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Notable Quote -- "Natural Gas Has Its Place"
Natural Gas
Date: 2019-07-08
"Natural gas has its place on the road to less carbon-intensive energy options. It's a necessary transition phase until renewable energy sources and carbon capture and storage (CCS) become commercially viable for large-scale implementation." -- Professor Francesco Cherubini, NTNU Trondheim - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Natural Gas,  Climate Change,  


EPA's RFS Obligations Another Setback for American Farmers, says NFU (Ind. Report)
RFS,EPA,National Farmers Union
Date: 2019-07-08
Last Friday, the EPA released its proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the year 2020. The proposal would set required biofuel use at 20.04 billion gallons next year, a marginal increase over this year's 19.92 billion gallons. The difference is primarily attributable to an expansion of cellulosic biofuel, from 420 million to 540 million gallons. The rule maintains the current 15-million-gallon target for corn ethanol.

In the face of the EPA's proposal, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has expressed its disappointment in the almost unlimited issuance of RFS refinery "hardship waivers", the newly released RVO's and the that the agency's failure not only to factor the lost demand into its proposed RVOs but to increase biofuel use at all.

"At every turn, EPA and this (Trump) administration have undermined the intent of RFS and destroyed demand for billions of gallons of ethanol", NFU President Roger Johnson added. (Source: The Cattle Site, National Farmers Union, PR, 8 July, 2019) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, www.nfu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News "Hardship Waiver",  RFS,  National Farmers Union,  Biofuel,  Ethanol Blend,  


Enlight Touts Spanish Solar Energy Project Plans (Int'l Report)
Enlight Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-08
Tel Aviv-based Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd. is reporting it will collaborate with Spanish entrepreneurs to develop clusters of wind energy and solar energy projects in Spain. The first new development will be located nearthe company's existing wind farm in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain, in operation since last summer, Enlight said.

Under the agreement, Enlight is expected to provide guarantees totaling €40,000 ($44,925) per megawatt. The company expects the projects to yield 300-600 megawatts in total. Enlight has also announced talks to acquire a 100 pct stake in an unnamed wind energy venture in northwest Europe. (Source: EnLight Renewable Energy Ltd, PR, 7 July, 2019) Contact: EnLight Renewable Energy Lrd., Gilad Yavetz , CEO, +972 3 9008700 , +972 3 9008701 -- fax, www.enlightenergy.co.il/eng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enlight Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Wind,  


EID Parry's Ethanol-from-Molasses Production Underway (Int'l)
EID Parry
Date: 2019-07-08
Chennai, India-based East India Distilleries Parry Limited (EID Parry) is reporting plans to begin ethanol production at its facilities has been approved "in principle" by the Indian federal government Department of Food and Public Distribution. The agency will also supply financial assistance for the project, according to EID Parry.

In accordance with its plan, the company's Sankili unit (Srikakulam) has begun producing Ethanol from B Heavy molasses.

EID Parry Limited is a 225 year old sugar focused public company. (Source: Business Standard, PTI, 7 July, 2019) (Contact: E.I.D. Parry India Inc., www.eidparry.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Sugar Ethanol,  India Ethanol,  


Ukraine Invests $313Mn in Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
Ukraine State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving
Date: 2019-07-08
In Kiev, Ukraine, the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving reports that the agency invested the equivalent of $313 million in building insulation and other energy efficiency-saving measures from the end of 2014 to 2019.

The agency also reported 1,020 apartment building co-owner associations attracted major insulation and other energy efficiency investments. (Source: UkrInform, July, 2019) Contact: Ukraine State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, www.saee.gov.ua/en


Albany Adds $55Mn to Long Island Energy Storage Push (Funding)
NYSERDA,PSEG-LI
Date: 2019-07-08
In the Empire State, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo having previously committing $400 million for energy-storage technologies, the Governor has added $55 million over the next five years in support of cutting-edge energy-storage efforts specifically on Long Island.

The funding -- essentially, a collaboration between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and PSEG-LI -- is intended to promote the deployment of "solar-plus-storage" technologies while also supporting the governor's comprehensive energy plan which includes statewide storage of 3,000 MW -- enough to power 40 pct of statewide residences -- by 2030.

The first $15 million tranche is now available to residential and commercial customers who install standalone energy-storage systems or systems paired with solar power technologies.

For commercial customers, the funds will support new grid-connected energy-storage systems holding up to 5 MW. Eligible energy-storage systems include chemical, thermal or mechanical systems, to be compensated under a PSEG-LI tariff or load-relief program, according to the release. (Source: NYSERDA, 8 July, 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo; PSEG-LI, www.psegliny.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG-LI,  Energy Storage,  NYSERDA,  Cuomo,  


$84.9Mn Green Climate Funding Announced (Int'l. Report)
Green Climate Fund,UNDP
Date: 2019-07-08
Meeting in Songdo, Korea, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports its commitment of more than $84.9 million towards United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in Bhutan, Timor-Leste, the Marshall Islands and Ecuador.

According to the GCF release, Ecuador the second country to receive financial resources from the GCF for having successfully reduced its deforestation and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is expected to help in reducing emissions by 20 pct from the forest and land-use sector by 2025.

Bhutan, the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) and Timor-Leste -- among the Asia-Pacific region's most vulnerable countries to climate change -- received grants for climate adaptation initiatives. In Bhutan, with GCF funding over 118,000 people are expected to benefit from more sustainable land and water management, more climate-resilient agriculture and reliable climate-resilient irrigation schemes. In Timor-Leste, GCF funds will be used to "climate-proof" key rural infrastructure and improve policies and planning for a national response to the impacts of climate change.

With the approval of the four new projects, UNDP has supported a total of 23 countries to access more than $785.7 million in GCF finance for full-sized climate change projects.

The GCF supports developing countries efforts to respond to the challenge of climate change, limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and promote low-emission and climate-resilient development. (Source: UN Development Programme, PR, July, 2019) Contact: UNDP, Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environmental Finance, www.undp.org; Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund,  UNDP,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  CO2,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


Wind, Solar Expected to Generate Half of World's Electricity by 2050, says BloombergNEF Report (Ind. Report)
BloombergNEF
Date: 2019-07-03
According to a new report from BloombergNEF, solar, wind, and battery energy storage will enable the power sector to "meet its share of emission cuts required under the Paris climate agreement, at least until 2030" by which time the demand for electric power will increase 62 pct. The world will get about half of its electricity from solar, wind, and battery storage by 2050, the report notes. By 2050, solar and wind will supply almost one half of the world's electricity, with hydro, nuclear and other renewable energy resources providing another 21 pct with geothermal, tidal, hydrogen and others filling the balance, according to BNEF. (Source: BloombergNEF, Utilities, 23 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  BloombergNEF,  


Teesside Clean Gas, CCS Project Awarded £3.8 Mn (Int'l Funding)
OGCI Climate Investments
Date: 2019-07-03
In the UK, Teesside's Clean Gas project on the former SSI steelworks site could become the world's first gas-powered energy plant using carbon capture and storage (CCS)technology at scale with £3.8 million in funding from the federal government. The £18 million project was announced in November by OGCI Climate Investments.

Phase one is a huge power plant, which will run on natural clean gas and could be operational as early as 2024 or 2025. Construction is slated to get underway in 2020.

The UK Government has laid out plans for the UK to be a world-leader in the field of CCS, with its Clean Growth Strategy and last November's CCUS Action Plan.

OGCI companies set a target to reduce the collective average methane intensity of our aggregated upstream gas and oil operations to below 0.25 pct by 2025, with the ambition to achieve 0.20 pct. Starting from a baseline of 0.32 pct in 2017, reaching the 0.20 pct target would translate into greatly reducing our collective methane emissions by more than one-third -- approximately 600,000 tpy of methane -- by the end of 2025, according the OGCI website. (Source: Teeside Live, 27 June, 2019) Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/climate-investments

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  OGCI Climate Investments ,  


California Community Wind, Solar Projects Approved (Ind Report)
East Bay Community Energy
Date: 2019-07-03
In the Golden State, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), a community choice energy provider, reports approval of two power purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 157.5 MW from new wind and solar facilities, along with 30 MW of battery energy storage, to be built in Alameda and Fresno counties in California. The approved contracts include:
  • the Summit Wind Project -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 57.5 MW of wind from the Altamont Winds LLC project, near Livermore in Alameda County, from San Diego-based Salka LLC in partnership with a global private equity firm. The project will see the repowering a 569, 100 kW turbines with 23 modern turbines at a former Altamont Pass wind farm and is expected to be completed in late 2020.

  • Sonrisa Solar Park -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of energy storage from the Sonrisa Solar Park, located in Fresno County and owned/operated by EDP Renewables North America. Construction on the Sonrisa solar project will begin as early as December 2021. It is expected to be operational in 2022.

    As one of 19 community choice aggregation programs operating in California, EBCE will provide clean energy at competitive rates and will reinvest earnings back into the community. (Source: East Bay Community Energy, NA Windpower, 24 June, 2019) Contact: East Bay Community Energy, 833-699-3223, www.ebce.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Community Wind,  Community Solar,  


  • Flint Hills Closes Beatrice Neb. Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Flint Hills Resources
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Citing "tough economic times", Flint Hills Resources reports it is closing its 50-million gpy biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska. The plant, which produces biodiesel from waste fats and oils, tallow, and distillers' corn oil, is at an unusual competitive disadvantage to plants that use lower priced soybean oil.

    The 2008 vintage, $50 million plant was acquired by Flint Hills for $5 million at a 2011 and began production in 2016 after Flint Hills spent roughly $100 million to retrofit the facility to use corn oil and grease. In a 2016 news release, the company touted what was the first commercial-scale application of Benefuel Inc.'s ENSEL technology. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, DTN, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, Brad Razook, CEO, (316) 828-3477, www.fhr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Benefuel,  Beatrice,  Flint Hills Resources,  Ethanol,  


    Total's La Mede Biorefinery Production Underway (Int'l Report)
    Total
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In Paris, energy major Total reports it has begun production at the La Mede biorefinery in southeastern France, with the first batches of biofuel coming off the line. It is the final step in converting the former oil refinery into a new energies complex.

    Launched in 2015, the Mede biorefinery can produce 500,000 tpy of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a premium biofuel, as well as biodiesel and biojet fuel for the aviation industry. The facility was specifically designed to process all types of oil. Its biofuels will be made: 60 to 70 pct from 100 pct sustainable vegetable oils (rapeseed, palm, sunflower, etc.), and 30 to 40 pct from treated waste (animal fats, cooking oil, residues, etc.).

    As part of May, 2018 agreement with the French Government, Total has pledged to process no more than 300,000 tpy of palm oil -- less than 50 pct of the total volume of raw materials needed -- and at least 50,000 tpy of French-grown rapeseed, creating another market for domestic agriculture. All the oils processed will be certified sustainable to European Union standards.

    Total is also examining different biomass conversion pathways, such as thermochemical, biotechnology and algae, and is working in its own laboratories and via R&D partnerships with manufacturers, start-ups, universities and private laboratories, including BioTfueL, Novogy and Renmatix. (Source: Total Website, PR, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Total, Investor Relations: +44 (0 )207 719 7962 l, ir@total.com, www.total.com

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


    Vanderbilt Scores LEED Gold for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Vanderbilt,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Tennessee reports its engineering and science building and Eskind Biomedical Library have been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for environmental initiatives and energy efficiency. Twenty other buildings on the Vanderbilt campus are LEED certified.

    The university with 12,600 students is launching a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing its environmental footprint, sourcing 100 pct of its power needs from renewable energy, and achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050. (Source: Vanderbilt University, CleanLink, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, (615) 322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


    Neoenergia Claims Brazilian Wind Power Contracts (Int'l Report)
    Neoenergia,Iberdrola
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Neoenergia, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, reports it has contracted with its subsidiary company Fuerza Eolica del Brasil S.A. to sell 30 pct of the wind energy it will produce in two new wind farms in Piauí State, northeastern Brazil.

    The two wind farms totaling 74 MW of installed power capacity are expected to come in at roughly $77 million and come on line in mid 2022.

    The Neoenergia group has 17 wind farms that produce 516 megawatts (MW) and is constructing another 15 with capacity to produce 545 MW. (Source: Neoenergia, PR, reve, 29 June, 2019) Contact: Neoenergia, Alexandre Medeiros, Sustainability Mgr., +55 21 96723-4385 +55 21 3235-9880, alexandre.medeiros@neoenergia.com, www.neoenergia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoenergia.Iberdrola,  Wind,  


    SG Claims MidAmerican Wind Repowering Project (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy, Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy is reporting the selection of Siemens Gamesa (SG)for the repowering of its 429.3-MW Rolling Hills wind power project in Iowa.

    The project will utilize 163, SG 2.7-129 and 18 previously sold SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines including blades, hubs, and nacelles as well as the top tower sections for the SG 2.7-129 units. Commissioning of the project is expected for late 2021. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, PR, July, 2019) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/products-and-services

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


    Lincoln Clean Energy Acquires 103-MW S,Dakota Wind Project (M&A)
    Lincoln Clean Energy,Pattern Energy,Orsted
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Danish energy company Orsted A/S owned Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) is reporting the purchase of Pattern Energy Group's a 103-MW shovel-ready wind project in Butte County, South Dakota. Financial details were not disclosed.

    The facility is expected to be completed and online in Q4, 2020. (Source: Lincoln CLean Energy, Renewables Now, July, 2019) Contact: Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com; Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Lincoln Clean Energy,  Orsted,  Wind,  


    BEIS Promoting Green Mortgages for Energy Efficient Homes (Int'l)
    UK BEIS
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting the launch of a £5 million fund for the financial sector to develop green mortgages and a £10 million innovation fund to cut the costs of retrofitting the UK's housing stock. The funds are part of a new Green Finance Strategy.

    Green mortgages give customers discounted mortgage rates after they have upgraded the energy rating of their homes. Britain's 17 million homes are currently responsible for around 15 pct of the country's carbon emissions, according to BEIS. (Source: UK BEIS, Energy Live, June, 2019) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK BEIS,  Energy Efficiency,  


    July 4th Holiday Publications Schedule

    Date: 2019-07-03
    In celebration of the U.S. July 4th holiday, and the past July 1st Canada Day, we will not be publishing on Friday, July 5. Thanks you and have a safe holiday weekend.


    ExxonMobil, Global Thermostat Partner on CCS Tech (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Irving, Texas-headquartered U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil is reporting an agreement with NYC-based Global Thermostat to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that can capture and concentrate CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and industrial sources with the goal of slowing climate change.

    Should the technical readiness and scalability of the technology be determined, pilot projects at ExxonMobil facilities could follow, according to a MobilExxon press release.

    As previously reported, ExxonMobil recently committed to spending as much as $100 million over 10 years with the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on research to bring lower-emission tech to commercial scale. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 1 July, 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Global Thermostat, Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, CEO, 646-798-6217, www.globalthermostat.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  CCS,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  


    Senators Want Ag Sec. Out of RFS "Hardship Waiver" Decision Process (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    RFS
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Following up on our June 12 coverage, DTN Progressive Farmer is reporting thirteen Republican senators from oil-producing states are calling for President Trump to keep Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue out of EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refinery "hardship waiver" decision-making process which the Senators claim the Agriculture Secretary has no authority. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA administrator decides, after consulting with the Energy secretary, which refiners receive or are denied a hardship waiver, the Senators note.

    "We strongly oppose giving the Secretary (Perdue) any role in the decision-making process over the petitions. We would view any decisions to further delay, reduce, or deny hardship relief to small refineries, or reallocate the obligations of small refineries to other refineries, as the result of the Secretary of Agriculture's impermissible interference. We are confident that others, including the federal courts, would do the same," the thirteen Senators wrote.

    The small-refinery exemptions have reduced ethanol use by about 2.6 billion gallons, and 38 refiners are waiting for EPA to decide on new exemptions.

    Senators writing the letter included Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) as well as senators representing Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct (Source: Various Media, DTN, Progressive Farmer, July, 2019) Contact: Office of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue,(202) 720-2791, feedback@oc.usda.gov, www.usda.gov/contact-us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hardship Waiver,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  RFA,  Sonny Perdue,  


    Dominion's Offshore Wind Project Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy,Orsted
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In Virginia, Richmond-based Dominion Energy reports construction is underway on its $300 million offshore wind project in federal waters, 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

    The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project's two 6 MW offshore turbines will be supplied by Orsted and will generate sufficient power for up to 3,000 homes when fully online in 2020. (Source: Dominion Energy, Virginia Business, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy Power Generation Group , Paul Koonce , CEO, www.dominionenergy.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


    Insurer Dropping Climate Endangering Coverage Line (Int'l. Report)
    Chubb
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In Zurich, the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company Chubb Limited, is reporting the adoption of a new policy concerning coal-related underwriting and investment. Accordingly, Chubb will no longer underwrite the construction and operation of new coal-fired plants or new risks for companies that generate more than 30 pct of their revenues from coal mining or energy production from coal.

    Insurance coverage for existing coal-plant risks that exceed this threshold will be phased out by 2022, and for utilities beginning in 2022. In addition, Chubb will not make new debt or equity investments in companies that generate more than 30 pct of revenues from thermal coal mining or energy production from coal, according to a company release. (Source: Chubb Limited, PR, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Chubb Limited, Evan G. Greenberg, CEO, www.chubb.com

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


    Mayor Lauds London Climate Action Week Campaign (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Along the banks of the River Thames, in launching the London Climate Action Week campaign , London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for stricter carbon standards for the city's buildings and stronger government intervention on climate change.

    The Lord Mayor's call reflects the growing pressure facing the building services sector in looking at new approaches to providing key functions such as heating and cooling that will be better able to mitigate or offset carbon emissions.

    The Climate Action Week campaign also calls for the UK government to declare a "climate emergency" and to establish a comprehensive new green deal policy to transform buildings, infrastructure and transport in the country. (Source: RAC, Times, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    Charlottesville Aims for Carbon-Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Charlottesville Climate Collaborative,
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In the Old Dominion State, the not-for-profit Charlottesville Climate Collaborative is lauding the City of Charlottesville's commitment to reducing the city's emissions 45 pct by 2030, and becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

    Charlottesville is the first city in the Commonwealth of Virginia to announce this ambitious goal of community-wide carbon neutrality, affirming its commitment to addressing the impacts of climate change and to mitigate the most significant consequences of a warming planet.

    Other Virginia cities including Alexandria, Richmond, and the Town of Blacksburg, have set aggressive goals of reducing 80 pct of their community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Outside of Virginia, only nine US cities have reported community-wide carbon-neutrality goals.

    The Charlottesville Climate Collaborative aims to build a Charlottesville culture of climate action through community-wide collaborations and programs that reduce climate pollution and advance the city's identity to include climate leadership. (Source: Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, Blue Virginia, July, 2019) Contact: Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, Susan Cruse, Exec. Dir., (434) 202-7993, www.cvilleclimate.org


    Kontrol Scores $550K Real Estate Energy Mgmt. Contract (Ind Report)
    Kontrol Energy
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Vaughn, Ontario-headquartered energy management and efficiency software specialist Kontrol Energy Corp. reports it has been selected to provide a turn-key energy management installation valued at approximately $550,000 for an unidentified Canadian company that operates which operates a portfolio of multi-residential properties. In addition, the Company has received a 6-year contract for approximately $24,000 per annum to manage, monitor and maintain the energy system in real-time.

    The installation, which is slated to begin in Q3 2019 and be completed by Q4 2019, is expected to save the customer approximately $1 million in energy costs over the next 7 years and significantly reduce their overall building emissions, Kontrol Energy notes. (Source: Kontrol Energy, PR, Accesswire, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Kontrol Energy Corp, Paul Ghezzi,, CEO, (905) 766-0400, admin@kontrolenergy.com, www.kontrolenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Software,  


    Cowichan Co-op Expands Biodiesel Pumping Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In British Columbia, Duncan-based biodiesel producer Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op is reporting the opening of its second Green & Go blending pump in the Cowichan Valley. The installation came in at about $100,000, $20,00 of which The co-op, which was founded in 2005, produces biodiesel from locally sourced recycled waste cooking oil. collected from Vancouver Island restaurants since 2005. The cost of installing the new pump was approximately $100,000, with $20,000 coming from the Municipality of North Cowichan's Climate Action & Energy Plan. (Source: Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op, PR, Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Cowichan BioDiesel Co-op, Brian Roberts, Pres., (250) 748-2604, www.cowichanbiodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op,  


    Legrand UK Offers Navigating Through the Energy Efficiency Maze Guide (Int'l. Report)
    Legrand UK
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Birmingham, UK-based Legrand UK is reporting the launch of Navigating Through the Energy Efficiency Maze, a new guide that outlines the key efficiency drivers and the range of products and solutions offered to help project specifiers select from the available options, relative to their budget.

    The guide provides a simple four-step vision of how to approach an energy efficiency plan complete with the information project specifiers need to find the right solutions for a project. Legrand also offers an energy efficiency CPD seminar.

    Download Legrand's Navigating Through the Energy Efficiency Maze HERE. (Source: Legrand UK, July, 2019) Contact: Legrand UK, Mitra Goodger, Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Manager, +44 (0) 370 608 9000, +44 (0) 370 608 9004 - fax, www.legrand.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Legrand UK,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Greenbelt, NARE Announce Bioproducts Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Greenbelt Resources ,New Age Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Paso Robles, California-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation is reporting a technology collaboration with King Ferry, New York-based New Age Renewable Energy, LLC. (NARE), an innovator in dairy waste processing projects, combining the NARE fermentation formulation with Greenbelt's ECOsystem technology to provide a cost-effective solution to convert dairy processing wastes such as "cheese whey" into ethanol and other valuable bioproducts.

    In their collaboration, each ECOsystem solution would likely have a capacity between 400,000 and one million gpy of ethanol production per year. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., Yahoo, 2 July, 2019) Contact: New Age Renewable Energy, (315) 314-8077, eduard@narenewableenergy.com, www.narenewableenergy.com; Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, 888-995-4726 x 101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources ,  anaerobic digestion,  New Age Renewable Energy,  


    U.S. Mayors Pressure Congress on Carbon Tax, Climate Lawsuits and a Green New Deal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Reporting from the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Honolulu, the mayors of hundreds of U.S. cities are calling for federal carbon tax price "sufficient enough to reduce carbon emissions in line with ambitions detailed in the Paris Agreement on climate change."

    The mayors also voted in support of a resolution endorsing the idea of a Green New Deal, called for Congress to adopt "a comprehensive national response" to climate change, The mayors also voted to oppose President Donald Trump's plan to freeze vehicle fuel economy standards, and to endorse individual cities' right to sue over climate change damages and protect taxpayers from related mitigation and adaptation costs. The mayors also oppose any action by Congress or in state legislatures "to limit or eliminate cities' access to the courts by overriding existing laws or in any way giving fossil fuel companies immunity from lawsuits over climate change-related costs and damages."

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors includes the leaders of about 1,400 cities with populations greater than 30,000. about 1,400 cities. (Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors, Inside Climate News, 2 July, 2019) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors, www.usmayors.org

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


    Global Solar Energy Storage Market Surging (Ind. Report)
    Solar Energy STorage
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Energy market research firm Technavio is projecting the global solar energy storage market is expected grow by 24.32GW -- 63 pct -- between 2019 and 2023. The year-over year- growth for 2019 is estimated at 48.92 pct with the Asia Pacific region accounting for 44 pct of the growth. The APAC region led the market in 2018, followed by the Americas and EMEA, respectively (Source: Tachnavio, Smart Energy, 27 June, 2019)

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


    India Lowest Per-Capita G20 Emissions Emitters (Int'l)
    G20
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In India, the Hindu is reporting a 5 pct rise in India's overall CO2 emissions from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported 2076.83 million tonnes in 2016 to around 2,299 million tonnes in 2018. In 2016, India was the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide behind China and United States. On a per capita basis, India is the lowest emitter among the G20 nations while Saudi Arabia is highest.

    Out of 32,314.20 million tonnes of emissions in the world in 2016, G20 nations contributed around 27,000 million tonnes -- roughly 80 pct. (Source: G20, The Hindu, Money Control News, 28 June, 2019) Contact: G20, www.g20.utoronto.ca; OCED, : +33 1 45 24 82 00, www.oecd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2Carbon Emissions,  


    PSEG Claims Among Lowest Power Producer CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
    Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the Garden State, Newark-based power producer Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is touting its record as having one of the lowest carbon emissions rates of the nation's largest power producers, according to Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States , a recently released report by M.J. Bradley & Associates, Bank of America, CERES, Entergy, Exelon and NRDC. According to the report:
  • In 1993, PSEG became the first electric utility in the U.S. to volunteer to participate in the Climate Challenge Program; PSEG successfully met this goal and stabilized carbon dioxide emissions from its New Jersey plants to 1990 levels by 2000.

  • In 2002, PSEG joined EPA's Climate Leaders program to reduce the six greenhouse gases covered under the Kyoto Protocol. Under this program, PSEG committed to reduce its CO2-equivalent GHG emissions on a pound-per-mWh basis by 18 pct from 2000 levels by Dec. 31, 2008. PSEG surpassed this goal by achieving a 31 pct reduction, due primarily to the fact that more than half our power comes from nuclear generation.

  • In 2009, PSEG established a new goal of reducing company-wide GHG emissions by 25 pct from 2005 levels by 2025. PSEG met this goal 14 years ahead of schedule. PSEG achieved this goal through implementation of energy efficiency programs, deployment of renewable energy, increasing nuclear output and building clean, efficient natural gas generation.

  • Since 2010, PSEG has invested approximately $400 million in energy efficiency initiatives that reduce emissions in hospitals, multifamily housing and buildings occupied by nonprofits and government agencies.

  • In 2018, PSEG announced its new goal of eliminating 13 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent by 2030 from 2005 levels. The new goal expands upon previous reduction goals, including efficiency upgrades of existing combined-cycle natural gas fleets and the retirement of the company's New Jersey and Connecticut coal plants.

  • PSEG has invested $1.7 Billion in 625 MWs of solar, including 211 MWs in New Jersey and 23 projects in 14 states totaling 414 MWs. PSEG is New Jersey's leading developer of solar energy resources and is an active supporter of efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

  • Supplying more than 90 pct of the state's emissions-free power, PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants play a key role in supporting New Jersey's clean energy goals.

    Download the Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States report HERE. (Source: PSEG, CSRWire 28 June, 2019) Contact: PSEG, PSE&G, PSEGPower, www/investor.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG),  Carbon Emissions,  


  • S. Korea Near Bottom for Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
    KEPCO,OECD
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In South Korea, the KEPCO Management Research Institute in Seoul recently reported that South Korea ranked 33rd out of the 36 member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) states with an exorbitant energy basic unit of 0.159 -- which refers to the primary energy consumption rate required to generate added value that is equivalent to US$1,000 of GDP.

    An energy basic unit is used to measure the level of energy efficiency -- the higher the value the lower the efficiency of the energy consumed.

    South Korea's energy basic unit is four times higher than Ireland, which ranks first among OECD states for energy efficiency.

    The KEPCO institute noted low electricity bills were a factor leading to the over consumption of electricity and energy inefficiency, and called for the South Korean government to boost energy efficiency efforts and introduce policies to raise electric power prices to lessen consumption. (Source: KEPCO Management Research Institute, Korea Bizwire, 1 July, 2019) Contact: KEPCO Management Research Institute, www.kepco.co.kr/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  KEPCO,  


    European Airports Agree on Net-Zero Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Airports Council International Europe
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Airports Council International Europe (ACIE), which represents over 500 European airports, is reporting passage of a resolution committing the industry to becoming net-zero for carbon emissions under its control by 2050 at the latest , without resorting to carbon offsets. In addition, 194 non-ACIE member airports have individually committed to the same goal, according to ACI Europe.

    In 2018, Europe's airports handled a total of 2.34 billion passengers. The new net-zero commitment is expected to eliminate a total of 3.46 million tpy of CO2 emissions as of 2050, the organization says. In 2016 the industry committed to reaching 100 carbon-neutral airports by 2030 (Source: ACIE, Energy Manager, June 28, 2019 ) Contact: ACIE, www.aci-europe.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  


    Oberon Fuels Planning Renewable Dimethyl Ether Production (Int'l)
    Oberon Fuels,California Energy Commission
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the Golden State, San Diego-based clean transportation fuel producer Oberon Fuels is reporting receipt of almost $2.9 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The funding is in support of a project to produce the the state's first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), an economic fuel and key step in the development of a California-based, renewable hydrogen (rH2) pathway to zero-emission mobility fuel.

    Oberon plans to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale to facilitate the first production of this renewable fuel. The company will test modified diesel trucks fueled with rDME, assess the feasibility of converting renewable methanol into rDME and developing associated fueling infrastructure, alongside commercial partners. (Source: Oberon Fuels, Bioenergy Insight, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Oberon Fuels, Rebecca Boudreaux, Pres., (619) 255-9361, Fax - (619)756-6470, info@oberonfuels.com, www.oberonfuels.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DME,  Oberon Fuels,  California Energy Commission,  


    Netherlands Announces Carbon Tax, Climate Change Plan (Int'l)
    Carbon Tax,Netherlands
    Date: 2019-07-01
    At the Hague, the Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has announced wide-ranging measures aimed at addressing climate change -- including a carbon tax. The Ministry's measures are intended to cut the nation's carbon emissions by half by 2030.

    The carbon tax is expected to start at €30 ($34) per ton of carbon emissions in 2021 and rise as high as €150 ($170) per ton in 2030, according to the government release. The Netherlands is aiming to generate 70 pct of its energy from by 2030 and to become 100 pct carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Yahoo Finance, Various Media, 28 June, 2019) Contact: Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, +31 70 379 89 11, www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-economic-affairs-and-climate-policy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  


    SaltX, Steinmuller Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Int'l Report)
    SaltX
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Hagersten, Sweden-headquartered energy storage specialist SaltX Technology reports it is partnering with the German engineering firm Steinmuller Engineering GmbH to construct a pre-commercial pilot Thermal Energy Storage facility based on SalX's nanocoated salt.

    The partners are planning their first step during 2020, preferably on the German market. (Source: SaltX, 28 June, 2019)Contact: SaltX Technology Harald Bauer, CEO, +46 (0)708 108 034, harald.bauer@saltxtechnology.com, www.saltxtechnology.com; Steinmuller Engineering, +49 2261 789500, www.steinmueller.com/en/home.html

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    Mo. Landfill Board Seeking Methane Purchaser (Ind. Report)
    Landfill Methane
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the Show Me State, the Neosho NEOSHO Newton/McDonald County Landfill reports it is seeking a purchaser for methane - landfill gas from its 1972 vintage landfill which was capped and closed in 1996.

    The landfill's previous customer was USA Metal Recycling which used the excess methane as a fuel source for melting metals. A new buyer would also extend the board's ability to maintain the landfill. Revenue from methane sales was reinvested back into the landfill's operation, but that budgetis expected run dry in about seven years. (Source: Newton/McDonald County Landfill, Joplin Globe, 29 June, 2019) Contact: Newton/McDonald County Landfill, Bill Lant, Commissioner, https://dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/swmd/distm.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Methane,  


    UK Architects Aim for Zero Carbon Built Environment (Int'l)
    Royal Institute for British Architects
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the UK, the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) reports it is developing a five-year action plan to support the creation of a zero carbon built environment and to develop "measurable actions" to improve green standards and practices within the architecture profession in support of the UK's target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050..

    According to RIBA, the built environment is responsible for around 40 pct of the UK's total carbon footprint, and shifting to lower or zero carbon buildings is seen as critical for reducing the country's net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century. The Ethics and Sustainable Development Action Plan will aim to drive rapid improvements in industry standards and practice, government and intergovernmental policy and regulation, and in RIBA's own carbon footprint, the industry body said. Proposed green metrics include developing the whole-life net zero carbon standard for a building, as well as standard reporting metrics for energy and performance evaluation "where guidance is available.” (Source: RIBA, Business Green, 1 July, 2019)Contact: RIBA, Bew Derbyshire, Pres., +44 118 987 4900, www.architecture.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building news,  


    Philippines Rice Straw Biogas Facility Launched (Int'l Report)
    Supergen Bioenergy Hub
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In Laguna Province, the Phillippines, a JV between Straw Innovations Ltd, Supergen Bioenergy Hub, QUBE Renewables and the University of Southampton is reporting the launch of a rice straw-to-biogas (R2B) project. The project, which will process the region's abundance of waste rice straw into marketable biogass transportation fuel, is being funded under the Energy Catalyst programme from Innovate UK and UK Aid.

    The rice-to-biofuel (R2B) project will produce biogas for energy and fertilizer using anaerobic digestion reactors with biomethane upgrading equipment. The activities of the "village scale" pilot facility and the development of the associated business models are supported by academic lab work and analysis from the UK research partners. (Source: Supergen Bioenergy Hub, June, 2019) Contact: Supergen Bioenergy Hub, European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), Aston University, Prof. Patricia Thornley, Dir., p.thornleyWaston.ac.uk; Straw Innovations, www.strawinnovations.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  bioenergy,  Biogas,  Rice Biogas,  


    Ontario's Energy Ottawa Re-labeled Portage Power (Ind. Report)
    Energy Ottawa
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. subsidiary Energy Ottawa Inc. reports its renewable generation business will now operate under a new name -- Portage Power. The renamed company is the largest municipally-owned producer of green power in the province of Ontario with hydroelectric facilities in Ontario, Quebec and New York State totaling 128 MW -- sufficient power for 107,000 homes.

    Portage Power's hydroelectric generation produces 115.5 MW of electricity annually. The company also holds majority interests in two landfill gas-to-energy facilities which produce 10.2 MW of electricity per year. Portage Power also operates eight large solar generation systems installed on Ottawa municipal buildings. (Source: Portage Power, Hydro Ottawa, PRN, newKerala, 29 June, 2019) Contact: Portage Power, Bryce Conrad, CEO, Pres, (613) 225-0418, www.portagepower.com

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    Staten Island City Seeking Wind Energy Hub Developer (Ind. Report)
    New York Economic Development
    Date: 2019-07-01
    The New York Economic Development Council (NYCEDC) reports a recently released Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) seeking offshore wind companies, service providers, manufacturers, developers and other maritime industry businesses interested in developing a wind turbine assembly facility at the former U.S. Navy port facility in Stapleton, Staten Island.

    The RFEI follows Manhattan-based Atlantic Offshore Terminals (AOT) plan to construct a wind turbine staging and assembly facility on 21 acres of nearby waterfront property. AOT is aiming to begin construction by the end of 2021 for completion by 2023. (Source: New York Economic Development Council, Atlantic Offshore Terminals, silive.com, 29 June, 2019) Contact: Atlantic Offshore Terminals, info@atlanticterminals.com, www.atlanticterminals.com; New York Economic Development Council, (518) 426-4058, www.nysedc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    Oklahoma Wind Developers Face New State Agency Fees (Ind. Report)
    Oklahoma Corporation Commission
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Effective Aug. 1, wind energy facility owners will be charged an annual $2,000 per wind farm fee payable to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to help compensate the agency for its oversight responsibilities. Under the new rule, developers of proposed wind energy facilities will be charged $5,000 to submit notices of planned new project.

    With 58 operational wind farms that are not owned by a state-regulated utility, the fee is initially is expected to generate $116,000 per year. As adopted, the rule requires the annual fee to be paid on each project by March 1, concurrently with operational data related to each project's nameplated capacity and production. Owners of individual turbines that generate power consumed by a home or business are not included in the fee. Oklahoma-regulated utilities that own wind projects in the state, given they already pay fees to the division as part of their annual utility assessments, will also be exempted from the fee.

    Oklahoma is the third-top producer of wind energy in the country. (Source: Oklahoman, 29 June, 2019) Contact: Oklahoma Corporation Commission, (405) 521-2211, www.occeweb.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    TVA Releases 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (Ind. Report)
    Tennessee Valley Authority
    Date: 2019-07-01
    The just released Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a long-term plan outlining how TVA can best meet future demand for low-cost clean and reliable power; support environmental stewardship; and foster economic development in the Tennessee Valley for the next 20 years.

    The IRP is intended to enhance TVA's ability to create a more flexible power-generation system that can successfully integrate increasing amounts of renewable energy sources and distributed energy resources (DER) while ensuring reliability. The plan will also help determine where the utility will obtain energy, whether that be from clean and renewable sources, economic energy efficiency measures, or fossil fuels.

    Download the TVA 2019 Integrated Resource Plan HERE (Source: TVA, cleanenergy.org, 29 June, 2019) Contact: John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.gov, www.tva.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tennessee Valley Authority,  Renewable Energy,  


    Shizen Energy, Ideol Collaborating on Floating Offshore Wind (Int'l)
    Shizen Energy,Ideol
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Japanese solar power company Shizen Energy reports it is expanding its renewable energy activity and, to that end, has inked an agreement with French offshore wind developer Ideol to collaborate on a floating wind farm off the coast of Japan.

    Historically, Shizen Energy focused on solar energy and helped develop about 800 MW of renewable power across Japan.

    Ideol is a global leader and pure player in floating foundations for offshore wind and has been engineering and accompanying floating offshore wind projects from conception to installation since 2010, according to the company website. (Source: Shizen Energy, Maritime Executive, 26 June, 2019)Contact: Shizen Energy, Masaya Hasegawa, Company Founder, www.shizenenergy.net/en; Ideol, +33 4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en

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    Vestas Claims 54-MW El Salvadoran Wind Park Order (Int'l Report)
    Vestas,Ventus
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Madrid-based wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of a wind turbine engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) order for the 54 MW Ventus Wind Park in El Salvador. The project is being jointly developed by Ventus S.A. de C.V., Tracia Network Corporation, Grupo Luz y Fuerza (GLF) and Grupo Centrans.

    The order covers the supply and installation of 15 V136-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 3.6 MW power optimized mode, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is expected in Q2, 2020 for commissioning in Q3, 2020. (Source: Vestas Wind Systems A/S , Vestas Mediterranean, 30 June, 2019) Contact: Vestas Mediterranean, +34 689 64 83 91, crtca@vestas.com

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    Israeli University Claims Energy-Saving Hempcrete (Int'l)
    Ben-Gurion University
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is touting development of "Hempcrete" (lime-hemp concrete), an energy efficient and environmentally friendly concrete consisting of hemp plant chips, lime and clay.

    According to the university release, the use of Hempcrete allows better green buildings with energy production savings and effective insulation properties.

    The researchers found that different Hempcrte formulations functioned better in relation to environmental -- humidity and temperature -- conditions and compared to conventional building materials. (Source: Ben-Gurion University, Xinhua, 1 July, 2019)Contact: Ben-Gurion University www.in.bgu.ac.il

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Concrete,  


    Dubai Claims 19 pct Cut in Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Dubai
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the UAE, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) is reporting the country's carbon emissions have decreased 19 pct compared to the Business As Usual (BAU) scenario and 10 pct below the Carbon abatement strategy 2021 target to reduce the carbon emissions by 16 pct by 2021.

    The DSCE uses the UN's MRV methodology (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) to track the Emirate's carbon emissions as part of its long term strategic plans to reduce its CO2 emissions. Data collected over the past 5 years shows a decline in the per capita annual consumption of electricity from 13626 kwh in 2015 to 11731 kwh in 2018. The decline is expected to reach 10538 kwh by 2025. (Source: DSCE, PR, Emirates 24/7, 30 June, 2019) Contact: DSCE, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, www.dubaisce.gov.ae/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    REGI Launches Clean Fuel Resource Website (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group ,REGI
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Ames, Iowa-based Biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group (REGI) is touting a new website www.regi.com that includes hundreds of resources about biodiesel, renewable diesel, and emission-cutting fuels.

    The new website also features a resource center with white papers, case studies, tips, articles and information for the news media. This library serves as a centralized location for visitors to learn about the environmental, performance, and financial benefits of biodiesel, renewable diesel, and other fuels. (Source: REGI, 1 July, 2019) Contact: REGI, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REGImBiofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Capitalizing on Carbon Included at Ace Conf. (Events & Conferences)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2019-07-01
    The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) reports its annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska, August 14-16, will feature a discussion on how the ethanol industry can benefit from the emerging carbon economy and the new opportunities during the Capitalizing on Carbon general session panel on August 15.

    This timely discussion will be moderated by ACE CEO Brian Jennings, and includes Pam Miller, ACE board chair and director of industry and investor relations for Siouxland Ethanol LLC; Ron Alverson, ACE board chair and director of Dakota Ethanol; and Brendan Jordan, VP of transportation and fuels at the Great Plains Institute.

    Conference details HERE. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, June, 2019) Contact: ACE, www.ethanol.org

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