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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.suzlon.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon Energy, Wind, Brookfield Asset Management,
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, email@example.com, www.trca.ca; Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cagbc.org; International WELL Building Institute, 646.883.5001, 646.607.1058, email@example.com, www.wellcertified.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council, LEED, Well Building,
Review report details HERE.
Request a sample Report HERE. (Source: Market Study Report, PR, July, 2019) Contact:
Market Study Report LLC, (302) 273-0910,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture and Storage, CCS,
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 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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mashavenergia.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD, GE Renewable Energy, Wind Turbine,
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,
"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,
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,
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, email@example.com, www.canfor.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canfor Pulp Products,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ecpartners.com; Convergent, Johannes Rittershausen, (917) 508-0190, email@example.com, www.convergentep.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Capital Partners, Convergent, Energy Storage,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cielows.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions, Biofuel, Waste-to-Fuel, Landfill Waste,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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 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,
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,
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, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.scienceadvice.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Adaptation,
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, email@example.com, www.empa.ch; Filsom AG, +41 (0)44 824 3000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.filsom.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Filsom, Solar Cell, Thin-Film Solar,
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,
"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 ,
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,
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,
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,
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.
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
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, email@example.com, www.mercomcapital.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewables, Wind, Solar, Mercom,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Seajacks, Offshore Wind, Siemens Gamesa,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Verbio, Atlantic Biodiesel, Biodiesel,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News WPD, Yunlin, Offshore Wind,
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;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Longroad Energy, Wind,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB, Solar, Solar Inverter,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri, Wind, Energy Efficiency,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri, Energy Efficiency,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.repsol.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Solar,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Star, Energy Efficiency, Solar,
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)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Toyota,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Foundation China,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Net-Zero Emissions,
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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich, Forestation, Reforestation, Climate Change,
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, email@example.com, www.wisc.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2, Carbon Emissions, Woody Biomass, Carbon Storage,
"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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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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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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