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$50Mn Green Hydrogen Fuel Plant Slated for New Zealand (Int'l)
Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Hiringa Energy
Date: 2019-06-24
In New Zealand, Tauranga-based Ballance Agri-Nutrients and New Plymouth-headquartered fueling infrastructure specialist Hiringa Energy Ltd. have confirmed a joint development agreement for a $50 million clean-tech project to produce green hydrogen using renewable energ at Ballance's Kapuni ammonia-urea plant in Taranaki .

The project, which aims to develop a sustainable green hydrogen market in New Zealand is expected to generate sufficient green hydrogen to fuel as many as 6,000 buses and trucks per year . (Source: Gas World,PR 24 June, 2019) Contact: Hiringa Energy, Andrew Clennett, CEO, cclennett@hiringa.co.nz, www.hiringa.co.nz; Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Mark Wayne, CEO, www.ballance.co.nz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen news,  Green Hydrogen Fuel news,  


SRP 2035 Sustainability Goals Stress Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Salt River Project
Date: 2019-06-24
Earlier this month, Salt River Project (SRP} reported its 2035 Sustainability Goals increasing its commitments to energy efficiency and improved sustainability. SRP' 2035 Sustainability Goals include:
  • Expanding funding for energy efficiency to $50 million by 2020 and $55 million by 2025 to help ratepayers cut energy waste and save money on monthly electric bills.
  • Keeping 95 pct of SRP's operational waste -- including office furniture, electronics, power poles, cable and equipment -- out of our landfills;
  • Reducing water consumption at its facilities by at least 45 pct;.
  • Support the necessary infrastructure for at least 500,000 electric vehicles in SRP's service territory by 2035:
  • Communicating progress on sustainability initiatives to SRP customers and stakeholders in a proactive and transparent manner. (Source: Salt River Project, East Valley Tribune, 23 June, 2019) Contact: SRP, Mike Hummel, GM, Scott Harelson, Renewable Energy, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Salt River Project,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Cyprus Moving to Net-Zero Energy Buildings Goal (Int'l Report)
    Net-Zero Energy
    Date: 2019-06-24
    The Eastern Mediterranean island country of Cyprus reports the incorporation of EU Directive -- 2010/31 / EU -- which aims to improve the energy performance of buildings while taking into account the external climatic conditions and indoor climate requirements.

    Under the new legislation, photovoltaic (PV) systems will be mandatory in homes, business and government buildings to hlp Cyprus meet energy consumption and near zero-energy goals.

    Buildings constructed after 31 December 2018 are required to hold an Energy Performance Certificate classifying them as Energy efficiency class B. This means that buildings will have to be built with materials insulating the interior and generate part of their energy needs from renewable energy sources. Housing units built after the end of 2018 should be producing up to 25 pct, blocks of flats 3 pct and other building types 7 pct -- rising in 2020 when all buildings must be classified as class A. This entails high-performance thermal insulation (walls, ceilings, windows, exposed floors), very low heating requirements, and have a primary annual energy consumption of under 100 kWh per m2. (Source: Cyprus Energy Ministry, Financial Mirror, June, 2019) Contact: Cyprus Energy Ministry, +357 22 867100, www.mcit.gov.cy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Kemira Participates in Bio-based Chemicals Project (Int'l)
    Kemira Oyi
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Helsinki-headquartered pulp and paper firm Kemira Oyi reports it has joined a four-year, EU funded project to develop 100 pct bio-based chemicals from renewable raw materials. The project aims to develop and improve woody biomass production efficiency at pulp mills.

    The project, which was launched in May 2019, received €5.9 million funding from the EU's Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The €9.6 million project is one of several undertakings aimed at developing a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe.

    Ecohelix , Avantium Chemicals BV, Metgen Oyi , Novamont Spa , Fundacio Universitaria Balmes , Graanul Biotech Ou , and Spinverse are also participating in the four-year project in which members will conduct demo-scale trial runs at a dissolving pulp mill in Europe. The aim is to develop fully bio-based polymeric chemistries for paper and cardboard production to complement and even replace polymers that are derived from petroleum. (Source: Kemira Oyi, PR, GlobalNewswire, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Kemira Oyi, +358 10 8611, Fax. +358 10 862 1119, www.kemira.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kemira Oyi,  Biochemical,  


    ASEAN Strengthening Climate Change Mitigation Capacity (Int'l)
    Association of Southeast Asian Nations
    Date: 2019-06-24
    On Saturday in Bangkok, the Assoc. of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) -- Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos -- reports it's member states have agreed to share information and best practices and strengthen climate change mitigation capacity, build climate-resilient communities, address natural disasters in a "timely and systematic manner" and enhance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in order to build climate resilient communities in Southeast Asia. The bloc also intends to advance ASEAN's concerns based on consensus on common interests on climate change through joint statements in the upcoming climate summits in New York and Santiago, Chile.

    The ten-nation ASEAN bloc supports the conservation and sustainable use of ASEAN's coastal and marine environment and is committed to promote biodiversity conservation and management and endeavor to mainstream biodiversity into the organization's various development processes. (Source: ASEAN, AFP, Manila Bulletin, 23 June, 2019) Contact: ASEAN, www.asean.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Association of Southeast Asian Nations,  ASEAM,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    Clearwater Paper Lauded for Improved Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Clearwater Paper
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Lewiston, Idaho-based tissue and cardboard manufacturer Clearwater Paper reports it has been recognized with the Idaho Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency for reducing its annual energy consumption by 7.7 million kWh -- sufficient energy for 740 homes per year -- at its Lewiston manufacturing facility.

    The company's energy efficiency efforts included: replacement of fan pump motors with more efficient units, retrofitting a fixed-speed water pumping system with a variable speed unit; adjustment of paper machine pulper agitators to run at lower speeds 40 pct of the time when the pulper is idling; and other upgrades and improvements. (Source: Clearwater Paper, Lewiston Tribune, 23 June, 2019) Contact: Clearwater Paper Corp., www.clearwaterpaper.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    MD. Green Registry Leadership Award Goes to CBMM (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-06-24
    In St. Micheal's on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) has been recognized a Maryland Green Registry 2019 Leadership Award recipient. The awards recognize a commitment to sustainable practices, the demonstration of measurable results and the continual improvement of environmental performance.

    CBMM sustainability achievements include efforts supporting energy efficiency, clean marina and boating practices, and the addition of rain gardens, swales, and a living shoreline to reduce stormwater runoff into the Miles River and Chesapeake Bay, while providing habitat for wildlife. (Source: Maryland Green Registry, Star Democrat, 23 June, 2019) Contact: Maryland Green Registry, .www.green.maryland.gov; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, (410) 745-2916, www.cbmm.org


    £160Mn Welsh Waste Wood, Woody Biomass Plant Now Online (Int'l)
    Glenmont Partners,Stobart Energy
    Date: 2019-06-24
    In the UK, London-based Glenmont Partners reports its 250,000 tpy Margam Green waste wood-fuelled biomass plant has entered commercial operation in South Wales.

    The £160 million plant's feedstock will be supplied by Stobart Energy with locally sourced Grade-C waste wood from local authorities, civic amenity sites and commercial and industrial sources across South Wales and the South West of England. (The plant will generate sufficient power for as many as 75,000 homes. (Source: Glenmont Partners, LetsRecycle, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Glenmont Partners, +44 (0)20 3725 8318, info@glennmont.com, www.glennmont.com; Stobart Energy, www.stobartgroup.co.uk/divisions/energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stobart Energy,  Woody Biomass,  


    Centrica, NREL Partner on Hybrid Battery Storage (Ind. Report)
    Centrica,NREL
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Centrica Business Solutions -- Centrica's distributed energy and power business -- reports it has joined forces with the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to study the integration of energy storage technologies.

    Research will be conducted at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) where the focus is on developing and demonstrating innovative energy systems and "second life" battery storage technologies. Second life batteries include batteries previously used in electric vehicles as a single unit for disparate applications. (Source: Centrica, NREL, newKerala, 23 June, 2019) Contact: Centrica Business Solutions, Fabio Mantovani, Director of Technology Strategy and Innovation, www.centrica.com; NREL, Martha Symko-Davies, Laboratory Program Manager, ESIF, www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Centrica,  NREL,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    Air Travelers Prefer Aviation Biofuels Over Env. Tax (Int'l)
    International Air Transport Association
    Date: 2019-06-24
    According to International Air Transport Association (IATA) commissioned research, air passengers support the development of new technologies and sustainable aviation biofuels to reduce aviation carbon emissions rather than the imposition of an "environmental" tax on airline tickets.

    The commercial air transport industry is targeting a cap of CO2 emissions through carbon neutral growth from 2020 and aims to halve emissions by 2050, compared to 2005 levels, ensure the aviation industry's compatibility with the Paris climate agreement goals. (Source: International Air Transport Association, Biofuels Int'l, 24 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news,  Carbon Tax news,   news,  


    Photosynthesis Transforms CO2 into Liquefiable Fuels (R&D)
    University of Illinois
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Chemists at the University of Illinois – Chanpaign are reporting the production of fuels using water, CO2 and visible light through artificial photosynthesis. By converting CO2 into more complex molecules like propane, green energy technology is now one step closer to using excess CO2 to store solar energy in the form of chemical bonds.

    There are several ways in which the energy stored in bonds of the hydrocarbon fuel is freed. However, the easy conventional method of combustion ends up producing more CO2 -- which is counterproductive to the notion of harvesting and storing solar energy in the first place, according to research tem leader Prof. Prashant Jain,

    Plants use sunlight to drive chemical reactions between water and CO2 to create and store solar energy in the form of energy-dense glucose. In the new study, the researchers developed an artificial process that uses the same green light portion of the visible light spectrum used by plants during natural photosynthesis to convert CO2 and water into fuel, in conjunction with electron-rich gold nanoparticles that serve as a catalyst.

    "The goal is to produce complex, liquefiable hydrocarbons from excess CO2 and other sustainable resources such as sunlight. Liquid fuels are ideal because they are easier, safer and more economical to transport than gas and, because they are made from long-chain molecules, contain more bonds and pack energy more densely," according to Jain.

    The research was supported by The Energy and Biosciences Institute, through the EBI-Shell program. Download the paper Plasmonic photosynthesis of C1–C3 hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide assisted by an ionic liquid HERE. (Source: University of Illinois, PR, June, 2019) Contact: University of Illinois, Prof. Prashant Jain, (217) -333-3417; jain@illinois.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Illinois news,  CO2 news,  


    Centrica Expands US Presence with SmartWatt Acquisition (M&A)
    Centrica,SmartWatt
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the UK, Centrica reports it has agreed to the $37 million (£29 million) acquisition of U.S. based energy services and solutions provider SmartWatt. With the acquisition, SmartWatt will become part of energy giant Centrica's distributed energy and power unit, Centrica Business Solutions. The transaction is expected to close on 1 July 2019.

    SmartWatt, which is headquartered in Albany, New York, focuses on combining lighting retrofits, energy efficiency upgrades, HVAC, building automation and on-site renewables for C&I customers. The company has 14 offices throughout the US, and has completed installations for major companies including FedEx, Nestle and Pepsi. (Source: Centrica, Current+-, 20 June, 2019) Contact: SmartWatt, Chris Covell, CEO, (518) 406-5079, www.smartwatt.com; Centrica, +44 (0) 1784 843000, +44 (0)1753 494000. media@centrica.com, www.centrica.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SmartWatt,  Centrica,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Kuala Lumpur Upgrades 212,639 Street Lights to LED (Int'l. Report)
    Tenaga Nasional Berhad
    Date: 2019-06-21
    The Malaysian utility company Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in Kuala Lumpur reports it has replaced almost 60 pct of the city's 367,000 street light bulbs with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.

    The utility replaced 212,639 units of the old High Pressure Sodium Vapour (HPSV) bulbs with a capacity of 150 Watts with LED lights with a capacity of 90 watts, with the remaining HPSV united scheduled for replacement in December, 2020.

    The conversion to LED, which is under the Incentive-Based Regulation (IBR) initiative for the period 2018 to 2020, is expected to deliver street light energy cost savings of between 30 and 40 pct as well as maintenance cost savings. (Source: TNB, Edge Source, 21 June, 2019) Contact: Tenaga Nasional Berhad, www.tnb.com.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Street Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    $186Bn Global Fuel Ethanol Market Valuation by 2022 (Ind. Report)
    Zion Market Research
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Zion Market Research's recently released Fuel Ethanol Market for Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Feedstock, and Automotive and Other Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2016 – 2022 offers a resourceful means to assess the Fuel Ethanol Market with all-inclusive market data analysis and upfront statistics.

    The report encompasses the leading market players across the globe with insights into products and specifications, market share, company profiles, sales, and contact details along with an objective estimation and analysis of prospects in the Fuel Ethanol Market. with systematic market study report containing several other market-allied factors. The report also encompasses wide-ranging data on market strategies, specific business and financial terms, projected growth of the market, and others complete with flowcharts, figures, and graphs.

    Request Free Sample Fuel Ethanol Market Report HERE. Download Free PDF Report Brochure HERE; Report details and general information HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, June, 2019) Contact: ZMR, (855) 465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Zion Market Research,  


    REC Solar to Save Calif. School District Millions (Ind. Report)
    REC Solar, Duke Energy Renewables
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the Golden State, Duke Energy Renewables subsidiary REC Solar reports it is working with the Pleasanton Unified School District in Pleasanton, Calif., to utilize solar-plus-energy storage solutions to significantly cut emissions and save on energy costs.

    The project will install 1 MW of solar carports and a 660 kWh battery energy storage system at Pleasanton Unified's Amador Valley High School for a $2.2 million projected energy costs savings over the term of a 25-year PPA. The installation will be financed by Duke Energy Renewables.

    Duke Energy Renewables operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of 3,000 MW. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PR, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; REC Solar, Matt Walz, CEO, 805.471.0085, www.recsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REC Solar,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Duke Energy Renewables,  


    Atlanta's State Farm Arena Scores USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,LEED Certification
    Date: 2019-06-21



    Norway Proposing North Sea Offshore Wind Sites (Int'l Report)
    Norway
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Further to our 18 Dec, 2017 report -- the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announces it will open one to two offshore areas for the development of floating wind power demonstration projects -- the Ministry is now proposing to open two permanent, non-floating offshore wind power sites in the North Sea.

    The Utsira Nord site could reportedly accommodate turbines producing 500 MW to and 1,500 MW capacity, while the larger Sorlige Nordsjo II site could handle between 1,000 MW and 2,000 MW capacity. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Kallanish, 20 June, 2019)Contact: Norway Minister of Petroleum and Energy, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/oed/id750

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


    Solarize Yakima Helping Residential Solar Investments (Ind. Report)
    Yakima
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In Washington State, the Yakima City council reports the city is joining with Seattle-based not-for-profit Spark Northwest for the Solarize Yakima Project. Spark Northwest works to make it easier for Washington State residents to invest in solar energy by teaching homeowners and business owners about solar power.

    The project could start as soon as July and at no cost to the City of Yakima. (Source: Yakima City Council, KIMA, 19 June, 2019) Contact: Spark Northwest, 206.328.2441, Fax: 206.770.6570, connect@ sparknorthwest.org, https://sparknorthwest.org; City of Yakima, (509) 575-6000, www.yakimawa.gov; Solarize Yakima Project, www.solarizenw.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Eolus, Vestas Ink 13 Turbine Wind Wall Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Eolus Vind
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Hassleholm, Sweden-headquartered wind energy developer Eolus Vind AB, through it's Eolus Vind North America unit, reports inking an agreement with Vestas for the delivery of up to 13, Vestas model V126 wind turbines totaling up to 47 MW, plus a 10 year service agreement, for the Wind Wall 1 wind farm near Tehachapi, California.

    Eolus North America holds 60 pct interest in Wind Wall Development, LLC that owns the rights to the Wind Wall 1 Project. Commercial operation is planned for 2020. Eolus North America, Inc has also entered into a long-term PPA with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company. The wind farm is projected to generate sufficient energy for up to 14,000 U.S. homes for a year.

    Eolus presently has aabout 800 MW of assets under the full scope of management contract and will reach over 1,200 MW over the next few years. (Source: Eolus Vind AB, PR, ClobalNewsWire, Yahoo, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Eolus Vind AB North America, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02 www.eolusvind.com; Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, +49 (0) 160 90141736., chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Eolus Vind,  Wind,  


    Tesco, SEEIT Ink Rooftop Solar INstallation, PPA (Int'l Report)
    Tesco
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the UK, SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT) reports it will install 5 MW of rooftop solar at retail grocery chain Tesco stores across the country.

    Under the deal, SEEIT will install, own, and operate up to 5MW of new rooftop solar capacity at Tesco buildings across the UK, with the retailer drawing down the power via a PPA for each site. Renewables developer Kingspan will collaborate on financing, building and operating the sites. Financial terms for the deal were not disclosed.

    Tesco is targeting a switch to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2030, as part of its Science-Based Target to reach net zero emissions by 2050. (Source: TESCO, BusinessGreen, 20 June, 2019) Contact: SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust, Jonathan Maxwell, CEO, www.sdcleeit.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesco,  Solar,  


    HP Targeting 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    HP,Science-Based Target
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In its latest Sustainable Impact Report, San Jose, California-headquartered computing and business machine giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has announced a portfolio of environmental pledges.

    By 2035 all of HP's global operations will be powered by 100 pct renewable electricity and the amount of recycled plastics used in HP personal computers and printers will hit 30 pct by 2025, according to the report. HP also says its sustainable impact programmes drove almost $1 billion of new revenue in 2018 -- up 35 pct on 2017. In addition, HP noted that it has an approved Science-Based Target (SBT) in place to cut its direct GHG emissions 25 pct by 2025, against a 2015 baseline, alongside a goal to cut emissions associated with the use of its products by a quarter by 2020. The company also plans to cut its supply chain emissions by 10 pct by 2025, against a base year of 2015. (Source: HP, BusinessGreen, 15 June, 2019) Dion Weisler, HP's president and CEO www.hpe.com; Science-Based Targets Initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Energy,  Science-Based Target ,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    RTPI Launches Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign (Int'l)
    Royal Town Planning Institute
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the UK, the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign is calling for "radical" government action to help local planning authorities tackle climate change and reduce emissions generated in the built environment. Local planning departments are key to devising and implementing policies to rid the country's buildings, transport and infrastructure of greenhouse gases, as well as making projects carbon neutral. To that end, government departments at every level need the funding, resources and national policies to do the job, according to RTPI.

    Specifically, the RTPI Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign calls on the government to:

  • Reintroduce the requirement that all new-build homes are zero carbon and that measures and resources are put in place for existing homes to be zero carbon;

  • Develop a tool for assessing the carbon impact of existing and future local plans;

  • Ensure that climate change mitigation is a vital component of wider planning and infrastructure policy and that government listens to the planning profession in formulating that policy;

  • Give more resources to local planning authorities and empower devolved local and national governments to lead on climate change mitigation at local level and give them the resources to do so;

  • Invest in UK infrastructure for smart energy heat and sustainable mobility, including greater collaboration between the business, transport and housing/communities ministries.

    The Royal Town Planning Institute is the principal body representing planning professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It promotes and develops policy affecting planning and the built environment. (Source: Royal Town Planning Institute, Housing Today, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Royal Town Planning Institute, Ian Tant, Pres., +44 0 20 7929 9494, contact@rtpi.org.uk, www.rtpi.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Town Planning Institute,  Climate Change,  


  • Renewable Energy Group DFT's Newest Member (Ind. Report)
    Diesel Technology Forum, Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2019-06-21
    The Washington, D.C.-headquartered not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) is reporting Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI)has joined its ranks.

    The Diesel Technology Forum promotes the use of the newest clean diesel technologies, including biodiesel and advanced renewable diesel fuels in the U.S. and worldwide.

    Since its founding in 1996, REGI has produced more than 2 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel -- biodiesel -- fuel; constructed or acquired commercial-scale biofuel refineries across the United States and in Europe; and established a delivery and supply network for biodiesel and other renewable fuels. The company operates 14 active biorefineries, technology development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio.

    The not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. (Source: Diesel Technology Forum, PR, Global News Wire, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Diesel Technology Forum , Allan Schaffer, Exec. Dir., Sarah Dirndorfer, 301-668-7230, sdirndorfer@dieselforum.org, www.dieselforum.org; REGI, Gary Haer, VP, (515) 239-8104, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Diesel Technology Forum ,  Renewable Energy Group,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Net Zero - UK's Contribution to Stopping Global Warming (Int'l Report)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In London, the UK's top climate change advisory body, The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) May report calls for "clear" climate change leadership across all government departments and agencies with delivery in partnership with businesses and communities.

    According to the report, emissions reductions "must be vital to the whole of government and to every level of government in the UK. Policies must be fully funded and implemented across all sectors of the economy to drive the necessary innovation, market development and consumer take-up of low-carbon technologies, and to positively influence societal change."

    Download the CCC Net Zero-- The UK's Contribution to Stopping Global Warming report HERE. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TheCCC,  Committee on Climate Change,  Climate Change,  


    Attis Praises EPA's Approval of Year Around E15 Dales (Ind. Report)
    Attis Industries
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Milton, Georgia-headquartered corn ethanol producer and technology holding company Attis Industries Inc. is lauding the Trump Administration's May 30th approval of the expansion of 15 pct (E15) ethanol blends in on-road transportation fuels. Previously, the sale of E15 was restricted to just eight months of the year.

    The rule change has the potential to create a significant increase in market demand for corn-based ethanol as well as other advanced fuels such as cellulosic ethanol. Even so, the administration continues to undermine the enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) through its abuse of the small refiner "hardship" exemptions (SREs) which have had a drastic effect on renewable fuel demand over the past two years, according to Attis. "Attis encourages the Administration to continue its support of the nation's farmers and renewable fuel producers by limiting SREs to those refiners who truly have encountered hardships by complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard," the Attis release notes.

    Attis Biofuels, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Attis Industries Inc., currently operates a 100 million gpy corn-based ethanol facility in Fulton, NY and has plans to expand the production of renewable fuels to include cellulosic ethanol and various other advanced biofuels, according to the release. (Source: Attis Ind., PR, June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., David Winsness, President of Attis Innovations, Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Biofuel,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  RFS,  


    CalBio, Chevron Partner on Dairy Biomethane Projects (Ind Report)
    CalBioGas
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the Golden State, Visalia-headquartered California Bioenergy LLC and oil giant Chevron are reporting a joint investment in CalBioGas LLC, a holding company with California dairy farmers to produce and market dairy biomethane as a transportation fuel in compliance with California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

    CalBio will help dairy farmers build digesters and methane capture projects to convert methane into renewable natural gas (RNG). Chevron will fund as many as 18 digesters across three geographic "clusters" in Kern, Tulare and Kings counties. The three clusters of digesters have been awarded California Department of Food and Agriculture grants which must be augmented with additional capital to complete the projects. (Source: California Bioenergy, PR, Chevron, Renewable Energy, 20 June, 2019) Contact: CalBioEnergy, N. Ross Buckenham, CEO, 559-667-9560, info@calbioenergy.com, www.calbioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion,  California Bioenergy,  Chevron,  Biogas,  Methane,  Biomethane,  


    Notable Quote -- Carbon Sequestration
    IndigoAg
    Date: 2019-06-21
    "If we took every cultivated acre on earth, which is about 3.5 billion acres, and got it back to 3 pct, that would take 1 trillion tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and it hold it in the soil. A trillion tons of carbon dioxide happens to be the increase that we've had in the atmosphere since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.” -- David Perry, CEO, IndigoAg Contact: Indigo Ag, David Perry, CEO, (844) 828-0240, info@indigoag.com, www.indigoag.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Storage,  


    IndigoAg Offers Farmers Incentives to Capture Carbon (Ind Report)
    IndigoAg
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Boston-based Indigo Ag is touting the June 12th launch of its Terraton Initiative carbon sequestration program that will pay farmers to use regenerative farming practices and remove carbon from the atmosphere. Since its launch, farmers have pledged more than 700,000 acres to the program. Indigo provides seed treatments and electronically connects grain growers and buyers.

    The Terraton Initiative is a global effort to capture 1 trillion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere by using agricultural plants and then storing that carbon in the soil. Through farming practices, such as cover crops, no-till, crop rotations and complimentary livestock enterprises, farmers can develop carbon-enriched soils, the company says. Basically, more plants equal more photosynthesis, which captures more carbon and creates healthier soil for better crop yields, the company says.

    As part of the Terraton Initiative, Indigo created Indigo Carbon, which is the platform that will pay farmers for increasing the carbon content of their soil and reducing overall emissions. Farmers joining Indigo Carbon within the first 12 months are eligible to receive a minimum of $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide sequestered. Most farmers can sequester 2 to 3 tons per acre per year, which would be an added revenue of $30 to $60 per acre, the company adds.

    Indigo's Terraton Initiative details are HERE. (Source: IndigoAg, PR, AgPro, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Indigo Ag, David Perry, CEO, (844) 828-0240, info@indigoag.com, www.indigoag.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IndigoAg,  Carbon Capture,  


    EPA Rolls Back Obama's Coal-Plant Clean Power Plan (Reg. & Leg.)
    Obama Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2019-06-21
    The Republican Trump administration's EPA has over ruled former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the introduction of its Affordable Clean Energy rule allowing states to set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants.

    As absurd and politically motivated as it may appear, the EPA's new rule could, by the agency's own admission, result in 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030 than the Obama-era plan it will replace.

    The Obama Clean Power Plan, which was never officially implemented, would have prevented 3,600 premature deaths a year, 1,700 heart attacks and 90,000 asthma attacks, as well as cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 32 pct compared to 2005 levels, according to analysis conducted by the Obama era EPA.

    The Trump administration's plan is a shamefully thin- veiled move to support the coal industry, as promised in his election campaign. Environmental groups and several states who see Trump's action as detrimental to clean air and efforts to fight the climate crisis have already given notice of impending action against the Trump plan. (Source: EPA, Various Media, 19 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Humber College Building Zero Carbon Design Certified (Ind Report)
    CsGBC
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Toronto, Ontario's Humber College reports its newly retrofitted NX building has been awarded Zero Carbon Building Design Certification by the Canada Green Building Council -- the first such certification in Canada. With the retrofit, the North Campus building will use 70 pct less energy than previously consumed, making it the college’s most energy efficient building, and one of the most energy efficient in North America, according the the Canada Creen Building Council.

    Energy efficiency work on the NX building included: a complete envelope retrofit that is highly insulated and airtight; new triple-pane windows; energy efficient LED lighting upgrades; HVAC systems upgrades; the addition of a new 25kW Solar PV system.

    The work, which was undertaken by BIRD Construction, is slated for completion this summer. (Source: CaGBC, PR, Humber College, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org; Humber College, (416) 675-3111, www.humber.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  CaGBC,  


    Missouri Offering Energy Efficiency Loan Program (Ind. Report)
    Missouri Division of Energy
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In Jefferson City, the Missouri Division of Energy reports it is accepting applications for low-interest loans as incentives to fund energy efficiency projects and improvements such as high-efficiency lighting, HVAC systems, renewable energies, insulation, and other improvements.

    The loans, which are repaid through the energy savings achieved from the upgrades, are available to schools, government entities, airports, hospitals, and water and wastewater treatment facilities. The loans range in size from $10,000 to $500,000. www.energyloan.mo.gov. (Source: Missouri Division of Energy, KRMS, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Missoiuri Division of Energy, 573-751-2254, https://energy.mo.gov; Energy Loan Program , www.energyloan.mo.gov

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


    Neste, LyondellBasell Tout Joint Bioplastic Production (Ind. Report)
    LyondellBasell, Neste
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Rotterdam, Netherlands-based chemicals and plastics manufacturer LyondellBasell (LYB) and Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel maker Neste have jointly announced the first parallel production of bio-based polypropylene and bio-based low-density polyethylene from sustainable bio-based raw materials at a commercial scale.

    The joint project combined Neste's renewable feedstock and LyondellBasell's technical capabilities. LyondellBasell's cracker flexibility allowed it to introduce a new renewable feedstock at its Wesseling, Germany site, which was converted directly into bio-based polyethylene and bio-based polypropylene. (Source: LyondellBasell, PR, CISION, 18 June, 2019) Contact: LyondellBasell , www.LyondellBasell.com; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LyondellBasell,  Neste,  Bioplastic ,  


    Global Methanol Market to Surpass $91.53Bn by 2026 (Ind. Report)
    Polaris Market Research
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Methanol Market Share, Size, Trends, & Industry Analysis Report, anew study from Polaris Market Research, estimates the global methanol market could reach $91.53 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 9.8 pct during the forecast period.

    The report provides an extensive analysis of present market dynamics and predicted future trends. In 2018, the natural gas feedstock segment dominated the market, in terms of revenue. In 2018, North America accounted for the majority share in the global market.

    Methanol is one of the largely produced chemicals in bulk by making use of feedstock such as natural gas and coal. Approximately 200,000 kilo tons per day of methanol is being consumed for the production of various chemicals or as transportation fuels. The global methanol industry is anticipated to witness moderate growth rates during the forecast period due to maturity in direct gasoline blending and moderating growth rates of MTO projects, especially arising from the Northeast Asia, according to the report.

    Request a reports sample HERE. Browse a report summary and other report details HERE. Contact: Polaris Market Research, (Source: Polaris Market Research, May, 2019) Contact: Polaris Market Research, (646) 568-9980, sales@polarismarketresearch.com, www.polarismarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  


    U.N. Sec Gen. Wants EU Emissions Target Raised (Int'l Report)
    European Union
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Reuters is reporting U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 -- in excess of the 28 member trading bloc's present 40 pct reduction target. The Secretary General also asked EU leaders to phase out burning coal and approval of new coal-fired power plants beyond 2020.

    The European Parliament and the EU's climate chief Miguel Arias Canete have called for the bloc to aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, saying legislation passed since the Paris Climate Agreement puts the EU on track to surpass its current emissions reduction target.

    Poland and other EU member states that rely on coal for power production , along with Germany and its its powerful automotive sector, balk at deeper emission cuts. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, CNBC, June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  EU,  


    Notable Quote -- "Carbon Offsets Not Silver Bullets"
    Carbon Offsets
    Date: 2019-06-19
    "UN Environment supports carbon offsets as a temporary measure leading up to 2030, and a tool for speeding up climate action. However, it is not a silver bullet, and the danger is that it can lead to complacency.

    "The October 2018 report by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear that if we are to have any hope of curbing global warming we need to transition away from carbon for good: by traveling electric, embracing renewable energy, eating less meat and wasting less food." -- Niklas Hagelberg, UN Environment Climate Specialist. Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

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


    Conservative Groups Urge Carbon Tax Rejection (Reg. & Leg.)
    Goldwater Institute
    Date: 2019-06-19
    More than 70 leaders from Americans for Tax Reform, the Goldwater Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Independent Women's Forum, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and other conservative-leaning organizations have written an open letter urging the U.S. Congress not to impose carbon taxes.

    "We oppose any carbon tax. A carbon tax raises the cost of heating your home in the winter and cooling your home in the summer. It raises the cost of filling your car. A carbon tax increases the cost of everything Americans buy and lowers Americans' effective take home pay. A carbon tax increases the power, cost, and intrusiveness of the government in our lives", the letter claimed.

    The letter was reportedly a reaction to mainstream Republican Sen. Mitt Romney's comment on possibly co-sponsoring a $15 per ton carbon tax bill with Delaware Democrat Cris Coons. If Romney were to co-sponsor carbon tax legislation, he would likely be the only Republican senator openly supporting it. (Source: Goldwater Institute, The Hayride, 15 June, 2019) Contact: Goldwater Institute, 602-462-5000, www.goldwaterinstitute.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    740 Sq-Km of Amazon Lost in May (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Amazon Deforestation
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Reuters is reporting the Amazon Rainforest -- aka the "Lungs of Earth" due to its capability of absorbing about 25 pct of the earth's total carbon dioxide emissions -- lost 740 sq-km (285 sq-miles) of forest, roughly the size of New York City and all of it's five boroughs, during the 31 days of May, 2019 due to human deforestation activity, according to data from an early-warning satellite system.

    The May 2019 deforestation is 25 pct higher than in May 2018, May, and twice that of May, 2017.

    Earlier this year, Brazil's freshman President Jair Bolsonaro's administration was reportedly planning to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and pull Brazil out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In his first 5 months in office, Bolsonaro abolished the ministries that dealt with climate change, trimmed the remaining agencies' budgets and now wants to privatize vast areas of the Amazon rain forest for agribusiness, timber and mining interests. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon Deforestation,  Carbon Emissions,  Deforestation,  


    Federal Bldg. Energy Efficiency Legislation Introduced (Reg. & Leg.)
    Federal Energy Management Program
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Last week in Washington, US Sens. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) tabled the Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act of 2019 (S. 1857) authorizing the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and establishing energy and water usage reduction goals for federal buildings. The act -- S.1857 -- would require:
  • Establishment of energy use reduction goals of 2.5 pct per year for 10 years (2020 to 2030) in federal buildings;
  • Establishment of water use reduction goals of 54 pct in federal buildings by 2030 relative to 2007;
  • Codification of FEMP and detail its directives and the duties of its director; and
  • Provide authorizations for FEMP through fiscal year 2030.

    As an existing program within the DOE, FEMP works with agencies and stakeholders to identify and establish affordable solutions that facilitate energy and water savings through public-private partnerships. FEMP also provides training, guidance, and technical assistance to enable federal agencies to meet energy-related goals.

    Download FEWMPA background and details HERE. (Source: Office of Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Big Island Now, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Phone: (202) 224-6361, Fax - (202) 224-2126, www.hirono.senate.gov; Federal Energy Management Program, www.energy.gov/eere/femp/federal-energy-management-program

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


  • Broadwind Wins $29Mn in New Wind Tower Orders (Ind. Report)
    Broadwind Energy
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Cicero, Illinois-based wind turbine tower specialist and wind industry supplier Broadwind Energy Inc is reporting receipt of new wind tower orders totaling $29 million from multiple customers. Production of the new orders is slated to begin in Q4, 2019 for completion in 2020. (Source: Broadwind, PR, Renewables, 17 June, 2019) Contact: Broadwind Energy, Stephanie Kushner, CEO, (708) 780-4800, info@bwen.com, www.bwen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Broadwind ,  Wind,  Wind Tower,  


    First Solar Offloading 45-MW Indian PV Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    First Solar
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc is reported to be seeking a purchaser for a 45-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant portfolio in the Indian state of Karnataka, according to liveMINT.

    The planned sale, which is expected to raise approximately $43 million, would be the company's second such sale in India. In 2017 the company sold 190 MW of PV assets across seven sites in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to IDFC Alternatives. (Source: First Solar, liveMINT, June, 2019) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  


    Brazil Allows Tax-Free Ethanol Sector Investments (Int'l)
    Brazil Ethanol
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In Sao Paulo, the Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque has announced the government will allow companies in the sugar and ethanol sector to raise capital for investments through the issuance of income tax exempt notes, according to a Reuters report. Purchasers of the notes will not be charged income tax on the yields.

    The notes are expected to raise as much as $3.33 billion) per year in coming years. (Source: Brazilian Mines and Energy Ministry, Reuters, June, 2019)Contact: Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque, www.brazil.gov.br/government/ministers/mines-and-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    EC Warns EU Nations Missing 2030 Energy Efficiency Targets (Int'l)
    European Commission
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In Brussels, the European Commission is warning the 28-member European Union trading bloc will miss its binding target to improve its energy efficiency by 32.5 pct by 2030. The EU 2030 energy efficiency target is based on energy savings compared with a business as usual projection, and translated to a target cap of 1.273 billion mtoe for primary energy use and 956 million mtoe for final energy use.

    According to the EC report, most EU countries proposed modest or low contributions to the overall EU target and must now raise their commitments which are due to be submitted to the EC before the year end. (Source: EC, S&P, 19 June, 2019) Contact: European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  EU ,  


    NYPA Seeks LED Street Lighting Service RFP (Ind. Report)
    NYPA
    Date: 2019-06-19
    The New York Power Authority administered Smart Street Lighting NY program has released a request for proposals (RFP) for multiple contractors to provide routine and on-call maintenance services for LED street lighting fixtures installed by NYPA throughout the state. The new service program will be available to municipalities that have engaged NYPA to implement a LED street lighting conversion and have elected to install an asset management controls system on their street lighting system, which is designed to reduce the number of failures and repairs needed after the installation is complete.

    NYPA is working with cities, towns, villages and counties throughout the Empire State to fully manage and implement a customer's transition to LED streetlight technology. The agency provides upfront financing for the project, with payments to NYPA made in the years following from the cost-savings created by the reduced energy use of the LED streetlights, which are 50 to 65 pct more efficient than alternative street lighting options.

    Established in 2018, Smart Street Lighting NY calls for at least 500,000 street lights throughout the state to be replaced with energy-saving LED technology by 2025. To date, NYPA has installed, or is installing, more than 128,000 LED street lights at municipalities statewide.

    The RFP can be viewed at www.nypa.gov/procurement. (Source: NYPA, June, 2019) Contact: NYPA, www.mypa.gov; Smart Street Lighting NY, www.nypa.gov/services/customer-energy-solutions/smart-street-lighting-ny

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYPA,  Smart Streetlight,  


    150 Green Bldg. Certified Apts. Completed in Miami (Ind. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Affordable housing developer Housing Trust Group (HTG) is reporting completion of Princeton Park, a new, $36 million, 150-unit affordable housing community consisting of four buildings in south Miami-Dade County, Florida.

    All residential buildings in Princeton Park complex are National Green Building Certified and offer energy star appliances and other energy efficient features, as well as access to services and programs, including literacy training, family support coordinators, employment assistance, health and wellness services, and extracurricular activities such computer classes, game and movie nights and other events. . (Source: Housing Trust Group, PR, 19 June, 2019) Contact: Housing Trust Group, Rieger, President and CEO, (305) 663-3543, www.htgf.com; Contact: Florida Green Building Coalition, www.floridagreenbuilding.org

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


    Vestas Verfies Brazilian 445 MW Wind Turbines Order (Int'l Report)
    Casa dos Ventos,Vestas
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Madrid-headquartered Vestas Mediterranean is reporting receipt of an order for 106 units of its V150-4.2 MW wind turbines totaling 445 MW from Brazilian wind energy developer Casa dos Ventos for installation at its project in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

    Under the contract, Vestas will supply, install and commission the wind turbines, as well as provide a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. The project is expected to become operational during the second half of 2021. (Source: Vestas Mediterranean, Casa dos Ventos, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Vestas Mediterranean, +34 932 41 98 00, Fax: +34 932 41 40 80+34 649294007. Andms@vestas.com, www.vestas.com, www.twitter.com/vestas; Casa dos Ventos, Debora Nogaroli dnogaroli@llorenteycuenca.com, 11 3054 3339, www.casadosventos.com.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Casa dos Ventos,  Vestas,  Wind,  


    Iberdrola Announces €100Mn Irish Wind Energy Investment Plan (Int'l)
    Iberdrola,ScottishPower
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Spanish utility company Iberdrola reports will begin selling electricity to Irish residential customers this week. The firm also notes it will invest €100 million on renewing three of its wind farms with newer, more efficient wind turbines to boost their power generation capacity.

    Iberdrola has been operating in Ireland for 20 years through its UK business ScottishPower, which owns several Irish wind farms, including Barnesmore in County Donegal. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, Irish Times, reve, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Iberdrola] Ireland, Colin McNeill, CEO, Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business, www.iberdrolarenewables.com; ScottishPower, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk

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    SGRE Scores 47-Turbine Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Order (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)reports receipt of a conditional order from Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable Energy Co. to supply offshore wind turbines , including a 20-year full parts, tools and service agreement, for the Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm Project in Taiwan.

    The 376 MW project will incorporate 47 units of Siemen Gamesa's SG8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine. Construction is slated to get underway in 2020. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Offshore Engineering, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  


    GreenSpur's New Offshore Wind Generator Set for Testing (Int'l)
    GreenSpur, ORE Catapult
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In the UK, Essex-based GreenSpur Renewables is touting what it claims is the world's largest ferrite-based direct drive permanent magnet generator (DD-PMG) for offshore wind turbines. The new unit, which the company says produces 250kW without the need for large quantities of rare earth magnets, is now at Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in Blyth for several months of system testing.

    Replacing scarce £40 per kg rare earth magnets with cheap and abundant ferrite magnets at £1 per kg is expected to deliver a generator CAPEX saving of about 33 pct. The modular design allows the new generators to be constructed in stages and stacked for additional cost savings. (Source: GreenSpur, offshorewind.biz, 18 June, 2019) Contact: GreenSpur, Andrew Hine, Commercial Director, +44 20 3368 8960 enquiries@greenspur.co.uk, www.greenspur.co.uk; ORE Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400, www.ore.catapult.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  GreenSpur,  


    Oregon House Passes HB 2020 Carbon-Reduction Bill (Reg. & Leg.)
    Oregon
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In Salem, the Oregon House is reporting passage of House Bill 2020, a long-awaited effort to meet the state's carbon emission reduction goals. The legislation is now awaiting state senate approval.

    If approved by the Senate, HB 2020 would raise gasoline prices by 22 cents per gallon by 2021 and by $3 a gallon by 2050. The goal is to reduce emissions by least 45 pct below 1990 emissions levels by 2035 and to at least 80 pct below 1990 emissions levels by 2050. (Source: Various Media, Willamette Week, 17 June, 2019)

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


    NJ Sets Rules for Rejoining RGGI GHG Initiative (Reg. & Leg.)
    RGGI
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Following up on our 19 Dec., 2018 report, in the Garden State capital of Trenton, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reports the adoption of rules for how the state will implement a cap-and-trade program to limit carbon dioxide emissions and for rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

    The first rule sets a CO2 cap for the state's electricity generating sector at 18 million tons for 2020. The state's cap on carbon emissions will decline by 30 pct through 2030. According to the DEP, electricity generation produced 20.7 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2016.

    The second rule focuses on how the Department of Environmental Protection will spend proceeds from the sale of RGGI power plant carbon allowances on environmental justice projects. As of Jan., 2018, RGGI auctions raised $2.7 billion that is being used to fund clean-energy and energy efficiency programs.

    New Jersey was a founding member of RGGI, but Republican Gov. and former presidential hopeful Chris Christie pulled the Garden State from the agreement in 2012 on the grounds that it had "no discernible or measurable impact upon our environment." RGGI member states include Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (Source: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NJTV News, 17 June, 2019) Contact: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, www.nj.gov/dep; RGGI, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  RGGI,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  

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