilot project, 20 of the city's 300 diesel buses were operated on biodiesel through the first phase of the scheme. To date more than 60,000 liters of biodiesel have been produced and consumed in the pilot project. (Source: MEHR, Tehran Times, 7 July, 2019) Contact: Biotechnology Development Council, www.nti.org

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