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Avinor Purchasing Norwegian Woody Biomass Jet Biofuel (Int'l)
Quantafuel,Avinor
Date: 2019-06-28
In Oslo, Norway's state-owned airport operator Avinor reports it will purchase more than €827,000 of Norwegian produced woody biomass-based aviation biofuel produced by Quantafuel.

Quantafuel's technology produces liquid fuel from biomass, which is comprised of solid wood in the form of chips, sawdust and other qualities. Quantafuel's biomass-to-liquid pilot plant will be located in eastern Norway, according to Avinor. Success of the pilot project will enable Quantafuel to consider a full-scale plant, with preliminary capacity targets of at least 7-9 million lpy of fuel. (Source: Quantafuel, Biofuel Int'l., 27 June, 2019) Contact: Quantafuel, Kjetil Bohn, CEO, contact@quantafuel.com, www.quantafuel.com; Avinor, Dag Falk-Petersen, CEO, www.avinor.no/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Avinor,  


Duke Renewables' Largest Solar Project Now Online (Ind Report)
Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2019-06-28
Duke Energy subsidiary Duke Energy Renewables reports its 150-MW North Rosamond solar project in Kern County, California, has begun commercial operation. The 1188 acre, 477,000 panel solar farm will generate sufficient power for 71,000 homes and is the largest in Duke Energy Renewables' fleet.

Electric power generated from the North Rosamond solar project is being sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 15-year PPA. The facility was designed and completed by First Solar Electric California's engineering, procurement and construction subsidiary under a fixed-price EPC agreement. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, T&D World, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  


Global Fuels' Biodiesel Plant Under the Hammer (Ind. Report, M&A)
Global Fuels
Date: 2019-06-28
Rochester, Minnesota-based industrial auctioneer Maas Companies is reporting the upcoming auction of Global Fuels' $11 million, 5 million GPY biodiesel plant, located in Dexter, Missouri. The facility was constructed in 2007 with an initial capacity of 3.1 million GPY and upgraded to 5 million GPY in 2013. The upgrade also enabled feedstock processing with free fatty acid content up to 15 pct.

The assets are to be sold via a sealed bid auction as the owner is retiring, with a deadline for offers set at 23 July 2019. (Source: Maas Companies, June, 2019) Contact: Maas Companies, (507)285-1444, www.masscompanies.com; Global Fuels LLC, (573) 614-7410, www.globalfuelsllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Fuels,  Biodiesel,  Maas Companies,  


Portuguese Subsidy-free Solar Farm Nears Completion (Int'l)
Jetion Solar,WElink Energy
Date: 2019-06-28
Chinese manufacturer Jetion Solar has supplied 221 MW of its polycrystalline modules to the scheme, which is being developed by Irish firm WElink Energy with state-owned China National Building Materials the EPC provider. Jiangsu, China-based solar manufacturer and project developer Jetion Solar reports subsidy-free construction is nearing completion on its 221-MW Solara 4 project in Vaqueiros, Portugal.

With the project set to become Europe's largest subsidy-free solar facility upon completion in September. The project is being developed by Dublin, Ireland-based renewables company WElink Energy with state-owned Chinese entity China National Building Materials Group Corp performing engineering, procurement and construction at the site. (Source: Jetion Solar, PV Mag, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Jetion Solar, 0510-86687300-2500, 0510-68822889 marketing@Jetion.com.cn, en.jetion.com.cn; WElink Energy, info@welink.eu, +353 1 2944 294, www.welink.eu/energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News WElink Energy ,  Jetion Solar,  Solar,  


ACORN CCUS Project Scores £4.8Mn Funding (Int'l, Funding)
Pale Blue Dot,
Date: 2019-06-28
In London, the UK Government is reporting £4.8 million funding to the Aberdeenshire firm Pale Blue Dot Energy for ACORN, a carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) project at St Fergus gas plant near Peterhead, Scotland.

The funding, which is part of a total £26 million spread across nine UK projects aimed at accelerating the rollout of carbon capture technology as the island nation strives for net zero emissions by 2050, will be used to pay for detailed design work on ACORN which, if approved for development, could be completed and commissioned in 2023-24. The ACORN project would use existing oil and gas infrastructure to store CO2 in depleted North Sea oil fields. (Source: Pale Blue Dot Energy, EnergyVoice, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Pale Blue Dot Energy, Emma Anderson, +44 (0) 1330 826890, www.pale-blu.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


Boralex, Infinergy Limekiln Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l)
Infinergy,Boralex
Date: 2019-06-28
UK-based green energy firm Infinergy and Montreal, Canada headquartered Boralex reports the Scottish Government's approval of their proposed 90-MW, 21-turbine joint-venture wind farm at Limekiln, south of Reay in Caithness.

Construction is expected to get underway in 2021 for completion and commissioning before the end of 2022. The wind farm will provide sufficient electricity to meet the needs of at least 39,500 homes based on the average generation mix of UK power sources and has grid connection contracts in place.

Infinergy, which is active in the UK, The Netherlands and Australia with a strong focus on the development of onshore wind energy in Scotland, develops wind and solar energy projects from inception through to construction and operation. In the UK the company develops most of its projects in close cooperation with Boralex. (Source: Infinergy, Boralex, PR,. NewsWire, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Infinergy, www.infinergy.co.uk: Boralex, Patrick Decostre, VP and GM Europe, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Infinergy,  Wind,  Boralex,  


AWEA Comments on National Renewable Electricity Standard Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
AWEA
Date: 2019-06-28
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement in support of the Renewable Electricity Standard Act of 2019 introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), along with Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Angus King (I-ME): "Senator Udall's National Renewable Electricity Standard proposes a flexible framework for states to make meaningful power-sector carbon emissions cuts, fueled by market competition between renewable energy technologies. This is the kind of policy, along with improvements to transmission planning and permitting, that is needed to build a 21st century clean economy, drive major new investment in wind farms, grow demand for U.S. factories, and cut consumer energy bills." -- AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.

AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 114,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. (Source: AWEA, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Tom Kirnan, CEO, www.awea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News AWEA,  Wind,  


Tata Chemicals Touts UK Carbon Capture Utilization Plans (Int'l)
Tata Chemical
Date: 2019-06-28
Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) plans to construct Britain's first industrial-scale carbon capture and utilization (CCU) demonstration plant to trap emissions for use in sodium carbonate manufacturing. The £16.7 million ($21.2 million) project will be located at Tata's Northwich industrial site in Cheshire, England and should start operations in 2021, according to a Reuters report.

Tata's CCU plant will capture, purify and liquefy as much as 40,000 tpy of CO2 from the flue gases of its 96-mw gas-fired combined heat and power plant. The gas will be used in sodium bicarbonate manufacturing. The operation is expected to cut Tata's carbon emissions by 11 pct.

The UK aims to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: Tata Chemicals Europe, Reuters, 26 June., 2019) Contact: Tata Chemicals Europe, +44 0 1606 724000, www.tatachemicalseurope.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Chemical,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


OYA Solar, NY Counties Hammering Out PILOT Tax Deal (Ind Report)
OYA Solar
Date: 2019-06-28
Toronto-based energy company OYA Solar Inc. is reporting plans to construct a 20-MW solar farm in the towns of Clayton and Orleans in Jefferson County, New York. The project, which would be divided into four separate 5-MW units collectively covering 170-acres, would generate sufficient energy for approximately 30,000 area homes.

As an incentive to the project, the townships are ironing out details of a "payment in lieu of taxes" {PILOT) tax deal with the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency (JCIDA). Under such an agreement OYA would make payments to the communities that would be less than the property taxes it would normally pay. If OYA's agreement is approved, the company could break ground on the project immediately and the solar farm could be completed and online within a year. (Source: OYA Soalr Inc., WWNY, 7News, 26 June, 2019) (Contact: OYA Solar Inc., Greg Rossetti, (416) 840-3358, www.oyasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News OYA Solar,  Solar,  


Maryland Agencies to Cut Bldg Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan
Date: 2019-06-28
The Baltimore Sun is reporting Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has instructed the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) and the Maryland Energy Administration to develop an initiative to reduce energy consumption in state buildings by 10 pct by 2029.

To that end, DGS will annually audit state-owned buildings that are determined to be the least energy efficient. The audit will identify low-cost measures to increase energy efficiency and savings. (Source: Office of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Sun, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Office of Gov. Larry Hogan, (410) 974-3901, www.governor.maryland.gov; Maryland Energy Administration, (410) 537-4000, https://energy.maryland.gov

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


Quebec LED Lighting Specialist Wins CED Support (Funding)
RayonLed,Canada Economic Development
Date: 2019-06-28
In Ottawa, Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec Regions reports it has awarded $300,000 in repayable funding to Brossard, Quebec-based RayonLed, a newly established distributor of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and fixtures.

The CED funds will be used to acquire two production lines and equipment that will enable the company to manufacture heavy duty LED lighting systems. (Source: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, PR News,Telbec, 26 June, 2019) Contact: RayonLed Lighting Systems, 450-444-4567, info@rayonled.ca, www.rayonled.com/en; CED Regional Economic Growth through Innovation, www.dec-ced.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lighting,  Canada Economic Development ,  


Statement from a Coalition of Free-Market State Think Tanks on Trump Administration Affordable Clean Energy Rule (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Affordable Clean Energy Plan
Date: 2019-06-28
Editor's Note: This publication, its editors and administration neither agrees or disagrees with the views presented in the following statement from the McIver Institute

"The Trump administration's finalized Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule is a major victory for America's middle class, many of whom work in energy intensive industries like manufacturing and mining. It also represents a boon to America's least fortunate for whom energy costs represent a significant part of their budget. All Americans would have been harmed by the Obama administration's legally flawed Clean Power Plan. It would have dramatically increased the cost of electricity and was predicted to reduce global warming by only 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100, an amount far too small to be measured.

"After Congress rejected proposed cap-and-trade legislation, the Obama administration crafted the Clean Power Plan to force states into regional cap-and-trade plans. President Trump's plan disallows such plans for compliance and focuses, instead, on improving the efficiencies of individual plants.

"The Clean Power Plan claimed to seek a 32 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, at an estimated compliance cost of $9 billion. The US Chamber of Commerce estimated a more realistic $75 billion in compliance costs. The Rule was met with bipartisan opposition by 27 states who won a Supreme Court stay of the Rule in 2016.

"The Clean Power Plan was also completely unnecessary. Thanks to the Trump administration's commonsense approach, emissions have fallen by 28 pct since 2017 and are forecast to be reduced 35 pct by 2030. At a compliance cost of $0.3 billion for the ACE rule, these gains were at 250 times less cost than the previous administration's alternative." -- The MacIver Institute

The MacIver Institute is joined by the Caesar Rodney Institute, the Center of the American Experiment, the Commonwealth Foundation, the Independence Institute, John Locke Foundation, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, the Rio Grande Foundation, and the Roughrider Policy Center in supporting the ACE. (Source: MacIver Institute, June, 2019) Contact: The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy Brett Healy, President 608.588.6477, bhealy@maciverinstitute.com, www.maciverinstitute.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  Trump,  Affordable Clean Energy,  


NS Plans Major Woody Biomass Heat Conversions (Ind Report)
Wood Biomass
Date: 2019-06-28
Sitting in Halifax, the Nova Scotia government reports it will soon issue tender calls for the conversation of dozens of provincial government buildings to woody biomass heat.

With six tenders expected to go out shortly. the province has a list of 100 buildings it is considering converting to locally sourced wwody biomass heat, according to a report in the Chronicle Herald. The province is planning a large scale conversion of its rural buildings – from schools to hospitals - to heat them with wood. (Source: Gov. of Nova Scotia Lands and Forests, hronicle Herald, Canadian Biomass, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Nova Scotia Dept. of Lands and Forestry, Iain Rankin, Minister, (902) 424-5935, https://novascotia.ca/natr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Finns Investigating Man-made Cellulose Fibre Production (R&D, Int'l)
VTT
Date: 2019-06-28
The Helsinki, Finland-headquartered VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland reports receipt of €2.6 million funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)to improve wood-to-textile value chains to enable increased production of man-made cellulose fibres.

VTT's Green Chemicals and Technologies for the Wood-to-textile Value Chain (CRETE) project, a partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium, will tackle the bottlenecks of creating wood-to-textile value chains by developing innovative technologies for wood pulp modification, cellulose dissolution and fibre-quality generation. The issues to be solved in the project play a significant role in developing sustainable and green technologies for the European industry.

The project is led and coordinated by VTT, alongside partners University of Helsinki, Universitat fur Bodenkultur Wien, Universidade de Aveiro, Metsa Fibre Oyj, Celbi SA, Material Connexion Italia SRL and Vertech Group. (Source: VTT, Canadian Biomass, 26 June, 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT,  Cellulosic,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pulp,  


Iron Edison Picks Nuvation for Solar Energy Storage (Ind Report)
Iron Edison
Date: 2019-06-28
Denver-based Lithium Iron and Nickel Iron battery specialist Iron Edison reports its selection of Sunnyvale California's Nuvation Energy's Low-Voltage Battery Management Systems for use in their lithium iron phosphate battery system for residential solar energy storage applications.

Iron Edison lithium iron phosphate batteries can be used as drop-in replacements to lead-acid batteries in in existing systems or can be purchased as part of a turnkey energy storage solution. (Source: Nuvation Energy, PR, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Nuvation Energy , Micheal Worry, CEO, Joseph Xavier, Director of Marketing, (408) 228-5580, (519) 594-0072 - Ontario Canada Office, joseph.xavier@nuvation.com, www.nuvationenergy.com; Iron Edison, Brandon Williams, CEO, (720) 432-6433, info@ironedison.com, www.ironedison.com

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


WB Supports Sri Lankan Climate Preparedness, Resilience (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2019-06-28
As part of its Climate Resilience Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach Project, the World Bank (WB) reports approval of $310 million in loan funding to reduce and mitigate flood risks and improve weather forecasting and early warning systems across the Bay of Bengal island nation of Sri Lanka. The loan, through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is the first of a three-phase investment program totaling $774 million over 8 years.

In 2017, Sri Lanka ranked second among countries most affected by extreme weather events -- extreme temperatures, flooding and drought -- and is expected to see a 1.2 pct drop in annual GDP by 2050 due to climate change. The Program is designed with flexibility for adaptive learning and the potential for private sector participation. (Source: World Bank, Modern Diplomacy, 27 June, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Resilience,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Greenlane Wins $3.4Mn Vancouver RNG Biogas Contract (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Biogas,Fortis
Date: 2019-06-28
Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned Burnaby, British Columbia-based subsidiary Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has secured a new $3.4 million-dollar biogas upgrading contract for a Metro Vancouver municipal wastewater treatment facility. Work is slated to begin immediately for a mis 2020 completion.

The facility will produce clean Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for injection into the gas distribution network owned and operated by FortisBC, the local gas utility.

Greenlane's "water-scrubbing" gas purification technology uses no chemicals or heat to cleans impurities and CO2 from biogas to produce high-purity biomethane, suitable for injection into the natural gas grid and for direct use as vehicle fuel. (Source: Greenlane Biogas, PR, July,2019) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, salesna@greenlanebiogas.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com; FortisBC, Douglas Stout, VP External Relations and Market Dev., 604-576-7000, www.fortisbc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  RNG,  Fortis,  


MDB Climate Finance Hits Record $43.1Bn in 2018 (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,World Bank
Date: 2019-06-28
According to the 2018 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance, climate financing by the world's largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) in developing countries and emerging economies rose to a high of $43.1 billion in 2018, boosting projects that help developing countries cut emissions and address climate risks -- an over 22 pct increase from 2017 where climate finance totaled $35.2 billion.

The report notes that $30.2 billion (70 pct) of the 2018 total was devoted to climate change mitigation investments that aim to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and slow down global warming. The remaining $12.9 billion (30 pct) was invested in climate change adaptation efforts to help address mounting impacts of climate change, including worsening droughts and more extreme weather events from extreme flooding to rising sea levels.

Since 2011, the six MDBS have committed nearly $237 billion in climate finance for developing and emerging economies. MDBs' climate finance aims to ensure that global financial flows are consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement.(Source: World Bank, Modern Diplomacy, June, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Mehreen Sheikh, (202) 458-7336, msheikh1@worldbank.org, www.worldbank.org

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


Alexandria Tightens Green Bldg, Efficiency Standard (Ind. Report)
Alexandria, Green Building
Date: 2019-06-28
In the Old Dominion State, the Alexandria city council reports approval of an update to the city's 2009 Green Building Policy requiring new developments to have a 20 pct reduction in energy consumption, 29 pct reduction in water use and 3 pct cut in green gas emissions, compared to developments abiding by the 2009 standards.

The policy update features:: increased minimum certification for projects requiring a development site plan or development special use permit; priority performance points for certification; and enhanced public development standards. The first refers to the certification levels outlined in different third-party rating systems for green building standards. The city sets specific benchmark requirements for three systems -- US Green Building Council LEED, Green Globes and EarthCraft.

The new policy sets higher standards for public development than private development, although requirements for both types increased from those outlined in the 2009 policy. Public developments must now meet LEED Gold standards while private developments must meet LEED Silver stands. Projects not using the LEED system will need to meet the equivalent in Green Globes, EarthCraft or another third-party rating system. The new standards come into force in March, 2020. (Source: Alexandria City Council. Alexandria Times, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Alexandria City Council, (703) 746-4500, /www.alexandriava.gov/Council

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


Armstrong Fluid Tech Inks Net-Zero Bldg Commitment (Ind Report)
Armstrong Fluid Technology
Date: 2019-06-28
Toronto, Ontario-based international HVAC specialist Armstrong Fluid Technology reports it has signed on to the World Green Building Council Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment positioning energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization across global portfolios. Signatories to the Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment pledge to reach net-zero carbon operating emissions within their portfolios by 2030.

To meet this commitment, Armstrong will: implement energy efficiency measures to lower electricity and fossil fuel consumption; generate renewable energy on-site; and procure renewable generated electricity and carbon offsets.

The WGBC pledge calls for cities, states and regions to require all new buildings to operate at net-zero carbon from 2030, and all buildings, including existing buildings, operate at net-zero carbon by 2050. In addition to generating and obtaining renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand, the Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization. (Source: Armstrong Fluid Technology, PR, The News, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Armstrong Fluid Technology, Charles Armstrong, CEO, (416) 755-2291, info@armstrongfluidtechnology.com, www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com; World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero-status-report-2019

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  Energy Efficiency,  World Green Building Council,  


Illinois Renewable Resource Procurement Plan Update -- (Ind. Report)
Illinois Power Agency
Date: 2019-06-26
In the Land of Lincoln, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA), the state agency responsible for managing Illinois' renewable energy program has indicated that the state will likely miss its renewable energy target without legislative action. Illinois legislation requires the state to procure 25 pct of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025, but the IPA predicts current policy will only provide enough funding to reach roughly 10 pct by 2030, according to Path to 100, a group supported by labor and renewable energy organizations working to create jobs in Illinois.

Illinois has seen rapid growth in wind and solar energy in recent years, driven in part by policy changes from the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act. This policy supported new utility-scale wind and solar developments; enabled homeowners, businesses and public entities to lower their energy bills through on-site solar; and generated thousands of new jobs, according to Path to 100. But, IPA contends, without legislative change, renewable energy development will contract in 2020 and dry up almost completely between 2021 and 2025 due to funding constraints written into current law.

Download the Illinois Long-Term Renewable Resource Procurement Plan Update Stakeholder Workshop -- Overview of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan; RPS Budgets; Utility-Scale Procurements HERE. (Source: Illinois Power Agency, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Illinois Power Agency, www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/default.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Illinois Power Agency,  IPA,  Renewable Energy,  


Wind Blade Maintenance Specialist Opening RI Facility (Ind. Report)
GEV Wind Power
Date: 2019-06-26
In Providence, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation reports the awarding of $1.93 million in state Qualified Jobs Incentive Tax Credits to Hull, UK-based GEV Wind Power as an incentive to open its U.S. headquarters in North Kingstown, where the company expects to employ 125 individuals in wind blade maintenance services to the global wind power industry.

In qualifying for the incentives, GEV will commit to operating in Rhode Island for 12 years. The tax credits are expected to generate $3.5 million in net revenues for the state over the 12-year period, and, once the new hires are in place, an increase of $13.67 million in the state's annual gdp. (Source: GEV Wind Power, Providence Journal, 24 June, 2019) Contact: GEV Wind Power Daniel Boon, GM U.S. Operations, +44 (0) 1482 300 640, www.gevwindpower.com

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


REAP Helps Rural Enterprises Cut Energy Costs (Funding)
Renewable Energy for America Program
Date: 2019-06-26
In Washington, the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) has announced $266,490 in grant funding to eight Oregon applicants, $40,589 to Idaho applicants and $16,981 to Washington projects to help farm applicants for energy efficiency measure to help cut energy costs. Nationwide, the USDA awarded $1 million through REAP across 17 states and Puerto Rico.

REAP grants are divided into two categories. The Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Program awards money for renewable energy developments and efficiency improvements, while the Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Program allows recipients to conduct energy audits and provide assistance for farms and rural businesses. Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019. (Source: USDA Rural Dev., Capital Press, 25 June, 2019) Contact: USDA REAP, rurdev.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA REAP,  Energy EfficiencyRenewable Energy for America Program,  


Chevron, California Bioenergy to Produce Biomethane

Date: 2019-06-26
Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and California Bioenergy announced a joint investment in a holding company with California dairy farmers to produce and market dairy biomethane as a vehicle fuel in the state. The holding company, CalBioGas, secured funding from Chevron to build infrastructure for dairy biomethane projects in California’s San Joaquin Valley, adding to the investment from dozens of dairy farmers. Manure storage on dairy farms results in the release of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. CalBio brings technology, operational experience and capital to help dairy farmers build digesters and methane capture projects to convert this methane to a beneficial use as renewable natural gas. The dairy biomethane projects are designed to send dairy biogas to a centralized processing facility, where it will be upgraded to RNG and injected into the local gas utility’s pipeline. The RNG is then marketed as an alternative fuel for heavy-duty trucks, buses, and eventually off-road and farm equipment. (Source: Transport Topics, 24 June, 2019)


Sempra Releases 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report (Ind. Report)
Sempra Energy
Date: 2019-06-26
San Diego-based Sempra Energy reports release of its Delivering Energy With Purpose 2018 corporate sustainability report outlining the company's clean energy, environmental, social and governance performance and investments in energy infrastructure in North America.

The report covers the company's efforts to build infrastructure to connect customers to renewable energy supplies including energy from solar, wind, battery storage and renewable natural gas. Sempra's operating companies also have a number of programs that aim to enhance electric reliability and energy efficiency.

According to the report, the company expects to play a leadership role in the worldwide shift away from coal toward lower-emissions natural gas through the development of five liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure projects in North America.

Download Sempra's Delivering Energy With Purpose -- 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report HERE. (Source: Sempra Energy, PR, NewsWire, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Sempra Energy, Dennis V. Arriola, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Jeff Martin, CEO (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Sustainable Energy,  


Virgin's Australian Flights Fueled by GEVO SAJF (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2019-06-26
Englewood, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. reports Virgin Australia has used Gevo's sustainable aviation jet fuel (SAJF) on 1 million kilometers of flights, for all aircraft operating in and out of Brisbane Airport. The Gevo fuel was dispensed through the airport's general fuel supply system.

Since the first container of SAJF was delivered to Brisbane back in August 2018, Virgin Australia has continued to work with GEVO and has welcomed three more deliveries of the SAJF since this time, according to the Gevo release.

As previously reported, in October, 2017, Virgin (Airlines) Australia announced a two-year project with Brisbane airport, GEVO and the Queensland Government and worked on the trial with supply partners Caltex and DB Schenker. The first test saw a biofuel blend pumped to 195 domestic and international flights that traveled more than 430,000 kilometres. Additional trials were expected to follow over the next 12 to 18 months. (Source: GEVO, PR, Ethanol Producer, 24 June, 2019) Contact: GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, pgruber@gevo.com; Virgin Australia, +61 7 3295 2296, www.virginaustralia.com/uk; Brisbane Airport, www.bne.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Maritime Shipping Majors Could Miss Emissions Targets (Int'l)
CDP
Date: 2019-06-26
A Sea Change, a new report from the London-headquartered environmental non-profit and investment research provider CDP notes the world's maritime shipping majors are not investing in key technologies to reduce their carbon footprint, and that the sector is at risk of missing the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) targets to reduce GHG emissions by 50 pct by 2050.

The report ranks 18 of the largest publicly listed shipping companies, representing $62 billion of market capitalization, on business readiness for a low-carbon transition. CDP's analysis finds maritime innovation trends currently focus on technologies and fuels that only deliver marginal improvements; the shipping sector has poor rates of disclosure with only 5 companies completing CDP's 2018 Climate Change questionnaire; and board level oversight of climate issues is very low with only 3 companies having board level climate committees.

According to the report, shipping accounts for up to 3 pct of global emissions and 10 pct of transport emissions while transporting around 80 pct of the world's trade in physical goods. (Source: IMO, CDP, 25 June, 2019) Contact: CDP, Carole Ferguson, Head of Investor Research, www.cdp.net; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  CDP,  


NV Energy Adding 1,200 MW of New Solar + Storage (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-06-26
In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based NV Energy reports it will seek Nevada PUC approval for the addition of nearly 1,200 MW of new solar PV generation along with 590 MW of battery storage to be added to its energy mix in the form of three projects in southern Nevada. With the addition of these new projects, NV Energy will double its renewable energy by 2023.

Each of the three announced projects -- the 200-mw Arrow Canyon Solar Project with a 75 mw battery storage system; the 300-mw Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center with 135-mw Li-Ion battery energy storage system; and the 690-mw Gemini Solar + Battery Storage Project with a 380 mw AC battery storage system -- are expected to be online by the end of 2023.

NV Energy's current portfolio includes 57 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, biomass and supported rooftop solar projects both in service and under development. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 24 June, 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cameron, CEO, Pres., www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Solar,  


Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Wind Turbine Arrays Set (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2019-06-26
In the Bay State, New Bedford-based Vineyard Wind reports it has eliminated three 9.5 MW offshore wind turbines located near the Nantucket Historic District and Chappaquiddick on the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard. The total size of the first U.S. large-scale offshore wind facility will remain unchanged at approximately 800 MW.

Project changes, which were made in response to community and stakeholder input, will see a 20 pct reduction in the project's overall footprint, greater space between offshore wind towers, a white-grey paint finish to limit the project's visual impacts on Martha's Vineyard, and other changes. The project is in 2022. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Cape Cod Today, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, Erich Stephens, Chief Dev. Officer, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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


BCIA Touts One Small Change Bldg. Efficiency Campaign (Int'l)
Building Controls Industry Association
Date: 2019-06-26
In the UK, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is reporting the launch of its One Small Change Campaign to drive a shift towards lower energy demand in buildings at an individual, as well as organizational level.

BCIA is seeking to encourage initiatives that increase energy efficiency; bring building performance in line the UK government's recent commitments to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050; and cut building energy waste. To that end, BCIA is calling on the buildings control industry to share knowledge on different means of saving energy in buildings. (Source: Building Controls Industry Association, PR, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Building Controls Industry Association, Jon Belfield, CEO, +44 0 118 940 3416 www.bcia.co.uk

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


Enerfin's 50-MW Valencia Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy,Enerfin
Date: 2019-06-26
In Madrid, Elecnor's wind energy unit Enerfin reports construction is underway on its 50 MW Cofrentes Wind Farm in Valencia.

The wind farm will incorporate 13, GE 3.8-137 onshore wind turbines manufactured at GE's Renewable Energy site in Salzbergen, Germany while the turbine blades will be from GE's LM Wind Power in Spain. GE Renewable Energy will also provide a 25-year Full Service Agreement to be administered from its site in Noblejas and the new Remote Operations Center (ROC) in Barcelona. The project is slated for commissioning in 2020. (Source: Enerfin, reve, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Enerfin, +34 91 417 0980, www.enerfiin.es

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


Burberry Targets 95 pct Emissions Reduction by 2022 (Int'l)
Science Based Targets initiative
Date: 2019-06-26
UK-headquartered luxury fashion giant Burberry reports it is targeting a 95 pct reduction in its scope 1 and 2 emissions against a 2016 baseline by 2022, as well as a targeted 30 pct absolute reduction in scope 3 emissions by 2030 against the same baseline. The new commitments expand on an existing goal to become a carbon-neutral operation by 2022.

According to the Burberry release, goals have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and are consistent to the reductions required to limit global warming to 1.5C.

Burberry has already achieved carbon neutral status across the Americas region, EMEIA retail stores and its UK operations and has reduced its market-based emissions compared to the 2016/17 year, having recorded a 43 pct over a two-year period. (Source: Burberry, edie, 25 June 2019)Contact: Burberry, www.burberryplc.com/en/contacts.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Science Based Targets initiative,  


Notable Quote -- Woody Biomass and the EPA's ACE Rules
Biomass
Date: 2019-06-26
"In a bit of an Orwellian logic, the (Trump) EPA's recently finalized ACE (Affordable Clean Energy) rules ... ignore the basis for why using biomass for power and heat is the principal pathway for decarbonization in most other developed countries. By only counting the CO2 emission at the source and ignoring the continuous adsorption of CO2 by sustainably managed forests, the EPA has excluded a proper consideration of the dynamics that keep the net CO2 added into the atmosphere neutral or even negative.

"In Europe, wood pellets and wood chips are recognized as low carbon fuels because a full life-cycle analysis shows that under well-crafted (and necessary) sustainability criteria, the combustion of those fuels is carbon neutral. The supply chain carbon footprint accounting, given that fossil fuel are used in transportation and in the electricity used to upgrade the biomass into pellets, typically yields an 85 percent or more reduction in net CO2 added to the atmosphere. Because of the carbon benefits, biomass derived fuel makes up about 60 percent of the total renewable energy in the EU28." -- William Strauss, Pres, FutureMetrics, June 24, 2019

Bethel, Maine-based FutureMetrics released the above statement criticizing the Trump Administration EPA's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Program for its treatment of biomass and calling the program's discussion of how to measure CO2 emissions "misguided."

The ACE program, which replaces Obama's Clean Power Plan, specifies that biomass co-firing is not compliant with the ACE program. Contact: FutureMetrics LLC, William Strauss, 207-824-6702, 207-357-8708 Cell, WilliamStrauss@FutureMetrics.com, www.futuremetrics.info

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  CO2 Emissions,  


Alexandria Minn. Claims Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-26
In Minnesota, the Alexandria City Council reports its 2016 energy efficiency project completed by Anoka, Minnesota-based Efficiency Solutions has yielded the city of approximately 14,000 residents more than $230,000 in energy and repair/maintenance costs in the first year and $232,764 in the second year.

The 2016, $5.6 million project included $1.4 million in general improvements, such as replacing street lights and traffic lights with LED lighting, and sealing walls, doors, ceilings and windows, and about $4.2 million in refrigeration and capital upgrades mainly at the Runestone Community Center. The total cost is expected to be recouped through energy savings in about 14 years. (Source: Alexandria Minn. City Council, Echo Press, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Apex Efficiency Solutions, 763-201-8950, www.apex-co.us; City of Alexandria, www.alexandriamn.city

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Climate Investor One Closes $850Mn Fund (Int'l Report, Funding)
Climate Investor One
Date: 2019-06-26
Cooperative Climate Fund Managers U.A. (CFM) is reporting closing of Climate Investor One's Development Fund and Cooperative Construction Equity Fund U.A. at a combined $850 million, $20 million above its targeted $830 million.

Climate Investor One is the inaugural facility managed by CFM and the first of an intended series of "blended finance" investment vehicles focused on providing capital to climate mitigation and renewable energy sectors in developing countries.

As a catalytic driver of scale to Climate Investor One, GCF has unlocked further funding opportunities for new and existing commercial and institutional investors. The GCF investment in Climate Investor One will be routed via the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, in the capacity as GCF Accredited Entity (AE), according to the CFM release.

Climate Investor One will utilize a whole-of-life financing approach to deliver low-carbon energy infrastructure projects across Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. (Source: Climate Investor One , ESI Africa, 25 June, 2019) Contact: Climate Investor One, Ben Broche Global Lab Program Manager, ben.broche@cpiclimatefinance.org, www.climatefinancelab.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy,  


Notable Quote -- "Volkswagen Committed to Paris Climate Agreement"
VW,Volkswagen
Date: 2019-06-26
"Volkswagen is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. CNG has an important role to play in the alternative drive systems strategy that runs alongside the Group's electrification offensive. It is sufficiently proven, immediately available, efficient and cost-effective.

"Furthermore, CNG cars are not affected by driving bans in city centers. Refueling with biomethane or e-gas results in an even better CO2 balance. Both can easily be fed into the gas network and mixed with any amount of fossil natural gas." -- Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group

More Low-Carbon Energy News VW,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


Cellulose Fuel Ethanol Market Recent Developments & Emerging Trends to 2026 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Cellulosic
Date: 2019-06-26
The recently released Global Cellulose Fuel Ethanol Market Report from Reports & Data offers market insights of the cellulosic fuels market and industry.

The Cellulose Fuel Ethanol Market Report analyses key global geographies, technologies, leading players and production capacities, utilization ratio, consumer base, demand, and supply chain, profit margin, and merchants and related factors and data.

Request a FREE sample copy report HERE. Browse full report description, TOC, Table of Figure, Chart, etc. HERE. (Source: Reports & Data, TheIndustryAnalysis June 25, 2019) Contact: Reports & Data, (212)710-1370, sales@reportsanddata.com, www.reportsanddata.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulose Fuel Ethanol,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  


StorTera, Equilibrium Engineering Lands $2.6Mn for Energy Storage Pilot Project (Ind. Report)
Equilibrium Engineering,StorTera
Date: 2019-06-26
Edinburgh, Scotland-based energy storage specialist StorTera, together with its Kentville, Nova Scotia-headquartered partner Equilibrium Engineering, report receipt of $2.6 million Cdn (£1.6 million) to implement its pilot Alba Nova: A Smart Grid Pilot Using Advanced Battery Storage system.

The funding from the Power Forward Challenge, a joint initiative between the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Natural Resources Canada, will support the implementation of commercial and domestic battery systems with in-built artificial intelligence that can increase uptake of renewables, save money for customers and utilities, and accelerate carbon reductions by boosting the use of electric energy.

Alba Nova is run in partnership with the Nova Scotian town of Berwick and the Renewable Energy Storage Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax. (Source: StorTera, The Scotsman, 25 June, 2019)Contact: Equilibrium Engineering, (902) 482-0811, www.equilibrium-engineering.ca; StorTera, +44 131 569 0727, www.liquid-batteries.com


Notable Climate Change Quote -- "The Biggest Story of Our Lives"
Climate Change
Date: 2019-06-26
"This is an opportunity to maximize our ability to cover the biggest story of our lives -- the threat of climate change." -- Julie Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, South Florida Sun Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel, 25 June, 2019

Climate change is the story of Florida's future. No other state has as much at risk. That's why six of the Sunshine State's major news organizations -- Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Tampa Bay Times, the Palm Beach Post, the Orlando Sentinel and WLRN Public Media -- are cooperating and working together to report on the complex challenges of climate change, according to the Miami Herald. (Source: Miami Herald, 24 June, 2019 Contact: Julie Anderson, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, janderson@sun-sentinel.com


EPA Admonished to Update Ethanol, GHG Emissions Science ( Ind. Report, Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
EPA,Ethanol
Date: 2019-06-26
In response to the Trump administration EPA's rejection of calls to update GHG calculations based on technological advancements in ethanol production, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators led by Chuck Grassley (R. Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D. Ill.) -- both members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry -- issued the following statement urging the EPA to update an outdated environmental analysis on ethanol in order to "improve foreign sales opportunities."

"During the past five years, ethanol has been the fastest-growing agricultural export. As more nations adopt policies for lower-emission vehicle fuels, domestically produced ethanol can provide an immediate solution for their goals. We assert that there is little justification for EPA to maintain such an outdated calculation that otherwise could be easily corrected with existing, available analysis -- and straightforwardly address an unnecessary obstacle to international trade," the Senators wrote.

"Peer-reviewed science conducted by the USDA has affirmed that U.S. ethanol lowers greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 39-43 pct versus gasoline. EPA has rejected all calls to update these calculations, instead using nearly 10-year-old data, which ignores the technological advancements in ethanol production", the Senators said.

The Senators called for the EPA to adopt the scientific model Greenhouse Gas & Regulated Emissions & Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) developed by the DOE Argonne National Laboratory, after studying 100 fuel production pathways and 85 vehicle systems to measure the life-cycle carbon emissions of vehicle fuels. More than 30,000 organizations worldwide use the updated GREET model, including the FAA, NASA, Ford and GM, BP and others. EPA does not use the updated model. (Source: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa),Feedstuffs, 25 June, 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Chuck Grassley,  GHGs,  Ethanol,  


Sempra OKs NeoVolta NV14 for Grid Interconnection (Ind. Report)
Sempra Energy,NeoVolta
Date: 2019-06-26
Sempra Energy, parent of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), is reporting approval of NeoVolta's NV14 home energy storage system for grid operations.

NeoVolta designs, develops and manufactures utility-bill reducing residential energy storage systems based on Lithium-Iron Phosphate chemistry.

The NV14 is equipped with a solar rechargeable 14.4 kWh battery, a 7,680-Watt inverter and a web-based energy management system with 24/7 monitoring. (Source: Sempra, PR, June 25, 2019) Contact: NeoVolta, Brent Willson, CEO, (858) 239-2029, IR@NeoVolta.com, www.NeoVolta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  NeoVolta,  Energy Storage,  


Permafrost Collapses 70 Yrs Early (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-06-24
"Climate scientists have been warning about the dangers of global warming for decades. Now, it's happening, in spades. It should be noted that America's politicians are guilty of ignoring warnings by their own scientists. Those warnings officially started 31 years ago when Dr. James Hansen, then head of NASA Institute for Space Studies, testified before the Senate[ in 1988: 'If the current pace of the buildup of these gases (GHG) continues, the effect is likely to be a warming of 3 to 9 degrees F from the year 2025 to 2050, according to these projections. This rise in temperature is not expected to be uniform around the globe but to be greater in the higher latitudes.'

"Global warming is prominent throughout the North. Ergo, climate news doesn't get much worse (well, actually, it could, and will) than the collapse of permafrost in the Canadian High Arctic's extreme coldest region (where): 'Observed maximum thaw depths at our sites are already exceeding those projected to occur by 2090. The aforementioned study, from 2003-2016, found permafrost melt up to 240 pct more than previous years. In geological terms, that's like winning the Indy 500, hands down. That permafrost had been frozen solid for 'thousands of years.' Accordingly, scientists predicted the permafrost 'wouldn't melt for another 70 years.' Yet, the landscape has already collapsed by up to three feet.

"Bottom line, the top 25 pct of the Northern Hemisphere, where permafrost is ubiquitous, is coming apart at the seams, and climate scientists are behind the eight ball while America's politicians deny the legitimacy of science and openly spit on the underlying thesis of anthropogenic global warming. In point of fact, Farquharson's '70-yr too early permafrost collapse' makes the onset of RGW look like a dead-ringer, but when?

"There's no getting around the fact that ecosystems are collapsing. The evidence is too palpable to ignore. It's serious; it's deadly, and it could be too late to do much to stop it, other than a last-ditch WWII Marshall Plan Worldwide Consortium dedicated to converting the world to renewable energy, and forcing removal of CO2 from the atmosphere, yet, those solutions take years and years of planning, setup, construction, and billions upon billions of funding. It's not happening.

Meanwhile, carbon that has been trapped in and under permafrost over eons readies to escape to turbo-charge an already over-saturated turbo-charged climate. It's literally happening right now. The waiting room is already full. Farquharson's study proves it, and Alaska's permafrost carbon emissions that compete with U.S. commercial CO2 emissions prove it, as sled dogs wade through it." (Source: Dissident Voice, Robert Hunziker, 21 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


DRAX, Deep Branch Biotech to Turn CO2 into Animal Feed (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2019-06-24
In the UK, power plant operator DRAX and Nottingham-startup Deep Branch Biotechnology, a lab located at DRAX's giant power station in Yorkshire, reports the two organizations will explore ways to capture and process CO2 into protein for sustainable animal feed.

Deep Branch Biotechnology is to run the new pilot project within the DRAX power plant's Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Incubation Area. For the pilot project, scientists will gather waste CO2 from energy generation and feed it to microbes which will use it to make single-cell proteins that could replace soy and fish meal in fish and livestock feeds.

Deep Branch claims it can convert "up to 60-70 pct of CO2 into protein, helping to both minimize the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere during power generation and other industrial processes, whilst producing protein for animal feeds which will help reduce the impact of agricultural sectors on the environment as well."

The Deep Branch pilot, which is slated to get underway this autumn, aims to capture enough CO2 to produce 100kg of protein. If successful, Deep Branch Biotechnology plans to build a larger production facility by 2020. DRAX has been capturing CO2 since February through its Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot project, which uses technology developed by Leeds University spin-out company C-Capture. (Source: Deep Branch Biotechnology, DRAX, June, 2019) Contact: Deep Branch Biotechnology, Peter Rowe, CEO, info@deepbranchbio.com, www.deepbranchbio.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com; C-Capture, Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, Tel/Fax +44 0 113 245 0418, www.c-capture.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-Capture,  CCUS,  DRAX,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  


Empire State Passes Carbon-Neutral 2050 Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
New York State
Date: 2019-06-24
Last Thursday in Albany, New York state legislators passed the Climate and Community Protection Act, one of the nation's most ambitious plans to slow climate change by reducing GHG emissions to zero by 2050. If signed into law by Governor Cuomo, the legislation would make New York the nation's second state -- after California -- to pass carbon-neutral economy legislation.

The New York act mandates reducing emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050, and offsetting the remaining 15 pct , making the state carbon neutral. The Act calls for reducing emissions by 40 pct by 2030 and using only carbon-free sources such as solar and wind to generate electricity by 2040. (Source: Business Day, Various Media, Reuters, 20 June, 2019)

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


NJ Offshore Wind Solicitation Goes to Orsted (Ind. Report)
Orsted,New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2019-06-24
Sitting in Trenton, the The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) report it unanimously granted the Garden State's first award for a 1,100 MW offshore wind project to Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted.

The 1,100 MW project is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits.

The project is single largest award for offshore wind in the country to date and marks further progress toward meeting New Jersey's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. (Source: NJBPU, 23 June, 2019) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us; Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  


NH Farm Community Solar Project Announced (Ind. Report)
Monadnock Sustainability Network, ReVision Energy
Date: 2019-06-24
In New Hampshire, the Monadnock Sustainability Network and South Portland, Maine-based ReVision Energy report plans are afoot for a community-supported 95-KW solar array on Sun Moon Farm in Rindge, in the Moanadnock Region.

The community solar aray's expected yearly output is divvied up into shares of 5,000 kWh per year selling for $6,200 per share.

The array will initially be owned by investors, and farmers will buy power at a discounted rate. Then, after six years, the farmers buy out the investors and own the solar array and then get electricity from the solar array for free.

ReVision Energy will install the array later this year. (Source: Keene Sentinel, 21 June, 2019) Contact: ReVision Energy, Dan Weeks, Dir. Market Development, (207) 221-6342, Fax - (207) 358-7944, www.revisionenergy.com; Monadnock Sustainability Network, www.greenmonadnock.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  Monadnock Sustainability Network and ReVision Energy,  


GE Tapped as Scottish Tidal Project Systems Supplier (Int'l)
SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Date: 2019-06-24
In Edinburgh, SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited (Atlantis) reports the selection of GE's Power Conversion business as preferred supplier for electrical systems that will power the tidal stream turbines for the MeyGen tidal power project second phase in the Pentland Firth, north of Scotland.

The MeyGen project is the only commercial multi-turbine array to have commenced construction and has been generating power for the UK grid for more than a year, after Atlantis completed installation of four generating units at the site in 2017, according to a GE release. (Source: GE, SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Hydro Review, 21 June, 2019) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Drew Blaxland, +44 131 659 9690, www.atlantisbahamas.com; GE Power Conversion, www.gepowerconversion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Simec,  MayGen,  Tidal Power,  


Marine Energy R&D Legislation Tabled (Ind. Report, R&D)
US DOE
Date: 2019-06-24
In Washington DC, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Angus King (I-Maine), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), have reintroduced the Marine Energy Research and Development Act intended to increase ocean wave and tidal power production. The Act provides federal resources to encourage private investments in marine renewable energy and reauthorizes marine renewable energy programs at the U.S. DOE.

The Act, which includes national marine renewable energy research, development and demonstration centers nationwide,directs DOE to investigate ways to build a stable marine energy supply chain in the U.S. and ways to harmonize marine energy development with ocean navigation, fisheries and critical infrastructure such as undersea cables.(Source: Various Media, Hydro Review, 24 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Power,  


Sun Sets on Alberta Solar Energy Ind. Incentives (Ind. Report)
ALberta
Date: 2019-06-24
On the Canadian prairies, Alberta's newly elected United Conservative Party (UCP) government of Premier Jason Kenney has axed to the previous NDP government's financial initiatives to stimulate the growth of renewable energy industries in the oil-soaked province.

The NDP initiatives included the Residential and Commercial Solar Program which offered rebates covering up to 35 pct of the cost of installation of home and business solar projects.

According to a study commissioned by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta, the solar industry has the potential to add close to 10,000 jobs in Alberta over the next decade. The report, prepared by Solas Energy Consulting in November 2018, estimates that Alberta's solar industry could be worth $4 billion in 2030. (Source: Solar Energy Society of Alberta, CBC News, 22 June, 2019) Contact: Solar Energy Society of Alberta, (780) 443-7788, www.solaralberta.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Alberta Renewable Energy,  Solar Incentives,  


UK Sourcing More Green Than Fossil Fuel Energy (Int'l Report)
National Grid UK
Date: 2019-06-24
In the UK, the National Grid is reporting 48 pct of the country's electricity is now being sourced from wind and solar, 47 pct from natural gas and coal with the remaining 5 pct being generated by biomass.

National Grid notes it is the first time since the Industrial Revolution that more electricity has been produced from zero and low-carbon sources rather than fossil fuels. It also notes the majority of energy imported from Europe this year has also come from carbon free sources, at an estimated 63 per cent. The bulk of this has come from nuclear power stations in France. Imported power coming from greener sources is only set to increase with the UK seeking to acquire more energy from hydropower generators in Norway. (Source: National Grid UK, BBC, The Parliamentary Review, 22 June, 2019)Contact: National Grid UK, John Pettigrew, CEO, ttps://twitter.com/nationalgriduk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  National Grid UK,  

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