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JX Nippon Taps KBR for CCS Feasibility Study (Int'l. Report)
JX Nippon
Date: 2020-05-15
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered engineering, procurement, and construction company and former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, Inc. reports it has been awarded a Master Service Agreement (MSA) and Feasibility Study by Tokyo-based JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp.

The Feasibility study will assess options for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), alongside blue hydrogen production relating to oil and gas fields in South East Asia, a region where JX Nippon continues to expand on its global track record of CCS/CCUS projects.

Under the agreement, KBR's Singapore hub will provide technical consultancy services in relation to developing concepts and technology recommendations for the capture of CO2, reinjection, and production of blue (i.e. carbon free) hydrogen. KBR will also evaluate the feasibility of conversion and transport of hydrogen in other forms for sale into the market, including liquified cryogenic hydrogen, liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC), ammonia, and methanol (utilizing CO2). (Source: KBR, PR, 13 May, 2020) Contact: JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, www.nex.jx-group.co.jp › english; KBR, Jay Ibrahim, Pres., Energy Solutions, www.kbr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  


Nat Gas Futures Launches Emissions Mitigation Project (ind Report)
Natural Gas Futures
Date: 2020-05-15
Natural Gas Futures (NGF) is reporting a collaboration with FortisBC Inc., Seaspan Ferries Corporation, and Solaris Management Consultants Inc. to provide technologies for low-emissions engine systems, and quantitative emission characterization for inventory and policy development purposes.

To reduce the climate impacts of transportation systems, several approaches have been identified through which greenhouse gas (GHG) emission can be reduced, primarily through CO2 emission reduction. These approaches include electrification of powertrains, bio-derived fuels, and fuels with lower carbon content. For large engine applications (e.g., marine, stationary power generation, remote applications), electrification is not yet realizable, and bio-fuels carry energetic penalties and may require significant engine modifications. For such applications, natural gas (NG) and natural gas from renewable sources (RNG) are attractive alternatives because of their lower CO2 and NOx emissions, and the significant North American NG reserves.

While natural gas is an attractive engine fuel to reduce these pollutants, it can also result in exhaust-stream CH4 emissions, which have a global warming potential (GWP) 28 times that of CO2 (on a 100 year timescale). Thus, all GHG emissions must be considered to ensure that the benefits of NG and RNG are realized, without also incurring unintentional increases in GHG or other emissions. The key objectives of this project are to:

  • Characterize in-use emissions and engine operation from NG engines, with a particular focus on CH4, CO2, PM, and NOX, under real-world operating conditions.

  • Develop strategies for GHG and other emission reductions, under the partner's operational constraints.

    Provide data and guidance for policy development to support effective implementation of natural gas engines and ensure GHG reductions.

    The project has received $356,566 in research grant funding. (Source: Natural Gas Futures, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Natural Gas Futures, University of British Columbia, 604 827 0790 ngf@cerc.ubc.ca, www.naturalgas.apsc.ubc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas Futures,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Renewable Diesel Plant Planned for Newton, Illinois (Ind. Report)
    St. Joseph Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2020-05-15
    In the Land of Lincoln, St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC and the City of Newton, (pop 3,000 +-) in Jasper County have announced plans to construct a $400-million renewable diesel plant.

    The new plant, which will process used restaurant "brown" grease into renewable diesel, is expected to break ground this year.

    As previously reported, the company cancelled a similar $190 million renewwable diesel project agreement with the city of St. Joseph, Missouri in October, 2018. (Source: St. Joseph Renewable Fuels, WTWO/WAWV, Wabash Valley, 13 May, 2020) Contact: St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC., (316) 977-8585

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  St. Joseph Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Andersons Ethanol Plants Resume Partial Production (Ind. Report)
    The Andersons
    Date: 2020-05-15
    Maumee, Ohio-headquartered ethanol producer The Andersons Inc is reporting the resumption of operations at its Albion, Mich. and Denison, Iowa, ethanol plants. As previously reported the company shut down its five plants for "extended maintenance" but a recent increase in gasoline demand has allowed for some capacity to come back online.

    The company noted it expected Q2 production across its five plants at 50 pct of capacity and a slow recovery for ethanol. (Source: The Andersons Inc, Seeking Alpha, 13 May, 2020)Contact: The Andersons Inc, Pat Bowe, CEO, (419) 893-5050, www.andersonsethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News The Andersons,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    USGBC Launches Global Economic Recovery Strategy (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-05-15
    The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a new strategy intended to leverage LEED -- and the communities implementing the rating system -- to support buildings and neighborhoods in a post-pandemic world.

    The Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy strategy promotes the idea that prioritizing the health of people, communities, and the planet is the fastest way to rebuild a healthier, more sustainable economy. USGBC is launching emergency guidance and upgrades to the LEED green building program to ensure that it reflects the realities that buildings, and more importantly, the people inside them, will face in the near future.

    Under the new initiative, USGBC will update current LEED strategies in LEED v4.1 that support indoor environmental quality, cleaning, occupant comfort, operations, better materials, and risk management, while finding opportunities to introduce new approaches given the current public health crisis.

  • Introduce new LEED strategies and launch new pilot credits to support social distancing, nontoxic surface cleaning, air quality, and infection monitoring.

  • Form CEO Advisory Councils to advise and support USGBC's CEO on how the organization, its programs, and the building and construction industries can prioritize sustainability in a post-pandemic world.

  • Accelerate the implementation of its USGBC Equity program to better address the social, health, and economic disparities within communities.

  • Call for ideas and perspectives from the broader market on how LEED and healthy spaces can evolve given the current public health crisis.

  • Adapt a review process for LEED and other green business certification programs, and amend its LEED process to incorporate the lessons learned.

  • Publish a series of best practice guidance reports to help project teams assist their occupants as they re-enter their spaces.

    According to USGBC, refining LEED strategies and providing guidance that clearly communicates the economic, health, and environmental benefits of sustainable buildings, communities and cities to people -- especially during this time of uncertainty -- will be a priority. (Source: USGBC, Env..Energy Leader, 13 May, 2020) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  


  • Scottish Power Repowering Hagshaw Hill Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Scottish Power
    Date: 2020-05-15
    UK energy giant Scottish Power has announced plans to upgrade Scotland's first commercial wind development, the 1990's vintage, 26 turbine Hagshaw Hill Wind Farm near Douglas in South Lanarkshire. The Existing 26 turbines will be replaced with 14 new more efficient machines to bring the facility's capacity to 165MW at a cost of roughly £150 million, according to the release.

    In 2018, Scottish Power became the first major UK energy company to generate all of its energy from wind power. (Source: Scottish Power, BBC, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Repowering,  Scottish Power,  Wind,  Scotland Wind,  


    $2.25Bn for Biofuels Included in U.S. House Economic Pkg (Ind Report)
    Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer
    Date: 2020-05-15
    In the nation's capitol, the office of U.S. Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) reports the House's recently introduced $3 trillion economic aid plan includes $2.25 billion for the biofuels industry.

    Under the plan, ethanol and biodiesel plants would get payments based on the gallons each produce. "At a rate of 45 cents per gallon for fuel produced between January and May of this year, and then for plants forced to shut down, the bill provides 22.5 cents per gallon on the amount produced during the same period last year in 2019," Finkenauer noted.

    Congresswoman Finkenauer's congressional district hosts 8 biofuel plants. (Source: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, Radio Iowa, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, (202) 225-2911, (319) 364-2288, finkenauer.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abby Finkenauer,  Biofuel,  


    Equinor, SSE Name Tyne as Dogger Bank Wind Onshore Base (Int'l.)
    Equinor,SSE Renewables,Dogger Bank
    Date: 2020-05-15
    Reporting from Oslo, Equinor and SSE Renewables, the companies behind the world's largest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank, have announced plans to build a new on-shore Office, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Base at the deep water Port of Tyne in the northeast of England.

    Dogger Bank Construction began in January 2020. When fully operational it is projected to generate sufficient power for more than 4.5 million UK homes. The Dogger Bank Wind Farm is estimated to trigger a total capital investment of approximately £9 billion between 2020 and 2026. (Source: Equinor, World Oil, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Satre, Pres., CEO, www.equinor.com; SSE Plc, www.sse.co.uk; Port of Tyne, www.portoftyne.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SSE Renewables,  Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Dogger Bank,  


    Goldwind Sells Stake In Panamanian Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
    Goldwind AmericasAES Corp
    Date: 2020-05-15
    Goldwind Americas is reporting the sale the sale of its 55-MW Penonome I Wind Project to AES Panama S.R.L. a subsidiary of the AES Corporation and the country's largest power generator.

    AES Panama S.R.L -- jointly owned by The AES Corporation and the Republic of Panama -- owns an aggregate of 554 MW of electric generation capacity through its various operating facilities. AES Panama has developed a portfolio of sustainable infrastructure solutions and helped to reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 16 tons since 1998 (Source: Goldwind Americas, PR, 13 May, 2020) Contact: AES Panama, www.aespanama.com; AES Corp., www.aes.com; Goildwind Americas, Lauren La Marche, Marketing, llamarche@goldwindamericas.com, www.goldwindglobal.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind,  Wind,  Panama Wind,  AES Corp,  


    Notable Quote -- Ethanol Industry Facing Tough Times says MAG CEO
    Midwest AgEnergy
    Date: 2020-05-13
    "We've been hit by two 'black swan' events. It is truly an unprecedented time." "We'll be running at about 60 pct to 70 pct of the full rate.

    "I don't know if there is a plant in the country that is profitable in this market" -- Jeff Zueger, CEO, Midwest AgEnergy (MAG). (Source: Jamestown Sun, 11 April, 2020) Contact: Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500, www.midwestagenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest AgEnergy,  Ethanol,  


    Crude Tall Oil Refiner Licensing Neste Technology (Int'l, Report)
    Neste Engineering Solutions,Fintoil Oy
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Neste Engineering Solutions Oy, a unit of the oil refiner and biodiesel producer, is reporting a licensing agreement with Crude Tall Oil (CTO) refiner Fintoil Oy.

    Neste's technolgy will be incorporated into Fintoil's previously announced 200,000 tpy biorefinery in Hamina, Finland. The plant is expected to come online late in 2022. (Source: Neste Engineering Solutions, May, 2020) Contact: Neste, www.neste.com; Fintoil Oy, Jukka Ravaska, CEO, +358 50 310 4437, jukka.ravaska@fintoil.com, www.fintoil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tall Oil,  Neste Engineering Solutions,  Fintoil Oy,  


    Liberty Completes First Wind Turbine of 600-MW Project (Ind Report)
    Liberty Utilities
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Following up on our 15 Jan report, in the Show Me State, Joplin-based Liberty Utilities is reporting the first of more than 270 wind turbines slated for its $1.2 billion, 600-MW wind project in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas has been completed. The project includes two wind farms, North Fork and King's Point, in Southwest Missouri, each of which incorporates 69 turbines that combined are projected to generate a total of 300 megawatts.

    Work is also underway on the utility's Neosho Ridge Wind Farm in Neosho County, Kansas, north of Parsons, where 139 more turbines will generate another 300MW of electricity.

    When the project is completed, Liberty will generate over half of its electricity from its wind farm, or through purchasing agreements with two wind farms in Kansas. (Source: Liberty Utilities, Joplin Globe, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Liberty Utilities, Tim Wilson, VP, 855-872-3242, www.libertyutilities.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Liberty Utilities ,  Wind,  


    Ameresco, N.H. Ink Energy Conservation ESPC Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, New Hampshire
    Date: 2020-05-13
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. Ameresco reports it and the State of New Hampshire have entered into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for energy conservation measures at 21 state facilities in New Hampshire's Seacoast Region.

    By utilizing an Energy Savings Performance Contract, the State will save energy without incurring any up-front costs and pay for the energy improvements with the realized energy savings, estimated to be over $4 million over the 20-year contract term.

    Specific energy conservation measures include: lighting system improvements, new energy management systems, demand-controlled ventilation, chiller replacement, new windows, high-efficiency pumps, infiltration reductions, pipe insulation, new transformers, three solar PV arrays and automatic temperature controls, all of which is expected to be complete in March 2021. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Renewables 11 May, 2020) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, Exec.VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Seraphim Solar Supplying Panels for Philippine PV Parks (Int'l.)
    Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System
    Date: 2020-05-13
    China's Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co Ltd reports it has contracted to supply 183 MW of its high efficiency solar modules to Malaysia-based EPC contractor ERS Energy Sdn Bhd.PV for PV farms being co-developed by AC Energy Inc, the energy arm of Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp. (Source: Jiangsu Seraphim Solar , Renewables, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co.Ltd., +86-519-6878-8166, www.seraphim-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System ,  


    Ontario Forest Carbon Offset Agreement Announced (Ind. Report)
    AurCrest Gold,Blue Source Canada
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Further to our Aug, 2019 coverage, Toronto-headquartered AurCrest Gold Inc. is reporting an agreement with the Lac Seul First Nation (LSFN) and carbon offset developer Blue Source Canada ULC to develop a forest carbon project on the Lac Seul reserve northwest of Sioux Lookout, Ontario.

    On December 13, 2019, the Company announced an Emissions Reduction Benefits Management Agreement (ERBMA) with Lac Seul to develop forest carbon sequestration opportunities in the First Nation's territory in Northwestern Ontario. Under the terms of the ERBMA, AurCrest is the sole and exclusive agent for LSFN to manage and develop projects within LSFN traditional territory to harvest ERBs. AurCrest entered into the CDMA with Bluesource to provide the expertise associated with development and monetizing the carbon offsets.

    Bluesource helps forest owners evaluate opportunities and generate value in diverse carbon markets by developing and monetizing offsets on their behalf. (Source: AurCrest Gold Inc., PR, 11 May, 2020) Contact: AurCrest Gold Inc., Christopher Angeconeb, Pres., CEO, (807) 737-5353, christopherangeconeb@gmail.com, Ian Brodie-Brown, Dir. Bus. Dev., (416) 844-9969, ianbrodiebrown@gmail.com, www.aurcrest.ca; Blue Source Canada, (403) 262-3026, www.bluesource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AurCrest Gold,  Blue Source Canada,  Carbon Offset,  


    Inox Wind, Continuum Power Ink Wind Power Agreement (Int'l Report)
    Inox Wind,Continuum Power
    Date: 2020-05-13
    India-headquartered Inox Wind is reporting a definitive agreement with Continuum Power Trading (TN) Pvt Ltd, part of Continuum Wind Energy group, to supply, erect and commission 250 MW of wind power projects in Gujarat, India.

    The project will be executed on a "plug-and-play" basis and includes includes long-term operations and maintenance services. (Source: Inox Wind, PR reve, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, -startlink]investors.iwl@inoxwind.com[endlink],
    More Low-Carbon Energy News
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    SWEPCO Adding 819-MW of Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
    Southwestern Electric Power
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Shreveport, Louisiana-based Southwestern Electric Power Co.(SWEPCO) is reporting the Arkansas Public Service Commission has approved its plan to add 810 MW of wind energy through the purchase of three wind facilities in north central Oklahoma (the North Central Energy Facilities) along with its sister company Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO).

    SWEPCO would own 810 MW or 54.5 pct of the 1,485-MW projects with an investment of $1.01 billion. PSO would add 675 MW of wind energy, or 45.5 pct of the 1,485-MW projects, which are expected to be completed in 2020 and 2021. (Source: SWEPCO, Facebook, 11 May, 2020) Contact: SWEPCO, Malcolm Smoak, Pres., CEO, www.swepco.com; Public Service Company of Oklahoma, 888-216-3523, www.psoklahoma.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Service Company of Oklahoma ,  Southwestern Electric Power,  Wind,  


    Aussie Energy Efficiency Council Calls for Gov. Action (Int'l.)
    Autralia Energy Efficiency Council
    Date: 2020-05-13
    TIn the Land Down Under, the Energy Efficiency Council and the Property Council of Australia are calling on state and federal governments to prioritize energy efficiency projects and building energy performance projects to help restart the country's COVID-19 damaged economy.

    The Energy Efficiency Council is calling upgrading the energy performance of buildings and businesses in the manufacturing, resources and agriculture sectors as "shovel ready" ways to boost productivity and create well over 100,000 "job years' of work." (Source: Energy Efficiency Council of Australia, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Energy Efficiency Council of Australia, +61 (03) 9069 6588, info@eec.org.au, www.eec.org.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Enerkem, NOVA Chemicals Announce Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Enerkem, NOVA Chemicals
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Montreal-based biofuels-renewable fuels from wastes specialist Enerkem and Calgary-headquartered NOVA Chemicals Corp. are reporting a joint development agreement to research advanced recycling technology to transform hard-to-recycle municipal waste, including items such as plastics, household waste, and construction materials, into ethylene at full commercial scale.

    Enerkem is the world's first to produce renewable methanol and ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste at full commercial scale. Enerkem's technology replace the use of fossil sources like petroleum and natural gas to produce sustainable chemicals and transportation fuels. Calgary-based NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins. (Source: NOVA Chemicals, Enerkem Inc., May, 2020) Contact: NOVA Chemicals, Todd Karran, Pres., Jennifer Nanz, Communications, Jennifer.Nanz@novachem.com, www.novachem.com; Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800 communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NOVA Chemicals,  Enerken,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


    U.S. Gain Announces Dairy-Based RNG Offtake Deal (Ind. Report)
    DTE Biomass Energy, U.S. Gain
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based renewable natural gas (RNG) major is reporting an offtake agreement with DTE Biomass Energy for RNG produced by two anaerobic digestors at Statz Brothers Farms located in Marshall, WI.

    Statz Brothers Farms have been generating renewable electricity since 2009 and as their power purchase agreement neared expiration, the farm was seeking new opportunities to utilize the onsite digesters. "In the past, renewable electricity produced at dairy farms was in high demand by power companies that were willing to pay a premium for it. Today, that's not the case as other renewable electricity sources have emerged. Luckily, demand for RNG as an alternative vehicle fuel has been on the rise for the past several years, presenting farmers an opportunity to continue profitable use of digesters. As a leading RNG developer, we're working with farms and energy developers to produce fuel for the transportation market. In some cases, we'll invest capital to develop the project, but in others we'll offtake gas produced and link to the most lucrative markets for credit generation," said U.S. Gain RNG Director of Business Development, Hardy Sawall.

    U.S. Gain is actively involved in developing fueling infrastructure for fleets and operates alternative fuel stations on the U.S. West Coast. (Source: US Gain, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: US Gain, Hardy Sawall, Dir. Business Dev., www.usgain.com; DTE Biomass Energy, (313) 235-5555, www.dtepowerandindustrial.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  U.S. Gain,  DTE Biomass,  RNG,  


    Capstone Scores 2MW Bahama Island Microturbine Order (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Turbine
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Van Nuys, California-based microturbine energy systems specialist Capstone Turbine Corp is reporting receipt of an order for a 2-MW scale C1000 Signature Series (C1000S) microturbine energy systems for the Bahamian island Walker's Cay redevelopment project.

    The LNG powered system is expected to be commissioned in the Fall of 2020. (Source: Capstone Turbine Corp., PR, Accesswire, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Capstone Turbine, www.capstoneturbine.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine ,  Microgrid,  


    Sulzer Chemtech Announces Bio-Based Development Team (Int'l.)
    Sulzer Chemtech
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Winterthus, Switzerland-headquartered chemical separation technology specialist Sulzer Chemtech has announced the creation of a new global bio-based and renewables application development team focused on the conversion of renewable feedstocks into biochemicals and biofuels. The new unit will also help create the technology and engineering solutions to enable a successful transition towards sustainable processing and manufacturing activities.

    Sulzer notes it has participated in non-conventional biofuel production, plastics recycling and bio-based plastic commercial production projects. These include the Quantafuel (Norway) and Steelanol (Belgium) projects for the transformation of non-recyclable plastics and carbon rich waste gases into fuel. In addition, Sulzer's PLAnet venture offers turn-key production equipment and plants to obtain polylactic acid (PLA) from sugars or starches. (Source: Sulzer Chemtech, PR, BioMarkets, May, 2020) Contact: Sulzer Chemtech, Torsten Wintergerste, Division Pres., www.sulzer.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sulzer Chemtech,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Biochemical,  


    Siemens Announces Wind Sector Merger Plans (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    Siemens, Flender
    Date: 2020-05-13
    German industrial major Siemens AG is reporting plans to merge its wind power generation unit with its Bocholt, Germany-based mechanical drive systems subsidiary Flender. The merger would "complete the company's electrical and mechanical portfolio, making it an important tier-one supplier to the wind power industry" and create a "one-stop-shop" for Siemens' wind power customers, according to the company.

    Flender, which Siemens acquired 2005, produces mechanical drive systems for wind turbines and other power generation sectors, including mining, and oil and gas. It also supplies gearboxes under the Winergy brand.

    Siemens is also proceeding with its planned transfer of its 67.1 pct majority stake in wind turbine OEM Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) to its gas and power unit to the new "Siemens Energy" unit, and spin it off in a public listing. (Source: Siemens AG, PR, WindPower, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Flender, www.flender.com; Siemens AG, new.siemens.com/global/en.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Flender,  Siemens,  Wind,  Wind Turbie,  


    Greece, Baltic State's 2019 CO2 Emission Fall (Int'l. Report)
    Eurostat,EU
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Eurostat, the European Unions statistics agency is reporting Greece posted an annual drop of 8.9 pct of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated from fossil fuel combustion in 2019 -- the third-highest rate of decrease among the 27 European Union member states.

    On a regional basis, Slovenia's CO2 emissions fell by an annual 4.9 pct, Romanian emissions dropped 4.2 pct, Bulgaria's CO2 emissions fell by 4.1 udring the same period and Croatian emissions fell by 0.2 pct -- the least among EU member states. (Source: Eurostat, May, 2020) Contact: Eurostat, ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurostat,  EU Carbon Emissions,  


    After 40 years India's Emissions Finally Falling (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Brief,India Emissions
    Date: 2020-05-13
    After four decades of relentlessly rising carbon emissions, India's emission have begun falling. The drop in emissions is partially attributed to the country's COVID-19 lock-down, falling demand for transportation fuel and electric power, a decrease in coal-fired power generation -- down 31 pct in early April -- and the increased reliance on renewable energy, according to Carbon Brief. (Source: International Energy Agency, Carbon Brief BBC News, Various Media, May, 2020)Contact: Carbon Brief, www.carbonbrief.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Brief,  India,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    French Floating Offshore Wind Project Finds Financing (Int'l. Funding)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2020-05-13
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved an undisclosed sum to finance the development of the 30 MW Golfe du Lion offshore floating wind project, 16 km off the coast of the Leucate-Le Barcares area in the Mediterranean Sea. .

    The demonstration project will incorporate three V164 MHI Vestas 10 MW wind turbines supported by Principle Power's WindFloat semi-submersible floating foundations. The project, which is being developed by Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL), a consortium comprising Engie, EDP Renewables, and Caisse des Depots, is expected to be commissioned in 2022. The commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for 2022 (Source: EIB, offshore wind biz, 12 May, 2020) (Contact: Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion, www.info-efgl.fr; EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  European Investment Bank,  


    Cape Light Offers Major Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Cape Light Compact
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Cape Light Compact Offering Up to 100% Off Small Business Project Costs South Yarmouth, Mass.-based utility Cape Light Compact reports it will be offering incentives of up to 100 to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard businesses for LED lamps and fixtures, HVAC and lighting controls, water saving equipment such as faucet aerators and spray valves, pipe insulation and other energy efficiency upgrades and projects.

    The enhanced incentives will be available for customers who sign an installation contract no later than August 31 and complete installation of equipment by December 31, this year. The offer will also apply to those customers who have already had energy saving opportunities identified by Cape Light Compact but have not yet installed any equipment.

    Details of the Cape Light Compact 2019-2021 Energy Efficiency Plan are HERE. Cape Light Compact energy incentives incentives information is HERE (Source: Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod Today, 11 May, 2020) Oct., 2018) Contact: Cape Light Compact, (508) 375-6644, www.capelightcompact.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cape Light Compact,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


    Indian Energy Efficiency Deliver Major Savings (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-05-13
    The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is reporting several of the various energy efficiency programs in India has led to 113.16 billion units (BUs) in 2018-19 -- a 9.39 pct reduction in the country's net electric power consumption.

    The New Delhi-based agency's study aims to assess the impact of all the energy programs in India in terms of total energy saved and reduction in the amount of carbon emissions in 2018-19.

    According to the report, the total energy savings achieved in 2018-19 stood at 23.73 Mtoe (million tons of oil equivalent) -- 2.69 pct of the total primary energy supply, which was estimated to be 879.23 Mtoe during 2018-19. This includes both supply and demand-side sectors of the economy.

    Overall, the study concluded that various energy efficiency measures have translated into monetary savings of $11.9 billion (US) against the savings in 2017-18, which stood at $7.1 billion.

    The report also noted the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, in collaboration with BEE, is executing a global environment facility funded national project to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in selected MSME clusters in India. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Mercom, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, +91 11 26178352 - fax, www.beeindia.gov.in

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


    MAG Considers Blue Flint Ethanol Plant Options (Ind. Report)
    Midwest AgEnergy,Blue Flint Ethanol
    Date: 2020-05-13
    North Dakota-based Midwest AgEnergy Group (MAG), the parent company to ethanol biorefineries Blue Flint, near Underwood, North Dakota and Dakota Spirit near Spiritwood, North Dakota, reports they are evaluating alternative thermal energy and utility options to ensure the long-term viability of the Blue Flint facility.

    MAG's move is occasioned by Great River Energy's planned 2022 closure of its Coal Creek Station which provides water and steam to the Blue Flint facility. Great River's Spiritwood Station provides steam and electricity to Midwest AgEnergy's Dakota Spirit facility. To ensure long-term operations at the Blue Flint facility the company is:

  • Assessing the most viable alternative source for water and process heat while preserving the low carbon fuel designation that facility has developed •Evaluating options for using the contract termination payment from Great River Energy to reinvest in economical alternative sources of power and water at the Blue Flint facility

  • Continuing with the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Blue Flint. CCS will prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere and safely store it underground in a geological formation and will decrease the carbon intensity of ethanol fuel produced at the facility

  • Continuing to utilize the steam and water services provided by Coal Creek through its scheduled operations into the second half of 2022 and implement changes to allow operations well beyond 2022. The company notes it foresees little to no impact to the Dakota Spirit facility and plans to continue long-term biorefinery operations. (Source: Midwest AgEnergy Group , 11 May, 2020) Contact: Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500, www.midwestagenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest AgEnergy,  Ethanol,  Blue Flint Ethanol,  


  • 2018 Vehicles Met 2018 GHG Targets, says US EPA Report (Ind. Report)
    US EPA
    Date: 2020-05-13
    According to the 2019 EPA Automotive Trends Report, the average estimated CO2 emission rate for all model year 2018 vehicles in the U.S. fell by 4 grams per mile to 353 g/mi and fuel economy increased very slightly by 0.2 mpg over 2017 levels to 25.1 mpg -- a record high. The reports notes that since 2004, auto CO2 emissions and fuel economy have improved in 12 out of 14 years and have repeatedly achieved new records.

    Average estimated real-world auto CO2 emissions are projected to fall 6 g/mi to 346 g/mi and fuel economy is projected to increase 0.4 mpg to 25.5 mpg. All the large manufacturers -- with production of more than 150,000 in model year 2018 -- ended the 2018 model year in compliance with the GHG target program, the report noted.

    Download the 2019 EPA Automotive Trends Report HERE (Source: US EPA, Auto Service World, 11 May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Vehicle Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  


    EU Member State Alliance Seeks Solid Renewables Policy (Int'l.)
    WindEurope
    Date: 2020-05-11
    WindEurope is reporting government ministers from Lithuania, Poland, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Estonia, Austria and Luxemburg are calling for the European Commission (EC) to establish an industrial policy recognizing wind energy as an EU strategic priority and to expand renewables and related supply chains through out the 27-member trading bloc.

    The letter also calls for renewable industry representatives to be included in the planned Industrial Forum, a high-level advisory body bringing together Member States, European institutions and industry stakeholders that is slated to be established in September. The Ministers are also requesting more financial support for renewables from InvestEU and the Connecting Europe Facility as well as a more flexible approach to State Aid. (Source: WindEurope, PR, reve, 9 May, 2020) Contact: Wind Europe, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1811, +32 2 213 1890 - fax, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy Funding,  EU Renewable Energy,  


    Notable WindEurope Quote on EU Renewables Legislation
    WindEurope
    Date: 2020-05-11
    "The EU Commission was absolutely right to emphasize that the transition to climate neutrality is irreversible. That will require Europe to install more than twice as much new wind energy each year as it managed in 2019. The (EU) Climate Law impact assessment should outline a credible path for the delivery of these volumes.

    "Beating climate change is about driving renewables-based electrification in road transport, buildings and most of industry. And scaling up renewable hydrogen in hard to abate sectors. Clearly opting for a 100 pct renewables scenario would avoid stranded investments down the road. A 100 pct renewables scenario must be the start of our conversation on how we deliver climate neutrality cost effectively." -- Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Advisoer, WindEurope. Contact: WindEurope, Pierre Tardieu, +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope news,  Renewable Energy news,  Renewable Energy Funding news,  EU Renewable Energy news,  


    WELTEC BIOPOWER Constructing Greek Biogas Plant (Int'l. Report)
    WELTEC BIOPOWER
    Date: 2020-05-11
    German biogas plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it is set to break ground on a biogas plant in Veria, northern Greece for one of the country's largest abattoirs for cattle and pigs. The 500-kW plant -- which WELTEC has planned in collaboration with its Greek partner Tetoros Machinery in Megara -- is expected to go live as early as mid-November 2020.

    The anaerobic digestion process will mainly use cattle manure and meat processing leftovers. Apart from these substrates, the 4,903-m3 stainless-steel digester will also be fed with production wastewater and fats from the operator's own abattoir and farms as well as from area farmers. Liquid substrates will be pumped directly into the digester from two storage units. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER Gmb, PR, 8 May, 2020) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH +49 4441 99978-0, +49 4441 99978-8 -- fax, info@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    "And now for something entirely different!" -- Pyongyang Recommends Charcoal Fueled Vehicles to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    North Korea
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In Pyongyang, in an effort to address the growing problem of vehicle emissions and air pollution, the President Donald Trump's new friend's Ministry of Land and Environment Protection has reportedly begun a wide-ranging crack down on "problematic diesel-fueled vehicles vehicles" and have implemented a ban on their importation and future operation with the exception of Cargo trucks weighing more than five tons which are considered "essential for the economy."

    The authorities also called on drivers to use alternative fuels, including the "active use of charcoal-powered vehicles." (Source: Daily NK, 7 May, 2020)

    Editor's Note: Daily NK is an online newspaper focusing on issues relating to North Korea. The site is based in South Korea where it reports stories allegedly obtained from inside North Korea via a network of informants. The service, which was established in April 2010 with staff in Washington DC, Seoul, and London, describes itself as "an unrivaled source of information analysis and news about North Korea."

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Diesel,  


    The Andersons Report COVID Driven Shutdowns, Losses (Ind. Report)
    The Andersons
    Date: 2020-05-11
    According to its recently released Q1 earning report, Maumee, Ohio-based The Andersons Inc -- The Andersons Ethanol Group lost $29.4 million in Q1, 2020 compared to a $5.4 million profit in the same period of 2019. The loss is being widely attributed to thew the CONID-19 crisis and greatly diminished demand for transportation fuel.

    In March the company ceased production at its Colwich, Ks. ELEMENT facility and soon thereafter shut down production at four facilities owned by The Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC (TAMH), a joint venture between The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum Corp.

    The Andersons as the Plant Nutrient Group made $20.4 million and adjusted EBITDA improved by $1.9 million year-over-year. The Andersons is implementing cost-cutting measures and plans to cut 2020 costs by $20 million. (Source: The Andersons, Toledo Blade, 6 May, 2020) Contact: The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, hostmaster@andersonsinc.com, www.andersonsinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News The Andersons,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    B.C. Building Performance Benchmarking Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
    Open Green Building Society
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In British Columbia, more than 50 commercial real estate owners and managers have agreed to voluntarily measure, report and disclose their buildings' energy use and greenhouse gas gas emissions with Building Benchmark BC, an initiative of the Open Green Building Society. The initiative is funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and BC Hydro with support from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.

    The program is using Energy Star Portfolio Manager software which allows building owners to input and retrieve as well as software developed by OPEN Technologies that is able to compare and visualize the data.

    Participants in the program which launched in Jan. include the City of North Vancouver, City of Victoria, District of Saanich and Township of Langley, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Metro Vancouver. (Source: Open Green Building Society, Construct Connect, May, 2020)Contact: Open Green Building Society, David Ramslie, Dir., info@opentech.eco, www.opentech.eco; Building Benchmarks BC, www.BuildingBenchmarkBC.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Building Energy Performance,  Energy Benchmark,  


    Jakarta Delaying Boost in B30 Biodiesel Mandate (Int'l. Report)
    Indonesia Palm oil
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In Jakarta, the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia has announced the government will likely delay its planned raising of its present 30 pct (B30) palm oil blend rate to 40 pct (B40) by 2022, as previously reported. The Indonesian biodiesel programme is a key part of the government's strategy to use excess palm oil and curb fuel imports, one of the main contributors to the country's current account deficit problem.

    The delay is being attributed to disruptions in world fuel demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia, The Star, 9 May, 2020) Contact: Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia, www.developmentaid.org/#!/donors/view/143865/coordinating-ministry-for-economic-affairs-indonesia

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  B40,  B30,  Indonesia Palm oil,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Form Energy, Great River Energy Storage Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
    Form Energy, Great River Energy
    Date: 2020-05-11
    Somerville,Mass.-based grid energy storage specialist Form Energy reports it is partnering with Minnesota-based utility Great River Energy to jointly deploy a 1MW / 150MWh pilot project in Cambridge, MN. Great River Energy is Minnesota's second-largest electric utility and the fifth largest generation and transmission cooperative in the U.S.

    This system will be the first commercial deployment of Form Energy's proprietary grid-connected aqueous air battery system.

    In preparation for the pilot, Form Energy conducted a portfolio optimization study of Great River Energy's unique system characteristics with Formware™, a proprietary software analytics platform design to help energy planners model future grids. Formware™ was purpose-built to model high penetration renewables at the system level and determine how all types of storage enable cost-effective renewable energy integration.

    Since its 2017 founding, Form Energy has raised over $50 million in funding. (Source: Form Energy, PR, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Form Energy, Mateo Jaramillo, CEO, www.formenergy.com; Great River Energy , Vice President and Chief Power Supply Officer Jon Brekke. www.greatriverenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Great River Energy,  Energy Storage ,  


    Trump Urged to Reject Waiver Requests (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EPA,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the nation's capitol, a bipartisan group of 24 U.S. senators -- including Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tina Smith(D-Minn) Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) have written the following to the White House:

    "We are writing to urge you to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and immediately reject the requests for a waiver of the RFS under Section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act recently received by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) from five state governors.

    "Across our states, biofuels lower fuel prices, create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the new energy economy, many of which are in rural areas, provide an important market for farmers, cut our reliance on foreign oil, reduce emissions and harmful air pollutants, and provide critical inputs to our food supply.

    "Our nation is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the global health pandemic caused by COVID-19, with the impacts being felt across all of society. Waiving the RFS would cause further harm to the U.S.economy, especially our most vulnerable rural communities. It would also exacerbate the effects experienced by the biofuel sector as a result of COVID-19, causing far-reaching detrimental impacts on employment, farmers, food security, fuel prices, and the environment. The resiliency of America's renewable fuel industry has already suffered as a result of the EPA's drastic expansion of the small refinery waiver program in recent years.

    "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security identified the biofuels sector as an essential critical infrastructure workforce during the COVID-19 response. However, as motor fuel demand has plummeted, prices have slumped to record lows and producers are suffering heavy losses. At this point more than 70 ethanol facilities with an annual production capacity of 6.1 billion gallons have been fully idled, and approximately 70 more plants have reduced their operating rates by a combined amount of 1.9 billion gallons annualized. At least 46 pct of the ethanol industry's total production capacity is now idled, and eight biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities remain offline. Highly-skilled jobs across the country are being lost at an alarming rate.

    "Biofuel plant closures have ripple effects through the U.S. economy. Farm income is directly linked to the health of the renewable fuel industry. Plant shutdowns are causing commercial CO2 supply shortages and inhibiting the ability of meat packers and other food sectors to refrigerate, preserve,and supply food and beverages at current, affordable rates. Ethanol plants also produce low cost, high-protein animal feed (distillers grains). Supply shortages as a result of biofuel plant closures are impacting livestock feed procurement, rations, and prices. Biodiesel producers provide value to surplus and waste oils, fats and greases from food, feed and other biofuel production. Without the biodiesel industry, excess feedstocks will clog the supply chain, causing livestock producers to potentially raise prices for consumers. Removing biofuels from gasoline and diesel will also lead to an increase of greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter, and toxics-causing degradation to our air quality.

    "Recent requests for a waiver of the RFS are unjustified and clearly do not satisfy the rigorous requirements necessary for EPA consideration. RFS waivers can only be granted by EPA if there is a demonstration of 'severe harm' to the economy or environment of a state, region or the United States that is directly caused by the RFS. None of these standards are met today and the following reasons clearly demonstrate the case for rejecting the waiver requests:

  • Challenging market conditions in the oil sector are the directresult of oversupply from international competitors combined with falling gasoline, diesel and jet fuel demand as a result of the COVID-19, not the RFS.

  • The RFS already accommodates demand reductions and provides flexibility to reflect the reality of motor fuel demand. EPA translates the annual RFS requirements into a percentage share of gasoline and diesel. Thus, the existing structure of the RFS regulations already results in an oil refiner's renewable volume obligations being proportionally reduced if overall motor fuel demand drops over the year

  • EPA has repeatedly found that RIN prices do not negatively impact refiners, a position reinforced by the 10th Circuit court in January 200. In addition, a record-large supply of RINs is available to refiners today, largely as a consequence of EPA's abusive expansion of the small refinery exemption program, so the threat of high RIN prices is currently non-existent.

    "We urge you to direct the EPA to reject all calls to waive the RFS. The RFS is more important now than ever as farmers, the biofuel sector, and rural America struggle to remain operational during the COVID-19 crisis." (Source: US Senate, 8 May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


  • GCEH Converting Calif. Refinery to Biodiesel Production (M&A)
    Global Clean Energy Holdings
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Golden State, Torrance-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) Inc. is reporting the $40 million purchase of the idled Alon USA Energy Inc. Big West gasoline and diesel refinery in Kern County.

    GCEH plans to convert the 70,000 bpd facility to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil, soybean oil and camelina. The refinery has not run for 12 consecutive months since 2012. (Source: GCEH, PR, The Bakersfield Californian, 8 May, 2020) Contact: GCEH, Richard Palmer, CEO, www.gceholdings.com; Alon USA Energy www.delekus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy Holdings,  DELEK,  Delek,  Biodiesell,  


    Eguana Technologies Scores $2.4Mn in New US Orders (Ind. Report)
    Eguana Technologies
    Date: 2020-05-11
    CALGARY, Alberta, May 05, 2020 -- Calgary, Alberta-based high performance residential and commercial energy storage systems developer and manufacturer Eguana Technologies is reporting receipt of $2.4 million in new orders, predominantly for Hawaii and California, which are expected to ship over the next 2-3 months.

    The Company has also notes it has expanded its relationship with CED Greentech branches throughout Southern California -- San Diego, Riverside, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Coachella Valley. Over the next 90 days, Eguana will launch its Evolve into Northern California with a focus on regions that were heavily impacted by the forest fires.

    Home Energy Storage Systems Evolve is a fully-integrated residential energy storage system that includes the company's proprietary power electronics system, LG Chem low-voltage battery modules, and a comprehensive user interface. The system is rated at 5KW AC output with a modular battery design based on a 6.5 kWh battery, which is scalable from 13 to 39kWh in storage capacity. (Source: Eguana Technologies, PR, 7 May, 2020) Contact: Equana Technologies, Justin Holland CEO, (416) 728.7635, Justin.Holland@EguanaTech.com, www.EguanaTech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eguana Technologies ,  Energy Storage,  


    Innergex Closes on 200MW Solar Project Financing (Ind. Report)
    Innergex
    Date: 2020-05-11
    Share Independent renewable power producer Innergex reports it has secured $191.8 million financing for its $279.5 million Hillcrest solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Brown County, Ohio.

    When fully on line, the 200MW facility is expected to generate gross estimated long-term average of 413.3GWh in the first five years of operation. (Source: Innergex, Power Tech, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres, CEO, (450) 926-2550, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex,  Solar,  


    Powertis Touts Italian, Brazilian Solar PV Expansion (Int'l. Report)
    Powertis
    Date: 2020-05-11
    Madrid-based utility-scale solar developer Powertis has announced plans to develop a portfolio of 500MW solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in in Basilicata, Puglia, Sicily, Sardinia and Lazio regions Italy. The company noted its Italian projects will help increase its pipeline beyond over 2GW between Italy and Brazil where it is developing a 765MW photovoltaic solar portfolio in the states of Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo. (Powertis, Power Tech, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Powertis, Pablo Otin, CEO, 910 694 067, www.powertis.com/en/#home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Powertis ,  Solar,  


    UCLA Studies Post Pandemic Emissions Possibilities (Ind. Report)
    UCLA
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Golden State, a team of University of California- Los Angeles (USCLA) is reporting the state can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and thus prevent thousands of deaths annually.

    The researchers note that since millions of Californians began staying at home and off the roads in March, air quality in the Golden State has visibly improved but that once life returns to normal, air pollution levels will likely, but need not return to pre-pandemic levels.

    In a peer-reviewed study published May 4 the researchers describe a pathway for California to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution that taken together would prevent about 14,000 premature deaths from air pollution–related illnesses each year and help reduce climate change by 2050. In addition to the finding that approximately 14,000 premature deaths per year could be avoided in California by 2050, achieving net-zero emissions could also: reduce acute respiratory symptoms in 8.4 million adults; cut asthma exacerbation in 1 million children; decrease the number of lost work days by 1.4 million; and cut cardiovascular hospital admissions by 4,500 per.

    The reports notes that while all communities would benefit, the state's top 25 pct most-polluted census tracts would receive approximately 35 pct of the health benefits resulting from the projected improvements in air quality.

    The study also notes that unlike with the current COVID-19 crisis, achieving net-zero emissions post-pandemic would benefit the economy. By 2050, the monetary savings of greenhouse gas reductions will exceed the annual health care cost by $109 billion a year.. The study's authors intend their research to help state and local policymakers take bold action on climate change. This study was partially funded by the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, a university-wide initiative aimed at applying UCLA expertise and research to transform Los Angeles into the most sustainable megacity by 2050. (Source: UCLA FSPH, Lauren Miura, 4 May, 2020) Contact: UCLA Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering , www.jifresse.ucla.edu

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    Bankrupt Philly Refiner Offered Cap on RFS Obligation (Ind Report)
    Philadelphia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2020-05-11
    The Trump administration has offered to place a $10 million cap on bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions' biofuel blending obligations, effectively cutting the refiner's regulatory liability by more than 70 pct and freeing more cash for the company's creditors. Under the deal PES will either surrender 161.8 million biofuel blending credits (RINs) valued at roughly $35 million or pay up to $10 million to meet its RFS obligations, according to Reuters.

    The Trump EPA previously waived $350 million in biofuels compliance costs for PES after its initial bankruptcy in 2018.

    As reported in Jan., Philadelphia-headquartered bioenergy developer SG Preston dropped its previously expressed interest in redeveloping the shut-down fire-damaged 335,000 bpd Philadelphia refinery, which is now being sold by creditors for $252 million and redeveloped under a bankruptcy court approved plan. (Source: Various Media,Reuters, May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  RINs,  


    CA Home Solar Mandate Now Allows Community Projects (Ind Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has approved off-site "community solar" solar projects as an option to its recently enacted rooftop solar requirement for most new homes and low-rise apartments in California to install rooftop solar. With the approval, participating builders are now required to offer home buyers a choice between rooftop or community solar delivered via existing transmission lines.

    California's solar mandate, which went into effect on Jan. 1, this year, required most new single-family homes or low-rise apartments to install rooftop solar panels owned by the homeowner or leased from a solar company, that would sell the generated electricity back to the homeowner at a discounted rate. (Source: California Energy Commission, Builder Mag., May,2020) Contact: California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commision,  California Rooftop Solar,  Community Solar,  


    EPA Aircraft GHG Rule Proposal in White House Hands (Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the nation's capitol, the EPA reports its first-ever proposed rule on aircraft greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review.

    The proposed rule builds on the EPA's 2016 finding that aviation emissions endanger public health and welfare. Unfortunately, the new rules proposal comes at a time when the airlines are struggling because of the COVID-19 crisis and can ill afford potentially expensive new obligations.

    Internationally, the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set its own GHG emissions reductions calling for an emissions freeze to be met through more energy efficient aircraft, increased use of biofuels and other "low-carbon" fuels, improved airline operations or the purchase of approved offsets.

    The U.S., an ICAO member, has agreed to impose the freeze in 2021. The freeze, which becomes mandatory in 2027, is calculated on the average of 2019 and 2020, so the baseline is plummeting thanks to COVID-19. The industry now prefers that the baseline be based on 2019 alone, which is much more in line with their initial expectations.

    Environmental groups claim ICAO provisions as too weak and oppose the baseline adjustments requested by the airlines and call for "technology forcing" EPA measures that go beyond ICAO. (Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute, 8 May, 2020)Contact: ICAO, Secretary General Fang Liu, www.icao.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissiuons,  Climate Change,  


    Rio Tinto Shareholders Call for Binding Emissions Target (Int'l.)
    Rio Tinto
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Land Down Under, a recent meeting of London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto shareholders found 37 pct of voting shareholders unsuccessfully called for a resolution that would require the company to set binding emissions targets.

    While the resolution failed to pass, it attracted six times as much support as an identical one put up at the same meeting in 2019, according to the resolution's sponsor, environmental group Market Forces. Market Forces noted the vote "shows investors have woken up to Rio Tinto"s obfuscation and the huge risks to its business from climate change and transition." The resolution called on Rio Tinto to set science-based annual GHG emissions targets and disclose its performance against those targets. These would have included emissions classified as scope 3 -- those which are produced by Rio Tinto's customers. (Source: Rio Tinto, Guardian, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Market Forces, Julien Vincent, Exec. Dir., contact@marketforces.org.au, www.marketforces.org.au; Rio Tinto, www.riotinto.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rio Tinto,  Carbon Emissions,  


    NYC Building Energy Conservation Code Updated (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Empire State, the Big Apple is reporting the updating its New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) which will be current with the New York State 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code.

    The State code is based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016. The 2020 NYCECC will become effective May 12, 2020, the same effective date as the state's energy code which aligns the code with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code-2020, as adopted by the New York City Council on March 29, 2020.

    The 2020 New York City Energy Code includes energy efficiency requirements help to improve overall building envelope performance through installation of better performing and more energy efficient windows and other initiatives.

    Access the 2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code HERE (Source: NYC City Council, Door & Window Market, 8 May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Eficiency,  Energy Management,  Energy Conservation,  ASHRAE,  NYSERDA,  


    Dominion Quadruples Clean Energy Generation Targets (Ind Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting it will quadruple its renewable energy generation targets as part of a newly-announced 15-year plan. The plan also calls for the addition of roughly 24,000MW of renewable energy and storage capacityand the installation of 5,000MW of offshore wind energy as well as 16,000MW of solar capacity and 2,700MW of solar energy storage by 2035/ (Source: Dominion Energy, Future Net Zero, May, 2020) Contact: Future Net Zero, www.futurenetzero.com: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Energy Storage,  

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